Orchard Walk – A Harvest Cowbridge event for the Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival Sun 1st June 11.30am

harvestcowbridge1Harvest Cowbridge – a volunteer community harvesting project led by HubCowbridge CIC – are delighted to offer their first event. An Orchard Walk for Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival Sunday 1st June 2014.

The 5 mile walk will start in the Physic Garden Cowbridge at 11.30am, and a member of the Physic Garden staff will briefly talk about the fruit trees in the Physic Garden. We will then cross the playing fields to the woods in Llanblethian, passing the Llanblethian Orchards. Continuing uphill past Llanblethian church towards the Cross Inn and visit the cider orchard at  Glyndwr Vineyard.

glyndwrSue and Richard Norris have kindly offered a tour of the orchard  - and will have their cider available for tasting and purchase. A picnic lunch stop will be taken at the beautifully rustic Llanfrynach Church.

The walk  continues up to the A48 over a set of coffin stiles, and onto Penllyn Estate Farm – with a visit to the orchard there. Then its a return to Cowbridge on a footpath that runs parallel to the High St, passing some privately planted fruit trees, finishing at the Town Hall carpark.

Valeways walking policies will be observed – no dogs allowed. Free of charge – no booking required.

The walk will be led by Gareth Simpson of Valeways, and Debbie Leigh of HubCowbridge.

Harvest Cowbridge is a volunteer community  group – new members welcome – that is planning a series of apple and orchard related events during the year – including volunteer harvesting, an Apple Day celebration and Wassail.

Visit Harvest Cowbridge on Facebook, Find @HarvestCowbridg on Twitter, or  email Debbie info@hubcowbridge.com for more information




Porthcawl Jazz Festival and Colourscape Multi-Media Experience 11th-13th April


Porthcawl Jazz Festival, 11-13th April 2014
Once again, Porthcawl hosts it’s annual Jazz Festival.  Now in it’s 12th  year, the festival delivers a feast of A-list jazz ranging from traditional New Orleans to State-of-the-Art Fusion. Headlining this year is Chris Barber, celebrating 60 years at the top, with the Big Chris Barber Band.
Enjoy also the performance of Italian ace pianist Davide Logiri with his quintet, the dynamic Cardiff University Big Band, the virtuoso J Word Quintet, legendary trumpeter Digby Fairweather, Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants, and many more.


Friday offers a unique experience: the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra augmented with a driving rhythm section and star soloists. This unlikely proposition really delivers: from awesome power to idyllic warmth.
As part of the festival, a series of Jazz Workshops will be held, where local schoolchildren will benefit from the enthusiasm and experience of some of the musicians attending the festival.

For full programme details visit www.porthcawl-jazz-festival.com
The jazz multimedia experience Colourscape  will present jazz music played in an environment of linked domes and tunnels, providing a unique exploration of colour, light, sound and movement.




Colourscape is a “Multimedia Experience”, consisting of a series of brightly coloured, linked tubes and domes, in which dancers and musicians perform contemporary music and dance.

Wandering through the interconnected chambers, you can experience the intensity and sublety of colour. We use only translucent red, blue, green and yellow and opaque grey, but you will see mixtures of colours that you may not be able to name.

A visitor comments: “ Fantastic – hard to believe it was all natural light. Delightful to see the wonder on childrens’ faces. And educational! Thank you for daring to be so creative”

Colourscape will be in the Dock Street Car Park in Porthcawl on Saturday 12th April and Sunday 13th April, between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Adults £3.00, children FREE

For further information, go to http://eyemusic.org.uk/Colourscape/



CF61 and April ticket offers from Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival, St Donats 4-6th July.


Beyond the Border is a magnificent three-day festival of stories and music from Wales and across the world. Join us as we celebrate our 21st birthday with a feast of storytelling, poetry, music, singing, theatre, circus, puppets, films and much more.

Day and evening tickets for the Beyond the Border Festival 2014 are now on sale, enabling you to mix and match which sessions you want to attend.

Day tickets will give entry to all events from 10am until 6pm (Saturday and/or Sunday) and evening tickets cover the 6pm-midnight period (Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday).

You will also be able to buy a one-night camping ticket for £5 for Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday night on the door, giving you total flexibility as to when you come and go!

Residents of the CF61 postcode area can get a 10% discount on the day and evening tickets – you’ll need to remember to bring proof of address with you when you arrive, in order to gain admittance.

For full details of ticket prices and how to book visit our ticket page.

Like Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival on Facebook – and get 15% of an adult ticket during April.



Gods of Carnage – at The Market Theatre, Cowbridge 10-12th April

Market Theatre in Cowbridge stages The God of Carnage, Thurs-Sat, April 10-12th

8pm (doors and bar open 7.30).

