Since 2015, we have inspired communities to create a festival of light and colour, where people transform their neighbourhood into a magical outdoor gallery of unique displays in their windows.
Wanderlands are organised locally by volunteers, and we provide a range of affordable Toolkits to enable every community to develop a successful Wanderland and take pride in where they live.
We are a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to reducing social isolation and fostering a sense of community. You can help us achieve this by getting involved in a Wanderland in any way you can.
Everyone and anyone can take part. You can be an organiser and set one up, design a window display, or just enjoy the Window Wanderland in your local area.
You don’t need to be creative or artistic to be part of your local Window Wanderland, and no one is judging your efforts – just being part of a Wanderland is inspiring.
Being part of the Window Wanderland community has been an amazing experience for me. I was overwhelmed by the positivity, support and local appetite to get involved.”
How did it all start?
Lucy Reeves Khan was inspired to start Window Wanderland after experiencing years of isolation after chronic illnesses. The former set designer would take short nightly rehabilitation walks around her neighbourhood in Bristol.
I noticed that if my neighbours’ curtains were open, I didn’t hurt so much. At first, I assumed I was just nosy, but I soon realized it was the warmth of the light and the sense of kinship that was making me happy.”
Inspired to create a community festival filled with light and life, she organized the first Window Wanderland in 2015.
Since then, hundreds of Window Wanderlands have been organised by communities around the world, spreading happiness and bringing people together.
Window Wanderlands are:
- Covid-safe – Wanderlands are safe to enjoy online or viewed from outside as part of your daily exercise.
- Inclusive – anyone can join in whether making displays or viewing them.
- Positive – they Enhance well-being and reduce isolation.
- Creative – they provide a new way of making people feel connected to, and proud of themselves and their community