Since his death in 1977, there have been many reported sightings of Elvis Presley - shopping in Walmart, grabbing a drive-thru cheeseburger, downing a cold beer in a remote desert saloon bar. However, I can reveal that all these sightings are false and that he can actually be found in Porthcawl. Oh wait, there's another one...and another! OK, I'll come clean, they are not really the King himself: each September Porthcawl hosts its annual Elvis Festival during which thousands of fans descend on the town to see a variety of Elvis tribute acts, with the main focus of the action in the Grand Pavilion, while on the streets visitors are met with a white-suited wonder around every corner.
During the 1800s Porthcawl was responsible for large amounts of iron and steel being shipped out to the four corners of the British Empire. However, it was also during this century that the promenade was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The Welcome To Porthcawl website has some lovely old photographs from the town's earlier days. Now the town is a popular resort, with local attractions such as the Coney Beach fairground for families, while for the golfers there is the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. The Porthcawl Museum is small, but houses some interesting exhibits relating to the locality. The museum is currently displaying a fascinating exhibition about World War I. Rest Bay Beach has attracted some glowing comments on Tripadvisor, such as 'stunning watersports beach'. The beach is popular for surfing, and there is a vast expanse of sand and rock pools for the kids, though care should be taken at high tide. Trecco Bay, meanwhile, is known for its huge estate of mobile homes.
Aside from the Elvis Festival the town holds a number of other popular events, including the International Jazz Festival and Pro Surf Uk. For a list of events see here.
|Photo by Ron Speed, via Wikimedia Commons|