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his spectacular Summer festival has become one of the key attractions in the Welsh events calendar and we are once again expecting tens of thousands of people to flock to Caerphilly to soak up the fun and sunshine on offer at the Big Cheese. I hope you enjoy the wide range of activities on offer this year including live music, entertainment, craft stalls, historic encampments, food halls, comedy and of course, the impressive funfair boasting everything from white-knuckle thrills to children’s mini-rides.

A huge amount of effort goes into organising these types of events and I would like to thank the council’s Events Team for helping to put Caerphilly on the map. I would also like to thank our generous sponsors for their ongoing support.

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Sponsors Med Food

Med Food are sponsors of one of the Food Halls. They have a stand in the centre of the field selling olives and lots of tasty treats, so why not pop along and see what they have on offer.

People’s Postcode Lottery

The People’s Postcode Lottery are a BIG support to the Big Cheese event – they are located in the centre of the main field, pop along and try your luck!

Caerphilly Town Council

Caerphilly Town Council are a huge support to the event. Don’t forget there is also entertainment going on in the town centre over the weekend, which the town council have kindly attributed to.

Bryn Meadows

Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa will be attending the Cheese festival and will have all of our latest offers whilst giving people to spin our own ‘wheel of fortune’ to win exclusive prizes. Our key members of staff will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding the resort.


W h a t ’ s o n .. . Friday 26th July 15:00 Funfair Rides open to the public 18:30 The Big Cheese Race 18.00 Indoor Music Stage 22.00 Fireworks Display & Funfair Closes

Saturday 27th July 10.00 Event starts 21.30 Funfair Closes


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.


VISITOR INFORMATION equipped with low floor access and a number have wheelchair lifts. There are limited disabled parking facilities situated at the main event site in the Crescent Road Car Park and also in the Twyn Car Park, which is located near the event site. Please note that both car parks have designated disabled bays, however these get full early on in the day. All the park and Off site facilities ride buses are equipped Toilets (below Caerphilly with low floor access and Visitor Centre and a number have wheelchair opposite the bus station), lifts, though we would cash machines, pubs, advise using the St Cenydd restaurants, shopping centre. All within 5 minutes Park & Ride as there is designated disabled walk of the event site. Onsite seating is limited so parking. please feel free to bring chairs and blankets for rest Road closure periods and refreshments. Crescent Road will be closed from 12 midday on Friday 26 July to 12 Disabled facilities Access to the site is good midday Monday 29 July. from all entrances, ground Pentrebane Street will be closed to traffic on conditions are flat with Saturday 27 and Sunday a few uneven areas. All 28 July. park and ride buses are On site facilities Toilets, baby-changing facilities, breast feeding area, food and drink refreshments, licensed bar and information centre. There are two designated picnic areas on the event site for you to relax with your blankets and hampers and take in the event atmosphere.


How to get there A FREE Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields EVENT Crescent Road, Caerphilly Directions Exit Junction 32 of M4, take the A470 then A468 and follow the signs for Caerphilly.


Free Buses Take advantage of a free transport link to the Big Cheese event from various locations in the county borough. Information is available from www. Car parking In order to avoid congestion at this year’s Big Cheese event, please use the park and ride scheme in operation. On Friday 26th July, the Park & Ride scheme will operate for free at St Cenydd School from 1.30pm - 10.45pm. On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, Park and Rides will operate from St Cenydd School and Bedwas High School from 10am - 7.45pm at a cost of £3 per car. Disabled parking is available at St Cenydd School. For the car parks follow the temporary signs from the A470, A469 and A468. 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. Coach parking The town’s main coach park is located off Crescent Road, 100 yards from the site. Spaces in this coach park will need to be reserved prior to the event. Coaches who have not reserved a space at Crescent Road coach park, or once Crescent Road coach park is full to capacit y, will be directed to St Cenydd School, one of The Big Cheese Park and Rides. There is no charge at either park and ride or Crescent Road car park for coaches.

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tribute to one of Caerphilly’s most famous son’s, Tommy Cooper. The comedy marquee will keep children, and adults alike, entertained for hours with a mix of comedy, music, magic and general clowning around. Tommy is always remembered for his trademark Fez and catchphrase, ‘Just Like That’. A comic, magician and all round entertainer, Tommy’s magic tricks invariably went wrong much to his and the audiences delight ALL SHOOK UP MIKE HANCOCK Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July - 2.15pm & 4.30pm For twenty years Mike Hancock has performed high quality comedy shows at festivals and comedy clubs around Europe with magic, live music, circus, improvisation and audience participation.

