We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is back in Swindon for 2023. The event is now in it’s 5th 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!
Whilst we are still working on our 2023 schedule of entertainments, you can see what we got up to in 2022 below.
Dan has been performing all over the world ,for the last 16 years.
He has worked at Festivals , on Stages and on the Streets in front of thousands of people.
His quick wit and on the button ‘improv’ silliness is a sure fire hit with any audience!
Let ‘Dan the Hat’ take you on a frenzied journey of Skills, Comedy. Stupid Stunts and heaps of Audience interaction, (whether they like it or not!)
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.
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.
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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
We have number of FREE activities available for the kids. We have Punch & Judy, Magic Shows, 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. We are very sad to say that our resident Pirate Magician Alf Mackay sadly passed away at the end of last season and we would like to dedicate all our shows this year to him. He is sadly missed and as a token to him, any child coming to the event dressed as a pirate will receive a sweet gift.
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.
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.
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.
If the activities on offer aren’t your thing, you can just come and have a good time with your friends or family. Let the good times roll!
We have created our very own mascot! It’s 3m tall and filled with air but what is it? Come and find out!
DNG Events 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.
’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!’
Lydiard Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA (for SAT NAV please follow SN5 3NY as this takes you to the Hook Street entrance which is where the event is being held).
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For the easiest access, please leave the M4 at Junction 16, onto the A3102 and then turn left onto the B4534 and then at the roundabout, turn left onto Hook Street where you will find the entrance on the right hand side. Temporary signage will be visible as well as the standard brown signage directing guests to Lydiard Park.
Please also see our Location Map below.
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 are very welcome at the show, all we asks is that they are kept on leads and you pick up any waste.
There is plenty of parking available at the Park. Please note, the council operates a pay and display car parking scheme at the park, £2.10 for 2 hours and £4.40 for the whole day.
Swindon Rail Station and then a bus (Number 1 or 1a) – ask for Lydiard Park. Taxis are usually available at the Rail Station as an alternative.
Camping is available at the Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival at £10 per person.
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.