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

What was on 2017

The 2017 Big Cheese entertainment programme is one of the biggest and best yet, returning with some old favorites as well as new and exciting acts and entertainers that appeal to all ages.

The Great Cheese Race 2017 

This year teams will run in a relay format through the main event site, over the bridge to the Castle’s rear entrance and back to the main site. Visitors will be able to watch the whole of the race from the event site and cheer on competitors!

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!

Traditional cheese stretchers adorned with replica cheese truckles will be passed between team members as they run their lap.

The first race will take place at approximately 6.30pm. Please report to starting point for 6:00pm.The number of entries will determine the format of the races.

What's on 2017

The event will host street entertainers, living history re-enactments, music, dance, a traditional funfair, falconry, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more.

Friday 28 July

3.00pm Funfair opens
6.00pm Indoor Music stage opens
6.30pm The Great Cheese Race
10.00pm Firework display and funfair closes.

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 July

Full event programme runs from 11am - 7pm, with the funfair closing at 9.30pm.

Entertainment Timetables 2017

Music marquee timetable and programme (PDF)
Re-enactment acts timetable and programme (PDF)

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Important Event Notice

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.