Light up the February skies with Window Wanderland
The evening sky may be dull in February but one event guaranteed to light up the nights is the return of Window Wanderland to Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym.
Last February saw the popular community window display event pioneered in Bishopston in 2015, come to BS9 for the first time. Over 80 houses took part by decorating their front windows and creating a magical display for people to discover as they walked around the neighbourhood. They were guided by an online map as well as printed maps available in local shops and cafés and at primary schools. In addition, Elmlea and Westbury-on-Trym primary schools made artwork displayed in the windows of local businesses.
Sarah and Vicky, two members of last year's organising team are working on a second event for the area. Vicky says: "We were delighted by the number of people who took part last year, and now that many more people have seen what it involves, we hope that this year's event will be even bigger.
"It was a challenge to raise the necessary funds to finance the event, but in the end several local businesses came up trumps and we're so glad we can once again bring this fun, all-age event to the local community."
Window Wanderland BS9 East takes place from Friday 8th to Monday 11th February between 6pm and 9pm each evening. Anyone can take part by decorating their windows or the front of their house.
“The display is completely up to you, anything goes so long as it’s child friendly!” says Sarah.
“No particular artistic skills are needed, just some lights or your favourite books or toys will create an enjoyable display for others. But for those who want to get creative the possibilities are endless, and the Window Wanderland website provides lots of inspiration.”
With a strong focus on the BS9 East community, between Parry’s Lane, Kellaway Avenue, Wellington Hill West and Northover Road, several local schools are keen to get involved once more and create artwork for the event including St Ursula's, Westbury-on-Trym Primary and Elmlea schools.
Stoke Bishop resident Lucy says: “This is a wonderful event that really brings people together, and there is such a friendly atmosphere as people wander around the streets discovering all the displays – perfect for cheering you up on a cold dark February evening!”
The organisers ask that participants register online, so they can be included on the official map. To find out more visit www.windowwanderland.com/event/bs9-bristol-2019/