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Maesteg Comprehensive School Students’ Contribution To Time Capsule at Maesteg Town Hall

When future generations uncover the artefacts in 100 years’ time – the capsule will be registered with the International Time Capsule Society – they will find a poem written by Year 8 students Olivia Waite, Emily Rees, Noah Tanner, Angus Gray and Dylan Norris entitled ‘Maesteg: Our Town, Our History’ and a piece of artwork […]

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Awen Libraries to Launch Summer Reading Challenge In Bridgend on Saturday 9th July

The afternoon will include free games, soft play and inflatables, slime making workshops, story times and crafts, with music provided by Bridge FM and their breakfast DJ Lee Jukes. Children, aged 4 to 11 years, who attend the launch can sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge, which has a science and innovation theme. Anyone […]

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Awen Retains Silver Award in Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index

Awen was one of 119 organisations to take part in Mind’s sixth annual Workplace Wellbeing Index, which is a benchmark of best policy and practice, and celebrates the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health in their workplace. Announcing the awards, Mind’s Chief Executive Paul Farmer said that every employer […]

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Pencoed Library Awarded Funding For Refurbishment

The plans for Pencoed Library, which will close later in the autumn and reopen in early 2023 for its 50th anniversary year, include: Updating static, old furniture with more mobile options so that the space can be used more flexibly for activities and events. Creating a work/study space to support those working remotely or those […]

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‘PICASSO OF THE GARW VALLEY’ LAUNCHES ‘MADE WITH COAL’ BOOK

Although severely disabled, Gordon has created an impressive collection of pencil portraits of some of Wales’ most famous people including sports stars, actors, musicians and politicians, as well as local people and members of Pontycymmer Men’s Shed. A selection of this artwork has been published in ‘Made with Coal’ as part of the Voices from […]

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AWEN CULTURAL TRUST CELEBRATES RECOGNITION AS A DISABILITY CONFIDENT LEADER

Disability Confident is a voluntary UK Government scheme designed to encourage employers to attract, recruit, retain and promote disabled people, and they are given the support they need to achieve their potential. The scheme has three tiers – Level 1: Disability Confident Committed, Level 2: Disability Confident Employer, and Level 3: Disability Confident Leader. Previously […]

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CARE HOME RESIDENTS ENJOY FAR-FLUNG ADVENTURES AND CLOSER-TO-HOME EXPERIENCES WITH VIRTUAL REALITY SESSIONS

The project, which was funded by Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund ‘Connected Communities’ Grant – administered by Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations – worked with Cardiff-based Rescape Innovation to also create 12 personalised VR experiences for residents with dementia, aimed at unlocking memories and provoking conversations. VR technology is becoming increasingly popular within the care […]

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AWEN STAFF RECEIVE LIFE-SAVING TRAINING FROM COLLEAGUE

Don, who is the general manager at Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall, is also a voluntary Garw Valley Community First Responder who is often called upon by the Welsh Ambulance Service Don has helped to install defibrillators at five locations managed by Awen, in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, including Bryngarw House, Bryngarw Country Park, Betws […]

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WELSH GOVERNMENT MINISTER OFFICIALY OPENS BRYNGARW’S NEW EDUCATION AND WELLBEING CENTRE

Bryngarw Country Park is one of 12 Discovery Gateways to benefit from a share of over £8m of funding, aimed at recognising and maximising the potential of the South Wales valleys’ natural and cultural assets to generate social, economic and environmental benefits. Over the past 18 months, Awen has made significant developments at Bryngarw Country […]

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Local pupils help design new children’s library at Maesteg Town Hall

Ross Hartland of Initiate along with Aled Williams and Julie Golden of Awen, led workshops at the schools where pupils used a variety of arts and craft materials, and an abundance of creativity and fun, to build models of their vision for the new children’s area of the library when the Hall reopens, following its […]

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AWEN SHORTLISTED IN THE INVESTORS IN PEOPLE AWARDS 2021

The Investors in People Awards celebrate the very best organisations and individuals from around the world across various organisational, people, wellbeing and leadership categories. Each year hundreds of organisations from the UK and abroad battle it out to take home one of the sought after trophies to show their award-winning commitment to investing in their […]

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Ticket sales temporarily suspended

If you have an urgent enquiry about tickets between these dates, please email box.office@awen-wales.com or phone 01656 815995 or 01495 533195 and leave a voicemail. A member of staff will be in touch as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience caused – please continue to check our social media for updates. Thank you.

