Fun for all the family

David Williamson from the Friends of Broomfield Park previews more of the live events taking place in Palmers Green this summer

Hazelwood Players are performing a summer pantomime at Broomfield Park called 'So What Stories'
Hazelwood Players are performing a summer pantomime, The ‘So What’ Stories, on Saturday at Broomfield Park

If you’re planning your ‘staycation’ this year, you won’t be short of things to do with the kids at Broomfield Summer Festival. And there is plenty happening for grown ups too!

Robin Hood, Dr. Doolittle, Mr Stink, Hexwood School of Sorcery, Chickenshed and a summer panto are among the delights being organised by Friends of Broomfield Park, from now until the end of the festival in September.

Chickenshed Theatre is staging four shows from its Tales from the Shed series of vibrant, interactive theatre performances, which are perfect for under-fives with plenty of colourful puppets and live songs.

One of the highlights of the festival is TheSo What’ Stories, created and performed by an accomplished cast of local school parent panto actors and musicians, performing daft songs and telling well-worn jokes. Aimed at the six-to-ten age range, the stories will be an unforgettable experience for adults and children alike.

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Several nationally renowned travelling theatre groups bring magic, talking animals, a stinky friend, and further bags of family entertainment, breathing life into the school holidays. The festival also features the annual Talkies Cinema family ‘picnic in the park in the dark’ outdoor cinema, this year starring Shaun the Sheep in Farmageddon.

Breda Patterson, the organiser behind a Palmers Green parents’ group, says: “We are knocked out by the things on offer for families. There is something for children of all ages and as parents we are thrilled to have this available on our doorstep.”

Ian Barnes, deputy leader of Enfield Council, adds: “With a long, hot summer ahead of us it’s wonderful to see such a line up of family entertainment in Broomfield Summer Festival.

“Many years ago I remember desperately searching for events to keep my daughter occupied during the summer holidays, and it’s wonderful that we have such an eclectic mix in our park.”

Friends of Broomfield Park is volunteer-led and all proceeds from the festival go toward supporting activities in the park.

TheSo What’ Stories takes place tomorrow (Saturday). For a full list of events at Broomfield Summer Festival:

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