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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.

BlogClub Bristol

#BlogClub December 2015: Bathtime fun for everyone!

11th December 2015

Last night Bristol #BlogClub headed to Bath & Unwind for a brilliant night of beauty, booze and…er…bants!

BlogClub Bristol

Bristol is a fabulous city for bloggers – we’ve got a really friendly and thriving scene here. While we don’t get to meet as often as we’d all like, when we do get together, it’s always a lot of fun and everyone says ‘we should do this sooner next time’!

BlogClub Bristol December

There was a great turnout at this month’s event and we had a few newbies join the group, which is always lovely to see. Hopefully we didn’t scare them off and they’ll be back next time too!

Crackers at BlogClub

bath and unwind

The team at Bath & Unwind certainly pulled out all the stops to make sure we had a holly jolly Christmas party. They were on hand with expert make-up tips, mini manicures and more mince pies than you could shake a stick at! My favourite part, though, was the Gingerbread decorating competition…



(The bikini Gingerbread lady was my prize-winning effort, but sadly the photo is a bit rubbish because I got so excited, I took it in a hurry! Haha!) And here is what I won…

Bath & Unwind goodies

I can’t wait to get stuck in and try these lovely smelling Burt’s Bees products. Of course, I’ll let you all know how I get on with them with a review later on…

Until then, Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Quizmas!

18th November 2013

Bring your friends and pit your wits against the West’s finest bloggers at our fabulous quiz night! 


Last year we hosted a South West Bloggers Christmas quiz, which was really popular, so we’ve decided to make it a more regular event. We’ll be hosting the first one in December and we hope to continue it throughout next year if we can.

This time, it’ll be a more casual affair – so there’ll be no need to buy tickets, you can just show up on the night and bring friends/colleagues, etc.

There’ll be five rounds of questions, with a break in between so you can mingle and buy drinks.

It will cost £1 per person to enter the quiz, and the winning team will take home the entry money, plus a bottle of wine to share

When? Tuesday 3 December 2013, 7.30pm

Where? The Greenhouse, 37 College Green, Bristol, BS1 5SP

Tweet us @SWBloggers use the hashtag #SWBloggersQuiz

Find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/SouthWestBloggers

 (Thanks Hayley for the graphic above!)