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EVERYTHING you need to know about the Caerphilly Big Cheese this weekend

The Caerphilly Big Cheese is back this month (27th-29th July) promising to be BIGGER than EVER.

Set in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle, the second largest Castle in Britain, this annual FREE festival brings together local and regional Welsh food & drink producers in one of the largest travelling food halls in the country. With a dedicated cheese market featuring quality cheese producers from all over the country.

A popular event with families, there are designated picnic areas on the event site for you to relax with your blankets and hampers, and take in the event’s atmosphere.

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[accordion title=”On Site Facilities” load=”show”]Toilets, baby-changing facilities, breastfeeding area, food and drink refreshments, licensed bar, information centre.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Off Site Facilities” load=”hide”]Toilets (below The Visitor Centre Caerphilly 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.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Disabled parking and access information” load=”hide”]Disabled Facilities Access to the site is good from all entrances, ground conditions are generally flat with a few uneven areas. Mostly 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.[/accordion]


Meet the vendors at this year’s event

Celtic country Wines

Celtic Country Wines is a company dedicated to quality food and drink made in Wales. As well as stocking top produce from all over Wales, they produce a range of Fruit Wines, Liqueurs, Vinegars and preserves under the brand name Celteg.

Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream

At Llanfaes Dairy they pride ourselves on producing the finest quality artisan ice cream right in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. With a continued commitment to incorporating wholesome, natural produce using locally sourced fruit, milk, cream and the finest ingredient imported from one of Italy’s top flavour houses. Creating a euphoric blend of Welsh Ice Cream, with Italian Flair.

Cowleys fine food

Cowleys specialise in all things edible, but as they come from a background in re-enacting, they are known best for their historically inspired range of dried, smoked, pickled and preserved foods.

They make a wide range of delicious snacks, for both meat eaters and veggies, that are healthy alternatives to the usual snack food. Their range includes jerky, fruit scrolls, pickles, relishes, spice mixes, chillies, sweet treats, savoury treats and a number of smoked ingredients.

Pig in the middle

Pig In The Middle are creators of the Finest Artisan Sausage Rolls.

All sausage rolls are made by hand using top quality British Pork Sausage meat from orchard reared pigs and adding the best ingredients in their own blend to make the best tasting sausage rolls you can imagine.

Snowdonia cheese company

Incredible Welsh cheese created among the stunning valleys, lakes and mountains of North Wales. As an added bonus this cheese is also suitable for vegetarians as the company uses non animal rennet in all of their cheeses.

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A fantastic entertaining line-up!

There is  range of entertainment throughout the weekend ranging from historical re-enactment and live music.

  • Today (Friday) will see Little Red on stage who is a skilled guitarist, singer and song writer and headlining will be Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band.
  • Saturday will see Britain’s Got Talent runner up Russell Jones Jnr perform.
  • Sunday’s stage will be taken by St Louis Express, a Penarth based six piece swing band.

With plenty more still to come!

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Find your way around with the Big Cheese map

Caerphilly Car Park Map

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There will also be a free cheese bus to take you to and from the Caerphilly. Click here to download a copy of the bus timetable.