• Henleaze Festival 2023

    Wednesday December 6th 4PM - 8PM

  • Notice

    It is always a pleasure to get the festival off the ground once more after a year of planning. Our small committee take great pride in creating an event which can be enjoyed by the whole community

    in the run up to the festive season.


    This year we warmly welcome new sponsors, CJ Hole, the local estate agents who have been a familiar face on the high street since 1979. Such support has been, and will continue to be, vital to the future of what has become an important event in the Henleaze calendar.


    Thanks, too, to our advertisers whose support is also crucial. Our Prize Draw, in aid of local charities, will always be at the heart of the festival. This year we are supporting three of them and hope festival goers will continue their generosity by buying a ticket. Thank you in anticipation.


    The festival badly needs more volunteers if it is to continue. Yes, there really is a danger of this much loved community event ceasing to exist unless we get more practical support both from local businesses and the community at large. It is a huge job for what is currently a small band of people who have been carrying the load for many years. We do it gladly but fresh support is needed to help plan the event and, just as importantly, be with us on the day for the huge task of setting up and clearing up at the end of the evening.


    I am sure this year will be as enjoyable and successful as all the others since the first one in 2008, but do please consider if you can help us keep it going. I would be delighted to hear from you.


    Jane Emery, Festival Co-ordinator.

  • Charity Prize Draw

    Tickets for our Charity Prize Draw will be on sale at the Festival. Watch out for the stalls in Waterford Road and on the corner of Henley Grove.

    Raising money for our annually nominated charities is an essential part of the Festival and if you haven`t already bought a ticket we hope you will do so.


    This year, we are supporting Bristol Autism Support, Bristol Soup Run Trust and Incredible Me. Swipe left or right to find out more about the charities.

    Prize draw tickets, £2 each, will be available at the Festival. You might win a prize but, even if you don`t, you will definitely be helping some worthwhile local causes.

    Bristol Autism Support

    Provides information, support and training for parents and carers of autistic children.

    The Bristol Soup Run Trust

    Operates a `soup run` in Bristol every night of the year in aid of under-privileged, needy and vulnerable people. They distribute food and drink, clothes, toiletries, and blankets plus information on accommodation and day centres.

    Incredible Me

    Advances the education of all children who attend the Oasis Academy, Long Cross resource base (in Lawrence Weston). Supports parents or guardians by helping their children with severe and complex learning needs.

  • Past Charity Donations



    St Peter's Hospice

    Cats Protection


  • Charity Prize Draw Prizes & Supporters

    First prize is a splendid festive hamper.

    First prize is a luxury festive hamper packed with fine foods and drinks. Among the array of other tempting prizes are meal and other vouchers from local traders, lots of wine and Champagne and much, much more!

    Lovely Prize Donors

    Absolute Wealth Management AMD

    Bristol Curtain & Linen Shop
    Cafe 96
    Caffe Arabica
    Cameron Lee
    Coffee #1

    Costa Coffee

    Eastfield Inn

    Fish with Feet
    Gales of Westbury Park
    Gari Henri
    Good man & Lilley

    Helping Hands
    Henleaze Dental Practice

    Henleaze Garden Shop

    Henleaze Post Office

    Home Instead

    Johnson Cleaners & Timpsons
    Kondi Brasserie

    Kondi Gifts

    Lovely Prize Donors

    Little French
    Lloyds Greengrocers
    Maggs & Allen
    Max Minerva’s
    Molesworth's of Henleaze
    Newsom & Davies Opticians
    Parsons Bakery

    Redland Bakery

    Sky Blue Framing & Gallery
    St Peter's Hospice


    Tesco Express

    The Carpet Shop
    The Dog Shop

    Turners Opticians

    Up & Running
    Wards Solicitors
    Westbury Inks
    Westbury Park Pub

  • What's On?

    Slide left or right to find out what's on this year, or download the programme

    Children's Entertainment

    Father Christmas will once again be sitting in his Grotto in Cardigan Road waiting to greet excited young visitors. And the ever popular children`s rides will be there - all the old favourites. Our experiment last year of keeping the area stalls-free to make more space for festival goers and their young charges to move around will again be in operation.

    There is one exception, a sweet stall!