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Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl to Reopen for Indoor Live Performances

This intimate performance will feature songs Mal has written for artists including Cliff Richard and The Hollies, duets he has recorded with fellow Welsh artists Bonnie Tyler and Aled Jones, and stories about the years he spent touring with Art Garfunkel and Belinda Carlisle. Mal will also be sharing what is was like to produce […]

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Arts Council of Wales announce the recipients of Cultural Recovery Fund (2)

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, said: “We are delighted that Awen has been announced as a recipient of the second round of Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, administered by Arts Council of Wales. This financial support will provide a welcome boost to our charity as we prepare to reopen the Grand Pavilion […]

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Awen Receives Silver Award in Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index

Awen was one of 114 organisations from across the UK to take part in Mind’s fifth annual Workplace Wellbeing Index, and was recognised with a Silver Award. The Workplace Wellbeing Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice, celebrating the good work employers are doing to prioritise better mental health in their workplace. The […]

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EU-Funded Social Business Growth Fund Secured to Invest in Sustainable Future of Bryngarw House

The funding – a combination of a grant and repayable finance – will be primarily used to renovate several of the bedrooms at Bryngarw House, including a new bridal suite overlooking the lawn and the self-contained Coach House accommodation at the rear of the venue.   Although currently closed in line with Welsh Government alert level four restrictions, Bryngarw House typically welcomes over 6000 wedding guests […]

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Awen Cultural Trust Signs Dying To Work Charter

Awen, which has 135 employees based across its venues, libraries and other services in South Wales, joins other local organisations including Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridgend College in signing the charter. Richard Hughes, Awen’s Chief Executive, said: “At Awen, people are at the heart of what we do, and this includes our workforce. “A […]

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Theatre company unite three venues to support the rejuvenation of the Welsh language in the South Wales Valleys.

Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil, The Welfare in Ystradgynlais and Maesteg Town Hall have joined forces with Theatr na nÓg to rekindle the vitality and value of their venues to their communities. The new Consortiwm is supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Connect and Flourish Fund. As cultural centres have faced lockdown, the need for […]

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Metropole Theatre to be run by Awen Cultural Trust

Awen Cultural Trust was established in 2015 as a charitable organisation with objectives to enhance cultural opportunities. Awen’s purpose is to ‘Make People’s Lives Better’ by providing space and opportunity for people to enjoy vibrant cultural experiences that inspire and enhance their sense of wellbeing. Awen is planning on a bright future for the Theatre post […]

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Awen Cultural Trust receives over £111k Weston Culture Fund grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation

The foundation, one of the UK’s largest and most respected charitable grant-makers, created the one-off Weston Culture Fund last year to support the arts and cultural sector with restarting its work, refreshing activities and re-engaging audiences following coronavirus closures. Awen, the registered charity which provides opportunities for people and communities to experience, enjoy and be […]

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Ding-Dong! It’s the Doorbell Dancers for Carers Calling!

The visits were organised by registered charity Awen Cultural Trust and Bridgend Carers Centre, and funded by Arts Council of Wales, as a way of spreading some festive joy to unpaid carers whose lives have become even more isolated as a result of coronavirus, and to show their role within their local communities does not […]

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Next stage of public engagement on the Muni Arts Centre’s future

In late 2019, Awen Cultural Trust became the Council’s preferred tenant and operator of the Muni, announcing an ambitious long-term plan to refurbish the building with architects Purcell. The aim is to secure the Muni’s heritage and celebrate its stunning gothic architecture – while establishing the much-loved building as a unique regional arts and music […]

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Share your memories of the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd

During late 2019, the Council announced Awen Cultural Trust as their preferred tenant and operator of the Muni – and jointly announced an ambitious long-term plan to refurbish the Muni in partnership with architects Purcell. The aim is to secure the building’s heritage and celebrate the stunning gothic architecture for which it is recognised and […]

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Welsh Government Cultural Recovery Fund

It has been a difficult time with some tough choices to make, but this funding will now help us greatly as we plan for the future. It will enable us to retain a core team of specialist venue staff who, together with our leadership team at Awen Cultural Trust, can start to develop a new […]

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Coronavirus update from the Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust

I am delighted that over the past few weeks, with the easing of restrictions, we have been able to re-open some of our services and welcome back visitors and users. Working with our partners at Bridgend County Borough Council, we continue to take positive, yet cautious, steps to re-opening – all the time considering the […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Statement from Awen Cultural Trust

