Light up the winter nights in BS9
On a cold dark winter weekend last February, BS9 was lit up by over 130 decorated windows. As part of Window Wanderland, the popular community window display event pioneered in Bishopston in 2015, participants decorated their windows and gardens to create a magical display for others to discover as they walked around the neighbourhood.
Several community groups took the chance to do something a little different: a local running group chose a route to take in as many windows as they could while a Beavers group was looking for windows and spotting patterns where whole streets had co-ordinated their decorations around a joint theme.
Organisers Sarah, Lucy and Vicky are now planning for their third event this February. Vicky says: “It was so exciting to see the event grow from one year to the next and we have even more plans for this year - we're expanding the area and hoping to run a creative workshop in January to help people get started on their displays. Having found a generous sponsor in CJ Hole we can now spend more of our energy on planning and running the event rather than on fundraising.”
Window Wanderland BS9 takes place from Friday 7 to Monday 10 February between 5.30pm and 9pm each day. Anyone can take part by decorating their windows or the front of their house. Sarah explains: “The display is completely up to you, anything goes...so long as it’s child friendly! No particular artistic skills are needed, just some lights or your favourite books or toys will create an enjoyable display for others. For those who want to get creative the possibilities are endless, and the Window Wanderland website provides lots of inspiration.”
Having started in the eastern part of BS9, Window Wanderland is now expanding to fill the whole of the BS9 postcode area, taking in Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park, Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle as well as Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze. Several local schools and Brownie groups are getting involved again and creating artwork to be displayed in local churches and businesses.
Organiser Lucy comments: “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!”
If you would like to join in the event, register online so your property can be included on the official map. To find out more visit https://bs9windowwanderland.wixsite.com/event or visit the BS9 Window Wanderland Facebook page.