Portishead to be lit up for Window Wanderland

Karen Haynes and Laura Wisniewska organised the first community window display event in Portishead i

Karen Haynes and Laura Wisniewska organised the first community window display event in Portishead in 2018. Picture: Mark Atherton - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people will take part in a winter walking trail next month.

Portishead’s second Window Wanderland will see dozens of homeowners decorate their properties to create a lovely display which passers-by can enjoy.

Organiser Karen Haynes is delighted to see it build on an encouraging first year. More than 35 houses and businesses are due to take part in 2019 and in excess of 500 people plan to follow the trail.

Karen believes the idea will raise spirits at a time of year where it gets dark early each day and tends to be rather downcast.

She said: “I’m very pleased and delighted to be organising this event again in Portishead for year two.

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“There are already 500-600 people interested in the event and following the success of the first event earlier this year, I’m hoping that communities across the whole of Portishead will get behind the event creating another fantastic local community event.

“The event is also supporting local air ambulances this year.

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“St Peter’s Primary School, Flagship Boutique and the lifeboat station have signed up and I was very excited to get confirmation from Quays Marina that we can use the area in front of Hall & Woodhouse for Window Vanderland.

“This will take place on the evening of February 9 and a number of Volkswagen vans will be parked together and decorated for wanderers to see.”

Karen got the idea from Lucy Reeves Khan who found the illuminations gave her a boost after an accident left her disabled.

Lucy said: “I began taking rehabilitative walks at night and found that the light coming from inside people’s houses made me feel better, less alone, and left me feeling uplifted.”

The Portishead Window Wanderland will be held on February 9-10 from 5.30-9pm.

Karen added: “It’s great to see the buzz is building already and the event is taking shape.

“I’ve had sponsorship from Purple Bricks, Flagship Boutique, The Butchers Block and Hall & Woodhouse to run and promote the event and printed maps will be available locally the week before the event.

“I’m thrilled that Portishead is getting on board with this fab event again, time to get our thinking caps on.”

For more information, visit www.windowwanderland.com

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