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

Please donate to keep us going

Hello you lovely lot! It’s summer (allegedly) so naturally the #bemmylanterns team is thinking about winter and, more specifically, the 2019 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade Project.

As with every year, we have a big challenge facing us: raising the money we need to put the project on. And this year is a biggie.

If we’re going to make it, we need to raise £8,000.

Please help us get there – donate to the Community Lanterns Fund .

Click on the kitty to donate via PayPal

We have set up the Community Lanterns Fund, a super-easy PayPal way for you lovely people in the community to show your support. You can choose as little or as much as you would like and kapow! your donation is in. Technology is truly a marvellous thing….

To donate, just click on the nifty PayPal button below or, if kittens are more your thing, click a kitten.

That’s it. Help us reach our goal, so we can put on another amazing Parade for you all.

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x

Its so easy, just click on the kitty, donate via PayPal, and we’re done!

Thank you from the Bemmylanterns committee

The Bemmylanterns committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants – the primary schools and local community groups, BS3 traders, politicians and musicians who came together in yesterday’s stunning Parade.

Without our volunteers, assistance from local institutions and financial support drawn from the area there would be no annual Winter Lantern Parade.

Once again the event showed people who live and work in BS3 choose each year to celebrate that ours is a community with pride, personality and creative flair.

Malcolm Brammar

Chair, Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade

Today’s pre-Parade entertainment is confirmed

Are you looking forward to this afternoon?  Are you prepared for all the glorious shiny goodness that you’re going to feast your eyes upon?

We’re not just dishing up visual treats for you lucky, lucky people.  We’re also serving you some top-notch pre-Parade musical realness, to really make your day pop!

But who, what and where are the big questions.  Read on, my friends, read on.

The delightful Southville Strings will be playing at the junction of North St/Raleigh Road from 430pm.  This wonderful group plays every Monday at the Hen & Chicken 7-8pm and always welcome new violin players.  Interested?  Just drop Vivienne Baker an email 

Get down to the Roundabout by North Street Green and Luckwell Road at 5pm to get a load of Campbell’s One Man Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. If you want to find out more about Simon Campbell, check out the website  or drop a line at

Shimmy on down to the The African Sambistas(@AfricanSambista), who’ll be turning heads outside the Old Bookshop from 5pm

Why not sample some of the creative work by  Amy from the Woods?  She’ll be outside the Steam Crane from 5pm.

And last, but not least, George Hickey (@georgehickeymusic, @abristolbard) is playing outside Hunters Estate Agents opposite HSBC on Junction of Cannon Street and West Street from 5pm.

So choose your spot wisely, and get on down for some splendid music while you wait for the fun to start.

See you very, very soon!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x

It’s showtime! And here’s what you need to know about the reschedule

You might have seen that the road closure boards are going up again around the route – the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade is on!

The big day is Saturday 19th January 2019, and it will be exactly as you expect with 1 small, teeny-tiny difference: we’re changing the start time of the event.

We’re pushing back the whole thing by 1 hour.

Why are you doing that?

Good question.  The reason for the later start is because we’ve passed mid-winter already, so the evenings are getting lighter, and we want to make sure all the amazing lanterns look their absolute best.

So what are the new times for the Parade?

Road closures will start at 4pm, with the on-street entertainment starting at about 5pm.

The Parade itself will start at 530pm, following the usual route, and the fireworks will be set off at about 7pm.

You can read the full updated event information when you have a moment, but in the meantime make sure you’ve changed the time in your phone, diary or on you wall calendar.

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

2018 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade Postponed

Like us you’ve probably been following the weekend weather forecast over the last few days.

So it won’t come as a surprise to learn that, sadly, we’ve come to a decision based on safety issues, to postpone the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade 2018 on Saturday December 8th.


It’s particularly disappointing for all those children and community groups who’ve been working so hard and creatively on their lanterns over the last couple of months.

However, with a forecast of strong wind and rain during the Parade period on Saturday, we felt it unwise to subject participants and spectators to these conditions which also, to put it mildly, wouldn’t do justice to all that hard work.

Without delay we’ll be requesting Bristol City Council for a revised date for a Parade Route road closure in the New Year.

We’ll also ask all our local lantern makers to carefully store their lanterns ahead of the announcement of a new date.

The Bedminster Lantern Parade will happen this winter, but for only the second time in its eight year history, Parade Day will carry over into the following year.

The 2018 Parade in full detail – with edits for the reschedule

We’re nearly there again!  Break out the rejoicing unicorn!

With a couple of weeks to go until the rescheduled 2018 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade, here’s the (updated) info you’re going to need!

First up, you need to know that we’ve put back the event by 1 hour.  All the fun will start at 5pm, with the Parade leaving from the starting point at 530pm.

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

Where do you need to be?

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 430pm and no later than 5pm.

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 mostly the same this year, with one tiny addition.

The Parade sets off on the street a smidge further down from Aldi on North Street. Starting from Brewery Court, the Parade follows our usual route down North Street and Canon Street.

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.

What’s happening when?

We’ve moved back the road closures by 1 hour.  So now the main roads on the route will be closed to traffic from 4pm until 7pm, 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, but do make sure you find a good viewing spot before the event kicks off.
The Parade starts at 530pm and will wind up about an hour later. The firework display is set for just a little after 7pm.

What will the fashionable 2018 Parade goer be wearing?

The emphasis is on warm and comfortable clothing, with sensible footwear a must. It will be dark and chilly and nobody’s got time for a chill.

How to stay safe on the Parade

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.

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.

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.

What else is there to do on the day?

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 will also be some stalls at the end of the Parade, 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.

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.

I’m a social creature! I need to get social!

Get social with us then! Our hashtags this year are #bemmylanterns and #bwlp2018, 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

See you on the 19th January!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team