The Henleaze Christmas Festival is all set to make a welcome return with all its popular attractions including entertainment, children`s rides, stalls, Father Christmas and a charity prize draw – albeit with some Covid restrictions in place.
Many local businesses will be remaining open during the festival providing shopping opportunities as well as getting something to eat or drink. The stalls will also have a wide range of good on sale from Christmas wreaths, hand made chocolates, artwork and pet accessories plus plenty of things to stock up your festive larder.
Father Christmas this year will not be in a Grotto but will be walking round the festival site ready to meet and greet young and old – perhaps ready to press a festive treat into small hands. The ever-popular children`s rides will once more be in Cardigan Road.
The Charity Prize Draw has a first prize of a Christmas Hamper with numerous other prizes donated by local businesses. This year the charities benefitting are: Bristol Child Contact Centre, Cerebral Palsy Plus, Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service, and Little Hero.
Entertainment is all outside this year in the Arena in Waterford Road. Bradbury Hall is not in use because of Covid restrictions although it will be open for people to sit down and take a break. Henleaze Infants make their first appearance and open the Festival followed by Red Maids` High School Bell Ringing and Choir.
There are first appearances for singer Lizzie Yabsley, NataBene a capella ensemble, and the Bristol Concert Wind Band. And there are welcome returns for the Storm Force Ten shanty singers, and the Salvation Army Band. St Peter`s Church stage a Christmas Craft show and have Carol Singing. The Festival programme which is being distributed around local households will have full details of times.
The fun of the fair, though, will inevitably be tinged with the need for those Covid restrictions in line with guidance from Bristol City Council. Traders will be expected to show evidence of a Covid pass and take precautions to keep within social distancing and health safety guidelines.
The council guidance also calls for all attending the festival – traders and visitors – to have had a negative PCR or lateral flow test result within 24 hours. Although wearing masks is not obligatory everyone is asked to consider wearing one.
There will be Covid stations sited around the festival with hand gel dispensers and spare masks available. Many of the stalls are also likely to have hand gel.
Past Charity Donations
There will be a Father Christmas this year. But, unlike other years, he has abandoned his Grotto and will instead be ho, ho hoing his way around the Festival offering festive cheer and no doubt a listening ear to any small customers with special requests.
The children`s rides, though, will be at their usual place in Cardigan Road. Always a big draw for youngsters and their parents. So expect the Helter Skelter, Big Wheel and Roundabout to be doing good business.
The alleyway between Dublin Crescent and Cardigan Road forms a useful route between the two areas of the Festival
Stalls & Food
The demand for stalls has been high as usual. There will be some of our old favourites but you will see lots of new faces with new exciting handmade offerings.
Lockdown has generated lots of new creative ideas and our stall holders are keen to show you what they have been busy making. There will be a wide range of items on sale from pet accessories, art work, Christmas wreaths and hand made chocolates and lots of things in between. There will also be delicious food and drink on offer to fuel your shopping.
So, plenty of opportunities to stock up on Christmas treats and buy a few presents.
Wednesday December 4th From 4 PM
Master of Ceremonies
Steve Yabsley of BBC Radio Bristol
Outside Arena in Waterford Road
4.00pm Henleaze Infants School
4.25pm Redmaids’ High School
5.15 pm Lizzie Yabsley
5.40 pm Salvation Army
6.05pm Bristol Concert Wind Band
6.30pm Storm Force 10
6.55pm NotaBene Choir
7.30pm Prize Draw
Out and About
St Peter`s Church - Christmas Craft from 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm plus Carols from 6.30 pm to 7.00 pm
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
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 very limited parking in the side roads due to road closures. Wherever you park, please be considerate to the residents.
Lost Children/First Aid
There will be a Lost Children and First Aid point beside the Arena in Waterford Road.
Please give any lost or found property to anyone with a Henleaze Christmas Festival Hi-Viz tabard.
Once again due to the generosity of local businesses there will be a raffle with the proceeds shared between four local charities (details elsewhere in the programme). Please buy a ticket and support our charities. They will be available in local shops before the event and on sale on the night.
Bristol City Council insist that we have recycling bins as part of our licence. Please use them, they will be situated in prominent places e.g. by food outlets. If they are not used it could jeopardise our licence for future years. Please remember that the Festival team of volunteers cannot go home until all the rubbish is cleared. So your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.
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 i.e. suspicious persons or a package, please notify one of the Security staff immediately. Alternatively seek advice from any of the festival organisers - wearing the Hi-Viz Festival tabard. 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 of Costa for the duration of the Festival.
The fun of the fair will inevitably be tinged this year with the need for some Covid restrictions.
The Festival is subject to a Covid risk assessment from the council. There is guidance on how traders should operate and the expectation that people attending the event will have a negative test or be vaccinated for the virus. Traders will be expected to show proof of a Covid pass. And they will also have to make sure they are at least two metres away from customers whilst serving them.
A negative PCR test result or rapid lateral flow test result within 24 hours before arriving on site or attending the event is also called for.
Customers are advised to consider wearing a mask - although current government legislation does not make that obligatory outdoors. People thinking of going to the festival are urged not to attend if they have Covid symptoms. They should test themselves before arriving at the event. There will be hand sanitizers on all the stalls which customers will be encouraged to use. Festival Co-ordinator Austin Ferrante says: “Despite the restrictions we want to make sure that people can still enjoy the evening and feel safe.”
Henleaze Christmas Festival © 2021