The Big Cheese

27th-29th July 2012


Friday 29th
3pm-10pm - The Great Cheese Race (6.30pm start), music entertainment programme (6pm - 10pm), funfair (3pm - 10pm) and Firework display (10.00pm)

Sat 30th & Sun 31st
From 11am - The Big Cheese Entertainment programme includes: Reenactment displays, musical entertainment, educational activities, over 60 food producers, craft stalls, animal marquees, traditional funfair plus lots more.


For further info contact:

Telephone: (029) 2088 0011




A small number of remaining lost items handed in to the Big Cheese control centre have now been handed to the Police at Ystrad Mynach Police station. If you think any of these items could belong to you, please contact the station at Ystrad Mynach. Any items not claimed by the end of August will be destroyed.

The Big Cheese 2016

29th, 30th & 31st July

Enter our Big Cheese competition to win FREE funfair ride tickets or sign up for email alerts to be in with a chance to win half price funfair tickets.

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 19th year in 2016. 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.

The Big Cheese weekend is a FREE event and over 80,000 people are expected in 2016, just click on one of the links to the left to find out more.

The Big Cheese 2016 - video review

TWatch 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 29th July 2016. 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.