Eastcott Window Wonderland

By Tyler Ody - 12 February 2020

Arts and Culture

Eastcott Window Wonderland returns for its second year between 28 February– 2 March, 6-9pm.

This is an initiative to inspire communities to set up fun, local, all-people-friendly, window-display-based walking trails then share them with the world.  It started in Bristol in 2015 when set designer, Lucy Reeves Khan, driven by her vivid imagination, her deep-seated community spirit and her personal experiences of isolation due to years of chronic illness wanted to create something to bring people together.

Lucy imagined her local streets alive with other people viewing dramatic, beautiful or just silly scenes in the windows around her neighbourhood. She wondered if, in the dark of winter, these displays would cheer up others too. She put on her first event in her own community and It was a huge success. Other areas wanted to join in, including Eastcott, and the rest is history.

This year, over 180 windows in homes, businesses, schools and community buildings throughout Eastcott will participate in this wonderful scheme, which last year saw the community brought to life, with colourful displays.  Caroline Davies-Khan, chair of Eastcott Community Organisation said “Last year this was a really fun way for the community to get together, creating windows displays at workshops and then walking the trail and enjoying our neighbours’ creations. There are over 60 more windows registrations last year and we can’t wait for the Window Wanderland weekend!’’

The event is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and South Swindon Parish Council.

For further information on which streets are included, and to see the interactive map, you can visit the Window Wanderland website and find the Eastcott event.

For people wandering on Saturday 29 February, the hall will be open from 6pm – 7.30pm serving hot drinks for donations. Printed trail maps will be available nearer to the weekend from Eastcott Community Centre and many of the participating venues.

For further information on Eastcott Window Wanderland, contact Anish Harrison, eastcottevents@gmail.com

 

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