A fantastic way to brighten up our lives
With so many of us indoors at the moment and our constitutional walk the highlight of our day, remember that Window Wanderland is just around the corner to brighten up our evening strolls and give us a creative project to sink our teeth into.
Anyone can take part in the event which takes place on 5-8 March, from 6-9pm, and anything goes. The idea is to bring light, colour and stories to our windows, gardens and streets for us all to share and enjoy. Get the whole family involved or create a solo piece, use one window or all of them. Over the past six years Bishopston residents have created more than 2,000 displays for the community to enjoy, and hopefully, there will be more this year than ever.
The organisers of Bishopston Window Wanderland are suggesting that you leave your displays up for longer if you can, until the clocks go forward on Sunday 28 March. That way people can spread out their wanders, and avoid crowds.
One Window Wanderland contributor, Wayne Cullum, tells us how he got started.
“I first came across the brilliant Window Wanderland when I lived and worked in London four years ago,” says Wayne.
“I ran Crafted London which ran art workshops and a Soft Play and we were encouraged to join in by the local organiser. We were thrilled to be part of such a creative community event. We ran workshops, made large displays for the local church café and had a great time over the weekend seeing all the brilliant windows. We continued to be heavily involved for the next few years until we left London to move to Bristol last year to begin studying to become a vicar.
“I knew Window Wanderland had started in Bristol, but I didn’t know exactly whereabouts. We found a house in Ashley Down, and when we came to view it saw adverts in a local guide and on the flags on Gloucester Road advertising Bishopston as its home. I, and my family, were excited to be able to continue to stay involved as it was such a highlight of our year in London. As soon as we moved to York Avenue it became clear there was a great community on the street, and it didn’t take much persuasion to get a cluster of houses signed up for last year’s event. As a street we decided to theme our windows to different games - we had scrabble, snakes and ladders, pop-up pirates and more.
“Lots of us decorated our windows with rainbows and other colourful creations during lockdown 1.0, and for the VE celebrations in June. We have also made a huge street effort to create a York Avenue Living Advent Calendar. Of the 38 houses, 24 were involved and decorated a window to create a Christmas Countdown throughout December. We were really impressed with the variety of displays and it really brightened up the street and pulled the community together even more. You can see the outcomes here https://www.facebook.com/yorkaveadvent2020/.
“We are already looking forward to Window Wanderland 2021 - why not try and get as many people on your street involved too - the more people who get involved, the more colourful, creative and community building the event becomes. We can’t wait to see your window displays!”
It’s easy to put your house on the virtual map if you want to make a display, and please make sure you do so everyone can see your hard work. Just visit the Bishopston Window Wanderland event page www.windowwanderland.com/area/bishopston-bristol/. You can add your house any time so even if you don’t decide to do it until the last minute you can still put yourself on the map. See display ideas or find Window Wanderland on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest @windowwander.
Free membership to Children's Scrapstore in the weeks leading up to the event is offered. At the time of going to press they are open for Click and Collect only. Registered Bishopston display makers will get a code for a 10% discount on any items in their Window Display section: https://shop.childrensscrapstore.co.uk/collections/window-display
Kits to make displays can also now be purchased directly from the main Window Wanderland online Shop https://windowwanderland.square.site/