Window Wanderland needs your help

January 08 2021

Window Wanderland needs your help

If you are missing the Christmas lights and sparkle on your evening stroll and keen for something to keep you and the family entertained and creative, preparing for this year’s Bishopston Window Wanderland could be the perfect tonic to the winter blues in these crazy times.
Window Wanderland takes place on Bishopston’s streets from Saturday 6 - Monday 8 March at 6 - 9pm each evening. A team of volunteers is busy preparing for the event which they hope will be bigger and brighter than ever. Everyone is welcome to join in and it’s free to enter.  
Organiser Sue Powell says: “We encourage residents of every age and creative ability to make displays in their windows or gardens that will then form a wonderful winter walking trail which can be explored by the whole community. 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.
Over the festive period we saw many houses getting into the Wanderland spirit with brilliant Christmas window displays and whole streets creating window advent calendars. Stanley Avenue resident, Sonia, said:  “2020 has been a tough year but one of the silver linings has been how connected our small street has become. We’ve all come together to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer, every day in December one of us is decorating a window - much like an advent calendar minus the chocolate. It really lifts the spirits and the windows are all so beautiful. The support, the laughs, and the care that we have all shared this year gives me so much hope for the future.”
We asked what made Window Wanderland so special, apart from having a legitimate reason to stare into people’s windows! Display-maker and Wanderer, Catherine said: “The sense of community-people coming together in small ways to create something big and wonderful.”
Trucie added: “It’s a way to show our children that there are lots of other people all around us who love making beautiful things, just like they do, even if we don’t know them.”
For Soph it’s: “The excitement of stumbling across a beautifully decorated window that I wasn’t expecting on an otherwise dark street.”
Sue Powell added: “We already have many houses and businesses signed up for the event, and both regular and new participants are busy planning their displays. We also know that local favourite ‘Dale the Dalek’ on Thornhill Road (with the help of Keith) will again be raising money for South West Children’s Hospice. I’m really looking forward to this as an inclusive community event that is aimed at bringing everyone together in a Covid-safe way to have FUN.”
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 event – you can sign up any time beforehand but the sooner the better: www.windowwanderland.com/area/bishopston-bristol/
Window Wanderland will once again be offering free membership to Children's Scrapstore in the weeks leading up to the event for those who have registered to make a display. And if you are in search of inspiration or have limited time kits to make displays can now be purchased from the main Window Wanderland online shop  https://windowwanderland.square.site/