Get set for Bishopston's Window Wanderland 2022
Bishopston Window Wanderland returns for another year from Saturday 5th to Monday 7th March 2022. It’s the perfect way to welcome in the spring and celebrate our wonderful local community. Bishopston hosted the first ever Window Wanderland back in 2015 and the organisers hope that it will be bigger and brighter than ever next year.
Many new residents to the area may be wondering what on earth this is all about? This year’s festival organiser is Sue Powell, who says: “We encourage residents of every age and creative ability to make displays in their windows or gardens which will then form a wonderful winter walking trail that can be explored by the whole community over the event weekend. Whatever the weather people come out to our streets to see the displays and there can be quite a party atmosphere.
“What goes into the displays is totally up to you. Previous years have seen elaborate, interactive and large-scale colourful displays alongside children’s magical creations, Lego constructions and community ensembles. But it is the creative community spirit that this event is all about. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Some displays have been made in memory of loved ones, some political and environmental statements, others the collective work of schools, families, streets or community groups. We plan to have a workshop in early February for people who would like a bit of inspiration or help to plan their display.”
Local resident, Diane Soysa, encouraged her street to get involved for the first time last year. Diane said: “Dugar Walk residents were Window Wanderland first timers. It was so much easier than we expected. It started with two tentative interests and a very late post in the neighbourhood Whatsapp group. One neighbour jumped into action and set the bar high with a two-storey wildlife display. The rest of us panicked but were inspired. Here’s when we threw in a dose of enthusiasm, and the mantra: “participation is the key”. There were rumblings of “This is not a competition, but it so is!” Then the scramble to buy tissue paper from essential shops.
“As windows began to go up, so the residents began to sort their ideas. Next, lots of last minute WhatsApp messages for spare black paper, coloured tissue paper, help and advice, all socially distanced and conversational. We are incredibly proud of our joint efforts, an amazing 14 homes took part, and it helped to put Dugar on the map! Bring on next year - we have really loved taking part.”
Sue Powell adds: “We would really love to see more street collaborations next year and we don’t mind if your street is a bit off the map.”
If you want to make a display it’s easy to put your house on the virtual map, and please make sure you do so that everyone can see your hard work. Visit the Bishopston Window Wanderland event page – you can sign up any time before the event but the sooner the better! www.windowwanderland.com/event/bishopston-bristol-2022
But whatever you do, put the dates in your diary now, tell your friends and share in your local groups.