The Big Cheese in Caerphilly

This year The Big Cheese is back but with an exciting revamp that is sure to bring in the crowds!

This year’s new look festival will have an exciting more contemporary feel, with a brand-new  layout,  local street food vendors, a giant urban beach, a live lounge bar, THREE huge food halls and live cookery demonstrations too!

Wales’ largest castle will still remain the star of the festival with free entry to Caerphilly Castle all weekend. There will also be an entertainment program that’ll stretch from morning until evening and will include medieval re-enactments, live music and a packed program in The Great Hall.

The Big Cheese Festival brings together local and regional Welsh food and drink producers in three massive food halls, possibly the largest in the country. With a dedicated cheese market (featuring quality cheese producers from all over the country), this really will be the perfect event for any self confessed foodie.

Exciting new street food vendors will be dotted around the site with show cooking and some unusual and exotic tastes. From noodles to crepes, there’s a feast to be had!

The Big Cheese is a FREE event.

The event will  begin on Friday 26th July at 3pm and the spectacular fireworks finale will be at 10pm. Please note that  stalls and food halls will open on Saturday and Sunday only.

The full program will then start at 10am on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July.

Official Opening Times

  • 3pm – 10.15pm Friday
  • 10am – 9pm Saturday
  • 10am – 8pm Sunday

Please note the above times relate to the overall opening times of the festival. Certain activities, events and trading hours will vary within these times.

For more information visit www.bigcheesecaerphilly.co.uk 

Black Stone Cherry at Caerphilly Castle

American hard rock band Black Stone Cherry are coming to Caerphilly Castle next July as part of their 2019 tour. The excitement is already building and organisers expect this to be a very popular performance in South Wales next summer.

Black Stone Cherry is a four –piece American hard rock group from Edmonton, Kentucky, USA. Their mix of heavy rock, with hints of rockabilly and folk-country, have delighted audiences since 2001 and they name AC/DC and Soundgarden as key influences in the development of their unique sound. Reaching number 1 in the UK Rock Album chart in both 2011 and 2014, their imaginative lyrics give their music a “modern twist on classic rock” (Ents 24) and have led to hits around the world.

Please click here to check out some reviews of their live performances or head here to book tickets (available from 10am Friday 14th December 2018).

 

What’s a gig like in a Wales’ largest castle? Check out these photos of Thunder and The Levellers last year!

The Zutons at Caerphilly Castle – July 2019

Amazing news for all indie music fans; The Zutons are heading to Caerphilly Castle!

The Zutons are the latest band to be announced at Wales’ largest castle and are part of a busy July line up of live music in South Wales.

This 750 year old castle (with the help of Welsh promoters Orchard Live) has really established itself as a top music venue since 2016. With many popular bands, including Ocean Colour  and The Levellers, playing there in recent years. The magnificent backdrop and excellent acoustics have proved a real hit with music fans around the countr.y. Leading Orchard Live to bring more and more bands to the majestic Caerphilly Castle.

The July gig will see The Zutons perform their iconic, double platinum album ‘Who Killed The Zutons?’ and coincides with the 15th anniversary of its release.

This news of the first Zutons tour in nine years has delighted fans everywhere.

Dave McCabe, The Zutons frontman, has said: “We’ve all been off doing  for a little while, and it’s only with hindsight and a bit of space that you see how special something really is.. It’s easy to take things for granted when you’re younger, but now it’s just amazing to think of those songs still having a place in the world, and for people to come and hear us play them again.”

The Stranglers and Ruts DC will play Caerphilly Castle a week prior to The Zutons as this July proves to be heating up in this friendly Welsh town. The  US rockers, Black Stone Cherry, will then be performing the day after The Zutons on Saturday 13th July.

Tickets will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 15th February at 10am. To book online, please head to: :https://m.ents24.com/caerphilly-events/caerphilly-castle/the-zutons/5482360

Alternatively, book locally through Blackwood Miners’ Institute or by calling 0844 844 0444.

The Stranglers and Special Guests at Caerphilly Castle

The Strangler kick off a summer of live music at Caerphilly Castle, when they play Wales’ largest Castle on Friday the 5th of July 2019, with support from fellow punk rockers Ruts DC, the popular reggae-influenced punk rock band.

After acoustics at this stunning historic site wowed audiences of Ocean Colour Scene and The Levellers, the award winning Orchard Entertainment have decided to return yet again to Wales’ largest castle to delight even  people.

During 2018, The Stranglers delighted fans around the world with their tour of the Southern Hemisphere, Europe and the UK (including an amazing sell out performance at Tramshed Cardiff). The Stranglers have also been busy writing and rehearsing new material for their upcoming tour. Audiences at this famous castle can expect to experience some of these new cuts, alongside classic favourites ( as well as lesser performed numbers) from their eloquent and extensive music catalogue.

