Posted on : 31 Jul 2019
With great weather all weekend and a brand new layout, this year’s Big Cheese event has been hailed the most successful after attracting more than 70,000 visitors.
The event started with Caerphilly County Borough Council inviting children with various disabilities and their families to enjoy the rides on Friday afternoon, prior to the festival’s official opening. With thanks to Sayers Amusements, this one hour session provides a quieter period for the families to enjoy the attractions before the crowds ascend to the funfair.
The official opening then took place at 3pm where the funfair was operating at half price, shortly followed by the Great Cheese Race at 6pm and then a fireworks display marked the end of the first evening.
Winning groups of the Great Cheese Race were as follows:
7-11 years old – Cheesy Ninjas
12-15 years old – Thorny
16+ years old – Caerphilly Dragons
Best Costume – Nuns on the Run
Caerphilly Castle, the second largest castle in Britain, hosted medieval re-enactments within its grounds that stretched on from morning to the evening. There was also live music and regional Welsh food and drink producers in three massive food halls. Street food vendors dotted the entire site and funfair rides and entertainment were available all weekend.
Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council said “The Big Cheese continues to be a firm favourite for visitors, and attracts people from across Wales and beyond to enjoy the weekend’s activities. As well as providing fun for all the family, the festival also draws tens of thousands of people to the town, giving local businesses an excellent opportunity to attract new customers.
Caerphilly County Borough Council must offer thanks to this year’s new sponsor, Ron Skinner and Sons. Thanks must also be given to Sayers Amusements and eInfinity.”