Cheese & Chilli Festival

Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival

20th & 21st May 2023

Saturday - 10am to 6pm

Sunday - 10am to 5pm

After such an amazing event in 2022, we are delighted to announce that the Cheese and Chilli Festival is back in Christchurch for 2023. The event is now in it’s 9th year! The event in 2023 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 2022 sponsors which were:

(Demonstration Tent)

(Family Arena)

(Music Stage)

If you’d like more information on partnering us at this fantastic event in 2023 please contact us.

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Main Attractions

Whilst the entertainment for the 2023 event has yet to be confirmed, this is what happened in 2022 to show you what we get up to. We hope to confirm the 2023 programme very soon.

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.

Circus / Fire Performer

Simon Chainey is an accomplished performer based in the South coast of the United Kingdom.  Simon turned his love of circus skills from a hobby into a full time profession by founding a group of performers specialising in high-energy fire shows.

Recently Simon has diversified into street performing and uses his incredible skill and stage presence to great effect.

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.

Story Teller

Storytelling is one of our oldest forms of communication and artistic expression. From the very beginning stories have been told, adapted and shared. Through the ages storytellers have engaged audiences with sagas, legends, fairy tales, epics and anecdotes. So from Great Uncle Ned’s sharpened thigh bone to the present day there will be a place for those that like to spin a yarn and those that love to listen.

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!

Punch & Judy

“A Classic Whodunit”

Punch & Judy is a classic show which the kids love.  It’s also a time to have 30 minutes or so to grab a drink etc and relax as we’ll take the strain. The show is a fun and interactive play which we all know and love.

Bubble Party

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.

Meet The Mascot

We have created our very own mascot! It’s 3m tall and filled with air but what is it?  Come and find out!

Music Walkabout

Red hot accordion tunes, thumping guitar & harmony drenched vocals.
International folk-duo BoxSet have played festivals together all over Britain, mainland Europe & America.
You will see them at Cheese & Chilli on the stage & and walking around the site in their top hats playing unplugged & singing acapella.

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

We are currently working hard on the event's entertainment schedule and we hope to bring this to you very soon.

In 2023, we will be supporting The Listening Ear.

The Listening Ear

The Listening Ear

Dedicated to providing the best possible counselling to children and young people aged 5-19.
Working across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, we provide a professional service within local schools.

Our Misson

To provide a professional and confidential service to the children and young people in our community; empowering them to manage stress and anxiety; and therefore, develop an improved quality of life.

Location, Information, Tickets and Travel

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

What 3 Words (unloads.sorters.uptake)

Bus Travel Can be via the Yellow Buses 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.

Campervans are preferable due to the nature of the ground.

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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