Braunstone Gate to transform into wonderful Winter Westival

By Jason Cowlishaw

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Credit: Winter Westival

Christmas cheer will be enchanting Braunstone Gate next week as the Winter Westival is set to take centre stage.

The free to enter festival, officially commences Sunday 27 November and will feature live band performances, a fire show, fairground rides, festive stalls, carol singing, children’s activities and a large range of street food and drink.

Community Facilitator, Charlotte Jones, 35, who is helping co-ordinate the event, said: “The Winter Westival is a charity, local business and resident ran event that was designed with the intention of creating a greater sense of community.”

She added: “We’re hoping that the festive spirit of the fair will contribute in bringing everyone together. The event itself is sure to be fun for all the family.”

The main event is set to run from 11am-6pm and highlights include live music from musicians such as ‘Her Burden’, ‘The Heartland Roots’, ‘Carol Leeming’ and more.

The opening ceremony begins at 12pm and features a special celebrity guest intended to officially kick start the event.

The festival will also include death-defying stunts by fire performer Rae Lloyd, who will be using props such as stilts, all the while dressed as an elegant ice queen.

Charlotte, a Leicester local who has been holding regular meetings with other Braunstone Gate residents to help organise the festival, said: “The event itself is about celebrating Christmas and midwinter.”

“We’re hoping that we can build the reputation of the Winter Westival enough that it turns into an annual event.”

The day before the main event will be a pre-festival that will include live in-venue entertainment in Braunstone Gate on Saturday 26 November and includes DJ’s, acoustic acts and entertainers.

Charlotte said: “Walshy’s Sports Pad will also be offering free goes on their virtual sports simulators.”

She added: “It could serve as a good opportunity for Leicester city football fans to have a go on the simulators when returning home from the match.”

Venues involved in hosting the live performances on Saturday include Natterjacks, Cafe 96 degrees, and The Black Horse.

Due to the festival being street based Braunstone Gate will be closed on Sunday 27 November from 6am to 8pm, however, the road will remain open on Saturday 26 November.

For more information as well as on-going updates on the event visit Westival.weebly.com or Facebook ‘Winterwestival’.

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