How to make your neighbourhood magical

Bedminster Town Team Lantern ParadeLast week I published a feature on SkyLightRain about Bedminster Town Team and the efforts to regenerate this area of Bristol. That feature previously appeared in The Bristol magazine in August 2012. This is an update on that feature, with news about the current and upcoming events to make a better Bedminster.

So what makes a better Bedminster? At least part of the answer seems to be a greater sense of community, engaging events and some beautification of the more desolate areas. Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to.

Bedminster Christmas MarketNorth Street Christmas Fayre – Sat 08 Dec

This celebration of all things local offers the chance to buy unique Christmas gifts, enjoy food and drink, and music and have a dance to warm up too!

Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade – Sat 08 December, from 4.30pm

How spectacular does this sound? As pictured at the top of this post, a procession of illuminated lanterns made by local schools and community groups, will light up the streets of Bedminster.

Bedminster Christmas MarketsBemmy Christmas Market – Sat 15 December

Celebrate the Christmas period with this flea market cum art fair cum hog roast cum music festival cum dance show, Bemmy style!

Theatre in Shops – ongoing

Show of Strength returned to North and East Streets with six performances in November, and will be back again on 8 and 15 December, with more shows planned for the last Saturdays of January, February and March 2013. Find out more.

Play me, I’m yours! – ongoing

You may have noticed random pianos popping up in your neighbourhood since 2008. Play me, I’m yours! is an installation by Bedminster artist Luke Jerram that has been touring the world, so far depositing more than 750 Pianos in 35 cities across the globe from New York to China via Bristol. What a lovely idea! Currently one of Luke’s (in conjunction with Mickleburgh’s Piano Shop, Stokes Croft) pianos is situated in East Street, Bedminster. Why not go and bang out a few Christmas carols then tweet video clips of the results to @BedminsterTT?

Plus there are pop-up shops, an art trail and treasure hunt on the theme of insects,and plans for a fabulous springtime festival!

Find out more.


2 thoughts on “How to make your neighbourhood magical

  1. We’re already working towards making sure Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade hits the streets again this year. The organisers are looking for people who might be interested in taking on the following :
    Schools Liaison : the Parade itself is the culmination of 3 months of enjoyable and inspiring workshops in all Bedminster schools throughout the autumn term. We need a point of contact on the organising committee for the lead teachers and the PTA at each school.
    Fundraising : £10,000 is needed to run the project. Cake stalls, raffles, sponsored marathons – you name it, we’ll consider it!
    If you would like to talk through any of the above or can offer any time towards the general organisation of the event, please email Stef on Thank you!

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