The Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade returns this weekend

The Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade returns this weekend

Posted on: 10 Jan 2020

Looking for something to do this weekend? You're in luck. On Saturday (11 January), the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade returns to BS3. 


A large community event, the winter lantern parade sees nine local schools take part in a vibrant light procession through the streets of Ashton, Bedminster and Southville.


Bright and busy, the parade welcomes children and adults alike to carry their homemade paper and frame lanterns through the area, accompanied by live music.


The parade was founded in 2011. Since, it has grown in size and now sees over 3,000 people take to the streets each year to enjoy the illuminated lanterns.  

A non-profit project, the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade is run by a small team of volunteers. Want to Donate? Click here. 

Sounds good, right? Here's what you need to know. 



The route 


This year, the parade will kick off at around 17:00 from Brewery Court, near Mark's Bread on North Street. 


Then, the parade will follow its usual route; down North Street and Cannon Street, before finishing at South Street outside Compass Point School. Find the full route online.

Before and after the parade


At 16:00, the festivities will kick off along the route, with live music stages dotted throughout.


Among the line-up includes community steel band, Bristol Pan Sonic and the African Sambistas, a troupe of samba drummers and dancers. Catch the full line-up and where they’ll be playing along the route here. 


The parade will finish at South Street Park, in front of Compass Point Primary School. At the park, attendees will have the chance to enjoy a hot drink, fireworks and get to see the homemade lanterns all in one place. 

For even more information, visit the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade website. 


Photo: Bedminster Winter Lanterns 

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