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David Williamson invites locals to join in the fun at this year’s Broomfield Summer Festival

John Crowther and Dave Thomas from the Low Down Dogs performing in Broomfield Park in 2016
The Low Down Dogs performing in Broomfield Park in 2016

Friends of Broomfield Park are creating another summer to remember with a kaleidoscope of events featuring music, theatre, family events, a food festival and much more – there will be something for everyone!

Broomfield Summer Festival runs from June to September, using an old bowling green dubbed ‘Broomfield Bowl’ after it was repurposed for live outdoor events. In 2021 we held our first ambitious summer-long festival and this year we build on that experience with another great programme.

Last year we had great success with music events. Paul Dengle, who organises Livestock Festival in Forty Hall, is also running a series of must-see acts from cover bands Foo Fighterz, Reggae Matic, Vipers and Britpop Boys. St Harmonica’s Blues Club also returns with its regular Sunday afternoon performances in August.

We have a growing reputation as a venue for national touring theatre groups and in 2022 they will bring lots of family fun with The Gunpowder Plot, Awfuo Auntie and Wind in the Willows. Enfield’s own Chickenshed Theatre is performing a summer panto, Cinderella in Boots, which promises a mad adventure.

Other not-to-miss events include Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

Local performing arts school Centre Stage also feature in the programme. Principal Carole O’Shea said: “Last year we had our first outdoor events at Broomfield Bowl and we are delighted to return this summer.”

In June, Clare Donovan and her social enterprise Cooking Champions is holding a mid-summer feast at Broomfield Orchard and a delicious food festival featuring lots of local suppliers.

The Ghana Festival in Trent Park attracts thousands of people, but organiser Dennis Tawiah saw another great opportunity in the Broomfield Summer Festival. He said: “Our big events are great but we would also like to do something more intimate, with smaller groups and with a strong community feel and Broomfield Bowl is an ideal place to try out this new approach.”

Broomfield Summer festival is packed with new events and annual traditions such as Cogger’s and Bidall’s fun fairs and Zippos Circus. There is lots to enjoy, whatever your tastes.

For more information and to see the full programme of events: