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The Big One

Big CheeseEvent - The Big Cheese
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 25th to 27th July 2014
For more information please visit the website

Now, if there's two things that Caerphilly is famous for, it's cheese and the castle.  It is fitting then that their Big Cheese Festival takes place in the fields surrounding the giant fort.

An extravaganza of family entertainment, the Big Cheese is one of Wales' must see attractions which attracts up to 80,000 people from all over the country.

Where else can you hear the whack of sword on shield, see birds of prey soar majestically in the sky and smell and taste the finest local produce?  There's also a packed entertainment programme including musical entertainment, craft stalls, activity marquee and a traditional funfair.

And the best bit...it's free

Christmas in Caerphilly

Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fayre
Caerphilly
7 - 8 December 2013

Caerphilly ChristmasCaerphilly's Medieval Christmas Fayre returns once again this year on Saturday 7th & 8th December.

Once a traditional market town, Caerphilly returns to its days of old with an eclectic mix of medieval entertainment, food and drink, and an abundance of stalls selling unusual Christmas gifts such as medieval replica, traditional crafts, jewellery and Christmas decorations.

Caerphilly Castle is at the heart of the fayre, which is open to visitors all weekend; entry fee with even more market stalls, medieval entertainment and re-enactments within its walls
Visit the website for more details or see what other events are on in the area this Christmas by clicking here

Caerphilly Castle

It's a big weekend in Caerphilly this weekend with the annual Big Cheese Festival.  It all starts tonight with the Great Cheese Race and the festivities continue throughout the weekend.

At the centre of the celebrations is of course the town's fantastic castle, one of the biggest in the country.

To find out more about it take a look at this video where the King of the Castle, (or Head Custodian to give him his proper title) Tony Payne tells us all about this magnificent fort.

Big Cheese

Big CheeseEvent - The Big Cheese
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 26th to 28th July 2013

Where can you hear the whack of sword on shield, see birds of prey soar majestically in the sky and smell and taste the finest local produce? At the Big Cheese in Caerphilly, that's where.

Set in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle, the Big Cheese festival could not have a finer backdrop. Plus during the festival entrance to the castle is free.

Now in its sixteenth year the Big Cheese is bigger and even better than ever with over 80,000 people expected to take in the medieval atmosphere in 2013.

With living history re-enactment camps, displays, live music, traditional funfair, folk-dancing, falconry, food tents and so much more the Big Cheese is a fantastic day out for all the family.

For more information go to the website

Caerphilly Goes Cheesey

Now, if there's two things that Caerphilly is famous for, it's cheese and the castle. It fitting then that their Big Cheese Festival takes place in the fields surrounding the giant fort. 

An extravaganza of family entertainment, Big Cheese is one of Wales' must see attractions which attracts up to 80,000 people from all over the country.

Starting tonight with the Great Cheese Race around the castle, the festivities continue all weekend.  A packed entertainment programme includes musical entertainment, food hall, craft stalls, activity marquee, a traditional funfair plus some superb re-enactment displays each day.

And don't forget the best bit - it's free

For more information visit the Big Cheese website

The Great Big Cheese Race

Cheese RaceThe Big Cheese weekend is fast approaching (29th - 31st July) with lots of fun events and activities being organised to make this year's festival one to remember.

One of the highlights of the weekend is the Great Cheese Race and organisers are looking for teams of fun loving people to take part.This year teams will run a in a relay format and the course takes participants around a special course through the main event site and around the grounds and over the drawbridge of the magnificent Caerphilly Castle.  The race is open to adults and children and while fancy dress is optional it all adds to the fun.

A relay baton of cheese will be passed between team members as they runtheir lap (half a lap for each pair of juniors, a full lap for each pair of adults).

Adults will be expected to use the traditional cheese stretchers to carry the cheese truckles on.

The first race will take place at 6.30pm on 29th July and will form part of the opening celebrations for the Big Cheese Festival on the Friday evening.

All entrants will receive a certificate and medal, with overall winners for best fancy dress and each race.

To receive an entry for this year's race, email events@caerphilly.gov.uk or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/bigcheese

Valleys Essentials

Big Pit National Coal MuseumThe valleys of Southern Wales have long been known for it's wealth of heritage attractions and castles.  But did you know there are so many other attractions, events and other days out for you to experience.

Now, the people of the Valleys Heart and Soul website have come up with a list of the top 50 things to do in their area.   They teamed up with Rough Guide author Mike Parker to create a list of the Top 50 Valleys Essentials.  Included on the list are the must-see heritage attractions, unmissable eateries and events and scenic walks across The Valleys.

Which is your favourite?  Maybe you're a fan of the area's industrial history and therefore Rhondda Heritage Park, Big Pit National Coal Museusm or the World Heritage Site at Blaenavon will get your vote.  Caerphilly Castle is also in the list as is the nearby Llancaiach Fawr Manor House and Merthyr Tydfil's Cyfarthfa Castle Museum.  The Guardian statue at Six Bells near Abertillery is probably the newest attraction featured.

Food and drink lovers maybe tempted to vote for the Blaenavon Cheddar Company or the Penderyn Whiky Distillery.  There's also plenty of choice for outdoor lovers with the Brecon Mountain Railway nominated as well as the Mountain Biking tracks at Cwmcarn.  There are plenty of walks to choose from too including the Taff Trail and the Iron Mountain Trail as well as some slightly more unusual sights, such as the 200 metre long earch sculpture of a horse at Parc Penallta near Ystrad Mynach.

Don't forget to vote, or if you can't see your favourite on the list you can nominate on the website by clicking here

Blaenavon - World Heritage Site

BlaenavonAt first it might not be obvious what links the town of Blaenavon with India's Taj Mahal, Australia's Barrier Reef or the Great Wall of China. In fact all these places (plus another 886 around the world) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The status of World Heritage Site is given to an area or monument which is considered to have had a significant historical impact on the world. Blaenavon was awarded its World Heritage status in 2000 in recognition for the role it played at the forefront of the industrial revolution.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth century the town became one of the biggest and most important coal, iron and steel producers in the world. Find out more about the past at the town's World Heritage Centre, Big Pit National Coal Museum or the Blaenavon Ironworks museum.

Today the area is thriving and is popular with tourists eager to find out more about its past. The town's high street is also popular, lined as it is with many independent retailers selling local crafts and produce.

Try some of the fantastic Blaenavon cheese, which comes in a range of weird and wonderful flavours - Cider and Onion Marmalade, Mustard Leek and Ale or for a bit of bite try Anadl y Ddraig (Dragon's Breath), a hot chilli cheddar.