The Glos Rd Central Mayfest on May 7th is a popular free community event to welcome the arrival of the traditional Jack in the Green procession of musicians and dancers and is part of the Neighbourhood Partnership May Week. This year's festival will launch over 40 planters of flowers outside shops, created by the Avon Wildlife Trust to encourage bees and other pollinators to our area.
Traders and community groups will be spilling their wares out onto the Gloucester Road pavements. Room 212, Paper Plane and Moodles will have free creative activities, Billie Jean and Bristol Vintage will return with clothes and cashmere while Odd Sox will hold a sale of kids shoes.
Glos Rd Central Mayfest is part of the Bristol Food Connection Programme so there'll be loads of food and drink on offer including free samples from Joe Bakery, delicious cakes from Boston Tea Party and Cake, The Italian Sausage Co outside Millards, bbq by Giles Butchers, a Fairtrade stall and locally sourced delights from Pizzarova, Cafe Dream and Nico's Kitchen. Bishop Road will be closed to traffic from Gloucester Road to Manor Road with events such as facepainting, needlefelting and a children's tea cup ride. The Golden Lion bar and stage will host music, singing from community choirs and a preview from Mr Gotalot. Playing Out will be taking over the residental end of Bishop road while anyone interested in Green Building can take a wander down Bishop Lane to check out the new 212 Eco house. Read Bishopstone Matters article PG12 CLICK HERE
The Golden Lion are setting up a sound system on Bishop Rd just after Bishop Lane. The line up is as follows
11.30am Bristol Folk Singers
12.30 Ashley Down Choir
1.00pm launch speech of Mayfest and My Wild City pavement planters by Thangam Debbonaire and Avon Wildlife Trust Matt Collis
1.30pm Mr Gotalot and his Pop Up Shop
2.30 -3.30 acoustic performance by Slimline Shuffles
3.30 Arrival of Jack in the Green plus dancers / musicians
4 - 5 pm acoustic performance by Lone Wolf
All day events include colouring and bunting making outside Room 212, paper craft outside Paper Plane, creative activities outside Fig, Billie Jean Vintage outside Bertoldi tailoring, charity cake sale by Gloucester Road WI, Baby Bank Network raffle outside Moodles, Gingerbread people decorating outside Joes Bakery. The 212 Eco House launch is just down Bishop Lane where the builders and designers will be on hand to talk about sustainable building techniques, living roof, live willow hedges, recycling tips and more.
Everyone do a sunshine dance please!
Free colouring group led by Val Hall at Boston Tea Party. Wednesdays 3 - 5pm. All ages welcome. Materials provided plus free cake!'