Get set for the Parade!

Only a week to go to the Lantern Parade! Are you excited? Back at #bemmlanterns HQ we are!

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But what do you need to know to be fully Parade-ready?

Location, location, location

If you are taking part in the Parade with a school or community group, please meet at the agreed time and place in Brewery Court, just behind Mark’s Bread and the Bristol Beer Factory & Taproom.

If you are registered for the #bemmymix group, get yourself and your lanterns to the Lanterns HQ at the corner North Street and St Francis Road and then go join the group at 4pm and no later than 445pm.

If you aren’t registered to participate in the Parade, you are not covered by our Parade insurance, so you won’t be able to walk in the Parade this year. For your own safety please find yourself a good viewing spot and enjoy the lanterns and music.

What’s the route?

The route is the same as last year, with the schools and community groups starting out from Brewery Court, just by Marks Bread.

The Parade follows our usual route down North Street and Canon Street, and then we turn right just after the London Inn and continue along British Road. As ever, the Parade finishes up at South Street outside Compass Point School for a snack and hot drink, some splendid fireworks and the chance to get a close-up look at the lanterns.

I know the where, what about the when?

 The main roads on the route will be closed to traffic from 4pm, so you can enjoy the event without traffic getting in the way. You’ll have a bit of time before the start of the Parade to soak up the BS3 atmosphere and check out the bands at a few key locations on the route (you can see where and when they are in the map above, or in this post, but do make sure you find a good viewing spot before the event kicks off.

The Parade starts a bit after 5pm and will wind up about an hour later. The firework display is set to go off after everyone has had a chance for a drink etc when the get in. Check in with our socials to for final confirmation of timings this week.

What looks will be turning heads at the Parade?

Fashionable, yet practical is the look to go for. Warm and and comfortable clothing, with sensible footwear a must. It will be dark and chilly and nobody’s got time for a chill.

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How do you stay safe on the day?

Safety is the most important thing – literally the most important thing – to the Committee and we have worked to make the Parade safe for everybody.

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As mentioned before, the Parade route will be closed to traffic from 4pm-7pm, and we have recruited volunteers to act as marshals along the way.

Here’s how you can keep you and yours safe too.

Firstly, absolutely no unaccompanied children. Please keep any smallfolk close by you at all times.

If you are a taking part in the Parade, make sure you stay with your group and follow the instructions from the marshals who are walking with you. Please follow any directions from the Parade stewards – they are there to help make sure the Parade goes smoothly and safely.
Finally, please follow any instructions the Route Masters, Safety Officer or Parade Leader give you.

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If you are not a registered participant, please don’t join the Parade. It is dangerous to do so and causes total chaos.

Please don’t cut through the Parade – even if you see friends or family on the other side – just wait until the Parade has passed. If you are watching the Parade with children, please keep them with you on the edge of the route, and don’t let them nip into the Parade.

Hungry? Thirsty, need to buy stuff?

Bedminster is full of nice places to shop, grab a bite to eat or have a drink. Make sure you remember you pocket money so you can so make the most of your afternoon. There are also some refreshment points on British Road and at Compass point, including the fantastic Hopper Coffee Van.

We are, once again, collecting donations during the Parade – you will see some super bucket-carrying Parade volunteers walking along the route. Keep an eye out for the buckets and bung your donation in as they go past.

Or you can donate electronically here, if the feeling takes you:

Are pets allowed?

Our pets are part of our family and we love being with them, but they won’t love the event.

There’s no rule against you bringing along your pet, but it will be very noisy and crowded and the fireworks at the end will make it more so. Maybe leave them at home if you are worried.

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I’m in a sharing mood. I gotta share some stuff.

Get social with us then! Our hashtags this year are #bemmylanterns and #bwlp , so feel free to go nuts with the pix and vids and tweet us (@bemmylanterns), share to our Facebook page (bemmylanterns), tag us on Instagram (@bemmylanterns), or even email us at info@bwlp.org.uk.

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See you on the 11th January!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

Volunteers, your bemmylanterns team needs

We’re a short 7 weeks away from the start of the Lantern Parade, but there’s a long way to go before we’re all set.