The God of Carnage is an award-winning play which has appeared in London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. Set in real time, the play focuses on two sets of parents who come together one evening to discuss a playground incident in which one child injured another. Discussions are initially civilised – but slowly the rot creeps in . . . See the play to find out the rest.

Tickets £6.50 from WG Davies, 38 High Street, or on the door (but we do recommend buying in advance, as sometimes performances sell out). Alternatively, ring 01446 771645 to reserve a seat.

The Market Theatre is situated at the far end of the cattle market, off The Butts, Cowbridge CF71 7AP. It is the official home of Cowbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS). We hope to see you soon.


Carnage final poster



Easter Egg Trail at Hendrewennol 16th-22nd April

Easter Egg trail at Hendrewennol 16th-22nd April for the first time this year. Follow clues around the farm to earn your egg… the older you are, the more clues there are to find…. and non hunting parents don’t pay…www.hendrewennol.ticketsource.co.uk





Trading Opportunities at Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival. St Donats 4th-6th July

Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival returns to the Vale of Glamorgan for its biennial visit to the beautiful setting of St Donats Castle 4th-6th July 2014.

Over 2000 people gather from near and far to attend this 3 day event (Friday evening – Sunday evening inclusive). The audience are lovers of the arts and of storytelling and world music particularly. Many of them also have a particular interest in environmental issues – there is an environmental conference element within the festival. There is broad appeal across age ranges, and amongst individuals and families alike.


New for 2014 is a Marketplace – a large covered area located on the top terrace with fantastic views of the sea, adjacent to St Donats Art Centre café and one of the main performance venues. The marketplace will showcase a broad range of art, craft and food sellers, with special rates for local businesses, and those that make their own goods. The festival site is self contained in a rural location, so visitor spend is heavily concentrated on festival traders. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone thinking of stepping up from one day events to try a festival environment.


For more information visit the Beyond the Border website, or contact Debbie Leigh by email info@hubcowbridge.com  or phone 01446 775230/07890 407670

Other Opportunities

Film – making:  BTB are looking for documentary photographers and film-makers  to help document this year’s festival.  The fee would be £250 and you would need to be able to attend the festival from 4-6 July and be around for at least some of 1-3 July too. Interested people should email info@beyondtheborder.com for more information.

Sculpting: BTB are also looking to commission a sculptor to make a beautiful, sustainable donation box. Again, email info@beyondtheborder.com for more info.


Find Beyond the Border on Facebook

Follow @BTBstorytelling on Twitter


‘Spark’ the innovative side of your child this Easter – Social Enterprise Workshop opportunity in Cowbridge.

tom_davisHi everyone, I’m Tom Davis, I’m from the Vale and I work with a company called UnLtd. I’ve been given a Spark Award to fund social enterprise workshops in Easter half term for young people.

I’d love to bring one of these workshops to Cowbridge. They would be a one day workshop ( 9am – 3pm) for ages 7 – 15 run by CRB checked volunteers and cost just £6 for the whole day. Our aim is to ‘Spark Up’ the innovative side of your child and allow them to plan their dream business ideas.

We want to allow them to discover social enterprise through a range of activities and then get the chance to showcase them to their parents at the end of the day.

We wanted to get an idea of numbers before we set a venue and date. Please contact me if you are interested in a place for your child.

Contact Tom via the Cowbridge Hub Group on Facebook 


Harvest Cowbridge – Next meeting Weds 30th April Duke of Wellington 6pm. All welcome

harvestcowbridge1Harvest Cowbridge project – just had a logo made up by a Vale Volunteer Bureau volunteer – so taking the opportunity to put it on show, and invite interested people to our next meeting! Weds 30th April  6pm Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge. where we’ll review setting up activities, events in the pipeline – including an Orchard Walk for the Vale Walking Festival on 1st June – and start to make plans for mapping fruit trees in the area.

All very welcome


About the Harvest Cowbridge Project


Free Apple Tree! – with Intro to Grafting Course Sun 16th March £15 Coed Hills Forest Garden

graftImage-199x300Come and learn the art of grafting this Sunday at Coed Hills Forest Garden, St Hilary and take a free grafted tree home with you! 

We are grafting special varieties that do well in South Wales, are resistant to diseases, and are suited to forest gardening. Grafting is a skill that once learnt you’d wonder why you were ever without it!

Easy to do, and great success from even complete garden beginners…

Follow this link to book your place -http://www.growingthefuture.co.uk/en/courses/our-courses/introduction-to-grafting/book/54/

Coed Hills Forest Garden, St Hilary with  The Allotment Badger are hosting some great growing courses; Grow Your Own in a Year – a day a  month course for £10 from Growing the Future (you don’t have to attend each one), Intro to Fungi Cultivation, Intro to Forest Gardening, Intro to Honey Bees and more.

All this abundant knowledge on our doorstep in an inspiring location.

Courses at Coed Hills Forest Garden

The Allotment Badger’s website is - www.ediculture.org


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