The 2018 Parade in full detail

Only 7 days to go until we kick off the 2018 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade!

Oh my days! We’re nearly there!

The Committee is putting the final touches together for next Saturday, so now would be a good time to give you the information you need so that you can be prepped and ready to go on Saturday 8th December.

First up, you need to know that the fun starts at 4pm, with the Parade leaving from the starting point at 430pm.

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 330pm and no later than 4pm.

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?

Once again, this year the main roads on the route will be closed to traffic from 3pm until 6pm, 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 430pm and will wind up about an hour later. The firework display is set for just a little after 6pm.

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 3pm-6pm, 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 info@bwlp.org.uk.

See you in 7 days!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

Some serious stuff about Lantern Parade road closures

In the midst of all the excitement – only a couple of weeks left to go until the 2018 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade hits the streets on Saturday December 8th – we’ve got an important update for you all about the route and road closures.

First up, we’re changing the starting point of the Parade.  For the first time, the lovely people at Mark’s Bakery/Cafe on North Street will actually be able to see some of the parade, because that is where we are setting out from at 4.30pm.  So now you’ve got even more choice for where to stand to soak up the marvelous spectacle that is the Lantern Parade.

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The second, but equally important piece of new is that due to safety reasons, the official Parade route, from North Street, Cannon St, British Road and South Street will be closed to traffic from 3pm to 6pm.

2018 BWLP Road Closures

Some bus services will be diverted for the duration of the event, and this may cause some inconvenience to other road users – especially for deliveries – who may have to work around this.

But we really hope that people will be understanding, and thank everyone for their patience, as we have to make sure that all the Parade participants, who are of all ages, are kept safe.

See you in a couple of weeks!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

2018 Parade set to be the best yet!

We’re getting closer to the big day, and  the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade that you know and love promises to be the most spectacular yet!

Thanks to the successful community crowdfunding campaign this summer, and the support from local traders and the Bedminster Business Improvement Group, we raised enough funds to give the go ahead for the project.

What’s been going on?

Nine local primary schools and a host of BS3 community groups have been building colourful lanterns, large and small over the last couple of months, which will be unveiled and illuminated when the Parade starts from outside St Francis Church on North Street.

While all this fabulous work has been going in, the committee have been sorting out the other vital logistics on the food, fireworks and entertainment. But more on that later.

What you need to know about is the road closures.

Talk to me about the road closures

Following approval by Bristol City Council, the Parade route will be closed to traffic from 3pm to 6pm.

This means that traffic, including some bus services will be diverted away from North Street, Dean Lane, Cannon St, British Road and South Street for the duration of the event.

“We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience, particularly for deliveries in the area, and a change to some normal Saturday afternoon arrangements. However, we hope people will understand that for this special one-off annual community event involving all ages, we can’t take the risk of allowing traffic into our Parade route.” – Malcolm Brammar, #bemmylanterns committee Chair

So that’s a bit brilliant!

We’ve also recruited a bunch of volunteers to act as road safety stewards along the length of the Parade, but we are are in need of more.

If you have a few hours spare and feel like being a brilliant person, just get in touch with us  via Facebook or by email.

 

Important 2017 Parade Information

The countdown has begun! There are only 4 days left until the start of the 2017 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade.

The event starts at 4pm, with the Parade leaving from the starting point at St Francis Church at 430pm.

Now that you know where and when the fun starts, you’re ready for the other information that’ll help you get the best out of your day.

Make sure you know what you need to do and when

If you are taking part in the Parade with a school or community group, please meet at the agreed time and place by St Francis Church, on the corner of North Street and St Francis Road. Your group leader will give you your wristbands.

If you are registered for the #bemmymix group, bring your wristbands and join the group at 330pm and no later than 4pm.

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.

The route

We’re going with the same route as last year.

The Parade sets off from St Francis Church (just by Aldi on North Street), and the route takes in North Street and Canon Street. We turn right just after the London Inn and continue along British Road. The Parade winds up at South Street outside Compass Point School, where we can enjoy some fireworks and a closer look at this year’s creations.

This year’s timings

The boards are up! The main roads on the route will be closed from 3pm until 6pm, so you can enjoy the event without traffic getting in the way.


We’ve got some entertainment lined up for you lovely people before the Parade starts – more on that nearer the time – but make sure you find a good viewing spot before the event kicks off.

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The Parade will set off at 430pm and will finish approximately 1 hour later, and the fireworks are scheduled for just a little after 6pm.

What to wear

Make sure you wear warm comfortable clothing and sensible footwear.

It is December, it will be dark and cold.  You don’t want to get a chill.

Child safety

Absolutely no unaccompanied children.

I don’t think that needs any further explanation.

Be safe at the Parade

If you are a participant in the Parade, make sure you stay with your group (you don’t want to get lost or go the wrong way). Please follow the instructions from our stewards who 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 actually really dangerous to do so and causes total chaos.

Please do not try and cut through the Parade – even if you see friends or family on the other side – just wait until the back end of the Parade has passed.

If you have children under your care, please make sure they stay with you on the edge of the route, and don’t let them dodge into the Parade.

Bring your pocket money

Bedminster is full of nice places to grab a bite to eat and a drink, so make sure that you make the most of your afternoon and try some of the lovely things on offer, including Hopper Coffee Van and some other stalls at the end of the route.

We are also collecting donations during the Parade – you will see some super bucket-carrying Parade volunteers walking along the route.

This year we have chosen who we want to help raise funds for: Help Bristol’s Homeless is a non-profit, social enterprise with a mission to change the face of homelessness in Bristol.

So keep an eye out for the buckets and bung your donation in as they go past. They have been on an intensive weight lifting programme this year, so can carry a lot!

Think about your pets

We all love our pets, but they won’t love the event. There’s no rule against you bringing along your pet, but it will be noisy and crowded and there will be fireworks at the end, so they might not thank you for it.

Maybe leave them at home if you are worried.

Get social

We need your mad social skillz! And we need to see what you see on the day. Please take loads of pics and videos and, using the hashtag #bwlp2017, tweet us (@bemmylanterns), share to our Facebook page, tag us on our Instagram or even email us at info@bwlp.org.uk.

That, my friends, is it for now. See you on the day!
Love from the #bemmylanterns team x

Road closure update for 21 January 2017

Over the past couple of years we have been able to secure permission for a completely traffic free route for our Parade on St Francis Rd, North St, Cannon St, British Rd and part of South St. We applied for this pattern of road closure for Saturday 21st January, but the Council’s road diversion plan linked to work for the implementation of Metrobus services through Bedminster has prevented us from closing the entire route.

 

There’s a change for Saturday

While most of our route has received official permission for total road closure. there is a crucial part of the Parade route which has NOT been granted total closure so we may have to walk against the flow of on-coming traffic.

This area is North St from the junction with Luckwell Rd down to the junction with Dean Lane/Cannon St.

This belatedly-enforced arrangement means that we will be putting in place additional safely measures to keep the Parade safe, though or team of volunteer Stewards, and Complete Traffic Control, a company which has responsibility for road signage on the day.

 

What does this mean?

If you are…

  • a participant in the Parade, please take extra care during this part of the Parade, and make sure you follow any instructions you are given by Parade Marshals and Stewards.
  • a lovely person coming along to watch the Parade, please do make sure you are vigilant on that part of the route.  Keep you and yours safe!

 

After December’s weather postponement we’re all looking forward to taking to the streets next Saturday, with what we know will be the biggest, most colourful and most musical community Parade there has been to date.

 

See you Saturday! 

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x