At present time, this official advice and guidance states there is no clear rationale to cancel or postpone events, and that most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places as usual. The venues and services managed by Awen Cultural Trust will, therefore, remain open and operational for the foreseeable future. […]

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£4.5m vision for Muni Arts Centre shared with Cabinet Members

At their meeting on December 17, Cabinet Members saw for the first time the ambitious vision of Awen, a registered charity, for the major refurbishment and restoration project. Awen has engaged Purcell, a renowned architectural practice specialising in bringing new life to heritage buildings, as a partner in the Muni project – and artist’s impression […]

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Awen Cultural Trust appoints new Trustee

Awen’s Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the registered charity, and collectively offer a range of skills, experience and community knowledge that enable them to provide leadership and good governance.

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Awen Cultural Trust Welcomes Ava Plowright and Ceri James on Board

Ava Plowright, a Fundraiser at Shelter Cymru, and Ceri James, Senior HR Business Partner at Pobl Group, will spend the next year receiving practical experience and skills training from Awen’s voluntary Board of Trustees. They will receive one-to-one mentoring, shadowing opportunities and chances to attend board meetings and planning events as part of the programme, […]

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Bryngarw Country Park to receive £500,000 funding

This summer we have seen a record number of visitors to Bryngarw, and we look forward to welcoming many more as we continue to improve our accessibility, inclusive play equipment, commitment to renewal energy sources and interpretation through the Park. We want our visitors, from near and far, to have the opportunity to reconnect with […]

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Vernon Hartshorn OBE MP exhibition launches in Y Llynfi Library

Hartshorn was the first Welsh collier to become a Cabinet Minister during the turbulent years of the early 20th century. Kindly provided by the volunteers of South Wales Miners Museum, the exhibition includes information regarding Vernon Hartshorn’s life, his contribution to the valley’s coal trade and his input to parliamentary decisions between 1905 and 1931. […]

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Awen Libraries brings Virtual Reality to local Bridgend libraries

The headsets were available in Bridgend libraries from the week commencing 17th June, with some dates left, giving the people of Bridgend an opportunity to experience virtual reality with the support of library staff. Virtual reality is an exciting way to experience a story. However, the headsets used in order to provide these experiences are […]

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Public Toilets Reopen at Maesteg Bus Station

They were officially reopened this week, and will continue to be open from Mondays to Saturdays, with the exception of bank holidays, between approximately 8.30am and 5.30pm. Mayor of Maesteg, Councillor Lynne Beedle, said: “Access to public conveniences is important for all residents, people who visit Maesteg and local businesses, but they can be essential […]

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Gender Pay Report 2018

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Awen Libraries is first in Wales to remove all overdue book fines

The registered charity, which runs 12 branches, a mobile library and a housebound service, on behalf of Bridgend County Borough Council, will be the first in Wales to eliminate the fines, following in the footsteps of some libraries in England and the Republic of Ireland. The announcement was made at the official reopening of Pyle […]

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Escape the kids this half-term to Awen venues 

Screening of 6 Nations Rugby – Wales v England at The Grand Pavilion   Back by popular demand, this year we will be screening the Wales v England rugby game. Showing on one of the biggest screens in Porthcawl, the event will include a brilliant atmosphere, bar and free half-time food.   To secure a seat, you […]

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Children’s half-term events across Awen not to be missed  

Tom Foolery’s Beans on Toast at The Grand Pavilion  Bursting with magic, silliness, music and much more, Beans on Toast is sure to be a hit with all the family this half-term, young or old. With over 12 years’ experience entertaining children, Tom’s antics and tricks are for all ages, even the grown-ups. If you […]

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Borrow a BBC micro:bit from your local library

The tiny computers, donated by The Microbit Foundation, will allow people of all ages, whatever their experience, to unleash their digital creativity whilst in the comfort of their own home. BBC micro:bits are handheld, fully programmable computers which can be used to make all sorts of creations, from musical instruments to robots, smart watches and […]

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Bryngarw Park Volunteer Group Bags £1000 from Tesco’s Community Grant Scheme

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects. Bryngarw Country Park is managed by Awen Cultural Trust […]

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Top 5 Awen activities of February half-term 2018

  Family Willow Weaving Workshops at Bryngarw Country Park Are you looking for an activity to get your children creative this half-term? Our team at Awen Cultural Trust have organised for the fantastic Out to Learn Willow group to lead a workshop that will demonstrate how to make fun and exciting willow crafts. From butterflies […]