We need brains and brawn on the day to help us make the event run smoothly, because the #bemmylanterns team is actually very small, and we just can’t do it all ourselves.

In return for donating some of your time, you’ll get major good vibes of doing something awesome and doing this sort of thing can be ace for CVs and Uni applications as well. 

What do you need?

Glad you asked.  We’ve got a few areas that need help on the day.  If you are free for the whole afternoon or only for an hour or so, we would love your help. 

Road Stewards

To make sure we manage the people and the roads safely, we need volunteer stewards.  The parade is going to be bigger again this year, so we needed 70 stewards.  50 lovely people have offered their services so far, but we still need another 20, or we’ll be in diffs.

Event runners

We need 3 superheroes to help us with practical parts of the show.  1 to help Malcolm, who co-ordinates the setting off of all the different groups into the parade at the beginning, 1 to help Stef who is the big boss of the end of the show up at Compass Point, and 1 to help Jazz manage the musicians across the route.  

Bucket Collectors

One of the key ways we raise the money to make this happen is a crack squad of ninjas who zoom through the crowd with buckets for the joyous public to chuck their spare dosh in.  We need about 10 Bucket Ninjas to have us in with a chance of raising the money we need.

Roadies and riggers

If you fancy a bit of a workout, we need people to help with the technical management of the finale at Compass Point. 

If any of these spots spark your interest, give us a shout via email at info@bwlp.org.uk, or hit us up through our Facebook page.

The Parade route and other important details

We’re just over a week away from the Big Day, so we’re excited to share with you some details of the day.

You can go ahead and explore the map below, or scroll on down to read a bit more about the day.

We’re starting a little later this year

Since the days are getting the tiniest bit longer and our evenings are a teeny bit lighter, so we’re starting things a bit later.

  • The on street music before the Parade will be on the closed route from a little before 4pm.
  • The Parade itself will start at about 5pm from the usual starting point, and work its way around the route to South Street.
  • After the Parade is done, and everybody has put down their lanterns and grabbed a warm drink, the fireworks will start.

Let’s tell you a bit about the music, shall we?

The Bristol Sea Slugs are a four-piece Shanty/Folk band based in Bristol, known for nautical nonsense and heart-warming sea-faring charm. Catch them at the Tobacco Factory from about 3.45pm.

  • Bristol Pan Sonic is a community steel band based in Bristol. They will be on North Street Green from 4pm.
  • Crowd favourites African Sambistas are an open-minded, open-hearted community troupe of African-samba drummers and dancers. Enjoy their boundless enthusiasm, infectious grooves, and funkin’ moves 4.30pm to 5.15pm outside Zero Green.
  • Have you heard Amy from the Woods?
    Wonderful, weird and slightly insane.
    Some musical madness,
    from this human’s brain…Amy From the Woods.
    Get down to Toyville to listen to her 4.15pm to 5pm.
  • Check out Sam Pennant, from The Callous Lips, a Bristol based Indie-Folk band with stripped down melodic and uplifting tunes. He will be playing outside Hunters betwen 4.30pm and 5.15pm.
  • Come listen to Simon Campbell at our newest outdoor entertainment location outside Bedminster Methodist church on British Road. He will be playing between 4.30pm and 5.15pm.

That’s it for now folks, but keep checking back here and on our Facebook page for updates and new info.

See you very soon!


Road closures for the upcoming Parade day

We’re teetering on the precipice of the Big Day – yaaay! – which also means that we’re also edging closer to Parade Day too. Exciting stuff!

As you all know, we take the safety of everyone at the Parade very seriously and each year we get permission to close St Francis Road, down by our starting point, as well as the roads along North Street, Cannon Street, British Road and the top end of South Street down to Compass Point.

This year is no different, and so on Saturday 11th January, road closures will be starting from about 3pm on St Francis Road, and will be fully in effect across the route shortly after that.

We’ve been out and about dropping letters on all streets that will be affected and you can see one of them at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for your patience

We’d like to thank all residents and local road users in advance for their patience on Parade day, and for thinking of the safety of the community who will be out on the streets during this time.

