Refilling at Redfest

As part of Refill Bristol, Bristol Water popped up their pop-up water bar at Redfest. Which was a sizzling success on a scorcher of a Saturday!

We gave out free tap water all day, much to the relief of the thirsty crowd!

Redfest is a local festival, in a park I visit often to skate. I love this park, the vibe there is always friendly and welcoming. On this particular day it was transformed, for a local event I was surprised at the size (not sure why, this is Bristol, and Bristol doesn´t do things by halves!) there was so much going on, including some fantastic music!  Some of which I got to enjoy at the end of the day…

I´ve already spoken how amazing the water bar is at REDUCING single use plastics.

Reduce – let´s remember – is the 1st of the 3 R´s.

Not recycle – that comes in at number 3.

Lets spread the word… imagine if other water companies take it on and free – in both price and packaging – water becomes the norm at a festival… It may seam like a pipe dream (excuse the pun!) but that is exactly what Refill Bristol and Bristol Water are already doing!

Not sure how to Refill while on the move? Look out for this logo around Bristol, where you are welcomed to Refill your bottle. Not in Bristol? Just pop in a cafe, shop or any where and asked! I have for years and people really don´t mind.


If you’re a hashtag kinda person then find us at #RefillBristol and follow what we´re up to!

Wanna see more action? Here are the images from the pop up water bar at PRIDE.


Remember: Every refusal adds up!

Happy Refilling!!


Happy & Hydrated at PRIDE!

At Bristol Pride we kept everyone happy and hydrated with Refill Bristol.

People were loving it! We had such a fun day and it was fantastic being able to provide the party goers with unlimited free tap water.

The gallery of pictures below speak for themselves how much fun was had!

Refill Bristol encourages people to carry refillable water bottles and top up with tap water for free at more than 200 Refill stations in the city. Founded by City to Sea, it’s all about reducing marine plastic pollution at source, by giving people an alternative to buying single use plastic water bottles.

Bristol Water put in a lot of hard work creating a Pop-up Water bar to bring extra refill station at events and festivals across the city, where normally water is in single use bottles and ridiculously expensive.

We don´t have a picture of the pile of single use plastic that was saved. But think; 2000 litres… that´s a lot of water bottles! 

It was so popular people came back through the day with comments such as, “this is the best bar I’ve seen all day” and, “what a great idea, it is so important to help stop dehydration on sunny days like this one.”

Now more people know about Refill Bristol, so lets hope they keep on refilling long after the hangover… Look out for the logo across the city and find us on Twitter


See you at Redfest, St George Park

on Saturday 6 August for the next one!

Remember: Every refusal adds up!

FREE water at Bristol Pride!

Tomorrow – as in Saturday 9th July – I´m excited to say I´ll be working at Bristol Pride as part of Refill Bristol. Where we´ll be giving water – for FREE!

Free water at an event?  I hear you say… Yes!  This is thanks to Bristol Water and their very snazzy new water bar. Old school pumps, no generator needed!

As friends pointed out; not only will this saves heaps of single use plastic – it will encourage people to drink water – rather than more… beer!

Normally water can cost the same as beer at an event like this, so if you´re hardcore (unlike myself) you end up drinking more alcohol. Which is fun, but not great for the ol´ hangover situation!  And if it´s hot (rather than pissing down, you never know the sum might make a rare appearance…) it can be dangerous to not drink water. As we all know, the NHS have better things to deal with than dehydrated people because of ridiculous water prices.

“We are extremely excited to be launching our Refill Water Bar at Bristol Pride. Bottled water can cost up to 1000 times more than tap water and by refilling we are all doing our bit to cut down the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our oceans,” said Ben Newby, Customer Services and IT Director, Bristol Water.

And of course there is the plastic.. thousands of bottles prevented. Amazing!

Daryn Carter, Director of Bristol Pride added “Pride has always been a very ‘green’ festival and as soon as we heard about Refill we were keen to support the initiative and get more people engaged with the idea here in Bristol – and then spread the word to the global Pride network. We are delighted to be the first event in the city to have the Bristol Water bar, it means our visitors can stay hydrated for free and we can continue to reduce bottled water usage and cutting down on plastic litter and waste.”

So good on Bristol Water!! Check out their post and what they say about their new water bar here.

Remember…. Every refusal adds up!