When: 27th – 29th July 2018
Where: Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields, Crescent Road, Caerphilly
What is it?
The Big Cheese festival will take place in Wales from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July, 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’s quirky highlight is the Great Cheese Race on the Friday.
It is the 21st Big Cheese festival, and this year it kicks off on the Friday from 3pm with the opening of the funfair, followed by live music at 6pm, and the Great Cheese Race at 6.30pm. The Friday rounds off with a firework display at 10pm.
The Great Cheese Race sees teams of four race around a special course in the grounds of the castle. The teams must carry truckles of cheese around the course on stretchers. There will be races for children and adults, and prizes will be awarded for the winners and those in the best fancy dress. Visitors can cheer on the competitors in the dairy dash from the festival site.
Over the Saturday and Sunday there will be entertainment from 11am including re-enactment displays, musical entertainment, educational activities, food and craft stalls, an animal marquee and traditional funfair.
Over the weekend, watch re-enactment groups as they reconstruct 10th, 11th and 14th century life and battles. The interactive living history encampments and displays will illustrate the different periods of Welsh history.
There will be cheese market, showcasing some of the best cheese traders in the country, as well as a food and drink market. The market will be full of Welsh produce, including cakes, bakes, preserves and some tempting tipples.