About Us

Founded in 2011, the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade is south Bristol’s biggest community event.

Each autumn, the lantern building projects start in local schools and community centres across Bedminster.  Assisted by experienced artists, the lantern teams come from schools and community groups from across south Bristol, making sure that everybody from the elderly to the very young are involved in this community festival.

And every December, over 3,000 people fill the streets of BS3 to watch a truly spectacular procession of around 1500 people and thousands of illuminated lanterns, accompanied by some seriously shimmy-inducing musicians.

But the prep work for the event starts months and months before….

A small team of volunteers (aka the #bemmylanterns team) starts work each January to raise the funds, plan and execute the event.  It’s a lot to do, but we love it!

The #bemmylanterns team is a not for profit bunch.  We are only able to put this event on thanks to the support of our sponsors and supporters, along with proceeds from our various fundraising activities.  Without you lovely people, the Parade wouldn’t actually be a thing.  So thank you!

We are always on the lookout for people who want to get involved, so if you fancy joining the team, or being one of the seventy-odd volunteers we need on the day, give us a shout.

So!  If you have any questions, want to get involved or just feel like saying hello, contact us.