This third time, we have may have been unlucky with the weather, but no spirits were dampened this year in our most spectacular Parade yet. Led by the dancers and drummers of the Bristol Samba Band, a longer than ever Parade made up of lanterns made by local schools and organisations over the last few months took to our Bedminster streets. Thousands of family onlookers lined the South Street, North Street, Cannon Street, East Street, British Road route, with many joining the end of the Parade, which was entertained by the ever popular Ambling Band. There were illuminated lanterns large and small, including a huge chicken and an animated footballer complete with a  ball lantern to kick! This year back at the Compass Point base, there was a great selection of hot food and drink to warm Paraders and watchers alike on their return plus fire juggling, south Bristol’s Whooping Mad group with their illuminated hoops, and a short display by the Model Balloon Club of Great Britain. acta’s Community Choir ended the evening with a rousing singalong before everyone went home to dry off and talk about what a magical evening they’d just witnessed. Once again thanks are due to all who made the event possible especially Caroline Reynolds for allowing us to host the event at Compass Point.  To see photos:  www.facebook.com/WOWBS3.

Parade Support



….real money and support from:


▪Greater Bedminster Community Partnership

▪Bristol City Council

▪South West Area Preventions Team

▪Compass Point School

▪Ashton Gate School

▪BedminsterTown Team

▪Watkins Solicitors

▪Bristol Beds

▪Jefferson Studios

▪East Street Fruit Shop

▪Mezzaluna, West Street


▪Southville Centre Nursery

▪Parson Street School PTA

▪Bedminster Balkany Band

▪Sarah Scott+Russ Davidson

▪John Ginster Catering


▪many local fundraisers

▪many loyal local volunteers

2013 Lanterns:

2013 Lanterns:


Compass Point School

Ashton Gate School

Ashton Vale School

Parson Street School

Holy Cross School

Compass Point Family Centre

Southville Centre Nursery

the Elephant House

Windmill Hill City Farm


WOW (Way out West)

Monica Wills House

The hard work continues

The hard work continues to raise the funds and organise this year’s Parade which will take place on Saturday 7 December, leaving South Street Park at dusk.   Street marshalls and bucket collectors are needed to walk with the Parade.  Last year we raised a vital £500 with the street collection.  We also need somebody to design an A5 leaflet, a PA for the night, and outdoor lighting.  Can YOU help us to make this fabulous community event run without a hitch??  Please do get in touch:  info@way-out-west.org.

Do your bit & get baking !


We’re very pleased to announce that a dedicated group of volunteers and local organisations has raised £7000 of the £10,000 needed, and the BWL steering group have taken the decision that the autumn term project in 7 Bedminster schools will go ahead,  and once again culminate in a spectacular illuminated parade – this year on Saturday 7 December.

BUT with the additional £3000 in mind, we’re still fundraising.  Several ways in which you can make a difference to that total during August are:

– shop at Asda and make sure you get a green disk at the checkout to put in the collection bin at the Customer Services Desk.  If BWL gets the most disks, we’ll raise £200!!

– come to a Tea Party  on the lawn of Watkins Solicitors – Saturday 17 August, 2 pm – 5 pm.  (Opposite North Street Green, on the North St/Luckwell Rd roundabout). 

– donate a CAKE, small cakes or scones  for the Tea Party:  just email info@way-out-west.org.uk

– lend a small table and/or chairs, tablecloths and crockery:  email as above

If you can’t do any of those things, how about holding a tea party of your own and charging friends and colleagues £5 as a contribution to the BWL funds?


Planning 2013

The BWL Steering Group are working hard at the moment to raise the £10,000 that’s needed to organise this year’s event, with the Parade which is scheduled for Saturday December 7th. Already we are halfway to reaching our target. Generous grants and donations so far have been received from the Greater Bedminster Neighbourhood Partnership, Compass Point: South Street School and Children’s Centre, the South Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust, Watkins Solicitors, Paper Village and the first of our fund-raising tea parties run by a local resident – many thanks to one and all.


We want to repeat the three month project with artists in local schools and community centres culminating in the grand Parade of illuminated lanterns through the streets of Bedminster to our winter celebrations in the newly improved South Street Park. But we can only do it with the continued support of our community and sponsors. So what can you do to make this unique Bedminster based event happen once more?  If you can help or have suggestions as to how we can reach our target contact us via email: bwl@way-out-west.org

Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade 2013

This spectacular event, free to everyone, is just the culmination of a three month project running in 7 Bedminster schools.    WOW is working again to raise the £10,000 required for 2013 – all help and/or ideas, big and small, would be very gratefully received. Email info@way-out-west.org


Can you pick yourself out?

2 video clips below the first is a little 3 minute one and the second is 9 minutes.