“First formed in 1974, the band’s attitude was embraced by the punk movement of the late 70s, with their first three albums – Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black And White – being released within an astonishing 13 months of each other, scoring hit singles such as Peaches, No More Heroes and Walk On By. Further success was to follow with Always The Sun, Strange Little Girl and the mercurial Golden Brown, amongst many others, earning the group 24 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums.

Masters of their own highly original sound that combines a brilliant melodic touch with dark aggression and effortless cool. The Stranglers are now recognised as one of the most credible and influential bands to have emerged from the punk era.

Special guests Ruts DC are a reggae-influenced British punk rock band, formed in 1977 at the height of the Punk revolution. They released their first single In A Rut in early 1979 on the People Unite label, which was championed by the legendary John Peel. From then on and over the years, the record rightly became what can be considered to be a Punk anthem.
There were more to follow, with the singles Babylon’s Burning, Something That I Said, Jah War (all from the debut album The Crack) and Staring at the Rude Boys, West One (both featured on the album Grin And Bear It).”

This amazing concert at one of the largest castles in Europe is sure to be a sell-out so why not book soon to avoid disappointment.

Please click here to book tickets.

SALT Kitchen – A Fine Dining Experience at Caerphilly Castle – Review

Like most of us, I love food. So, when I first heard that three MasterChef contestants were holding a fine dining experience at Wales’ largest castle, I was instantly intrigued and determined to find out more about this event and this exciting new catering business – SALT Kitchen.

SALT  Kitchen is run by three food loving chefs called Stephen, Alex and Thomas, who recently met on BBC1’s MasterChef. With a strong desire to cook top restaurant quality food (using the abundance of rich, local ingredients available in our beautiful part of the world), these three chefs are looking forward to hosting an arrange of exciting dining events around the UK; starting with the beautiful Caerphilly Castle.

It was therefore with great excitement that I headed over to this much anticipated event last week.

 

The pop-up fine dining evening was organised in The Great Hall of Caerphilly Castle, which had been beautifully arranged for the evening. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco and were directed expertly to our table. Here we had the opportunity to meet with our friends and some fellow foodies before we all headed up to try some of the scrumptious canapes on offer. It was here that I started to relax. I had been a little worried that with such great cuisine on offer that this might be a stuffy affair, however I was delighted to see that this was going to be a fun evening as well.

Shortly before the food began to arrive, the friendly and efficient waiting staff filled our glasses with the appropriate glass of wine to accompany our first course of fillet of hake on pearl barley risotto Nero and herb emulsion.  I was a little bit nervous about this dish. I had eaten pearl barley risotto before and as I didn’t overly enjoy it, I was unsure what to expect. However, as soon as I tasted a mouthful of the delicious hake with the risotto, I was a complete convert; it was absolutely delicious. The fish had been seasoned perfectly and the pearl barley nero (squid ink) risotto was exquisite. The hardest part here was not to look too greedy and eat it all too quickly, particularly as there was a glass of beautiful dry white wine to enjoy alongside it. This was definitely one of my favourite dishes of the evening.

After the first course, as everyone relaxed we had the opportunity to talk a little more to the other guests on our table. Like us, they also loved food and lived locally. They had also eaten in many great restaurants so I was interested in hearing their views on the food. They were also bowled over by the first course and we all agreed how wonderful it would be to see more events like this in Caerphilly.

Therefore, it was with high expectations, that we all looked on as the waiting staff brought over our second course with the accompanying red wine. This dish looked simply beautiful. There was the panko hen yolk (which ran out perfectly when cut into), the delicious fondant potato, the succulent pan-seared duck breast and the tasty surprise of a filo parcel of crispy duck. This meal was delectable and was my husband’s firm favourite of the evening.

 

There was a little gap in service between the second and third course, which was perfect to help our first two courses settle. We ordered a bottle of prosecco and I was surprised (and very happy) to discover that it was only £18. With many venues of this stature using events like this to place a ‘mark up’ on alcohol, it was great to see that this was not the case here.

We quickly moved on to the third course. Although this was the smallest dish of the evening, I have to say that I absolutely loved it. The rhubarb sorbet with the ginger crumb just took me back to my favourite childhood desert. Matched with a beautiful rhubarb flavoured sweet wine this was delicious but still light enough not to ruin our fourth and final dish evening; a cocoa bean bombe filled with chocolate mouse and a raspberry core.

When I think back to this course, the only word that comes to mind is ‘Wow!’. Created by Alex (who I later found out was aptly named the Queen of Puddings), every spoonful of this desert was perfect. The crunch of the chocolate, the texture of the mousse, the sharpness of the raspberry… I could wax lyrical about this desert for eternity. The flavours were also enhanced by the sweet, red wine that (to my surprise as I always thought I hated desert wines) was paired with the course.

