COLOUR and light will fill the city’s streets this month, as anyone living, working or studying in Cambridge with access to a street-facing window, are being invited to let imaginations run riot and transform them into scenes of delight. The result…a Window Wanderland!
2020 was a year when people of all ages created heartening colourful emblems of rainbows on windows everywhere; this is a chance to come together again and bring some cheer to the start of the new year. Simply have fun decorating your own window and enjoy everyone else’s glowing galleries, appearing along Cambridge's winding streets after dark.
You can use the street-facing windows of your home, business, school, nursery, car, shop, or even your door, or front garden. An online map showing the locations of illuminated window displays will be a guide to after-dark walking trails.
Successful Window Wanderland events have been organised by community groups across the UK since 2015, when the first event was held in Bristol. And now Cambridge will be adding to the list of cities participating. Organised by Cambridge City Council, Executive Councillor for Community Services, Anna Smith said: ‘At this time when socially distanced activity is ever more important, we’re delighted to be introducing a new event for the city, which should bring some colour to people’s daily exercise. And I look forward to Window Wanderland becoming an annual date in Cambridge’s cultural calendar.‘This is a creative event that everyone can share in, both when at home and during their daily, socially distanced, exercise. A wonderful way to bring colour and light to January and lift spirits; both by creating beautiful window scenes and then enjoying the imaginative results.’Window Wanderland works of art already in place and visible in Cambridge, include rainbow-coloured creations by local organisation Oblique Arts illuminating the windows of Mandela House in Regent Street and The Guildhall overlooking the market square. And, at the entrance to Morley Primary School in Blinco Grove, a stunning safari scene.’
How to get involved
Taking part is FREE and everyone is welcome. If you’re planning on transforming a window for Cambridge Window Wanderland please sign up on the Window Wanderland event page, so participants can be mapped on the website and create a local trail. Then get planning your window display! For the latest info: Facebook and Twitter @CamCityEvents
Looking for Inspiration?
If you’re wondering what to make, it can be as simple or as spectacular as you like, as long as it’s family friendly. You can use carefully-crafted tissue paper or tracing paper images, make a sign, handprints, use your recycling materials, or a projector…endless possibilities!
For inspirational tips on materials click HERE.
The best displays can be the simplest. For ideas and inspiration for window creations go to the Window Wanderland website.