Cheese & Chilli Festival

Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival

28th & 29th May 2022

Saturday - 10am to 7.30pm

Sunday - 10am to 5pm

After 2 years out, we are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is back in Christchurch for 2022. The event is now in it’s 8th year! The event in 2022 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!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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The Event

Cheese & chilli

Main Attractions

Many of the 2022 entertainments have yet to be finalised but here is what we got up to in 2021. 

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, please contact us.

Cheese & Chilli

An array of lovely cheese & 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 cheese and chilli related products. It’s a chance to come and try something new and learn something about these fantastic products.

Karaoke Booth

The Box That Rox is a karaoke video booth that provides fantastic entertainment. Anyone can have a go, it’s FREE!

Live Music

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 schedule for further information.

Cooking Demonstrations

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 but we will also have many guest speakers. See the schedule for further details. The Demonstration Theatre will also host the popular Hot Food Challenge, Ready Steady Cook interactive cooking session plus many more.

Taste Tent

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!

Hot Food Challenge

The Hot Food Challenge is a crazy 30 minutes of watching people try and devour a HOT meal prepared lovingly by our resident chef Chilli Olly.  The winner is the person who can finish their first! If you are mad enough for the challenge, please contact us.

Children's Entertainment

We have number of FREE activities available for the kids.  We have Punch & Judy, Magic Shows, Story Telling, Treasure Hunts, Balloon Modelling, Crazy Golf, Football and Circus Skills available.  There are paid for activities also such as mini fun fair rides, face painting, inflatables etc.

Crazy Golf

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.

Meet The Animals

The animal HQ display vehicle is your opportunity to get up-close and personal with some varied animals.

In a safe and controlled environment both for the animals and visitors you will be able to sit and handle lots of different animals in a warm, bright, multi-sensory environment with led lighting, jungle sounds and jungle effects.

Circus Skills

Have a go at Circus Skills; including juggling, diabolo, poi, plate spinning, flower sticks, staff spinning, hula hooping, stilt walking, unicycles and rola bola – we even have a freestanding slackline for the more adventurous to try!

Ukulele Workshop

One of the easiest to grasp instruments, the Ukulele is happiness with four strings.Tim and Harry Of Sunnyside Up offer a session of fun and entertainment , consisting of a performance followed by a laid back, fully interactive workshop, where participants learn to play this wonderful instrument and become the music.

Extreme Heat Challenge?

’Thinking of performing an Extreme Heat Challenge?  Come and meet Chilli Sid in our Demonstration Tent.  Chilli Sid is famous for completing a number of Extreme Heat Challenges.  These sessions are designed to give you an insight into the world of extreme chilli challenges.  Extreme heat challenges are becoming more popular and if you are interested in having a go one day, you need to understand the dangers involved.  Chilli Olly and Chilli Sid will walk and talk you through the process. Chilli Sid will be performing a number of Heat Challenges throughout this amazing Q&A answering any questions you have including how it feels to eat 40 Carolina Reapers in one sitting!’

The Cheese & Chilli Festival provides fun activities for all ages. With FREE cooking demonstrations, Taste Tents, a Beer Festival, Street Theatre, Live Music, Free Crazy Golf, Children’s Entertainments including Arena Shows, Punch & Judy, Balloon Modelling, Treasure Hunts. Come and see what the festival has to offer.

Beer

Trade stalls

Trade Stalls

Street Theatre

and much more...

Please see the schedule for notification of the bands playing at times etc.

What's On

Schedule of events coming soon

In 2022, we will be supporting Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK are excited to be attending the Cheese & Chilli festivals as the dedicated charity for 2021. We are the world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Our vision it to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In the 1970’s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled – today half will survive. Our ambition it to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 people surviving the disease by 2034.

The Cancer Research UK team will be controlling our car park at the weekend and will be asking for any donations to help the cause.

Location, Information, Tickets and Travel

The venue is next to Bournemouth Airport, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6AD.

Bus Travel Can be via the A1 Bus Service running from Bournemouth Town Centre to the Adventure Wonderland which is a short walk from the Estate.

Discount Vouchers

Don’t forget to collect your discount vouchers on the door along with your programme.  The vouchers are worth approximately £20 so you can get the cost of your entry back when you buy your goodies.  The vouchers are available to spend whilst at the event and some are available to spend online from selected traders.

Dogs

Dogs are very welcome at the show, all we asks is that they are kept on leads and you pick up any waste.

Free Parking

There will be FREE parking at the event ground.  The Cancer Research UK team has kindly offered to control our car park and will kindly ask for any donation to support the fantastic work the charity does.

Public Transport

Train – The nearest train station is 3 miles away (Christchurch Train Station).  Bournemouth Train Station is 5 miles away.

Bus – The 737 bus service takes you from Bournemouth Train Station to Bournemouth Airport which is situated next to the event location.  See link for more details.  There is no bus route from Christchurch Train Station to the event location.

Camping

Camping is available at the Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival at £20 per pitch per night.

Facilities include toilets only. No electrical hook-up available.

Recycling

We are committed to making the Festival more environmentally friendly and we encourage you to do the same. Help us to keep the site tidy and leave no trace. Please bring and use your own water bottles. Try to conserve water on non-essential use. Do not bring glass; no glass bottles are allowed on site.  We will also be offering visitors the opportunity to purchase a sustainable reusable cup instead of using single use plastic containers at the bar.  We are actively exploring other ways that we can help reduce our carbon footprint. Together we can make a difference.


Top 5 things you can do to help:

1. Recycle, recycle recycle!!

2. Keep tidy.  Please don’t leave rubbish or equipment

3. Bring your own water bottle and refill onsite

4. Car share

5. Use public transport or as sustainable as possible transport, particularly if local

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