Festival wonderland returns to Broomhill

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An Alice in Wonderland theme will provide the setting for this year’s Broomhill Festival - which enters its fifth decade in style with a typically packed programme.

A Mad Hatter’s Buffet in the grounds of the Rutland Hotel, and a children’s treasure hunt in shop windows based on the Lewis Carroll book, are among the highlights for 2015.

Perennial favourites are making a comeback too - including musical entertainment, quizzes in pubs and art exhibitions as well as concerts and talks in St Mark’s Church and the Beacon in Broomhill.

The festival’s five-a-side football contest, which attracts scores of local schoolchildren, is also returning, while residents on Southbourne and Westbourne Road are welcoming visitors by opening up their gardens to the public.

The festival - now in its 41st year - opens tomorrow (Friday) at St Mark’s with a concert by Ian Tracey, the organist at Liverpool Cathedral, who will be playing the venue’s recently-renovated organ, and finishes on the weekend of June 20 and 21 with a garden party and a special church service.

Other events will explore the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, while the Alice theme marks 150 years since the book’s publication.

Proceeds will go to the BBEST Action planning forum, Broomhill Community Library, Project Buzz and the Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre.

Visit www.broomhillfestival.org.uk for more details or to book tickets.

Tickets are also available at the library or Williamson Hardware on Fulwood Road.