Those who live here think of Porthcawl as a special place, with a community spirit, and wonderful walks and scenery on the doorstep. Many people who have visited over the years have memories of buckets and spades, day trips, and dances at the pavilion. Porthcawl is all that – and much more. And it’s for everyone – residents and visitors, tourists and shoppers – because that’s what makes the town.
While much stays the same – enough to remind us of its past – a great deal has changed with the times. Over the last decade, the promenade has been upgraded and improved, John Street has been pedestrianised, access roads to the town have been improved, and the Wilderness lakes were the focus of an exciting new project. New shops and businesses continue to open, even in difficult economic times. And we wait with anticipation for the regeneration of the sea front area.
Some of the delights the town and the area have to offer include the cleanest beaches in South Wales, numerous golf clubs, a National Nature Reserve, a Norman church at Newton, to name just a few.
We are fortunate to have a theatre on our doorstep in the form of the Grand Pavilion. Besides providing entertainment through concerts, plays and musical shows, the Pavilion often hosts events organized by local groups. Many events have now become regulars on the annual calendar – the Porthcawl Carnival, the Sea Festival, the Jazz weekend, the Celtic Festival, the Christmas Lights Switch-on – and of course the Elvis Festival. Others such as Carols in the Pavilion and the Summer Music celebration are becoming regular features.
In 1999, Porthcawl was twinned with St Sebastien sur Loire in northern France. The fact that the twinning, and the friendship, is still going strong is a matter of great pride to all the people involved in this international initiative.