Glos Rd Central Mayfest 6 May, 10 am – 5 pm

Its May and that means it’s time for the Glos Rd Central Mayfest! This year’s Mayfest takes place on 6 May, 10 am – 5 pm. As usual the day will be a celebration of our community, culminating in the arrival of Jack in the Green and his procession of dancers and musicians. Jack in the Green is a traditional Bristolian way to welcome summer. A 9ft tall ‘Jack’, covered in greenery and flowers, leads a procession of dancers and musicians from the harbourside, up Gloucester Road, and on to a final ceremony at Horfield Common when the spirit of summer is released!

Glos Rd Central traders first invited Jack in the Green to stop and dance 3 years ago and hosted a day of celebration out on the wide pavement in front of their shops. The first Glos Rd Central Mayfest proved so popular that traders applied to close a section of Bishop Road to give a safer space for community stalls, music and family activities. Jack in the Green arrives with a beat of drums and a lively procession at about 3.30 pm. They stop and dance on Bishop Road and it’s a real sight to see!

This year will be the biggest yet, as more stalls and community groups have asked to join in and set up on the closed-off part of Bishop Road. The Bishopston WI will offer lovely homemade cakes, Bishopston Garden Society will be raising money for Bristol Refugees with a plant sale and Avon Wildlife Trust will once again be offering tips on keeping wildlife flourishing in our gardens.

The Golden Lion is organising a bar and music on Bishop Road with Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue, The Slimline Shufflers and Paruski, playing live. The Glos Vox Choir will perform at midday and Bishop Road Community Choir at 2 pm so come along and support your friends in these community choirs. Children can meet their favourite shop owner Mr Gotalot or have their faces painted. There’ll be origami animal making outside Paper Plane and card making and colouring outside Room 212.

Xpress Printing are once again running their popular T-shirt competition, kids are invited to create a design on paper, with the winning visual being printed onto a T-shirt. You can also take part in a computer workshop at their shop. Glos Rd Central traders would like to thank Xpress for printing all the Mayfest flyers and posters. 

You’ll find vintage clothing and bric-a-brac stalls including a welcome return from Billie Jean’s Cashmere Event. Pop into Artemis to find out more about how their service to recycle and re-fashion unworn jewellery into cherished contemporary pieces. Bristol Furniture Works will have a box of coloured chalks to encourage everyone to colour in the pavement around their funky garden furniture.

The Golden Lion’s in-house Burger Theory will be serving up lunch, along with a barbeque outside Dave Giles’ Butchers, Italian ice creams from the Street Treats bike, Jack Benny’s American-style grilled cheese sandwiches, and an array of tasty biscuits and pastries outside Joe’s Bakery.

Bristol Jam Plan is a community project that turns donated surplus produce and fruit & vegetable gluts – that might otherwise be wasted – into delicious preserves. Every month they donate funds raised from preserves sales to a different local charity; the sales at Mayfest will go to Golden Hill Community Garden, who will also have a stall at Mayfest. Jam plan will set up outside Joe’s Bakery and have also offered jam for the scones at the temporary cafe in the garden of 212 Eco House.

The 212 Eco House is tucked down Bishop Lane and is a lovely little guesthouse offering discounts to visiting friends and relatives of Bishopston Matters readers. If you haven’t had the opportunity to look round the Eco House then Mayfest is your chance. The house, built entirely from sustainable and recycled materials, will be open to visitors all day, with homemade tea and cakes on sale in the garden. The Eco House is also a venue during the North Bristol Art Trail, which takes place at the end of November and has art from Room 212 on the walls year-round.

Room 212 artists and makers will be offering Creative Workshops in the 212 Eco House garden during the summer. Classes will include Weave a Wicker Fox or Hare, making aromatherapy perfume and lip balms, upcycling furnituredecoupage and floristry with British grown flowers. Find out more about the classes, try out some taster sessions and get an early bird discount at Glos Rd Central Mayfest.

Bristol Pound are creating a free map of Gloucester Road to include all local businesses accepting the Bristol Pound. This is the first in a series of maps to be created for Bristol. The Bristol Pound is real money designed to support independent businesses in and around Bristol. The map will be designed using artwork submitted for the Gloucester Road Art Banners and is scheduled to be launched at the Glos Rd Central Mayfest.

Glos Rd Central Mayfest is a wonderful day to be out and about on the central part of Gloucester Road, meeting your friends and neighbours, and celebrating the arrival of summer. Come rain or shine we look forward to seeing you on 6 May!

This event is organised by Room 212 (stalls and community activities) and the Golden Lion (music and street closure) For more information ‘like’ the GlosRdCentral facebook page or visit

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