The Broomhill Festival was started in 1975 by a group of Architecture students who had carried out a project on Broomhill as part of their course. It ran for just 6 days, from 23rd – 29th May. Many of the events remained in the programme for the next 40 years, such as the Garden Party, Art Exhibitions and a wide range of music events. Some of the events from the 1970’s which didn’t manage to survive the test of time were the Croquet Tournament, the Dog Show, Punch & Judy and the Most Beautiful Person Competition!
The Festival celebrated community and was held every June, bringing Broomhill together, raising money for local charities. Records show that since 1996 the Festival has supported 80 charities and has given away over £200,000. This means that all the effort put in by what amounts to an army of volunteers each year has raised in excess of £210,000 to make it possible to sustain and grow the Festival.
However, in 2017 the Festival committee decided that it could no longer carry on the organisation of the Festival and it was in danger of disappearing. A new committee formed and the 2017 Festival took place in June. The new format is for local groups to organise events to raise money either for themselves (eg Project Buzz – work with young people in Broomhall, Broomhill Community Library raising money to improve the library facilities), or for their own nominated charities. The results from the 2017 Festival can be seen here.
The 2018 Festival will run from 16th to 24th June – come and join us!!