And we have a winner for the Great Lantern Poster Competition!

Published: Saturday, 15 November 2014

You know that Bedminster is home to many creative artists, but did you know just how talented the young people of Bedminster are?

Children from Ashton Vale, Compass Point, Holy Cross, Luckwell, Parson Street, Southville and Victoria Park Primary Schools took part in the Great Lantern Poster Competition, using all their creative skills to come up with pictures that really embodied the Parade.

There were so many wonderful entries that it was a really difficult job for the judges to pick a winner from each school, and even more difficult to pick an overall winner.

After a big struggle, the judges finally went for the gorgeous picture created by image by Hafsa K from Victoria Park School.  Well done Hafsa!

Hafsa’s picture is the centrepiece of the 2014 Winter Lantern Poster, which you’ll shortly see around and about Bedminster, but you can have a sneak peak at the poster in all its glory below, as well as the other winners from each school

Well done and thank you to all the amazing children who took part.  You are all shining stars!


Hafsa’s winning design in the poster



And here are the winners from each school - fantastic work all round!


Ashton Vale’s winner

Ashton Vale's winner


Compass Point’s winner

Compass Point's winner


Luckwell’s winner

Luckwell's winner


Holy Cross’s winner

Holy Cross's winner


Parson Street’s winner

Parson Street's winner


Southville's winner

 Southville's winner


Victoria Park’s winner

Victoria Park's winner



Bhangra comes to Bedminster for the Winter Parade

Published: Saturday, 15 November 2014

Our sparkly celebration of lights will have distinctly global flavour this year.  Once again we have got the Brazilian rhythms of Bristol Samba leading the Parade, and Bristol's version of New Orleans marching from the Ambling Band towards the end.

But hot off the press is the news that the fantastic Dhol Drummers will be joining the party, bringing some Bhangra sounds and energy to the Parade!

If you're taking part in a group or watching from the roadside you’re not going to be able to stop yourself dancing!



Exciting Route News!

Published: Thursday, 06 November 2014

"We are at the start of the Parade.

The street is full of people, young and old, who have worked hard for the last few months on creating the amazing lanterns that will shortly be carried around the streets of Bedminster in a carnival of light and sound.

The hum of excited chattering and the rustle of shuffling feet is punctuated by the sharp beats of the Samba band drums as they warm up for their big winter performance.

The marshals are in place, ready to guide the assembled throng safely along the roads, and the lead car is shining like a beacon and is ready to roll.

One by one the lanterns are lit and hoisted in the air...and off we go along a brand new route!"

Over the past few years the Parade has grown, both in size and in the huge amount of support from across the community in Bedminster.  

This year we are celebrating Bedminster community spirit by taking the Parade even further than before:

  • Starting at the St Francis Road end of North Street, the Parade will take in the whole of North Street and Cannon Street and down into East Street
  • We’ll continue down East Street until we get to Little Paradise/Church Lane, where we will loop back up East Street. 
  • From there we will amble up British Road and finish up, as ever, at South St Park 

So get your dancing shoes on and join us for what promises to be a fabulous shining journey through the streets of Bedminster to the beats of the spectacular Bristol Samba Band and the wonderful brasswork of the Ambling Band.

All you need to do is find yourself the perfect pitch along the route so you can see the splendid creations as they float past!




Published: Thursday, 09 October 2014


Two September fundraising events :  a 'mini fete' in Wilko's and the Big Raffle Draw raised almost £500 - thanks to the small group of volunteers, and local traders.   Schools workshops have started, and detailed plans are being drawn up for the biggest Parade yet, to be held on Saturday 6th December.  We're going to need more volunteers than ever this year for marshalling, bucket collections, and general logistics management on the night:  if YOU can offer time in the run up to December, or on the day/night itself:  please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade Raffle Results

Published: Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A huge thank you to the kind local businesses who donated prizes and everybody who supported the Lantern Parade by buying a ticket, we raised over £300 to go towards making the event happen this year.


If you were unable to make it to the Raffle drawing at Mezzaluna Restaurant on the 28th, a list of the lucky prize winners is below.  Congratulations, and enjoy your prizes.


Prize list


  • A selection of baseball caps and beanies from
    Winner: Ticket 339, BEN RICHARDS
  • Combi voucher of 2 theatre tickets and food, from The Tobacco Factory
    Winner: Ticket 196 - J ALFORD
  • 2 hours of handyman work (excluding materials) in the BS3 area, care of Handyman South West
    Winner: Ticket 440 - EILEEN
  • £33.00 Large Family Provider fruit and veg box plus a selection of jams and chutney from The Community Farm
    Winner: Ticket 275 - CLAIRE WEBBER
  • £30 voucher from Thali Café, Southville
    Winner: Ticket 290 LISA COOK
  • £30 voucher from Zazu’s Kitchen
    Winner: Ticket 363 - GET IN TOUCH, WINNER!
  • Dinner for two and a drink from The Spotted Cow
    Winner: Ticket 203 - MARTIN FLOYD
  • £40 voucher for a dog groom from The Grooming Emporium
    Winner: Ticket 307 - SARAH LIDDELL
  • £20 art voucher from Upfest
    Winner: Ticket 620 - MRS SHORLAND
  • Heart FM goodie bag
    Winner:Ticket 332 - CHRISTINE KING
  • Bar tab from The Hare
    Winner:Ticket 224 - HILLITT
  • Tool Bag from Motoring Direct
    Winner: Ticket 303 - MARIA FAUNIN
  • Eyelash tint treatment from The Beauty Room
    Winner: Ticket 301 - MARIA FAUNIN
  • Voucher from LK Beauty
    Winner: Ticket 387 - ADE MURPHY
  • Bottle of Prosecco from Corks of North Street
    Winner: Ticket 427 - NATALIE ENGLAND  

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