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Co-wheels car club Bristol

Have a very #CowheelsChristmas

14th December 2015

The festive fun continued this week as I took a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas event with some blogging buddies and my friends at Co-wheels car club.

westonbirt arboretum

Forget the glitter and tinsel, this year Christmas is all about the greenery. The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt celebrates nature all year round, but it’s especially magical at this time of year as their spectacular illuminated trail through the trees is an unforgettable festive experience. Continuing the green theme, we teamed up with Co-wheels, who loaned us a fantastic low emission vehicle to get us all there.

Co-wheels car club Bristol

Photo by Nina Allwood, Lifestyle District

Westonbirt Arboretum picnic

The trail takes places every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening until 20 December and features exciting interactive displays throughout the woodland walk. There are magical misty smoke rings, glittering bubbles and even pretty little fairies which eagle-eyed visitors will enjoy spotting!

Westonbirt Arboretum Enchanted Christmas

It’s an ideal festive activity to enjoy with kids as it features Christmas crafts and a learning centre at the end of the trail, where they can make pretty things to take home with them. Grown up kids (like me!) will also find lots to enjoy – there’s a little shop at the end selling Christmas cards, gifts, foodie treats and all things festive! There’s also a lovely picnic area at the end where you can enjoy a mulled wine and listen to Christmas carols, performed by a super talented choir.

Since we were quite a large group, we hired a seven-seater Toyota Verso with Co-wheels, which we were able to pick up in nearby Cotham in Bristol. I had never driven a seven-seater before, so I was nervous at first, but once I was in the swing of it, I found it really easy to drive and it had a great stereo inside for pumping out those Christmas tunes!

Westonbirt bloggers

Co-wheels is an independently owned car club which specialises in low emission, hybrid and electric cars. You can hire the cars on a pay-as-you-go basis, which is really useful if you want one for special occasions like this.

Co-wheels smart card

Once you’re a member, you can book a car online or on the phone, and then you get a handy little smart card, which you can use to access the car. After you’ve used the car, you just return it back to its parking bay and your debit card is charged. It’s as simple as that!

Co-wheels how it works

As someone who has hired cars for work and events before, I found this so much easier than the usual process. The fact that you can just order what you want online at short notice is really convenient and, because they have cars across the UK, you’ve got a huge choice of locations you can pick them up from.

Picnic for Westonbirt

After our very festive evening at Westonbirt (which included a winter picnic of toffee apples, mulled wine and mince pies packed by yours truly!), we headed back to Cotham and I got back to the warmth of my cosy fire and another cup of mulled wine at home. Yes, more mulled wine – but then it is Christmas after all!

Christmas wreath

Westonbirt’s Enchanted Christmas event is now sold out for this year, but do check out www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas for more information of what’s on at Westonbirt into the New Year.

For more information about Co-wheels, visit www.co-wheels.org.uk or you can join as a member here.

Disclosure: I was contracted by Co-wheels to organise this event, but all views are my own.

Bristol 2015: It’s time to #Do15

7th April 2015

Go green and get involved with Easter activities with Bristol 2015


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you’ll have heard that Bristol has been named European Green Capital for 2015. As part of this, the city is launching a new campaign, Do 15 in 15, (or #Do15 if you’re on Twitter), encouraging people to pledge their support and commit to doing something different in 2015. The idea behind the pledges is that everyone will work towards making Bristol a happier, healthier place to live.


To get as many people involved as possible, they’ve set up the Bristol 2015 Lab on the harbourside, just a few doors down from the Watershed. The space is free and open to everyone, with lots of activities, performances and crafts for families to enjoy. Also inside the Lab, you’ll find the big green pledge button, which you can press once you’ve decided what you’ll change this year. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, it could be something as small as cycling to work more often. (Mine was to shop more locally – anything that involves more shopping should be easy for me to do!)


I popped down there for today’s launch, where Bristol Mayor George Ferguson was the first to push the big button, alongside students from Young Bristol, who all made their pledges.

Throughout the Easter holidays there’ll be loads of free workshops and activities, so if you’ve got little ones it’s a great place to take them.

What’s on at the Bristol 2015 Lab

  • Wednesday 8 April: Nature screen printing workshop with Simon Tozer
  • Thursday 9 April: Printing workshop with Sophie Rae
  • Friday 10 April: Easter chicks from Elm Tree Farm, one of Brandon Trust’s Beacon Farms, and a paper cutting workshop with Sarah Dennis
  • Saturday 11 April: Bee Bristol will be there talking about how to make Bristol a pollinator friendly city
  • Sunday 12 April: Avon Wildlife Trust will be there sharing lots of wild surprises

All the activities are free and there’s no need to book – just turn up and enjoy!

For more information about the #Do15 campaign and to make your pledge, visit do15.bristol2015.co.uk

Disclosure: I was commissioned by the PR team at Bristol 2015 to help with the launch, but you know what? It’s a fabulous project and I fully support this personally anyway! Anything that aims to make my favourite city a better, happier place to live is ok by me! 🙂