SUITCASE CIRCUS Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 1.30pm & 3.45pm Suitcase Circus is a show full of circus skills, comic inventions, audience participation and family fun. Pete is a skilled street/outdoor entertainer as well as being highly suited to the stage. MARIO MORRIS MAGIC Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 12pm Mario Morris is the real deal. He is a high-energy entertainer that combines expert sleight of hand with outstanding comedy, timing and audience interaction.

1 1/2 MEN Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 12.45pm, 3pm & 5.15pm ‘1½ Men’ is made up of two amazing and very different performers: Terry Keeble and Phil Hoyles. Keeble brings zany humour, vocals and a friendly atmosphere suitable for all. Whilst Hoyles offers his vast comedy know-how, most notably from his tribute show ‘The Tommy Cooper Experience’

MARQUEES AND TRAILERS There will be a variety of marquees and trailers exhibiting at the event from an array of CCBC departments and various external organisations. Come along and see what is on offer, including freebies and activities, interesting information and products to browse. For a full list of those exhibiting visit or download “The Big Cheese” app.


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he town of Caerphilly has a rich historical past and was first utilised for its strategic location by the Romans who built a fort on the present site of the Castle. The fort established a link between the important auxiliary forts of Gelligaer and Caerleon. Caerphilly Castle, the towns most famous attraction was built by the Normans and occupied during the early and late medieval periods. The Castle will host a variety of interactive living history encampments and re-enactment displays illustrating the many different periods of Welsh history. MEDIEVAL HERBS AND POTIONS Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July TRADITIONAL WOOD CRAFTING Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July

Y CANTREF BREINIOL Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 11.30am, 2pm & 4.30pm

FALCONRY STATIC DISPLAY Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July

MARCHER STUARTS Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 12.30pm & 3.30pm

LONGBOW ARCHERY Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July

KNIGHTS OF LONGSHANKS Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 12pm & 2.30pm


BLACK MOUNTAIN FALCONRY Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 1pm & 3pm

PIG IN A BUN Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July


CHAMPIONS OF ISCA / NATIONAL ROMAN LEGION MUSEUM Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July - 1.30pm & 4pm

HISTORICAL AND MYTHICAL Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July

FRANTASTIC CREPES Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July MARTIN’S JERK MEATS Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July CRIMSON MOON Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July HISTORICAL ALEHOUSE Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July

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ood producers from around Wales gather at the event to display their mouth-watering delights. From welsh cheese, liqueurs, cider, wine, bread, cakes, chutneys and lots more. Exhibitors that have attended Caerphilly’s Farmers Market and Food Fayres throughout the year gather at the food hall to present their goods.

This years exhibitors include: • • • Bath Soft Cheese Ltd • • Benporium • • Blaenafon Cheddar • Company • • Blaengawney Cider • • Bread of Devon • • Caerphilly Preserves • Caws Cenarth Cheese • • Celtic Country Wines • Celtic Spirit Company • • Chantler Teas • • Cherry Tree • • Chocolate Fushion • • Churtopia • Condessa Welsh Liqueurs • • • Cowpots Ice Cream • • Cwm Deri Vineyard • • Delicia Cakes and Teas • • Dove Workshop • • Elm Tree Foods • Focaccia Bread Company • • • Glanbrydan • Gourmet Vinegars at Ellsey • • • Gwatkin Cider • • Gwynt y Ddraig Cider • • Homemade Country • Preserves • • Hot Roasted Nuts • Hurns Beer Company

Jaccs Gourmet Coffee KK Ventures La Creme Patisserie Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream Lime Tree Pantry Food Lymn Bank Farm Cheese Co Marks Foods Marmahs Traditional & Local Cheeses Mediterranean Deli Company Miranda’s Preserves MKS Food Distribution Mr Olives Narna’s Chocolates Nibble Nose Cheese Popty Cara Ralph’s Cider & Perry Riverford Home Delivery Samosaco (Sim’s Foods Ltd) Seasons Farm Foods Shelly’s Foods Simply Crepes Snowdonia Cheese Stoppin Olives Nuts Susan’s Farmhouse Fudge Taste of Persia The Garlic Farm The Original Welsh Oggie/ Pie Company

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The Parsnipship The Preservation Society The Spanish Buffet The Welsh Creperie Company The Yoghurt Shoppe Tudor Brewery Ultimate Fudge Outlet Untapped Brewing Company Wessex Pantry Ltd Wild Fig Fruit Garden


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nce at the event in an attempt to raise An array of charity and voluntary groups will be in attenda a Brac, competitions, raffles, information funds and awareness for their well deserved causes. Bric stands. and fun and games will be displayed at these RS ARITY EXHIBITO THIS YEAR’S CH INCLUDE: ynach Guides • 1st Ystrad M u aring Loss Cymr • Action on He went • Age Cymru G ut O s llie Bu • uncil of Churches • Caerphilly Co arch Wales • Cancer Rese s Net work nd Ha • Healing • House of Joy osis Society • Multiple Scler ort Group Caerphilly Supp • Oldies Club • RSPCA • Shining Stars the Street • Soldiers Off xers Associations • Welsh Ex-bo

