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 Great Cheese Race 2017

Celebrating Visit Wales’ Year of Legends, this year’s fancy dress theme is Myths and Legends….…Fancy dressing up as the legendary Tom Jones, Tommy Cooper or maybe a Mythical dragon or unicorn!

Let’s add to the fun factor and make this year’s race one to remember! Read more....

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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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.