    We suggest using the alleyway between Dublin Crescent and Cardigan Road to move between the two areas. It is lit by colourful lights, is traffic-free and avoids the inevitable crowds in Henleaze Road.

    Stalls & Food

    The heart of the festival is our array of stalls spread around the closed off streets of Waterford Road and part of Dublin Crescent with more on the corner of Henley Grove.

    There is always plenty of choice for stocking fillers, items to wrap up for a special present or a tasty festive treat. Something is sure to catch your eye among the wares on offer. Everything from knitted items to vegan soaps and there are some new artisan crafts to catch your eye. And, of course, many of the old favourites from previous years will be there too.

    On the food front you could be tempted by chilli jam, or a vegan brownie among the delicacies on offer. There`s something for everyone

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday December 6th From 4 PM

    Master of Ceremonies

    Steve Yabsley joins us again as our MC. Steve is a reporter, producer and presenter with BBC Radio Bristol.


    Outside Arena in Waterford Road

    4.00 pm - Henleaze Infants School Choir

    4.15 pm - Henleaze Junior School Choir

    4.30 pm - Arrival of Father Christmas

    4.45 pm - City Voices Choir

    5.30 pm - Henleaze Choral Society

    6.15 pm - Storm Force 10

    7.00 pm - Salvation Army

    7.30 pm - Prize Draw


    Bradbury Hall

    4.20 pm - St Ursula`s E-Act Academy Choir

    4.45 pm - Red Maids` High Junior School

    5.15 pm - Dance Inspirations

    5.45 pm - Bristol Concert Wind Band

    6.15 pm - Funk It Up

    6.45 pm - Henleaze Ladies Choir


    Trinity-Henleaze URC

    4.00 -7.00 pm - A range of activities for all ages, from crafts to indoors prayer sanctuary and music.


    St Peter's Church

    4.00 - 7.00 pm - Children`s Christmas craft activities. Refreshments provided by Henleaze and Westbury Park Youth roject

    6.30 pm - Melody Makers Choir


    Stalls & Shops


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

  • Gifts & Games

    Handmade Gifts

    Wooden items Arcadian Furniture

    Handmade Doorstops Cosy Crafts

    Paintings Jenny Urquhart Art

    Knitted Gifts Katnit

    Hand Made Pottery Pamela Shellard Ceramics

    Handmade Jewellery Jewellery By Jo

    Fused Glass Jewellery Rainbow Glass Creation

    Pottery, knits and jewellery Crafty Neighbours

    Knitted, crocheted, clothing & accessories - Hunkaboo

    Plant based ornamends The City Garden

    Floral arrangements The Kitchen Florist

    Hand painted stones for the garden Garden Rock

    Belts from bike tyres Le Retif

    Driftwood trees, mirrors and plaques Driftwood



    Nifty Gifts

    Bags from recycled leather MaybeMabel

    Photographs & gifts Square Eyes

    Books and accessories Novel North

    Handmade Jewellery Jula Jewellery

    iPad Rests Tablet Beanbag Buddies

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

    Handmade Soaps, Candles & Xmas Decorations Laura Hathway

    Posters, Cards & Illustrations  Bemmie

    Fused Glass & Xmas Hangings Gifts2Btreasured

    Crafted Christmas decorations Coco & Ned

    Home made crafts Charlotte Darby

    Handmade leather good The Stitching Crew

    Christmas wreaths and table decorations Lorna Scott

    Fun, Games & Good Causes

    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

    Wards Solicitors Wards



    Foody Gifts

    Artisan cakes & muffins Crumpet 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

    Artisan Hummus Moist


    Food Fest!

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

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    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.

  • Useful Information

    Travelling to the Festival

    Please help us to reduce the congestion to a minimum by walking to the Festival or arriving 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 in Cardigan Road beside Santa`s Grotto.


    Lost Property

    Please give any lost or found property to anyone with a Henleaze Christmas Festival Hi-Viz tabard.


    Disabled Parking

    We have again included a special disabled parking area to add further facilities on the night for Blue Badge holders. We are grateful to St Peter`s Church for making their car park in The Drive available where up to eight spaces will be allocated. A marshal will be on duty to offer assistance.



    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.


    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.

  • Covid Safety

    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.”


    Visit the NHS website for further details on the NHS COVID Pass.

  • Contact Us

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

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