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

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.

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.

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!

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 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.