Henleaze Christmas Festival is set to return. Plans are underway to hold the festival – one of the community`s most popular events - on Wednesday December 1st.
Festival co-ordinator Austin Ferrante says: “It has been a disappointment to have had to cancel the festival during the Covid outbreak but we have decided that now we can finally run it again. We are keen to support the local businesses who have had such a difficult time and we also know how much the community has missed all the fun of the festival in the run up to Christmas. Depending on the latest Covid situation it may be necessary to have some restrictions”.
One big difference will be that there will be no inside entertainment in the Bradbury Hall although the hall will be open for festival visitors to sit down and take a break from the activities outside. It is likely there will still be some entertainment going on in an enlarged outside arena in Waterford Road. Various options are still being pursued. And it is also hoped to have a raffle raising money for local charities. More details will be available closer to the festival.
There will be the usual array of stalls – demand for them has been high – and children`s rides will once more be a major feature. A programme is also planned which will be distributed around the community with local businesses encouraged to place advertisements. Many local businesses will again be remaining open during the festival which runs from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm including food outlets.
“We are very much hoping that nothing will stop the festival this time. But, of course, we will have to respond to any significant changes in the Covid situation. In the meantime our plans will continue” says Austin Ferrante”.
The festival are always looking for fresh volunteers to help organise the event or to help on the night. If anyone would like to help they are asked to contact us.
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