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