Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops

We wanted to take a moment to share some news regarding Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops 2023.

After much consideration and with heavy hearts we have made the difficult decision to not hold Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops this year (2023). We understand how much this event means to our community and it was not a decision we took lightly. However, due to various circumstances we believe it’s best to take a break this year.

But fear not – we are eagerly looking forward to bringing back the magic of Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops in 2024. We promise that the event will be bigger, brighter, and more memorable than ever before. We’ll be approaching the event from a new and exciting angle and will be introducing some popular requests and making some changes to keep things fresh and festive. We’ll be working hard to make it a truly extraordinary experience for all ages, aimed at raising money for some local causes – all while filled with festive cheer and heartwarming community spirit.

We’ll keep you updated on our plans and progress for the 2024 event as it draws closer, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for exciting announcements and opportunities to get involved.

Warmest regards,

Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops committee


Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this years event such a success. We are delighted to confirm that we have raised over £2,500 for our three wonderful chosen charities (Bristol Outreach Services for the Homeless, Charlton Farm Hospice and Help Dave Battle Brain Cancer). Cheques were presented to these fantastic local causes in January 2023.

Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops 2022 is back raising money for local causes in 2022 – just like before!

Date: Sunday 27th November 2022
Time: 1pm until 4pm
Location: Cleeve Wood Road Shops, Downend, Bristol, BS16 2SF (map).

Please join the official Facebook event page to be kept up to date with the latest information.

Join us from 1pm until 4pm and kick off the Christmas season with lots to do and plenty of fun as we raise money for some fantastic local causes and charities at Cleeve Wood Road shops in Downend. This event is a true passion-project for the organisers who want to put together a fantastic local community event that helps to give back. Your support of the event (even by sharing it on social media or by buying a few raffle tickets) makes all the difference and we’re so grateful for the enthusiastic response when we announced the event would return in 2022. Kick off Christmas and help some great local charitable causes by visiting Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road shops. We’re thrilled to be returning in 2022 – better than ever!

Attractions will include: A large, high value raffle (not to be missed!), the Cleeve Wood Christmas tree light switch on, a fairground with games and rides for all ages, a Christmas train ride for children, live music / entertainment, stalls for adults and kids alike including mulled wine, mince pies, cake stall, used book stall, used toy stall. There will also be hot food available plus other drinks, games and prizes. We’ll also have quality stalls from local small businesses selling Christmas goods and other crafts / goods / decor / food and drink etc. Santa will also be visiting and kids can meet him and get a gift in his brand new fabulous outdoor 2022 grotto! There will also be a FREE attraction for kids to decorate a Christmas tree decoration to add to our wonderful new Cleeve Wood Xmas Tree. The event closes out at 4pm with the Cleeve Wood Road shops Christmas tree light switch on! All listed attractions are subject to availability / weather conditions.

Causes We’re Supporting: Past Christmas events at Cleeve Wood have raised thousands of pounds for local charitable causes – and we’re fundraising again this year to support some fantastic local charities: BOSH (Bristol Outreach Services for the Homeless), Charlton Farm Hospice and Help Dave Battle Brain Cancer. Total takings from the event will be split with 30% going to each chosen charity, and 10% going to the Cleeve Wood Road Shops Regeneration Group which helps improve the area around the shops.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help run the event please contact us. We welcome all the help and support offered.

The event is organised by a small committee (Mel Wiltshire & Alison Workman from Style Collection, Michelle Cipolla from Cleeve Wood Pharmacy, Adam Jones from West 70 Photography and local resident Louise Chapman – along with help from the local community on the day of the event and the local parish council). The event has been funded through donations from some businesses within Cleeve Wood Road shops and through a kind donation from Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council.

Please join the official Facebook event page to be kept up to date with the latest information.

Book A Stall / Pitch: Spaces remaining are limited so please contact us to book. Deadline for booking forms to be received is 9th November 2022. If you’d like to attend the Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops event as a stallholder and sell some goods please contact us. We are keen to offer a variety of goods, focusing on crafts and local produce/handmade items. Each pitch is 3m x 3m and you will need to provide your own table, gazebo (if desired) and everything you need. The fee is £25 per pitch.  You will need to have your own public liability insurance. Please note it’s an outdoors event (on hardstanding) so please wrap up warm and bring everything you need! Event is weather dependent, money raised for your pitch will be donated to charity so funds will not be refunded in the case of event cancellation – your donation will be made to our chosen charities.

Raffle Tickets: Our high value raffle will be back for this years event. Tickets cost £1 each and will be on sale from 1st November 2022 at Cleeve Wood Pharmacy and Style Collection, both located at Cleeve Wood Road Shops. Tickets are also available to buy at the Christmas event. The raffle will be drawn at approx 3.30pm on 27th November 2022 towards the end of the Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road Shops 2022 event. If the event has to be cancelled due to bad weather the raffle will still be drawn and winners contacted.

Event Parking: The road in front of Cleeve Wood Road shops will be closed for the duration of the event. This includes the parking on the road and on the land opposite. An official road closure permit is obtained from South Gloucestershire council. All vehicles should be moved from the area prior to the day of the event (the road will be closed from 7am until 7pm on the day of the event). If you are attending the event we recommend walking or using public transport to not congest the local area. There is some street car parking in the local area however this can be busy during the event and we recommend alternative methods whenever possible to ease the traffic and to be considerate to the residents in the area. Whenever possible, we recommend arriving on foot.

Timeline of the day:

  • 1pm Event Begins and all stalls and attractions open
  • 1.15pm Santa arrives and Grotto opens!
  • 2pm Live Music until 3pm.
  • 3.30pm approx Raffle Drawn
  • 4pm approx – Christmas Tree Light Switch on closes out the event.


Thank Yous: We have a number of people to thank for helping make this years event a success. This includes Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council for their financial contribution to the running costs. We’d also like to thank South Gloucestershire council for their help with the event. Thanks to both the parish and local council for helping us secure a Christmas tree at Cleeve Wood Road shops this year for the first time. We’d also like to thank Downend Voice for their continued support of the event.

Last but not least we’d also like to thank the following businesses at Cleeve Wood Road shops who have provided a financial contribution to the event: Victoria’s Health & Beauty, Style Collection, CJ Hole, Cleeve Wood Pharmacy, West 70 Photography, Webbs Flowers, Downend Bikes & Scooters, M Coleman Estate Agents, Four Seasons Takeaway, Georgi Barbershop and Cleeve Wood Garage.

Thank you also to Co-Op Funeralcare, The Medical, The Grange Hotel and Marco’s New York Italian South Gloucestershire for providing additional raffle prizes / vouchers. We are thankful to everyone who also supports the event by attending, as well as those sharing the event on social media and those who give their time / efforts on the day of the event by volunteering.

Event is weather dependent – please follow our facebook event page for the latest updates.