The Big Cheese

27th-29th July 2012


Friday 27th
3pm-10pm -  Great Cheese Race (6.30pm start), music entertainment programme (6pm - 10pm), funfair (3pm - 10pm) and Firework display (10.00pm)

Sat 28th & Sun 29th
From 11am - The Big Cheese Entertainment programme includes: Reenactment displays, musical entertainment, educational activities, over 60 food producers, cheese market, craft stalls, animal marquees, traditional funfair plus lots more.


For further info contact:

Telephone: (029) 2088 0011

The History of Caerphilly

Caerphilly's story begins nearly two thousand years ago, soon after the Romans marched into Wales and built an auxiliary fort at Caerphilly in A.D.75.

During the following centuries it is said that the Christian missionary Saint Cenydd established a monastic site at Caerphilly. On leaving he was reputed to have entrusted it to his son Ffili. It is from the combination of this story and the Town's Roman origins that Caerphilly takes its name - the fort (caer) of Ffili.

In 1066 the Normans invaded England and soon advanced into Wales. By the beginning of the twelfth century they had conquered much of the lowland area south of Caerphilly. In 1267 the Anglo-Normans gained an uneasy control of Caerphilly. To enforce this, they began building Caerphilly Castle in 1268. A Settlement soon grew up around it and the town you see today began to emerge.

In 1316, the Castle and Town were attacked by Llywelyn Bren and partially destroyed by fire. In 1326, the ill-fated King Edward II sought sanctuary at Caerphilly Castle, before finally losing his throne. By the mid-fourteenth century the Castle's military role had all but ended, although its up-keep continued.

The Castle once again became the focus of hostilities during the Civil War, when a redoubt was built beyond its northwest defences. After the war and during the 1700s, Caerphilly developed as a market town.

In the nineteenth century the Industrial Revolution swept into Caerphilly and it soon blossomed. As its size, wealth and standing grew, it established itself as the main town of the area. Caerphilly also developed a reputation for its cheese, which was an ideal meal for miners. Today, Caerphilly with its sculptures and modern facilities, is a rich contrast of old and new.