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Awen Cultural Trust teams up with Freedom Leisure

Freedom Leisure has been awarded a 10-year contract by Stafford County Borough Council to manage a portfolio of facilities which include a Victorian theatre, a smaller studio theatre, an Elizabethan town house, a castle and visitor centre, three leisure centres and a sports stadium. The not-for-profit leisure trust, which manages leisure and cultural facilities on […]

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New sound and lighting desk at Maesteg Town Hall

The installation of a brand new FLX lighting console, Yamaha TF5 sound desk, projector and Apple Mac computer will allow Maesteg Town Hall to continue to attract professional live productions, which demand high quality sound and lighting. Shows such as the Johnny Cash Roadshow require special effects such as ‘intelligent’ stage lighting. The new lighting desk allows the lights to be automated, so they can move and create complex and colourful effects on […]

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Bryngarw Country Park achieves coveted Green Flag Award

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space. In total, 183 parks and green spaces in Wales have met the high standard needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award. The Flag will be flying […]

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Children invited to join Animal Agents at Awen Libraries

Awen libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017. The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during the school holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip. This year’s […]

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Awen helps staff achieve their resolution goals!

By joining Halo Leisure at a reduced rate, employees can access the gyms, pools, group exercise classes, spas and saunas, indoor climbing wall, toning suite and racket sports at all their centres across Bridgend county borough.  Awen Chief Executive, Richard Hughes, said: “Typical New Year resolutions include losing weight and getting fit, but many people […]

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FREE events to celebrate our first birthday!

Join us for our 1st birthday celebrations by taking part in one of our free events, this Saturday 1st October.

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Celebrating a century of Roald Dahl

2016 marks a 100 years since the birth of the master storyteller Roald Dahl. Born in Cardiff, wrote some of the finest children’s books of all time, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Twits, and The BFG.

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New season, new brochure, new look

Awen Cultural Trust has launched a new look What’s On brochure for the autumn season at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl and Maesteg Town Hall.

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Bryngarw Country Park wins a Green Flag Award

Bryngarw Country Park in Bridgend has double cause for celebration: it has been awarded a Green Flag, the international mark of a quality park or green space, in its 30th anniversary year.

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Coronavirus Firebreak Update

As non-essential travel is not permitted, you should walk to Bryngarw Country Park for exercise only. Access to our car park will remain open for our visitors who have a specific health or mobility issue and are allowed to travel for exercise. The children’s play area will also remain open, but you should only visit […]

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Five Years of Flying the Green Flag at Bryngarw Country Park

The prestigious Green Flag is an international mark of quality for parks and green spaces, in the same way that Blue Flags denote clean and safe beaches. They are given in recognition of a park’s excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and commitment to delivering high quality green space for the local community to enjoy. […]

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Record Numbers Visit Bryngarw Country Park

Over 48,000 people visited the award-winning park in August 2020, a significant increase of 68% in visitors from August 2019, despite the outdoor theatre programme and Ranger-led events for families still unable to run during this month. Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, said: “Since March, we have taken a phased and measured […]

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There are, however, some safety precautions we would like you to take please, for the health and wellbeing of your family, other visitors and Park staff. Remember to social distance – there are more signs to remind you. Take it in turns to use the playground equipment, and keep a safe distance while waiting. Do […]

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Re-opening Bryngarw Country Park – Phase 2

From Monday 13th July, there will be some changes for visitors to Bryngarw Country Park. Our public toilets will be reopened. Visitors will need to manage their own social distancing whilst using them. Please observe the floor markings and ensure proper hand washing before you leave. The facilities will be cleaned more frequently, but visitors […]

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Please support us…

We have taken the difficult decision to close the visitor facilities at Bryngarw until further notice, to play our part in tackling the spread of coronavirus. Bryngarw is managed by Awen Cultural Trust, a registered charity. It costs us over £120,000 every year to protect and improve the park now and for future generations. Most […]

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Bryngarw Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closure

The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors must be our top priority so we are taking this measure to reduce the numbers who travel to Bryngarw. The park is still accessible to the local community arriving by foot, but we would urge everyone to observe the government’s social distancing guidance. Going for […]

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Bryngarw Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In fact, individuals are encouraged to take some physical exercise, which could include a walk in the park, at a safe distance from others and if they are well enough to do so. We are however rearranging this weekend’s Birdsong Walk. We are working hard to protect the spread of COVID-19 amongst our staff and […]

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Hop along to Bryngarw Country Park this Easter