An array of commercial businesses and groups will be in attendance at the event in an attempt to raise awareness of their work and/or products. This year’s commercial exhibitors are: • 2 B Promotions • Action for Children Fostering Project • Airplay • Bling-n-Things • Blackwood & Caerphilly and Chiropractic Centre • Bill Hardiman’s Balloons • Bubblemania • Chi Chi Doll • Forever Living • Four Legged Fancies • Headgear • Hope Rescue (Dog Rescue) • Imelda Jones • Inspirations of Cardiff • Ironic Design / Manhood UK • Puppets and Novelties and Ramsdens • JM Agencies • Looby Lou’s Baby Wear • Lush • Me and You (Tall Trees)

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Moksha N-R Leather Goods Pinky and Cow Precision Chiropractic QWEST (University of Wales Newport) RSPB Cymru Senese Gifts and Jewellery Shabby Chicks Simply Christmas Ltd Small Print SSE Plc SWALEC The College, Ystrad Mynach The 11th Hour The Beads Nest The Body Shop @ Home Three Llamas Tidal Creations Utility Warehouse Discount Club Valley Mill Vicomte Bernard De Romanet Ltd / The International Wine Centre




raditional rides and amusements for all ages. As far back as Roman times the fair has been a feature of life in Great Britain, fair being derived from the Latin word for holiday, ‘feria’. Today’s travelling fairs are a direct descendant of the medieval fairs of which amusements were always an integral part and the fairs of today trace a tradition that is over a thousand years old.



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Cas��e Aren� THE STATUE Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 12pm, 2pm, 4pm The Statue Something a little bit different - a silent performer whose act contains some unique elements. With thirteen years of experience performing as a living statue, mime artist, clown, actor, and performance artist. You will never see anything quite like it. GOSHIN KARATE DEMO Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 1pm, 2pm & 3pm Goshin Karate is a Martial Art not a Martial Sport. The main objective of the style is to learn realistic self-defence for everyday life. There is no emphasis on competition and students are not encouraged to enter them. Students practice full contact sparring.

CAERPHILLY LADIES CHOIR Saturday 27 July - 1.25pm – 1.55pm The choristers of Caerphilly Ladies’ Choir share a love of singing. The choir has a broad repertoire, and is equally at home singing Welsh melodies, spiritual, operatic choruses, sacred music, popular songs and songs from the stage musicals.

THE MELODY MAKERS LADIES CHOIR Saturday 27 July 3.10pm – 4.00pm Upbeat versions of popular music and songs from the musicals. The performance includes covers of songs from the Eagles, Beatles, Take That, plus classics such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bring me Sunshine. Putting the swing into sing. CAERPHILLY YOUTH BIG BAND Saturday 28 July 11am - 12pm Music ranging from big band classics to Stevie Wonder, plus all your favourite TV and Film themes. The performance features some of the winners of the Caerphilly Youth Service’s Young Musician Competitions. ABER VALLEY MALE CHOIR Saturday July 27 12.30pm – 1.15pm 2.15pm – 3pm They have performed over

1000 performances times since their formation in 1959. The 60-strong ensemble has entertained audiences across the globe, and are true ambassadors for Wales and its strong tradition of Welsh male voice singing. HOUNDS OF JUSTICE Sunday 28 July 12.40pm - 1.25pm In times of universal upheaval Music & the Arts flourish with impassioned & empowered individuals who need their voices to be heard. This is why the Hounds were born: The need to make music, to speak out, to say something lyrically and musically in a period where the main stream says nothing. AWEN DANCE ACADEMY Sunday 28 July - 1.30pm – 2pm A showcase of the best young contemporary dancers in the county. Led by expert dancer Lauren Campbell, this group is setting the standard for dance in Caerphilly County Borough. CAERPHILLY COUNTY YOUTH THEATRE Sunday 28 July - 2.35pm – 2.55pm & 3.40pm – 4pm The three groups of Caerphilly Youth Theatre

are coming together to showcase extracts from Romeo and Juliet with a contemporary twist. The groups went to see the company Black Rat’s modern production of the show and members began working on a series of Master Classes - including Stage Combat and this gives the perfect opportunity to showcase their new stage combat skills! THE PIKE BROTHERS Sunday 28 July 11.30pm – 12.30pm Comprised of two talented guitarists - Rhys Edwards and Steve Evans. These two exceptional musicians will be playing covers of contemporary music in a special acoustic set. GEORGE JONES AND ADAM BUTLER Sunday 28 July 2.10 - 2.30pm Two talented musicians that have composed original material through Lewis school music project with the support of singer songwriter Amy Wadge. MACHEN ACADEMY OF DANCE AND DRAMA A showcase of the best in young peoples contemporary dance with groups ranging from 3 - 15 years old. MADD is an audience favourite and will present original work in their often quirky, fun and always entertaining style.


