Christmas street party on Gloucester Road
The festive theme begins at Gloucester Road Central with the traditional Christmas Street Party on Thursday 6 December from 5 - 8pm. There'll be all sorts of goodies, tasty food and drink.
As usual Joe’s Bakery will have free biscuit decorating and delicious samples of their Christmas offerings. Giles Butchers will be cooking hamburgers and Art and Chocolate will be handing out handmade chocolate samples. Alchemy will have cauldrons of mulled wine and veggie soup plus bar snacks & mince pies from their EAT ME cafe. This year Filton Concert Brass will play some festive tunes outside on the terrace from 5pm and then Andy Leggett and Joe Trudgeon will get out their instruments for some familiar numbers inside the bar into the evening.
Many of the art and gift shops will stay open until 8pm so you can have a good browse for lovely gifts and local artwork. As usual Bristol based charities will have a chance to raise awareness and funds. The North Bristol Extinction Rebellion group will be holding their popular print making downstairs, led by North Bristol Artist Mary Collett, so bring your t-shirt, jacket or bag to print with the XR logo or brightly coloured bees and butterflies.
Avon Needs Trees will be joining us this year to tell us about their project to buy land in the Bristol/Avon catchment area to reforest and manage woodland www.avonneedstrees.org.uk.
If you're worried about your carbon footprint this Christmas then you'll appreciate a plan Sarah Thorp has devised with Avon Needs Trees. They have created vouchers to be sold at Room 212, Alchemy 198, Preserve and Joe’s Bakery. Each voucher equals square metres of woodland with ANT, for instance £5 buys you 2 square metres. This means you can buy a few vouchers to go in a Christmas card to your friends and family, or for yourself when you buy a loaf of bread or refill your tub of muesli!
There is a Woodland theme to the window displays at Room 212 this December. North Bristol artist Laura Robertson paints lovely pictures of British creatures and they will be on display along with other local artists such as Jenny Urquhart and Toni Burrows. Local willow sculptor Sarah Jayne Edwards will be foraging for greenery to decorate both venues and running eco friendly willow wreath making sessions at Alchemy on December 10. Sarah ran really successful wreath making sessions at the Gallimaufry last year so if you enjoyed them this is your chance to make one for 2019. You can reserve a place through their facebook event.
We're looking forward to a busy time here at Glos Rd Central as we know that everyone likes to shop on their favorite local high street of independent businesses for Christmas! Some of our businesses are now open on Sundays from 11 - 4pm. See you soon!