Henleaze Festival 2018


    Wednesday December 5th From 4PM

  • Welcome

    Welcome to the 11th Henleaze Christmas Festival. You may not be aware that the Festival is organised by a small team of volunteers. We are proud of the memories we have helped to create in the last decade, but if we are to have 11 more years of the Henleaze Christmas Festival, we need your help.


    From volunteering a couple of hours on the day, to something more involved, we


    To find out more, please contact us via the form below or phone 0788 0990095.

    Finally, we are grateful for the support we receive for the festival, including local businesses and the entertainers who freely give their time to ensure the evening goes with a swing. We hope you enjoy what is on offer this year.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.



    Jane Emery,
    Festival Co-ordinator

  • What's On?

    Scroll to find out what's on this year

    Children's Entertainment

    As well as Santa, the children’s rides also return to Cardigan Road. There will be a Roundabout, Big Wheel and Helter Skelter which are always a big draw for youngsters and their parents.

    Henleaze Junior School Show Choir

    Henleaze Junior School Choir are back again for the 9th year to open the festival in the outside arena – always a big moment in the evening. They have a long tradition of music at the school and currently have two choirs and an orchestra.

    Red Maids’ High Bell Ringing and Choir

    Red Maids` Junior School are returning to the festival for the sixth year running. This year the Red Maids’ Ringers Handbell team and the Junior School choir perform a selection of festive music.

    Bristol Gilbert & Sullivan

    We’re pleased this year to welcome the Bristol Good Afternoon choir. The group is part of a project led by Bath music man Grenville Jones - where the accent is on social singing for people who have afternoons free!

    Panama Jazz Band

    A talented group of West Country musicians with a lively style and varied repertoire ranging from the great jazz classics , upbeat numbers like High Society and The Saints Go Marching In, to rock n` roll. www.panamajazzband.co.uk.

    Salvation Army Band

    The Salvation Army Band are always very popular at the festival and we are very pleased they are returning for another year. They will be on in the arena and out and about throughout the festival.

    Hum & Drum Recorder Group

    Hum and Drum is run by Penny Rawlings in Henleaze. It is designed to be an interactive musical education for both children and parents. As well as the recorder Penny teaches the violin and piano. Lessons are weekly in term time with opportunities to perform in concerts, eisteddfods – and most importantly the Christmas Festival!

    Richie and Jamie the Stilt Walkers



    A welcome return from last year you can hardly fail to notice Richie towering over the festival crowds. And this year he`ll be bringing his stiltwalking colleague Jamie. So watch out for the two of them towering over the crowds and leaning down to high five anyone who wants to stop them for a chat. www.circussensible.co.uk

    Trinity-Henleaze URC Choir


    The final event of the evening in the Bradbury Hall will be the Trinity Henleaze Choir leading community carol singing from 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in.

  • Entertainment Program

    Wednesday December 6th From 4 PM

    Master of Ceremonies

    Steve Yabsley of BBC Radio Bristol


    Outside Arena in Waterford Road

    4.00 pm Henleaze Junior School Show Choir

    4.30 pm Arrival of Father Christmas

    4.35 pm Bristol Good Afternoon Choir

    5.30 pm Panama Jazz Band

    6.30 pm Salvation Army Band

    7.30 pm Prize Draw


    Bradbury Hall

    4.45 pm Red Maids` Junior School Bellringers and Choir

    5.15 pm Hum & Drum Recorder Group

    6.00 pm Melody Makers Choir

    6.45 pm Carols with Trinity-Henleaze Choir


    Out and About

    Salvation Army Band

    St Peter`s Church Hands on Christmas Activities for All

    Richie and Jamie the Stilt Walkers


    Stalls & Shops


    From arts & crafts to cheeses & cakes - there are fifty stalls & shops to browse

  • Gifts & Games

    Handmade Gifts

    Wooden items Arcadian Furniture

    Hand Crafted Bags Clevedon Bag Co

    Handmade Doorstops Cosy Crafts

    Knitted Animals, Scarfs Sue Sambrook

    Handmade children's items Diggle Biscuit

    Paintings Jenny Urquhart Art

    Knitted Gifts Katnit

    Pottery Gifts Liz Isaacs Pottery

    Hand Made Pottery Pamela Shellard Ceramics

    Jewellery/ textiles Coastal Creativity

    Christmas Decorations Seasonal Inspirations

    Stained Glass Lesley Scarfe

    Handmade Jewellery Jewellery By Jo

    Handpainted Wooden Objects Victoria Wardingley

    Handmade Colourful Jewellery Joanna Swan Jewellery

    Fused Glass Jewellery Rainbow Glass Creations

    Nifty Gifts

    Handmade Jewellery Jula Jewellery

    iPad Rests Tablet Beanbag Buddies

    Handmade Silver Jewellery Amy Lee

    Fused Glass Gifts Tom O’Rourke
    Handmade Soaps, Ceramics & Cards Bootiful Bunny

    Pottery & Ceramic Gifts Elisa Maria

    Handmade Soaps, Candles & Xmas Decorations Laura Hathway

    Handblown Vases & Ornaments Bristol Blue Glass

    Posters, Cards & Illustrations  Bemmie

    Fused Glass & Xmas Hangings Gifts2Btreasured

    Kids & Adult Clothes, Home Decor Mandala Maarkets

    Polish Pottery Julie Hamley

    Fun & Games

    Games CJ Hole

    Charity Stall C.H.S.W.

