Mayfest weaves its magic

May 26 2016
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Mayfest weaves its magic

THE high street was buzzing with fun and frolics for all ages at the Gloucester Road Central Mayfest on May 7.

The sun shone bringing businesses, families and the local community out in numbers to enjoy this colourful annual event, and part of the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership May week. Matt Collis from Avon Wildlife Trust and Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, said a few words to the welcome the crowds and to tell everyone about the new Gloucester Road Central planters and city wildlife corridor.

The lower half of Bishop Road was closed to traffic for the afternoon and hosted events including Playing Out, face painting, needlefelting and a children’s tea cup ride.

Performance character, Mr Gotalot and his pop up shop was out and about meeting people in the crowds and the day ended with Jack in the Green and his musicians and dancers performing a procession up the Gloucester Road.

Visitors were curious to explore the new Eco House on Bishop Lane, built with entirely sustainable materials, sited behind Gallery Room 212. The building is a 5m x 5m one bed house with a living roof, built using eco techniques that can be applied to any small building.

Red Kite Design and Build, who also built the straw bale house at the Golden Hill Community Garden, were on hand to explain the building methods they used.

The Golden Lion stage hosted live music from acoustic acts, The Slimline Shufflers and Lone Wolf, plus performances from Bristol Folk and Ashley Down community choirs.

There was plenty of food and drink on offer from this busy area, well known for its independent shops. Samples were on offer from Joe’s Bakery, Pizzarova and Cake as well as stalls selling homemade preserves and fermented foods.

Charities and organisations including Window Wanderlan , Greenpeace, Fairtrade and the Babybank Network took part, raised awareness and funds for their causes.

The Gloucester Road WI raised a magnificent £772 for Carers BSG by selling their homemade cakes at the event.