The Big Cheese

27th-29th July 2012


Friday 28th
3pm-10pm - Myths & Legends themed Great Cheese Race (6.30pm start), music entertainment programme (6pm - 10pm), funfair (3pm - 10pm) and Firework display (10.00pm)

Sat 29th & Sun 30th
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 Big Cheese App 2017

The Big Cheese app is a guide to all the music, events and historical re-enactments taking place over the three days. It also has details of all the artists, crafts-people, charities and other organisations who are exhibiting and supporting the festival.

The app is free, and is available for Apple IOS or Android phones and tablets. You can download it from the app stores at the links below.!

Download the app

The Big Cheese 2017

28th, 29th & 30th July

Set in the shadows of one of Europe's largest Castles the town of Caerphilly comes to life as people of all ages come to The Big Cheese®, an extravaganza of street entertainers, living history encampments, music, dance, traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours and much more.

The Big Cheese is a 'must see' attraction for all visitors, celebrating its 20th year in 2017. Portraying the history, heritage and culture of Caerphilly. Families from all over the country flocked to Caerphilly to experience this fun filled programme of activities and entertainment.

NEW for 2017 - The Big Cheese welcomes a fantastic Cheese Market with 14 cheese producers displaying their wares. Try as you buy with lots of delicious cheeses from top class producers including The Blaenafon Cheddar Company, The Great British Cheese Company and Snowdonia Cheese to name just a few. 

The Big Cheese weekend is a FREE event and over 80,000 people are expected in 2017, just click on one of the links to the left to find out more.

The Big Cheese 2016 - video review

Watch the video our Go2MyTown team produced of this year's Big Cheese Festival.

Watch the Big Cheese 2016 review

The Funfair opens at 3pm and Fireworks display starts at 10pm on Friday 28th July 2017 The music entertainment and funfair are open on Friday afternoon , however  all other entertainment and trade stalls are open on Saturday and Sunday only.

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Security Statement

Your safety is our priority. We are constantly reviewing our security procedures and work very closely with our partners to ensure that we have an appropriate level of security in place.

Visitors may be searched at random on entry and metal detector wands will be used. Please allow extra time to pass through security and check the list of prohibited items below. There will be a police presence on site.

Our security and stewarding teams are there for your safety.

Due to the current unprecedented security situation, it is better for everyone if you do not bring a bag at all. If you must bring a bag, it must be small (no bigger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm).

The following items are not to be brought onto the event site: laser pens, fireworks, alcohol, glass containers, any weapon including sharp objects, illegal substances. This list is not exhaustive and security reserve the right to refuse items to be brought onto the event site that are deemed unsafe.

Management reserves the right to conduct security searches and confiscate any item which is not permitted and to eject any person refusing to a search.

Important Event Notice

There is an onsite bar and designated drinking area at the event. No Alcohol is permitted to be brought onto the Big Cheese site. Alcohol will be confiscated and destroyed on entry by security staff, police or CCBC Community Safety Wardens. Please be aware that any alcohol bought in the food halls at the event is for offsite consumption (to take home), and cannot be consumed anywhere on the event site.