    Tombola Cancer Research

    Children's Games LMCA

    Handmade Earings, Xmas Decorations Send A Cow

    Games For Charity AMD


    Foody Gifts

    Cakes Absolutely Cakes

    Organic Cheese Bath Soft Cheese 

    Honey & Wax Balms Henleaze Honey

    Chillie Preserves & SaucesThe Wicked Chilli

    Pastries, Pies & Cheese Snowdrop Cottage

    Healthy Dog Treats Pupcake Princess

    Marmalades & Jellies Timmy’s Chillies

    Home Brewed Beer Bolt Hole Brewery

    Christmas Cakes Little Cake Company
    Sweets, Fudge, Nut & Seed Butter Nature's Pantry

    Artisan Hummus Moist


    Food Fest!

    You'll find plenty of delicious food & drink from hog roasts to wine tasting!

  • Where?

    Henleaze Christmas Festival will be taking place in Henleaze, Bristol, BS9. The main festival site can be found on Henleaze Road, Waterford Road, Dublin Crescent and Cardigan Road.

    Henleaze Christmas Festival location

  • Useful Information

    Travelling to the festival

    Please help us to reduce the congestion to a minimum by walking to the festival or going by bike. Henleaze Road gets very congested due to the amount of traffic and pedestrians using it. There will also be limited parking in the side roads due to road closure. Wherever you park, please be considerate to the residents.


    Lost Children/First Aid

    There will be a lost children and First Aid point by Father Christmas’s Grotto.


    Lost Property

    Please take any lost/found property to Father Christmas’s Grotto or hand into anyone with a ‘Henleaze Christmas Festival’ Hi-Viz tabard.



    Please help us to reduce the amount of rubbish left on the street at the end of the evening by either using the green wheelie bins which will be at the end of Waterford Road, Dublin Crescent, Cardigan Road and along Henleaze High Street or take it home with you. Remember we have to clear all rubbish before we can go home!!



    We have employed Security staff who will be present throughout the festival period and will be wearing Hi-Viz jackets. Should you have any security concerns, please notify one of the above immediately. Alternatively seek advice from any of the festival organisers who will also be in Hi-Viz jackets. Remember to keep well clear of the threat whilst making your report.


    Bus Stop Henleaze Road

    As in previous years we will be applying to close the bus stop near Parsons Bakery and have a temporary bus stop outside Costa for the afternoon and evening of the festival.


    Festival Filming

    Please be aware that there might be live filming at this year’s festival.

  • Charity Prize Draw

    Last year, we raised £2,750 for local charities. You can help again and win fabulous prizes like a Christmas hamper and a hot air balloon ride.


    Scroll right to find out about the charities we support >>>>

    Avon Riding School for the Disabled

    This local charity provides the positive experience and proven therapeutic benefits of horse riding to hundreds of children and adults with a wide range of complex special needs.

    Time is Precious

    Time is Precious was set up by a local family in memory of their son who died from cancer. It works alongside specialists to provide support for children and their families who find themselves in hospital and provide equipment.

    Ronald McDonald House

    Ronald McDonald House is an independent charity that provides free accommodation to the families of critically ill children receiving care at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

    Life for a Cure

    A Life For a Cure raises awareness and funds for research into Meningitis B in memory of Ryan Bresnahan.

  • Charity Prize Draw Prizes & Supporters

    First prize is a splendid festive hamper.

    There`s also a hot air balloon flight courtesy of First Flight. Among the array of other tempting prizes are meal vouchers from Prego, the Westbury Park Pub and Eastfeld Inn, a hamper from the Co-Op, lots of wine and champagne and much, much more!

    Tickets are £1 and are on sale at various local shops as well as on the night!

    Lovely Prize Donors

    Henleaze Dental Practice

    Henleaze Garden Shop

    Goodman & Lilley

    Avonvale Electrics

    The Eastfield Inn


    Right Foot First

    Resolve Recruitment

    Helping Hands

    Newsom & Davies

    St Monica Trust

    Ward’s Solicitors


    Turner’ Opticians

    Costa Coffee



    Coffee #1


    Lloyds Greengrocers


    Barber Co


    Carpet Shop

    Beautiful You

    Lovely Prize Donors

    Cameron Lee

    Parsons Bakery

    Cafe 96

    Chandos Deli

    Gary Henri


    AMD Solicitors

    Molesworths Butchers

    Kondi Gifts

    Kondi Brasserie


    Johnson Cleaners

    CJ Hole

    First Flight

    Westbury Park Pub


    Sky Blue Gallery

    Up & Running

    Caffe Arabica

    Haigh & Sons

    Bristol Curtain Shop

    Maggs & Allen

    Westbury Inks

    Turners Opticians

    Wine Rack

  • Contact Us

    If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch.

    Please note, we now have our full complement of stalls.

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