Blaenau Gwent & Torfaen
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Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen make up the Gateway to South East Wales. Where else can you visit llamas in the morning, go skiing in the afternoon and be home in time
to get a pizza delivered? From North to South, the region has it all.
Ebbw Vale is home to the Festival Park Shopping Outlet, complete with adventure playground, designer labels, and even an owl sanctuary. Tredegar is the birthplace of Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, and the town has a rich iron and coal heritage. Its small neighbour Brynmawr, is home to renowned nature reserve Parc Nant-Y-Waun.
Former mining town Abertillery now hosts its own annual Blues Festival, while nearby Blaenavon, with its ironworks and colliery (now Big Pit) was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.
Pontypool famously has its 200 acre park complete with ski slope, leisure centre and neighbouring museum. The Park is also the home of Pontypool RFC and its Mighty Front Row.
South of Pontypool sits Cwmbran. Its undercover shopping, big name stores and free parking has made Cwmbran a popular destination for miles around. And if you need a rest after all that, there are always the friendly llamas up at Greenmeadow Community Farm.