West End welcomes in winter with street party

21 November 2016

Local residents and businesses have teamed up to organise the first Winter Westival, taking place this weekend on Braunstone Gate.

As part of the community street festival, there will be free entertainment across the weekend at venues along the street.

On Saturday, 26 November, from 6pm onwards, residents can try out sports simulators at Walshy’s Sports Pad and enjoy live music at Natterjacks and CafĂ© 96 Degrees.

There will also be an outdoor festive market, live music, funfair rides and a hulahoop and fire show from 11am – 6pm on Sunday, November 27.

A group of volunteers and staff from shops and venues along Braunstone Gate have been working together since June to organise lots of local crafts stalls, giveaways and entertainment.

These include: the Braunstone Sew and Sos, children’s activities organised by The Polish Centre, festive giveaways from Tesco and local musicians and performers including Her Burden.

Many of the cafes, bars and restaurants will be coming out on to the street and serving hot food and seasonal drinks.

Local LCFC legend Steve Walsh will kick off the event at 12pm and The Braunstone’s very own Billy Bates will be providing the funfair and candy floss.

Winter Westival part of the wider Braunstone Gate Local People project, run with the support of charity Sustrans.

The project is funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthBelief through The Health Lottery, and Leicester City Council.

Charlotte Jones, Sustrans project co-ordinator said: “Streets make up 80% of our public spaces in cities, yet we rarely feel that they are ours to use. I have talked with around 600 people around Braunstone Gate, and street festivals are very commonly suggested as a way to improve the street environment, to bring the community together and support the local economy. We are really happy to support the community in reclaiming the street space, and coming together to shape how it is used.”

David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes at People’s Health Trust said:

“It is fantastic that local residents and businesses are working together to put on such an exciting event on Braunstone Gate.

“The Braunstone Gate Local People project supports residents to come up with their own ideas that address local needs, giving them greater control over the design and development of activities that take place in their neighbourhood.” 

For more details of the festival, please visit www.westival.weebly.com.

If you would like to volunteer for next year’s festival, or to find out more about the Braunstone Gate Community Forum, email [email protected] or call 07833 057 595.


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Notes to editors

Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. www.sustrans.org.uk

We want to see a safer school run. We believe that every child has the right to walk, cycle or scoot to school. To bring about this change, we need government to make dedicated funding available, commit to lower traffic speeds, and transform local walking and cycling routes. Together, we can make our streets safer. Join the campaign at www.sustrans.org.uk/saferstreets

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity which invests in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities. We do this because we believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length of their lives or the quality of their health. We fund ideas which are designed and run by local people. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

The Local People Programme supports residents to have control over the design and delivery of projects which address the wider social determinants of health inequalities. It gives local organisations the opportunity to engage with local people in a different way supporting the increasing empowerment of local people to address wider issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.

HealthBelief is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Northants, Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. www.healthbeliefcic.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

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