The Glos Rd Central Mayfest was another big success in 2017. Huge crowds were drawn to Gloucester Road from 10am onwards. Room 212 organised lots of local community groups, food stands and creatives to set up stalls on Bishop Road, which was closed off to traffic. The Bishopston Garden Society, Bishopston Society, Greenpeace and Avon Wildlife Trust were all represented. Bristol Upholstery Collective told people about their wonderful workshops, Gloucester Road WI sold cakes and All That Glitters did some wonderful facepainting. Local choirs Glos Vox and the Bishop Road Community choir entertained the crowd and the Golden Lion organised live bands and music throughout the day.
The Eco House opened the doors to visitors throughout the day. Hundreds of interested people queued up to have a look around and talk to owner Sarah Thorp about the sustainable building techniques used on the house. They were also treated to tea and cake in the garden.
Traders up and down Gloucester Road on the Glos Rd Central section spilled out onto the wide pavements, offering treats, activities and special deals to their customers.
Jack in the Green, 9 ft tall in his foliage, and his merry procession of musicians and dancers arrived at up Gloucester Road at 3.45. They crossed over to Bishop Road and wowed the crowds with their traditional dance then went on up to Horfield Common for the ritual ceremony to welcome in summer. Meanwhile, the live music, food stalls and craft activities continue at Glos Rd Central until gone 5pm
All in all it was a wonderful day for Room 212, Glos Rd Central traders and the whole community!