The annual Easter Egg Hunts will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 11th April and Sunday 12th April and will involve a total of over 7,000 chocolate treats! The egg-cellent bilingual street performers from La La La Productions will be on hand to lead the sessions and guarantee lots of fun along the […]

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BCP Christmas Opening Times 2019

Saturday 21st December – Open Sunday 22nd December – Open Monday 23rd December – Open Tuesday 24th December – Open Wednesday 25th December – Closed Thursday 26th December – Closed Friday 27th December – Closed Saturday 28th December – Closed Sunday 29th December – Closed Monday 30th December – Open Tuesday 31st December – Open […]

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Bryngarw Country Park path upgraded thanks to Valleys Regional Park funding

This is the first of many changes, aimed at improving the visitor experience at Bryngarw Country Park, to take place over the next 18 months. We will be investing over half a million pounds in total.

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Bryngarw Country Park nets funding for new pond dipping platform

Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which manages Bryngarw Country Park, received £1,201 from the Trust to buy the timber and other materials required. Wood-B, a work-based project offering training in carpentry and woodwork for adults with disabilities, constructed and […]

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A Geocaching Guide – Bryngarw Country Park

We at Bryngarw now have numerous Geocaches around our park, ready to be found by our visitors. Whether you play alone, with friends, or with your whole family – people of all ages will enjoy this activity. To get you started, here’s some kit advice – • There is over 100 acres in Bryngarw, and […]

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Bryngarw Country Park achieves Naturesave Trust Grant

Hundreds of school children will be learning about renewable and sustainable energy at Bryngarw Country Park from September thanks to a grant from Naturesave Trust, an environmental charity funded by the activities of Naturesave Insurance, that promotes the adoption of sustainable development for individuals, businesses, charities and community groups. The funding will be used to […]

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Bryngarw Country Park takes centre stage for outdoor theatre this summer

The season starts with Immersion Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland at 6:00pm on Wednesday 24th July. Audiences can follow Alice and the White rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters along the way including the troublesome twins, the notorious Queen of […]

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An eggs-citing event is happening at Bryngarw this Easter!

The annual Easter Egg Hunts will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 20th April and Sunday 21st April and will involve a total of over 7,000 chocolate treats! The egg-cellent bilingual street performers from La La La Productions will be on hand to lead the sessions and guarantee lots of fun along the […]

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Willmott Dixon digs deep to benefit Bryngarw Country Park

The new 50 metre tarmac footpath will replace the decommissioned bridge and provide safe, inclusive pedestrian access into the 113-acre park from the main Brynmenyn entrance, and two new marked crossing points. The work is expected to take around a week to complete, so there may be a little disruption around the area from 18 […]

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New accessible toilets opened at Bryngarw Country Park

Invacare has recently donated a Robin overhead hoist and ceiling track system, as well as a wall-mounted fixed height changing bed, which have been installed in the newly designed disabled washroom within the visitor centre at Bryngarw Country Park. The same facilities are being introduced at Pencoed Library. This equipment will allow disabled visitors and […]

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Bryngarw Country Park Volunteer Group attend Tesco Bags of Help Westminster Reception

The funding scheme has provided more than £52 million to over 16,000 local community projects since its launch in 2015, with all groups selected by customers voting in their local Tesco stores. Through Bags of Help, money raised by the sale of carrier bags to fund local projects with grants ranging from £1,000 upwards. Bryngarw […]

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Bryngarw Country Park achieves prestigious Green Flag Award

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space. A record-breaking 201 parks and green spaces, including universities, cemetries, woodlands and allotments across Wales have met the high standards needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award. […]

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Bryngarw Country Park takes centre stage for outdoor theatre this summer

The season starts with Immersion Theatre’s production of Peter Pan at 5.30pm on Wednesday 25 July. Eye-catching costumer, toe-tapping music and larger-than-life characters, including the Darling children, the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and the infamous Captain Hook, promise to capture the imaginations of young children and nostalgic adults alike. On Wednesday […]

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Something eggs-citing is happening at Bryngarw this Easter!