Alternative routes will be available, and if you find yourself up by a closed off part of the route, our lovely stewards will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Please be assured that, should any emergency services need access, we will work to make that happen.

Any questions, please get in touch with us on info@bwlp.org.uk.

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

Road closures for the upcoming Parade day

We’re teetering on the precipice of the Big Day – yaaay! – which also means that we’re also edging closer to Parade Day too. Exciting stuff!

As you all know, we take the safety of everyone at the Parade very seriously and each year we get permission to close St Francis Road, down by our starting point, as well as the roads along North Street, Cannon Street, British Road and the top end of South Street down to Compass Point.

This year is no different, and so on Saturday 11th January, road closures will be starting from about 3pm on St Francis Road, and will be fully in effect across the route shortly after that.

We’ve been out and about dropping letters on all streets that will be affected and you can see one of them at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for your patience

We’d like to thank all residents and local road users in advance for their patience on Parade day, and for thinking of the safety of the community who will be out on the streets during this time.

Alternative routes will be available, and if you find yourself up by a closed off part of the route, our lovely stewards will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Please be assured that, should any emergency services need access, we will work to make that happen.

Any questions, please get in touch with us on info@bwlp.org.uk.

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

Parade day confirmed!

If you haven’t heard already, we’ve got our Parade day nailed down. Whatever you are doing on Saturday 11 January 2020 – clear your diaries! Cancel your appointments and get ready for another corking Parade.

You can keep up to date with the latest developments through the Facebook event or catching up with us on our Facebook page.

And the 2019 project starts!

Ohmigosh! The Lantern Parade project has properly kicked off now!

Our artists have started working with the schools and local groups on the build projects and we’ve had our first community workshop at the Windmill Hill City Farm.

I can’t wait to see how they turn out…and we don’t have all that long to wait!

We also still need donations, so if you have a couple of quid going spare, please do consider chucking it in the bucket!

Local cat donates to bemmylanterns

It’s not the kind of news you hear every day, but our cat-infused plea for funds must have resonated with a local feline and its owner.

Tom Hinton’s Cat, our first ever animal sponsor, along with his owner local resident Tom Hinton made a personal donation to this year’s Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade Project.

We’re really grateful to our four legged supporter for helping us get nearer our fundraising goal. But we’re still need your help.

Do you have a philanthropic hamster? Or perhaps a generous beagle? Your furry, scaly or fishy companions can easily donate by PayPal through the Community Lanterns Fund page or the nifty button below.

Thanks again, Tom and Cat. You are really Incredible Supporters!

Thank you to the 2019 project Sponsors

As you know from a certain person’s endless messaging on the old social media, the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade only goes ahead thanks to the generosity and support of the community and local businesses. And while the #bemmylanterns committee hasn’t quite hit the fundraising target yet, we are well on our way.

This is thanks to the freaking brilliant local businesses that have decided to support us for this year’s project. We simply couldn’t do it without them.

We’re welcoming back some old friends and are super pleased to say hello to some great new sponsors and supporters.

If you want to find out a bit more about them and the cool things they do, take a look at the 2019 Sponsors page. And don’t forget, we are still looking for support, so if you are a business and fancy giving us a helping hand, why not sponsor us? And if you are a kind individual who would like to chuck some money in the PayPal e-bucket we’d really appreciate your contribution.

We’re going for it!

Super exciting news, everybody! On our meeting this Tuesday we looked at the numbers and even though we haven’t met our fundraising target yet, we have had such overwhelming support and demand from the community that we are going to go ahead with the #bemmylanterns project this year.

This means that the three month lantern making programme in local primary schools and community centres will begin across BS3 in autumn. 

Committee Chair Malcolm Brammar said that the efforts to get more funding will need to continue throughout the year but the creative team can now be recruited and the operational planning of the event started.

Good news, but we still need your help

We’re still a way off our fundraising target, so please donate some money to the Community Lantern Fund and help us ensure we make it.

Lets do this, Lanter Friends!

love from the #bemmylanterns team