Window Wanderland will light up winter nights

January 28 2016
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Window Wanderland will light up winter nights

By Zuzana Pohloudkova

AFTER last year’s success, residents of Bishopston are again invited to make displays in their front windows, which form a trail to be explored over the weekend of February 20 and 21 from 6pm - 9pm.

Window Wanderland aims to light up neighbourhoods using fun and playfulness.

Lucy Reeves who started the event last year said: “What a great response we have had for such diverse displays - there is imagination in the streets of Bishopston!

“Plans are happening for a Hamster Party in Manor Road, Illness & Anarchy in Bishop Road, Celestial Glass Angels on Springfield Avenue, Heaven and Hell in Cromwell Road and a band in the living room at the bottom of Brynland Avenue. There is something for everyone!”

Dominique Blackmore, community liaison coordinator for Bishopston says: “We want it to be easy to do and fun for everybody. We want people to enjoy it. The idea is that it is really accessible and inclusive. Everybody is creative in their own way so anybody can do a window!

“This year is much bigger than the last one, 135 people have already signed in and that doesn’t include some of the traders and local schools.”

Last year over 2,500 people wandered across 55 roads with over 200 window displays. Local cafes increased their takings by 160%.

It is a good opportunity for the community to work together during long winter nights. Ashley Down schools will be taking over Totally Toys and Grounded, whilst Sefton Park school will be displaying at CJ Hole with ‘Goldie’ Shaun the Sheep. Bristol county cricket ground has offered their sports bar windows to North Bristol Dropin Centre for adults with learning difficulties.

If residents want to be on the map they should register on the web before February 12. Maps will be available from February 16 at Cafe Grounded, Halo Bar and Boston Tea Party on Gloucester Road for £1.

The event supports Children’s Hospice Southwest again this year and they will be collecting on the night.

To register, see the trail map and for inspiration visit windowwanderland.com or phone 0117 942 7452.