Families with egg-cited young eggs-plorers will find plenty to discover at Bryngarw Country Park in Brynmenyn, near Bridgend, this Easter weekend. The annual Easter Egg Hunts will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April and will involve a total of over 7,000 chocolate treats! The egg-cellent bilingual street […]

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Bryngarw Park Volunteer Group Bags £1000 from Tesco’s Community Grant Scheme

Bryngarw Park Volunteer Group is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. The funding will pay for volunteer training in the rural skill of cleft fencing, which will complete improvements to the park’s orchard area, and equipment for an annual apple pressing event for the community. Bags […]

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Bryngarw Country Park wins a Green Flag Award

Bryngarw was officially opened to the public as a country park in 1986, following five years of restoration work by Ogwr Borough Council, along with Manpower Services, to install footpaths, bridges, ponds, parking and formal gardens, and open up this beautiful countryside for future generations. Over the past 30 years, Bridgend County Borough Council has […]

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Multi-million pound funding boost for Maesteg Town Hall

The announcement follows recent news that Welsh Government has pledged £3.5m to the project from its Building for the Future programme, the Valleys Task Force and the European Regional Development Fund. With additional funding in place from the council, Awen, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Welsh Government Communities Facilities Programme, Maesteg Town Council and the Davies […]

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Welsh Language and Bilingual Events

The latest poll by the Office of National Statistics shows a significant increase in the numbers of Welsh speakers in Wales – from 726,600 in 2008 to 874,700 today! The numbers are up in our area too, and Awen Cultural Trust is keen to support this growth. Across our venues, our audiences and service users […]

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Views wanted on proposals for Maesteg Town Hall

The drop-in sessions will take place in Unit 10 at Maesteg Outdoor Market on the following dates: Saturday 18 August between 1pm – 4pm. Monday 20 August between 9am – 12pm. Tuesday 21 August between 5pm – 8pm. Awen Cultural Trust and members of the council’s regeneration, conservation and design teams will be available along […]

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Grand Pavilion to Reopen for Indoor Live Performances

This intimate performance will feature songs Mal has written for artists including Cliff Richard and The Hollies, duets he has recorded with fellow Welsh artists Bonnie Tyler and Aled Jones, and stories about the years he spent touring with Art Garfunkel and Belinda Carlisle. Mal will also be sharing what is was like to produce […]

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A letter of thanks to our supporters as we prepare to reopen the Grand Pavilion and Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall

No one could have predicted that when the curtain came down after our final performance in March 2020, that our theatre would remain dark for so many months later. It goes without saying that the past year has been incredibly challenging for venues across the UK. It is widely acknowledged that this country’s arts and […]

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Folk Tales of Wales – Ceffyl Dŵr

Many Celtic and Norse traditions have demon horses in their folklore. The Ceffyl Dwr however is unique to Wales. The beast was a shapeshifter who would take the appearance of a docile horse, grazing peacefully by a ford or river crossing. A hapless traveller would come passing by and to avoid getting their feet wet, […]

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Folk Tales of Wales – Cap Coch

On the banks of the river Ogmore, near where the dipping bridge stands now, there used to be an inn. It was run by a fiendish man who used to wear a red cap and so became known as Cap Coch. What the people who visited his inn did not know, was that he was […]

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Folk Tales of Wales – The Lost Town of Kenfig

Kenfig was once a bustling and thriving town and port, but its fate was sealed when a young peasant boy from the town fell hopelessly in love with the daughter of the Earl of Glamorgan. Knowing their union would never be permitted on account of their social differences he went to the home of an […]

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Folk Tales of Wales – Mallt-y-Nos and the Cwn Annwn

Robert Fitzhamon; the villainous Duke of Gloucester who led the Norman invasion of the kingdom of Morganwg had a very beautiful mistress. She was known to be very cruel and wicked, but she was a great horsewoman. Above everything else in the world, she loved to hunt on the estates her lover had given her […]

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Folk Tales of Wales – Hu Gadarn, the Oxen and the Afanc

Hu Gadarn was the first King of the Britons and taught them how to plough fields and created songs to strengthen memory. Shortly after he became king, a series of floods kept destroying the homes and fields of the people living on the banks of the River Conwy. These floods were created by a beast […]

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Folk Tales of Wales – Dinas Emrys

King Vortigern was a Saxon king who tried to build a castle at Dinas Emrys in Snowdonia but the walls kept falling down at night. The king was instructed to find a young boy who was not conceived by mortal man and upon finding this boy, planned to sacrifice him in an effort to appease […]

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Folk Tales of Wales – Branwen ferch Llŷr

Branwen, daughter of Llŷr was married to Matholwch, the King of Ireland, but their marriage was an unhappy one. After being treated cruelly by her husband, Branwen trained a starling to say her name and sent it across the Irish Sea to her brother King Bendigeidfran (Brân the Blessed). He mobilised a guard made up […]

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Folk Tales of Wales – The Daughters of the Sea

In Cardigan Bay, there lived an old man and his three beautiful daughters. The sea god, Dylan, was jealous of the old man and wanted to steal the three daughters for himself so he sent a huge wave to capture them and bring them into the sea. After seeing how distraught the old man was […]

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Cafe Art Commission

We are open to engaging and striking work that can have a positive impact on the space and that reflects the heritage of the building and the town itself. Please click here for more information.

