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On Saturday 11th June 2011, the 10th Hemlock Happening, Broxtowe Borough's most fun, most entertaining and best attended free community event of the year takes place. All the fun happens at Bramcote Hills Park in full view of the Hemlock Stone. The festivities start at 1pm and end with a fireworks finale at 10:30pm.

A live extravaganza of music and dance in the walled garden and a field full of fun packed, 'hands on' arts and sports activities in the park.

This is a free event organised by the Bramcote and Stapleford Golden Jubilee Group, working with Broxtowe Borough Council Arts and Events. It is sponsored by the following organisations: Bramcote Hills Community Association, Broxtowe Borough Council, Broxtowe Borough Partnership, Castle Rock Brewery, Erewash Valley Trail, 4Uth, Nottinghamshire County Council and Stapleford Town Council.

The Stage

At the Hemlock Happening, there are live performances throughout the day on the main stage in the walled garden, 10 local schools will perform alongside local youth, dance & community groups leading into the evening programme with music from local bands and theatre group performance and our Finale act for 2011 The Feds, who are guaranteed to fill the dance floor. See the full programme below. NB. This programme could be subject to change.

Timetable of Events

  • Opening Speech 13:00
  • Wadsworth Fields Primary School 13:10
  • William Lilley Infant School 13:40
  • Bramcote Hills Primary School 13:50
  • Albany Infant & Junior Schools 14:15
  • Foxwood School 14:45
  • St Johns C of E Primary School 15:15
  • Fairfield Primary School 15:45
  • Erewash Trail speech 16:05
  • White Hills Park Federation with Bramcote Park School and Alderman White School 16:15
  • Manushi Dance Group 16:55
  • Atmosphere Glee Choir 17:15
  • Pushing Boundaries Inclusive Dance Company 17:35
  • Stapleford YPC Underdogs Dance and Vocals 18:00
  • Crisis Band 18:50
  • Beeston Musical Theatre Group 19:35
  • Don Morrell's Gin Mill Syncopators 20:00
  • Beeston Musical Theatre Group 21:05
  • The Feds 21:30

The grand finale spectacular firework display is at 10.30pm

The Field

On the field there is an opportunity to try a wide range of creative, cultural, dance, arts & sports activities linking to this years theme of "This is who we are". Dog owners can enjoy the ever popular 'Dogs Day Out' with competitions and prizes. Other attractions on the field include Nottingham County Cricket Club, a climbing wall, re-enactments, a few children's fair rides and much much more:-

Field Groups

• Air Cadets • Hemlock & District Guiding • Army Forces Careers Office • Long Eaton Field Archers
• Attenborough Nature Reserve • Neighbourhood Warden • Barncroft Day Centre • Nottingham Community Health • Beeston Young Peoples Centre • Nottingham County Council Cricket Club
• Bramcote Conservation Society • Notts - Derby Hemlock Stone Lions Club • Bramcote History Group • Pulp Friction • Bramcote Leisure Centre • Recycling Team • Bramcote Park Business & Enterprise School • Regeneration Games • Bramcote Womens Institute (WI) • Rotary Club
• Broxtowe Play Forum Community Celebration Group • St Helen's Church • Broxtowe Youth Council • St Michael's Church • D H Lawrence Heritage Centre • Stapleford Children's Centre • Dig In • Stapleford Library • Erewash Trail • Stapleford Young People's Centre • Eastwood Community Sports Centre • Team Falchion • Feminenza UK • Trini & Friends • Friends of Bramcote Tower • Walk & Talk

History of the event

The Hemlock Happening is a great free day out for all the family. The event has gone from strength to strength since the first Hemlock Happening was organised in 2002 by Broxtowe Borough Council in conjunction with the newly formed Bramcote and Stapleford Golden Jubilee Group - to celebrate the 'Queens Golden Jubilee'. The group continue to work 'hand in hand' with Broxtowe Borough Council to provide a platform for local talent, local groups, community engagement and professional artists workshops and performances.

The event was inspired by an Arts Development project in 2001 to investigate the history, geology and mythology of the Hemlock Stone. That project resulted in a community play 'The Stone', that was performed in the shadow of the Hemlock Stone to over 700 people. It was the first time the walled garden had been used for a performance event and the public response was tremendous.

For more information contact the arts & events team at Broxtowe Borough Council. Tel: 0115 917 3695

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