Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade 2014 - the last word(s)

Published: Thursday, 11 December 2014
"absolutely outstanding event and we loved every minute of being involved"


"I hadn't been to it before and enjoyed it enormously.  There was such a lovely community spirit"


"Everyone had a great time and we would be delighted to be part of it again." 


"Congratulations to you and all involved on such a successful and great event, the lanterns and the crowds were amazing. "


"Not everyone can establish a whole new tradition in a city, but you have."


Just a selection of the comments sent via email - there were loads more on Twitter and Facebook -  following last weekend's Parade!


Huge thanks all round

Firstly, let me pay enormous thanks to the small team that was behind the organisation of what has now become one of south Bristol's most popular annual community events.

There are only just over a dozen people who work voluntarily across the year to both raise the funding and then bring the event to the streets of Bedminster on a Saturday in December. That number is swelled on the actual day by about 40 more volunteers who assist with the lanterns assembly and  Parade formation plus ensure the route is safe for the hundreds of local people of every age taking part in the Parade.

To all of them, thanks for giving up your time.

Secondly, let me pay tribute to the commitment and creative energy from our artists and all the local primary schools and community groups who provided such a magnificent array of stunning lanterns this year. Each year, we seem to turn out such a greater colourful spectacle on Bedminster's streets, but it's worth pointing out that what you see is actually the work of several months of creative endeavour.

So thank you to all our Bedminster lantern makers.

Thirdly, a big thanks to our musicians who entertained the thousands of people watching as well as those taking part in the Parade. Once again Bristol Samba set the pace from the front, the Ambling Band jazzed it from the middle and this year the sound of Bhangra from the Dohl Drummers kept it moving until the end.

Finally, we must thank our key sponsors for making this year's event a reality. Without the support of Bristol City Council, the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership, Bedminster Town Team, Andrews Estate Agents, Kwikmove, Ocean Estate Agents and the Hungry Caterpillar Play Cafe, this year's event would not have happened.

Other members of our community have also helped financially and we thank them too for their contributions.


A lovely reminder of the Parade

You've probably all got your own photographic collections of this year's Parade, so do feel free to share them, either by posting them up on the Bedminster Winter Lanterns Facebook group, or by emailing them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also asked local photographer Chris Dean to capture some pictures for us, as we knew we'd all be too busy making sure the event ran smoothly. so please take a look and enjoy some wonderful pictures of the event.


That's it for 2014

We hope you enjoyed this year's Parade, the biggest and most popular yet. Remember it may only appear on the streets on a cold Saturday afternoon in December but it takes most of the year to prepare.


Will there be one in 2015?

NO decision yet but keep following us on social media and checking back on this website.  If you want to help make it happen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


Malcolm Brammar
Jt Chair BWL

A sneaky peek at some of this year's lanterns

Published: Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Only 3 days to go until the 2014 lanterns are displayed for everyone to see, but do you want to have a sneak peek at some of the things you’ll be seeing on the day?

Take a look!   They’re going to be pretty fantastic!




How will it all end? The Lantern Parade, I mean

Published: Wednesday, 03 December 2014

What’s whooshy and adds even more sparkle to the end of an already glittering Lantern Parade? 

That’s right! At the end of this year’s Lantern Parade, we will be rounding off the celebrations with a firework display in South Street Park.

The fireworks will be starting at 6:15 ish, so make sure you get yourself to Compass Point School on South Street by about 6:00pm to make sure you’ve got a good spot.

 See you in 3 days!

How to have a safe yet awesome time at the Parade

Published: Sunday, 23 November 2014

As the 6th December draws closer everybody, no doubt, is stretching and lunging and warming up for what will be an epic party of immense proportions.

And while the most important thing for us to do is enjoy ourselves, we’ve got to make sure we are safe whilst having an awesome time.

You’ll likely have one of two important roles:

Parader – a splendid person who is part of a registered lantern group, who has worked hard to build a corking lantern, and is raring to get going!

Standabouter – a splendid person of excellent taste, who is looking forward to finding a good spot and watching an array of friends, family and fabulous lanterns go by.

So now that you know your role, here are some tips on how to have a safe yet awesome time, imaginatively called…

How to have a safe yet awesome time


Everybody (and this goes for Paraders and Standabouters alike) should wear warm comfortable clothing and sensible footwear.  It is December, it will be dark.

Everybody, no unaccompanied children.  I don’t think that needs any further explanation.

Paraders, while you are waving your beautiful lanterns about, please keep within the Parade itself. You don’t want to get lost or go the wrong way.

Paraders, you will have some lovely stewards, wearing high-viz jackets, with you on the route.  They have been trained on what to do, so please follow their instructions.

Paraders, you will also see Crossing/JunctionStewards, the Safety Officer and the Parade Leader.  Do make sure you follow any instruction they give.

Paraders, please make sure no food or alcohol is consumed during the Parade.

Standabouters, while the Parade looks totally splendid, please don’t join in.  It is actually really dangerous to do so and causes total chaos. 

Standabouters, you might see friends or family on the opposite side of the road.  If the Parade is already passing you, please do not try to nip across to say hello. Please just wait until the back end of the Parade has passed you.

Gownup Standabouters, please make sure you keep any little ones you are responsible for safely with you on the edge of the route, and don’t let them dodge into the Parade.

Sandabouters with pets, whilst there is no rule against bringing your gorgeous dog/cat/iguana along to the event, it will be noisy and crowded and there will be fireworks at the end, so have a think and maybe leave them at home if you are worried.



A bit of your time + the Lantern Parade = awesome time for all!

Published: Sunday, 23 November 2014

The countdown has begun!  Only 13 days to go until the start of the Lantern Parade!

And this means one thing: everybody is incredibly busy!

Whether it is building the lanterns, working on the route or sorting out the millions of things that need to be done to make the event happen, Bedminster is one buzzing hive of activity.

Do you want to get involved in the fun? Do you want to be part of the team and help make sure the day is a roaring success?

We are looking for volunteers to help marshal or carry donation buckets as the Parade parties its way around Bedminster.

If you think that this could be up your street, give us a shout at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We'd love to hear from you.

See you in 13 days!