Date
27.07.18 to 29.07.18
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The Big Cheese 2018
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Set in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle, the second largest Castle in Britain, The Big Cheese festival brings together local and regional Welsh food & drink producers in one of the largest travelling food halls in the country. With a dedicated cheese market featuring quality cheese producers from all over the country.

When

27th, 28th & 29th July 2018

The Big Cheese is a FREE event.

Join us for our opening evening on Friday 27th July from 3pm until our spectacular fireworks finale at 10pm.

Our full programme starts at 11am on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July. (Stalls and Food Halls are open Saturday and Sunday only).

About

Entertainment is the life and soul of the festival with live music acts, choirs and dancers. Caerphilly Castle is transformed into a medieval encampment with re-enactment displays and battles.

Visit our huge traditional funfair and craft stalls lining the Castle's moat. Children's activities are plentiful with animal encounters, crafts, displays and much more.

Where?

Where is the Big Cheese?

Caerphilly is located just 10 miles north of Cardiff, close to the M4. You'll find all the action in and at the rear of Caerphilly Castle:

Crescent Road, Caerphilly,

CF83 1AB

Tel: 029 2088 0011 Email: events@caerphilly.gov.uk

Location

Directions

Exit Junction 32 of M4, take the A470 then A468 and follow signs for Caerphilly.

View The Big Cheese Site Map 2018

Download a Free Bus Timetable to The Big Cheese (Caerphilly County Borough only)

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Funfair & Entertainment
With over 45 funfair rides to experience ranging from toddler rides to the pulse racing 'Freak Out' and 'Bomber' (if you dare!). We've also a Ferris Wheel where you can take in the spectacular view of Caerphilly Castle.

Our entertainment programme is packed full of exciting acts, singers, bands, choirs and dance groups.

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Castle &

Re-enactment

Caerphilly Castle is transformed into a medieval encampment with re-enactment displays and battles. See what medieval life was like within the Castle walls and watch the villagers as they go about their daily tasks. Caerphilly Castle is free to enter on Saturday 28th & 29th July with stalls and entertainments within the Castle grounds and Great Hall.
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Food Halls & Craft Stalls
With over 70 food & drink stalls, a dedicated cheese market and over 100 stalls selling crafts, art, jewellery, books and much more.

Download a full list of food & drink producers who are attending this year's Big Cheese.

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Visitor Facilities
The event is FREE to enter!

We have toilets, baby changing and feeding facilities, food and drink refreshement stalls and picnic areas. There is an onsite bar in the entertainment arena.

There is good disabled access and facilities throughout the site.

Car parking is available at two park & ride facilities and one park & walk facility.

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Coaches &

Groups

The Big Cheese offers a fantastic day trip for groups, with coach parking available 300m from the event site.

Coach parking spaces that are reserved in advance are FREE!

Coach drivers receive a free goodie bag and food voucher.

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The Great Cheese Race
Friday evening sees teams run in a relay carrying stretchers adorned with traditional cheese through the event site and Caerphilly Castle.

The first race will take place at approximately 6.30pm.

To enter or for more information click on the ‘find out more’ button.

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Local Attractions, Accommodation & Places to Eat
A Big opportunity to sponsor The Big Cheese!

The Big Cheese is a ‘must see’ event with visitors coming from all over the UK and overseas. The event annually attracts over 50,000 people in the space of 30 hours!

Sponsorship packages are available to suit all types and sizes of business. Click below to read about the sponsorship packages available, the promotion we do, previous sponsors and visitor profiling research.

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Exhibiting at The Big Cheese

The number of trade stands at The Big Cheese Festival has dramatically increased over the last few years from food, craft, business and charity stalls to commercial trailers.

If you would like to apply for a trade stall or pitch at The Big Cheese click on the link below where you will find Trader Application Forms for all of our events including The Big Cheese.

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News
We can confirm that there will be over 70 food & drink producers at The Big Cheese this year in 2 huge food halls. We also have a dedicated Cheese Market for all those Cheese lovers out there!

Our entertainment programme features local bands, choirs and dance groups with headliners 'Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band' performing on Friday evening.

 
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