Big Cheese Festival time

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a re-enactment outside Caerphilly Castle

Tomorrow sees the start of Caerphilly’s annual Big Cheese Festival an event attended last year by 80,000 visitors positively swamping the town.
This has become such a hit with locals and visitors that you wonder how many more people the town can take. With re-enactment displays, entertainment, a funfair and one of the biggest festival food & drink marquees in Wales, you’d be hard pressed to find nothing to interest you. And if you did, visit the castle a place I was told when I was very young that if I fell in to the moat that would be the end of me because monsters swam there!
The festival kicks off with a recent addition, the Great Cheese Race at about 3pm. This extravaganza was even featured on ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and has become a real highlight of the weekend’s festivities. The race leads participants on a special relay course and they carry cheese batons and truckles around the outskirts of Caerphilly Castle.
In the evening, fireworks take place which are open to one and all for nothing.
The rest of the festival gets going properly over the weekend when visitors can browse the 100+ stands. And of course the largest proportion of those are related to food and –what else – cheese in particular.

Given Caerphilly’s size, it is surprising that it has manged to develop such a huge tourism draw. Can it be much longer before numbers hit 100,000?

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