We are very sorry to announce that this event has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Cheese & Chilli Festival

Swindon Cheese & Chilli Festival

4th & 5th July 2020 – 10am to 7pm (Sunday 5pm)

We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is back in Swindon for 2020. The event is now in it’s 3rd year! The event in 2020 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: If you'd like to sponsor the 2020 event, please contact us.

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(Chilli Eating Competition)

The Event

Cheese & chilli

Main Attractions

Dan The Hat

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!) 

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.

Karaoke Booth

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

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!

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.

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, 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.

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.

Chilli Eating Challenge

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.

Good Times

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!

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!’

This will be the 3rd year we have held the event in Swindon and we hope to make it the best yet! 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 Magic 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 very soon

Supporting

In 2020 we are supporting Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK are excited to be attending the Cheese & Chilli festivals as the dedicated charity for 2020. 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.

Race For Life

WE DON’T BREAK RECORDS. WE BEAT CANCER.

MAKE A DATE TO JOIN THE RACE FOR LIFE PRETTY MUDDY EVENT IN Oxford – Saturday 12th September

Race for Life brings millions of people together to raise vital funds to support lifesaving research and help beat cancer. This year the South Events Team are teaming up with the organisers of the Cheese & Chilli festival to get as many of you involved as possible and we have some exciting things coming your way, so watch this space. 

Georgina Horne, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager, said: “This year, our Race for Life events are open to everyone. We’re sending a heart-felt message to anybody who’s thought about signing up in the past but for one reason or another hasn’t got around to it.  This is your year – please seize the opportunity to register for your local event and become part of the Race for Life community. She added: “Our events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. Participants take part at their own pace – taking as much time as they like to complete the course. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park.  For others, it’s a jog or a run. Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive. Instead, ‘the Race for Life’ is about our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.”

This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – women, men and children – to join the Race for Life. The events for people of all ages and abilities are taking place at South Park in Oxford on Saturday 12th September and we can’t wait to see you all there.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime.  Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend.  

“To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.” 

Join the Race for Life at https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/find-an-event

Location, Information, Tickets and Travel

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).

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.

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.

Parking

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.

Public Transport

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

Camping is available at the Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival at £10 per person.

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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