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Call to local artists, performers, people with artistic practice to be part of a voluntary project for the Grand Pavilion promenade exhibition!

Our Promenart exhibition at the front of the Grand Pavilion continues and we are working with the talented Berenice Luceau for the July Exhibition. We would love to speak to any performers or artists who would like to participate in this voluntary project to represent to the performing Arts through a series of still images […]

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Shout Out For Artists!

We have received lots of positive feedback on our Promenade Poster Exhibitions and we are excited to announce we are opening this opportunity up again to artists for exhibitions between May and August 2021. We will have a number of opportunities for runs of 4 – 6 weeks.   We welcome all queries and submissions […]

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April and May Events: Update

We are currently contacting all customers with tickets for these events, by email in the first instance. Please keep an eye on your inbox or spam folder, for an email containing further instructions. If we do not have an email address, please wait to be called by one of our team. We are sorry for […]

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FAQ’s – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is constantly evolving, we hope any questions you may have regarding tickets booked for the Grand Pavilion are answered here. [more]

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THANK YOU!

On behalf of the team at the Grand Pavilion, I want to say a huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone for their patience and support over the last few weeks.

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Rescheduled & Cancelled Events – Grand Pavilion Porthcawl

In response to the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) and the resulting closure of theatres and venues across the country, we have been busy rescheduling events – here’s an update as of Friday 27 March.

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Please support us

The impact of COVID-19 the Coronavirus is affecting us all. On the evening of 16th March, the Grand Pavilion was forced to close its doors in support of the effort to slow down the spread of this disease.

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Grand Pavilion – Closed Until Further Notice

Further to our statement yesterday, we have taken the difficult decision to close the Grand Pavilion until further notice, so that we can play our part in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by supporting the UK Government’s social distancing guidance.

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Grand Pavilion – Coronavirus Update 18.03.20

Following the latest advice from the UK Government, it is with much regret that the Grand Pavilion will be closed until at least 31st March. We have taken this difficult decision, with full support from Bridgend County Borough Council, in order to play our part in preventing the spread of the virus by supporting the Government’s social distancing guidance.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the announcement from the UK Government yesterday, we are planning to rearrange the events due to take place at the Grand Pavilion this week.

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New Shows On Sale…

We’re very excited to announce new shows on sale… Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden, Come What May – Ultimate Tribute Moulin Rouge, Jazz Sarah Bolter Quartet, WEST, Sainwedd, Film Downton Abbey & Aladdin panto.

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Snow White Breaks Box Office Records at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

The doors have closed on the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl’s most successful pantomime season ever with almost 18,000 tickets sold.

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£70k investment in new LED lighting for the Grand Pavilion

The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, managed by Awen Cultural Trust on behalf of Bridgend Council, has received new LED lighting with the help of funding from the Arts Council Wales and Porthcawl Town Council.

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Panto Junior Chorus Auditions – Snow White

Aged 9 – 16 years and want to appear in a professional panto? Come to our open auditions, best to register in advance…

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New Shows On Sale…

We’re very excited to announce new shows on sale: Film: Rocketman (15), Screening Rugby World Cup: Wales vs Uruguay, Alistair McGowan – The Piano Show, Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, Day and Night – The Doris Day Songbook and Lost In The Rhythm: Amy Dowden, Ben Jones & Colin Jackson.

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Mirror Mirror On the Wall, Is the Grand Pavilion Panto the Fairest of Them All?

The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl are delighted to announce that Vern Griffiths and Kyle Tovey will be returning for their magical family pantomime Snow White this Christmas after proving a smash hit in last year’s production of Sleeping Beauty.

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Barry Manilow’s music to grace the stage at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

The “He Writes The Songs” musical show, showcasing the best of Barry Manilow’s music, takes to the stage at Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Friday 29th March 2019 7.30pm.

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Barbara Dickson – Full Band Tour 2019

The REAL Barbara Dickson, multi-million selling recording artist, returns to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Sunday 3 March 7.30pm, with her accomplished band.

