We’re so glad you’re thinking of organising a Window Wanderland! We look forward to welcoming you to our worldwide community.
During the Covid pandemic, the number of Wanderlands has doubled in response to its effect. Wanderlands reduce isolation and have the ability to connect communities even during disconnected times.
Wanderlands are Covid-safe, however we do recommend that you check and comply with advice from your government and your local authority about current restrictions.
“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. This is a creative event that everyone can share in, both when at home and during their daily, socially distanced, exercise.” Cambridge City Council Window Wanderland, January 2020
Grab a cuppa and take some time to look through our step-by-step guide below. It should give you all the information you need to make your decision.
What is Window Wanderland?
We inspire communities to design fun, inclusive, window displays and then share them locally and with the world.
1 See what’s involved in running a Window Wanderland
Our guiding principle is that Wanderlands are local festivals run by the community. We take the pain out of organising by providing the necessary tools, support and expertise to help make it all smooth and easy for you – the organisers.
In a nutshell, running a Wanderland in your community will, ideally, need a small team of people – 3 is a magic number. If you have more, that’s even better. It takes around 3 months to organise.
READ our Frequently Asked Questions – these will give you all the details you need to make your decision.
Window Wanderland on The One Show
If you’re new to the whole Wanderland idea, this is a perfect watch!
2 Register your area
You’ve watched our videos, read the FAQs and are ready to Register your area. For a one-off £50 this first step is to ensure you have time to get your team and relevant funding in place.
For this you will get your area’s exclusive webpage, so you can get local people interested. Our initial planning kit will give you advice and tips on team structure, timings and raising money to take you through to the next stages of planning your Wanderland- we have done the hard work for you!
And your area will appear on our map! Congratulations – you are now a part of the Wanderland community.
The Window Wanderland Toolkit has been so valuable, it provides templates and examples of how to word things so you don’t have to do the work! The project planning lists all the things you need to think about, and an idea of how long steps may take.”
3 Choose the right Toolkit for you
When you are ready to start fully planning your Wanderland the next step is to decide which Toolkit is best for you. These will give you the next set of resources and support to make sure your festival is a success.
We have three options to cater for everyone from small, close-knit communities through to cities hosting multi-location Window Wanderlands. Everything you could need has been thought about, making it easy for you.
There are also options to upgrade if you require more support than you’d originally thought.
This is Perfect for local authorities, charities, schools, community organisations and first-time organisers
Our most popular toolkit INCLUDES everything you need, from getting Windowmakers on board, health and safety, to PR advice and HOME-printable maps.
Ideal for those who live in a close knit community where spreading the word is easy, and those who are repeating annually.
This is Essential organisation information and marketing activities. Less comprehensive than the Deluxe toolkit.
For Communities that have already run a Window Wanderland with us and now are creating their own website.
A listing on our festival map and co-hosting of a Facebook festival, so that when people find us, they find you and vice-versa. Keep sharing the love.
|Organisation & Planning|
|Call yourself a Window Wanderland||✔Yes||✔Yes||✔Yes|
|A listing of your festival on our website and social media||✔Yes||✔Yes||✔Yes|
|Use of our images and films||✔Yes||✔Yes||✔Yes*|
|Your own festival page with map||✔Yes||✔Yes||✖No|
|Interactive map showing locations of windows||✔Yes||✔Yes||✖No|
|Email platform to keep in touch with your local window makers||✔Yes||✔Yes||✖No|
|Planning toolkit with timeline||✔Yes||✔Yes||✖No|
|Ideas gallery for display makers||✔Yes||✔Yes||✖No|
|Add images, links and logos to your festival page||✔Yes||✖No||✖No|
|‘Print at home’ downloadable maps||✔Yes||✖No||✖No|
|Co-host your festival on facebook||✔Yes||✔Yes||✔Yes|
|Social media advice||✔Yes||✔Yes||✖No|
|Templates, flyers, posters and logos||✔Yes||✔Yes||✖No|
|Health and safety information||✔Yes||✔Yes||✖No|
|Branding kit and survey advice||✔Yes||✖No||✖No|
|Templates for press release||✔Yes||✖No||✖No|
|High res press photos||✔Yes||✖No||✖No|
|Powerpoint presentations for schools and communities||✔Yes||✖No||✖No|
|Buy Deluxe||Buy Essential||Buy Listing|
What a fantastic Window Wanderland! A real success that really did resonate with the whole village. It was incredible to see people of all ages, enjoying themselves. We absolutely LOVED taking part. Can’t wait to do it again! ”
Proceeds from our toolkits allow us to continue our work as a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to bringing communities together and reducing isolation.
We have a strong track record of hosting online workshops, providing art kits for residents and successful virtual mentoring for first time Wanderlands that then repeat. If you would like extra support, or to work in partnership with us, fill out our enquiry form to have a chat.
If you’re a larger organisation wanting to host multiple Window Wanderlands please get in touch to find out how.
4 Where and when
Once you have your toolkit you can start creating your festival with your team. Window Wanderlands are held throughout the year but we’ve found late Winter is the best time, when it gets dark early and people don’t have to go out too late to enjoy their local Wanderland.
The other months are also good but bear in mind other festivals are often happening in the local community. Recently, because of Covid, Wanderlands have become a popular addition to traditional Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas displays.
Create your online festival page, make your map with the area that you want people to come to and let them know what you are planning to do.
5 Spread the word
Promoting your Wanderland is essential. It may be as simple as sharing your Wanderland with your street, or you could be printing thousands of flyers. With options of schools involvement, online workshops, fundraising, and showing our films online – the choice is yours.
The Toolkits have all the advice you need to market your festival successfully and, most importantly, inclusively and safely.
Above all – enjoy it! Share your photos with us and the world. Celebrate your neighbourhood and enjoy the new community connections you make.
Already registered as an organiser? Log in to access your toolkit.