When: 25th – 27th July 2014
Where: Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields, Crescent Road, Caerphilly, Wales
What is it?
The Big Cheese festival takes place from 25th to 27th July in Caerphilly, with street entertainers, living history encampments, music, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, fire eating, minstrels and troubadours.
The Big Cheese is an annual free festival which celebrates the history, heritage and culture of Caerphilly. The festival kicks off on the Friday from 3pm with live music from the Devil’s Answer, Johnny Trashed and Nu-Chant. This will be followed by a fireworks display at 10pm.
Don’t miss the Great Cheese Race which takes place on Friday 25th July at 6.30pm. Competitors race with cheese in teams of four. Prizes are awarded for the winners and the best dressed, so those taking part should prepare their fancy dress outfits now.
Over the Saturday and Sunday there will be entertainment from 11am including re-enactment displays, musical entertainment, educational activities, a food hall, craft stalls, an activity marquee and a traditional funfair. There will be performances on both days from the Suitcase Circus, comedy magician Mario Morris, and weird sideshow performer Daniella D’Ville. There will also be more live music on offer from bands including Lodestar and Fiddlebox.
In the re-enactment arena there will be a variety of interactive living history encampments and re-enactment displays, illustrating the many different periods of Welsh history. See the Knights of Longshanks, traditional crafts, Medieval cookery and falconry displays. Watch the minting of coins and have a go at coin striking. Children can join in Roman military practice and have a go at Medieval longbow archery.
At Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall there will be yarn bombing, live music, refreshments and children’s activities. Watch out for further entertainment around the town from mad fools Pic ‘n’ Mix Circus, Jimmy Juggle and Diggin Holes Street Theatre amongst others.
The Food and Cheese Market will see food producers from around Wales displaying their mouth-watering delights, from Welsh cheese, cakes and chutney, to liqueurs, cider and wine. There will also be a Craft Market with local craftspeople displaying spinning, silverwork and glasswork skills.
Finally, visitors can head to The Great Sustrans Escape where there will be bike art workshops, information and advice. There will also be cycle-powered fun with a chance to pedal your own fruit smoothie and dance to the pedal-powered disco.
More info: your.caerphilly.gov.uk/bigcheese