MAYFEST on Gloucester Road – Saturday 3rd May!

Glos-Rd-Central-Poster-Gordon-Bristol-CouncilLocal shops, businesses and other community groups around the central part of Gloucester Road are working together to promote the area in which they work and live. They have chosen the name Glos Rd Central to reflect their place, both as a hub for the community, and as a part of this much-loved street of independent and vibrant businesses.

The excitement is building, as MayFest, the first event Glos Rd Central have come together to produce, is almost upon us. The big event takes place on Saturday 3 May, 10 am to 5 pm.

Bishopston Matters is delighted to be sponsoring this event and having a stall on the day; please do come and say hello.

MayFest will tie in with ‘Our Neighbourhood Community Festival’ run by the Neighbourhood Partnership and BCC council during the first week of May (further details on page 8) and the Jack on the Green Procession, which begins in the town centre and moves up Gloucester Road, culminating with an appearance from Jack on the Green and Morris dancing at 3.30 pm.

The free event has been organised to give something back to local people who support our fantastic high street and to celebrate the wealth of wonderful independent shops that live upon it.

Traders have many plans for MayFest, including creative activities such as May King and Queen crown making outside Moodles, Gordon the Goblin biscuit decorating with Joe’s Bakery, bike art and music making outside Millards.

There will be live music at the Chimp House, from 3 to 5 pm, courtesy of Highly Strung, and at the Golden Lion and throughout the day outside Lashings, with a fabulous saxophonist. The cafe will also be running some activities for children. KudaCan have two free events taking place – Jingaloo family concert and mask making. There will be pavement games a plenty outside Bristol Furniture Works with the artistic help of young Asal from Dream Cafe, the first Bishopston Pavement Pentathlon is sure to be a highlight!

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There will be some British made babygrows printed and designed by Liam @ Xpress printing,  sold at Moodles on Gloucester Road. £1 from each sale will go to support Glos Rd Central to fun future events.

Osna will have a massage chair outside to give mini treatments that will be wonderfully relaxing.

The much loved Billy-Jean will be back for the day, popping up at Bristol Furniture Works.

Cake Bristol will be cycling up the hill with a basket full of sweet delights to join in the celebrations!

Your Street Gift Card are organising a prize draw hamper for MayFest that will be filled with Glos Rd Central goodies and a Your Street Gift card!

Artist Pip Gillman will be painting street scenes and portraits outside Room 212 as well as exhibiting his paintings of the area inside the gallery. Artists associated with Room 212 are all working on ideas to help transform the windows and pavement of Glos Rd Central to a beautiful area of springtime art, ribbons, leaves and flowers. This is just a taste of what will be on offer, on what I am sure will be a fantastic day to suit all tastes and interests.

The brilliant Glos Rd Central logo and artwork all comes thanks to Liam at Xpress Printing. He has also designed and printed a baby grow with the logo, which is being sold at Moodles for £10 – 10% of sales of this much sought after local outfit will go straight back into Glos Rd Central to help fund further activities. The traders are already planning celebrations for the Big Green Week in June and Bristol Bike Week in September.

If you have any ideas for Glos Rd Central events, or would just like to be kept informed, then go to the Glos Rd Central Facebook page, follow

@glosrdcentral  on Twitter or simply pop in and have a chat with some of the traders.

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