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Brightening up the Borough


Join the community campaign between 18 June and 31 August 2021 to brighten up the spirits of the borough ready for the summer.

Decorate your doors, windows, fences and gardens using all the colours of the rainbow. Put up the bunting ahead of the Thank You Festival on 3 to 4 July and the Becontree 100 Festival and the Roundhouse Music Festival on the 14 to 15 August which celebrates the centenary of the Becontree Estate.

We want the entire community to get involved including residents, schools, shops, venues, care homes and everyone in between.

How to get involved

To get involved get decorating from 18 June and prizes will be awarded for the best dressed buildings and gardens! Tell your neighbours and let’s brighten up the borough with colour!

Download our activity packs and our 'how to' films created by local artists Grape Arts and Sarina Mantle (Wild Suga) supported by the White House (Create London):

Send in photos or film footage by 10 July to summeroffestivals@lbbd.gov.uk to be in with a chance of winning a prize. Please confirm on the email you are happy for us to share your photos on social media and with the local press.

Tag @summerofest on Facebook or @summeroffestivals on Instagram using the hashtag #brighteninguptheborough

Summer of Festivals - Facebook page

Summer of Festivals - Instagram page

The design of your home/building or garden is up to you but we encourage you to use an array of vibrant summer colours. You could add a message of ‘Thanks’ to the community or why not add a ‘B’ to mark the centenary of the Becontree Estate?

Please remember:

  • to read our health and safety guidance in the ideas and activity pack before you start
  • consider and follow the current COVID-19 restrictions at the time; if you are decorating with a team of people
  • where possible, please use sustainable and recycled materials
  • remember reuse, recycle and reduce
  • please take care when getting creative
  • plan your decorating in advance to ensure the safety of you, your family and neighbours
  • if using lights as part of your decorations please ensure you follow the manufacturer's guidelines
  • never use a ladder on your own or for long periods of time
  • decorations should remain up from 18 June to 31 August and then be removed to ensure we do not create any litter on our streets
  • please confirm you are happy for us to share your photos or footage at the time of submission.
  • have fun, stay safe and let’s brighten up the borough!

Tips and ideas

Roar of thanks

Beacontree Bunting

Borough Butterflies

Flower Power

Gorgeous garlands

Wonderful wind catchers