It was mid-December, and I was feeling decidedly un-Christmassy. Step up Co-Wheels and Westonbirt Arboretum for some magical, enchanted Christmas cheer to get me in the mood!
I was invited to use a Co-Wheels low emission car (which was, very handily, right around the corner from where we live) to go to Westonbirt Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas event. 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 great if you need a car every now and again and for short journeys like this one, but don’t want the hassle of owning a car and trying to find parking (which, if you live pretty much anywhere in Bristol, is a nightmare!!). Plus, it’s super easy to sign up and get started – you get sent a smart card in the post and you use this to ‘unlock’ and use the car, using the online booking system.
And for those of you who don’t know, Westonbirt light up the hundreds of trees they have at the arboretum with colourful and ambient lighting. It sounds a bit strange, but the effect is simply beautiful!
I’m afraid I couldn’t do the lit up trees justice with my iPhone…my camera was non-functioning however hopefully you can see how pretty and atmospheric it was!
The trail took around an hour or so to go around – or longer if you stopped off more and took loads of photos like we did! So perfect for a family outing. I have to say it was lovely seeing it so busy at night, and their were points along the way here you could grab a snack or some mulled wine – yummy!
Check out www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas for more information of what’s on at Westonbirt into the New Year, and I would seriously recommend looking in to the Enchanted Christmas event for next year.