The evening ended with a fun question and answer session with the three chefs, where it was clear how passionate they were about food and cooking. It was also exciting to find out that I had eaten food prepared by experts, who had not only cooked for some of Britain’s best chefs but pop stars too. I was feeling rather spoiled.

As the evening drew to a close, I had the opportunity of meeting and talking to all three chefs. This had been their first pop-up kitchen and they (quite rightly) were very satisfied with how it had turned out. They have many events planned in the future but they are hoping to return to Caerphilly Castle in the future. Stephen Ford, who lives in Caerphilly and does a lot of local charity work (including headlining the infamous Megaday in August), commenting on how much he loved the experience of cooking in such an iconic building and how he longed to bring more fine dining experience to the area.

To find out more about SALT Kitchen and their future events, please head here to follow their page online.

Disclosure: We received a 35% discount to in exchange for the review and the promotion. However, our friends (who are amazing amateur chefs themselves) who paid full price said they felt that the experience was definitely worth the full asking price.

Please note that whilst I did not personally try the vegetarian and vegan options, I spoke to another guest later on in the evening, who incredibly impressed with the food and said that the creamed asparagus risotto was one of her all time favourite meals.

If you would like to The Big Phill to review your products or services, please click here to head to our Facebook page to contact us.

 

A Medieval Weekend at Caerphilly Castle

The fun continues at Caerphilly Castle this April, with this weekend of medieval mayhem with the good people of Bowlore!

Spend the weekend with Bowlore at Caerphilly Castle learning archery and sword skills, as well as watching weapons displays and demonstrations. Plus see Caerphilly Castle’s mighty Siege Engines being fired twice during the day.

Two archery shows; a weapons show; have-a-go archery; Sword School; and hands-on weapons and armour display throughout the day.

Heart-stopping moments guaranteed to make this a weekend you will never forget!

Prices
Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
CADW Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
Student and children under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

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Little Warrior Day at Caerphilly Castle

Give your little warriors the adventure they deserve with this funtastic day filled with hands on experiences and activities at this majestic 750 year old castle

Swing, jump and discover your way through Caerphilly Castle and discover your inner warrior this Easter.

 Caerphilly Castle invite you to test your strength on the striker and your agility on their inflatable assault course. Why not head along and join their knight school and learn how to slay a dragon?

Additionally, as a true warrior also tests their nerves (as well as their fighting skills), you’ll also get the chance to hold snakes, spiders and birds of prey toon As well as getting the chance to meet some fabulous foxes and meerkats!

Please note that we have  just been informed that Gilbert’s Maze will be closed for maintenance at this time

Prices
Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
CADW Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
Student and children under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

Civil War Comes To Caerphilly Castle

Whether you consider yourself a Royalist or a Parliamentarian, this fantastic Civil War event at Caerphilly Castle is sure to delight this April!

Yes, this Easter, the Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment of the King’s Army will be in residence at Caerphilly Castle with four days of battles, cannons and muskets. So why not head to this magnificent 750 year old castle and re-live the tumultuous and bloody times of the Civil War?

You will get the opportunity to witness Roundheads versus Cavaliers (along with muskets and cannons), the changing of the guard, drill and a host of living history activities throughout the castle, as well as regular skirmishes between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, with a detachment of dragoon guards and artillery men.

Which side will you choose?

Prices
Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
Student and children under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

**Cancelled** Easter Crafternoons at Caerphilly Castle

  1. This Easter, CADW invite you to head along to Wales’ largest castle and enjoy two hours of crafting fun in their Crafternoon sessions at Caerphilly Castle!

There will be a variety of themed arts and crafts for Easter and are sure to entertain the little ones during the school holidays.

These Crafternoons will be taking place on April 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26.

Dates, times and prices

Dates
15 Apr – 26 Apr 2019

Times
2pm – 4pm

Prices
Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
Student and children under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

Medieval Siege Engine Firing at Caerphilly Castle

If you fancy a taste of the medieval this Easter, why not head to Caerphilly Castle and experience these medieval siege engines in a 750 year old castle?

This weekend will be full of fun and excitement as Caerphilly Castle give its visitors the opportunity to ‘travel back in time’ as they look to bring history with their fantastic mighty Siege Engines this April!

Members of the medieval re-enactment group, Company of Chivalry, will be setting up camp in Wales’ largest castle for these two days of medieval fun. The huge siege engines will be fired by members of the group over the weekend, while visitors will be given the opportunity to have a go at firing a mini trebuchet made specially for the event. A great family day out for all ages.

Times
11am – 4pm

Prices
Adult – £8.90
Family – £25.70*
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
Student and children under 16 – £5.30
Senior Citizen – £7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16