18th & 19th May 2024
10am - 6pm Saturday
10am - 5pm Sunday
After our biggest ever event in 2023, we are delighted to announce that the Cheese and Chilli Festival is back in Christchurch for 2024. The event is now in it’s 10th year! The event in 2024 will bring an amazing array of tastes, colours and experiences to town and is a ‘must go to event’. Come rain or shine, the event will be fantastic!
If you’d like more information on partnering us at this fantastic event in 2024 please contact Pulford Publicity Ltd.
Pulford Publicity Ltd would love to chat with you about all of the sponsorship and programme advertising packages we offer. Get in touch with us on 01202 941466 or via email HERE to find out more about our prices.
Jez Avery Stunts
Chilli Olly & Chilli Dave Presents
A number of cooking demonstrations or talks will be offered by professionals from the cheese and chilli industry. Many sessions will be hosted by the famous Chilli Olly and Chilli Dave but we will also have many guest speakers. See the schedule for further details. The Cooking Theatre will also host the popular Chilli Challenge, plus so much more.
Details of the Cooking Theatre Schedule will be linked here once complete.
Chilli eating competition
The Chilli Eating Competition takes place each day at around 4pm. It’s quite a sight to see grown adults struggle to eat tiny fruits and hilarious to see the consequences! The winner of the competition is the person who can stay in the game the longest! If you are mad enough for the challenge and want to know how to apply, please contact us HERE.
A festival is not a festival without some live music! To keep us entertained, we have a number of bands playing for us throughout the weekend. The bands will be celebrated musicians from around the region playing anything from from jazz to rock. See the Entertainment Schedule below for further information.
We have number of FREE activities available for the kids. We have Punch & Judy, Magic Shows, Treasure Hunts, Balloon Modelling, Giant Bubble Parties, Meet Kerry the Koala Crazy, Golf, stilt walkers, walkabout musicians and Story Tellers. There are paid for activities also such as mini fun fair rides, axe throwing, face painting, inflatables etc.
The Verses Food Challenge is a crazy 30 minutes of watching people try and devour a HOT meal prepared lovingly by our resident chefs Chilli Olly and Chilli Dave. The winner is the person who can finish theirs first! If you are mad enough for the challenge, and would like ot kow more, please contact us HERE.
walk about Wendy
Wendy Sax – Wendy’s versatility enables her to play in many different musical styles including jazz, blues, pop, soul, Ibiza chillout, and contemporary smooth jazz and groove, making her popular and in demand and we get to enjoy her music all day.
3 Little Pigs
Kerry The Koala
We have our very own mascot, Kerry The Koala! She’s 3m tall and filled with air and very friendly? We’d love you to come and meet her!
At each event we have a tailored selection of sauces from various traders around the site and we ask you to judge which ones you prefer. When entering the event, you are given a ballot slip to be used in this area. Your vote counts!
Another FREE activity, why not test yourself against our very own Cheese & Chilli Crazy Golf Course. Par 27! Large and small putters available plus multicoloured balls so no cheating.
A moment for the kids to go crazy and chase all the bubbles! We have giant and little bubbles to make. We even let the kids have a go at making some themselves.
We have an amazing array of cheese on offer. We select a variation of cheese to be present at the event which means we don’t have lots of stalls selling the same varieties but a hand picked selection just for you.
An array of lovely chilli available for you to sample and purchase. We are very lucky to be supported by some of the uk’s leading growers, makers and manufacturers of chilli related products. It’s a chance to come and try something new and learn something about these fantastic products.
Battle Of The Choirs
Each day we had a choir perform some amazing songs for us. Saturday saw The Highcliffe Players join us and on Sunday we had the Rock Choir.
Elevate your Cheese and Chilli Festival experience with mesmerizing stilt walkers! This year, indulge in a culinary delight with a dedicated chef serving exquisite wine and cheese pairings. Join us for a feast of flavors and a visual spectacle that’s sure to heighten your festival enjoyment!
Mat won the TV series BBC MasterChef in 2009, then opened his first restaurant, The Wild Garlic, which was awarded 2 AA Rosettes and was recommended in The Good Food Guide and The Michelin guide. Mat’s new restaurant Bramble is in Sherborne, Dorset and doubles as a base for making Mure liqueurs.
Mat will be joining us at the event, and not only will you discover his products on-site, but he will also be participating in the Cooking Theatre.
If you’d rather just sit and enjoy the weather along with all the great atmosphere, we’d love to have you. Plenty of tables and chairs around the site along with plenty of floor space for picnics etc. Feel free to bring some blankets or some chairs to make the experience all the more comfortable.
The Story Teller
“Mark Fraser is an exceptional storyteller, weaving his own narratives, recounting timeless tales, and engaging with his audience to captivate both the young and the old. With his unique blend of humour, originality, and boundless imagination, we discovered that his storytelling sessions appealed to children, families, and adults alike, all concurrently. It was truly remarkable.”
If you’re in need of any beverages, we have plenty of bars around the site to help you quench your thirst. All offer unique menus.
Mini Fun Fair
Steven Hill Amusements will be supplying us with some rides. Here are some example images of rides they have available but it is not yet confirmed which rides will be present.
Dogs Are Welcome
Dogs are very welcome at the show, all we asks is that they are kept on leads and you pick up any waste.
There will be FREE parking at the event ground. An entry ticket does not guarantee a parking space so please come early to ensure a spot.
The nearest train station is 3 miles away (Christchurch Train Station). Bournemouth Train Station is 5 miles away.
The 737 bus service by Morebus is the only service which takes you from Bournemouth Train Station to Bournemouth Airport which is situated next to the event location. Unfortunately, this service does not operate at the weekends currently See HERE for more details.