Plans for Window Wanderland 2017 in full swing

November 24 2016

Plans for the 2017 Bishopston Window Wanderland are taking shape and the event looks set to be bigger and brighter than ever.

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Plans for the 2017 Bishopston Window Wanderland are taking shape and the event looks set to be bigger and brighter than ever. 

The magical event brightens one of the darkest, most uneventful months of the year with a trail of illuminated windows and gardens around the neighbourhood and brings together the local community in a very special, unique way. 

Dominique Blackmore, Community Liaison coordinator for the organisation said: “The response has been brilliant so far with sign ups from local schools and community groups, businesses and shops and support from our sponsors for 2017, Lunar Optical, Elephant Estate Agents and Lynne Fernandes Opticians.”

Supported by Bristol City Council's Make Sunday Special, the 3-day event on the weekend of 3-5 February 2017 invites all residents of Bishopston to get involved by signing up to take part or simply following the trail on the night. 

Visual treats come in the form of window displays from local artists Bev Cavender (The Knitted Pea) at Horders electrical, Laura Robertson at Zzzone Photography on Zetland Rd, Sarah Jayne Gardens at Tax Assist Accountants and a number of other local artists and creative residents. 

Bristol North Drop-in will be dazzling passers-by with a special Bristol-themed window at Gloucester County Cricket Club who are involved for the second year running. 

“We are delighted to once again take part in Window Wanderland. Over 100 people came to view the window display set up in our Optimum Suite this year and we hope that the 2017 event will be as successful. We are proud to support local initiatives such as this,” said Carolyn Prosser from the club.

Dominique added: “There is still plenty of time to sign up and get your house on the map, simply visit windowwanderland.com and look under ‘Coming Events’. You can also get some display ideas there, or find Window Wanderland on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest @windowwander. Anything goes, from a string of fairy lights to simple but effective silhouettes or a front room disco. Thornleigh Road will once again be a buzzing Wanderland hub and Dale the Dalek’s plans for crazy golf are in full swing. 

“If you are a local community group and would like to get involved, please get in touch and we can help find you a suitable venue. “

The Bishopston event was the first of its kind in the UK and its success has led to other Wanderlands as far and wide as Bradford and Bromley. 

Window Wanderland is a great excuse to get those winter woollies on, gather friends and family and head out into the dark to explore the Bishopston neighbourhood in a whole new light.