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New Shows On Sale…

We’re very excited to announce new shows on sale: Screening of 6 Nations Rugby, An Audience With Kate Humble, The Manfreds: Hits, Jazz & Blues Tour 2019, Elvis Festival Weekend, Crimes Under the Sun, Leather and Lace, Little Shop of Horrors and Snow White Christmas Pantomime

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A Fairy Tale Panto Season for the Grand Pavilion

The Grand Pavilion are looking forward to their 2019 production which will be the ‘fairest panto of them all’, Snow White.

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80s Night

Join us for the time of your life with our 80s Night at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Friday 22 February 8pm-late, expect non-stop 80s disco tunes!

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Tomfoolery’s Beans On Toast

February half term fun with Tomfoolery, award-winning children’s entertainer live at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Sunday 24 February 11am with his Beans on Toast show.

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Barbara Dickson – Full Band Tour 2019

The REAL Barbara Dickson, multi-million selling recording artist, returns to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Sunday 3 March 7.30pm, with her accomplished band.

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The Original Hitman – Music Mogul Pete Waterman OBE Live In Conversation

Waterman is set to reveal never before heard stories behind some of the greatest songs and artists of the 80s and 90s live at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Friday 21 September at 7.30pm

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Jason And His Amazing Midlife Crisis

[:en]Jason Donovan will take to the road live at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm with his autobiographical show ‘Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis.[:cy]Bydd Jason Donovan yn ymddangos yn fyw ym Mhafiliwn y Grand, Porthcawl ar ddydd Sadwrn 17 Mawrth am 7.30pm gyda’i sioe hunangofiannol ‘Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis. [:]

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Macca: The Concert

Macca: The Concert – celebrate the music of Paul McCartney and the greatest hits of The Beatles live at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Friday 16 February at 7.30pm.

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Cinderella Breaks Box Office Records at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

The doors have closed on the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl’s most successful pantomime season ever. Cinderella smashed all previous box office records during its four-week run, much to the delight of the venue and producers Imagine Theatre.

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Milkshake! Live – The Magic Story Book

Milkshake! Live – The Magic Story Book at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Saturday 21 April 12noon & 3.30pm.

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Relaxed and signed performances of Cinderella

[:en]Following on from the success of last year’s accessible performances, The Grand Pavilion will once again be staging a signed performance on Thursday 28 December at 5pm and a relaxed performance on Thursday 4 January at 10.30am.

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Summer Art Exhibition

Artists – submit your work to our annual art exhibition which takes place Monday 7 – Sunday 13 August 10am – 6pm and the launch on Monday 7 August 6pm.

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Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast

[:en]Just announced Sarah Millican will be bringing her Control Enthusiast tour to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Thursday 8 February at 8pm.

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You could be the lucky winner of a bottle of champagne if you book to see Pasha in Feb!

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer and winner Pasha Kovalev announces a special month for February with a Valentines promotion!

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Connla

Connla are an exciting new band from Ireland with strong traditional roots that give their music a unique sound. Described as “The Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland” (Irish American News) see them live at the Grand Pavilion…

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Seann Walsh – One For The Road

[:en]Seann Walsh is back on the road with a brand new show and is coming live to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Thursday 16 February at 8pm.[:cy]Mae Seann Walsh yn ôl ar y ffordd gyda sioe newydd sbon ac mae’n dod yn fyw i Bafiliwn y Grand, Porthcawl ar ddydd Iau 16 Chwefror am 8pm.[:]

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Barbara Dickson

[:en]Barbara Dickson, multi-million selling recording artist, returns to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Thursday 2 February at 7.30pm, with her incredible band. [:cy]Mae Barbara Dickson, y gantores recordio sydd wedi gwerthu miliynau, yn dychwelyd i Bafiliwn y Grand, Porthcawl ar ddydd Iau 2 Chwefror am 7.30pm, gyda’i band anhygoel.[:]

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Theatre goers raise money for charity

Generous families enjoying Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at the Grand Pavilion Theatre, Porthcawl on Sunday 11 December have raised an impressive £1568 for local charities.

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Local Star Rebecca Craven to Spread Some Magic in the Grand Pavilion

The Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl are delighted to announce that Rebecca Craven will be starring in their gigantic family panto Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas.

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The Three Degrees

The Three Degrees can still make claims as the longest running female vocal group in history! Come and enjoy hits by the famous trio in this one-night-only concert!

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The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show

Starring Belinda Davids

Wednesday 26 October 7.30pm

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