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fun filled programme of entertainment at the big cheese includes a fabulous music programme. The best of welsh musical entertainment including local groups will get your feet tapping with a blend of Folk, Blues and lots more.

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TRES HOMBRES Friday 26 July 8.40pm & 9pm Tres Hombres are a 5 piece band who play Classic Rock, Soul and Blues with live experience dating back a long way. Two lead guitars, tenor sax and a pick of music from Frankie Miller, Joe Walsh, Cream, Humble Pie, Stax Soul and ZZ Top - to name but a few. TERRY AND CLACY Saturday 27 July 1.30pm & 3.45pm. Terry & Clacy are an acoustic harmony duo performing well known covers and some cool original tracks of their own. IAN CALFORD & THE RAILMEN Saturday 27 July - 12.45pm & 3pm The Railmen make a welcome return to the Big Cheese Festival. Classified Classified as the finest finest act in their league and with their great knowledge of Johnny Cash, Ian and the boys will be performing the unforgettable songs of the Man in Black plus the best in roots country and rockabilly. STONE SOLE RIVER Saturday 27 July - 12pm and 2.15pm Encompassing hard rock, progressive blues, alt folk and psychedelia, Stone Sole River are a band described as having one foot in the past and one foot fifirmly rmly in the future. Their music will take you on a journey through genre and time, constantly evolving and developing with every beat.

GLAS Saturday 27 July - 5.15pm & 6pm. A fantastic four piece band specialising in Blues, Rock and Roll and Country music that never fails to deliver a first class performance. With two incredible lead guitarists and a super-tight rhythm section, they have very quickly established themselves as one of the best live bands on the circuit. CALIFORNIA Saturday 27 July - 7.15pm and 8.15pm You are as likely to be enthralled and entertained by the drummer or the bassist as you are the lead vocalist or guitarist. The California Cover Band truly is an exceptional ‘live’ band! FIDDLEBOX Saturday 27 July 4.30pm South Wales based duo ‘Fiddlebox’ are George Whitfield on accordion and vocals and Helen Adam on fiddle and vocals. We create a full and distinctive sound, showing the influence of the rock, classical and folk styles in which we work.

JIM FOX Sunday 28 July - 12.45pm and 3.45pm Acclaimed Celtic singer/ songwriter Jim Fox returns to the Big Cheese to perform and compère in his own inimitably passionate and humorous style. CHRISTOPHER REES Sunday 28 July - 12pm & 1.30pm Christopher Rees is a solo artist, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, bandleader, producer and record label director. He performs with a full band and in a solo capacity. HENRY MARTEN’S GHOST Sunday 28 July - 2.15pm & 3pm If you like Traditional Irish Music then you will love Henry Marten’s Ghost. Our set list includes Irish Songs, Ballads, Reels, Jigs, Polkas and Waltzes. ABI AND THE BOMB Sunday 28 July - 5.15pm & 6pm Currently smashing their way through UK venues bringing with them funky rugs, lava lamps, lasers and a unique powerful approach to modern pop, dance, rap and rock All fronted by Princess Abi Joseph, a blood descendent of Welsh royalty... Allegedly!. MATT & ANG Sunday 28 July 4.30pm Baker’s Entertainment launched in February 2013, by husband and wife duo, Matt and Angie Baker. Their goal is to offer the very best entertainment and services possible for each venue, event, audience member, attendee or student.


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oth days of the event will include a continuous entertainment programme of walkabout and static arena performances.

JIMMY JUGGLE Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 12pm, 12.45pm, 2.15pm, 3pm, 4.30pm & 5.15pm Jimmy Juggle offers an interactive performance incorporating volunteers or a pure fire performance. DIGGIN HOLES STREET THEATRE Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July from 12.45pm, 2.15pm & 3.45pm ‘Diggin’ Holes’ was established to promote and develop playful street theatre. They are performers with several years of experience in interactive street and theatre based entertainment. FIDDLEBOX Saturday 27 1.30pm and 3pm & Sunday 28 July 12pm Fiddlebox are a partnership of celtic fiddle, accordion and vocals, who bring a fresh sound to folk and popular music and with their own compositions draw inspiration from a variety of sources. LADY VEE BALLOON MODELLING Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 12pm to 5.15pm Lady Vee, the Family Entertainer who has been seen at Spanish Medieval Festivals, Street and Festival Events in Canada, Edinburgh and throughout the UK, brings her magic, balloon twisting and storytelling to this year’s Big Cheese Festival.



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