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



Visitor information

Admission charge - This is a FREE event.

On site facilities

Toilets, baby-changing facilities, breastfeeding area, food and drink refreshments, licensed bar, information centre.

There are designated picnic areas on the event site for you to relax with your blankets and hampers and take in the event atmosphere. There are also many picnic benches to sit down on and take time to chill and enjoy the entertainment.

Off site facilities

Toilets (below the Visit Caerphilly Centre and at the top of Caerphilly Town upon exiting the Caerphilly Bus Interchange), cash machines, pubs, restaurants, shopping centre. All within 5 minutes walk of the event site.

Disabled facilities

Access to the site is good from all entrances, ground conditions are generally flat with a few uneven areas. The site is mainly on grass. All park and ride buses are equipped with low floor access and a number have wheelchair lifts.

There are limited disabled parking facilities located at the event site.

Crescent Road car park and the Twyn car park both have designated disabled bays and are located near the event site. However these car parks get full early on in the day. It is advised that visitors use the disabled parking situated at the St Cenydd School Park and Ride facility.

Road closure

Crescent Road will be closed from 12pm on Friday 29th July to 12pm Monday 1st August.

Free Buses 2016

Take advantage of a free transport link to the Big Cheese event from various locations in the county borough.

Free bus routes details (PDF)


Car parking

In order to avoid congestion at this year's Big Cheese event, please use the park and ride / park and walk scheme in operation.

On Friday 29th July, a Park and Ride / Park and Walk  will operate from Y Gwyndy Campus on Pontygwindy Road, with buses running from 1.30pm - 10.45pm. There is no fee on the Friday.

On Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July a park and walk will be in operation from Y Gwyndy Campus on Pontygwindy Road at a fee of £2 per car. There are no buses transporting visitors from this site. Visitors will need  to walk to the event site. This site is open for parking from 10.00am until 8.00pm.

On Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, Park and Ride services will operate from St.Cenydd School and Bedwas High School. Both car parks will be operating at a fee of £5 per car, with buses running from 10.00am - 7.45pm.

For the car parks follow the temporary signs from the A470, A469 and A468.

Disabled parking is located St Cenydd School.

The drop off and collection point for Bedwas High Park and Ride is Castle Court Shopping Centre Bus stop at the front of the castle in the town centre. St Cenydd School Park and Ride buses will drop off and collect on Nantgarw Road at the end of the event site.

On Friday 29th July the Park and Ride buses from Y Gwyndy Campus will drop and collect on Nantgarw Road at the end of the event site.

Coach parking

The town's main coach park is located off Crescent Road, 100 yards from the site.

Coach parking spaces will need to be reserved prior to the event. For coaches who have not reserved a space at the car park and also once Crescent Road Car Park is full to capacity, coaches will be directed to St. Cenydd School, one of the park and ride facilities in operation for The Big Cheese.

To reserve a space please email for an application form or complete the online Coach Booking Application form.


Caerphilly County Borough provides a wide choice of accommodation, from luxury hotels to bed and breakfasts and guest houses. Whether you are visiting for an overnight stay or a short break, there is an excellent choice of accommodation available to suit all tastes and budgets.

Visit Caerphilly

The friendly and welcoming staff at Visit Caerphilly are on hand to ensure that you get the very most from your visit. We offer independent advice with the planning of travel itinaries and the booking of accommodation. Visit Caerphilly is full of information on places to visit in the region and also houses an impressive gift shop showcasing locally made quality crafts.