The new year's a perfect time to make changes to old routines and habits. Whether you bus, train, Slide or drive to work, a few little tweaks can have a dramatic impact on your happiness and wellbeing, and might just make you enjoy going to work a little more.
It’s that time of year again, time to get the decorations down from the loft (including the straggly tinsel you’ve had since 1991, there’s another year left in that), stick the Christmas playlist on and indulge in your first mince pie of the season and a glass of sherry!
But where to get the tree from? We think there’s no substitute for a real tree at Christmas so here’s our guide to what’s on offer in Bristol this year.
And if you’re picking on up after work, why not book a Slide home for you and your new tree there’s enough room for a couple of modest trees in our more than modest boot!
Whether you’re after a Nordman Fir or a Norway Spruce, A Fraser Fir or the King of Trees, the Noble Fir, the forestry has them all, there’s even a handy tree guide on their website so you can pick the right one for you.
Head to one of their four outlets around the city including two near the Frenchay Cricket Club, and one at Cribbs Causeway next to Saracens Rugby Club
Nordmann Fir - £8 per foot; Noble Fir - £7 per foot; Fraser Fir - £6.50 per foot; Norway Spruce - £5 per foot
For all the information visit their website
Mon-Fri 10AM - 8PM
Sat-Sun 9AM - 7PM
Harry and his team can sort you out with a freshly cut tree locally grown in the mendip hills as well as the Norway, Nordmann, Noble and Fraser. You can even buy a smaller potted variety
Find them at Bristol Zoo Car Park (West), College Road
They can even deliver if you’re too busy to collect give them a call on 07561 184 546 or email email@example.com
Full details on their website
Mon-Fri 9AM - 7PM
Saturday 8AM - 6PM
Sunday 10AM - 4PM
White Christmas Tree Farm
A local business which has been supplying trees to Bristol since 1995.
You’ll find non-drop Nordmann firs in a range of sizes as well as traditional spruce trees, and what’s more, they’re even throwing in a FREE sledge, FREE wooden stand and FREE netting with every purchase
Head to one of their outlets Superstar Fireworks, 42 Gloucester Road or White Christmas Tree Farm, Filton Rd, Frenchay
Prices range from £20 for a 3ft tree
Visit the website or call 0117 373 1422 / 07811 576405
Mon-Sat 9AM - 6PM (Gloucester Road)
Mon-Sat 8AM - 8PM (Frenchay)
Bristol Christmas Trees
Based south of the river in Booth Road, Southville (next to Bedminster Swimming Pool) they’ve got a range of trees on offer and offer delivery to most of Bristol and North Somerset.
Prices range from £5.50 per foot for a standard spruce up to a 6ft Double A Graded Norway Spruce Tree with Water Holding Stand for £50 including Free Delivery!
And if you’ve got the ceiling space, give them a call and they’ll source you a giant fit for a palace!
Give them a call 07754 622 638 or visit their website
Mon-Fri 9AM - 8PM
Windmill Hill City Farm
Not on sale until Saturday 10th December when their Christmas Fair starts they’ll be selling Norway Spruce at £25 or Nordmann Fir (the non-drop variery) at £35.
Pre-order your tree from reception, call 0117 963 3252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit the Winter Fair page
Frenchay Christmas Tree Farm
Get the freshest tree by picking your own whilst it’s still growing the ground from Saturday November 19th to Sunday 11th December. After that you’ll be able to buy them pre-cut up to Christmas Eve (subject to availability)
All the main tree varieties on offer including Blue Spruce and Douglas Fir and they can deliver for £10
Every day from 10am
This Bristol institution has got a range of trees in their garden centre, handy for those working in the city.
Visit their website for opening times
We saw bargain small trees in Sainsbury’s for £10 and slightly larger trees in Wilko’s for £12
There should be enough there FIR everyone to SPRUCE up their living rooms with!
For the Christmas period we've extended our evening hours to 8:30pm so you can book a Slide home for you and your Christmas shopping (or tree)
It's all starting to get Christmassy in Bristol, here's some ideas for what to do this weekend!
1. Feel like you’re stepping back to Christmas Past at the Christmas Steps lights switch on
The lights on the quaint little street are switched on at 5:30pm with choirs filing the steps with Christmas carols but get yourself down there early for FREE game playing at Chance Encounters from 2pm and Classical & Jazz violinist John Pearse at the Bristol violin shop at 4.30.
2. Pet Rudolph, Dasher and Dancer at East Street Christmas Markets
Santa and his reindeer are putting in an appearance on East Street on Saturday from 11am. And if you’re struggling for gift inspiration there’ll be more than 20 local stalls with everything from decorations and home wares to jewellery, clothing and Christmas gifts. All the info is here
3. Wrap up for free outdoor screening of Arthur Christmas
The weather’s looking chilly but fine. Head down to At Bristol are screening the modern Christmas classic Arthur Christmas on the outdoor screen, you can even Ice Skate whilst it’s showing...just remember to look where you’re going! There’s an apres-ski bar and festive stalls down there too if you just want to warm up with a gluhwein!
And after all that festive cheer you'll be wanting an easy Monday, book next week's commute now and we'll come and pick you up and get you to work hassle-free on Monday morning
Together with our new (nearly) lifesize cutout of a Slide van we attended the Go Green Bristol event this morning.
In a week where we've heard some sobering news about world climate and worries about how the new President Elect is going to respond, it was brilliant to hear about some of the great things that we're doing on a local level here in Bristol. Wonderful to hear about the initiatives of the North Bristol NHS Trust, based at Southmead Hospital to get staff using more sustainable transport through offering 50% off bus fares, introducing awards schemes, encouraging liftsharing and (we're thrilled to hear) the use of Slide!
We, as well as everyone else in the room were also fascinating to hear Adam Crowther of Bristol City Council talk about Bristol's plans for a sustainable transport future and the role Metrobus is going to play.
Finally, hearing about Bristol's place as one of the three lead cities in the REPLICATE Project was inspiring. A European research and development project, funded by the EU, it's is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and increase sustainable mobility through electric bikes, cars and local renewable energy schemes.
Feeling very proud of our green city today!