Bright idea sparks creativity, joy - and a bit of craziness

Published on: 30 Jan 2017

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Window Wanderland returns to Bishopston on the weekend of February 4-5 when a dazzling display of light, colour and fun will light up the winter darkness and spread cheer among the crowds of visitors.

It is the third year that the residents, local businesses and community groups will light up their windows and gardens with colourful, and often amusing, illuminations. People living in properties from Kellaway Avenue, along Bishop Road, over to Ashley Hill, up to Muller Road and many of the roads either side of Gloucester Road have all signed up to join in.

The event was started by set designer Lucy Reeves Khan in 2015 who imagined the streets being alive with people looking at different displays showing snapshots of life. The seed was sown for Window Wanderland so she created one in Bristol when people were getting stir crazy from Winter. It is an event that lifts people’s spirits at a time of darkness and shows that everyone has a level of creativity to share.

Keith Walker has been raising money for Children’s Hospice South West since November inviting people to play his 12 hole, homemade, crazy golf course that he’s built in his front garden. In previous years he’s hosted Dale the Dalek, the all year beach, and an impromptu garden stage at Window Wanderland. His crazy golf course will be open for the Window Wanderland weekend when visitors can experience a 6 hole ‘half-course’ for a donation. 

Keith said: “I’ve had some really good donations from people who came round at Christmas and hopefully more will come and give lots of money. Last year we raised £800 and the year before £1,000, and it would be nice to get around that figure again. Thornleigh Road is closed to cars this year so it should be easier to move around here - I’m hoping for big crowds.

“My favourite hole has to be the one that Dr Lenz from UWE’s robotics department has helped me with - it’s the funny one with balls running around tubes and with buzzers flashing. I like hole number 3 which has seven tubes and nobody really knows where the ball is going to go. 

Keith will be auctioning off a number of prizes that have been donated to him from local businesses on both evenings of Window Wanderland, from 7.30pm. He said:

“I went to the shops dressed in my funny golf outfit and all the shops I went to on the Gloucester Road said that they were only too happy to help. A meal for two at the Royal Oak with a bottle of wine and the £40 that Planet Pizza have donated for a family meal are just some of the great prizes that I have.”

In all, Keith has collected up to 30 prizes, some of which will be awarded following a ‘play off’ at the end of February between the top five adult golfers and the top three children. There is a leader board outside the house and the top score goes to:

“Dale has the best score as he’s done a hole in one on all the holes and if a Dalek tells you that he’s the top scorer - believe me - you accept it!” added Keith. 

To contact Keith to play a round, call 0117 907 8448 or drop by at 48 Thornleigh Road in Bishopston.

Maps showing the venues taking part in Window Wanderland will be available to pick up from the end of January at various venues on Gloucester Road including Room 212, Boston Tea Party, Café Grounded and Totally Toys.

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