Coventry Rocks celebrates its 1st Birthday!

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Coventry Rocks celebrates its first birthday by continuing to support local families and businesses during lockdown.

Coventry Rocks is a website made especially for families to find things to do in Coventry and the local area. Usually full-to-the-brim with local events and attractions, the website has had to adapt during 2020 to feature more Online Activities, Outdoor Spaces, and Supporting Local Businesses.

Coventry Rocks is owned by local mum of two, Jess McLish, whose motivation to start up a family guide to Coventry was born out of her own experiences as a mother:

“When I became a mum, I found it difficult to find groups and places to go with my daughter. There are so many brilliant places to explore in Coventry, and groups to be part of, but I would spend hours trawling the internet trying to find something suitable. What I needed was a ‘one stop shop’ for everything in the area!”

Jess McLish

www.coventryrocks.co.uk was launched in December 2019 and what a journey it’s been!

  • Over 72,000 families have visited the website during its first year

  • There are over 5000 followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

  • Over 500 events, activities and groups have been featured on the website

“It’s fair to say our first year of business has been a rollercoaster! Despite events and attractions being closed, I have worked extremely hard to ensure the website remained a useful tool for local families, regardless of whether they were staying in or going out.”

Find things to do in Coventry

Coventry Rocks has been designed to be super easy to use. The simple and clean website has ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ buttons, so families can find things to do at the touch of a button.

“A really great resource for any parent! The online activities and places to visit for a walk are especially useful at the moment. We have been able to discover some new places to visit nearby that I didn’t know about!”

Laura L, Local Mother

Supporting Local Businesses

Jess has recently written an article about Shopping Local this Christmas, featuring over 20 local businesses selling unique gift ideas. The article has already been viewed by hundreds of local people, and has been brilliant for raising awareness of local businesses.

Coventry Rocks also features community groups and events, and Jess is keen to collaborate even more with local communities and charities in 2021.

“Jess at Coventry Rocks is great to work with and has been a big help to us in promoting all of our family activities. The website is easy to navigate and is the perfect place to see what’s on in Coventry for families of all shapes and sizes.”

Joy Corcec, Culture Coventry

Finding Coventry’s Hidden Gems

The Coventry Rocks website features over 50 local outdoor spaces, including parks, nature reserves, woodlands and family friendly walks. The Parks and Walks section of the website has proved very popular with local families, especially in recent months, and there are some wonderful ‘hidden gems’ to discover.

“Getting outdoors is so important for our physical and mental health, and there are so many amazing places right on our doorstep! I have been working hard to showcase new and different places for local families to explore.”

Wyken Slough Nature Reserve, Coventry

What’s Next for Coventry Rocks?

It’s hard to predict what the next year will bring, but Jess is excited to continue inspiring families in Coventry.

“I’ve got lots planned for 2021, and I’m looking forward to building on my connections with local communities and businesses. I’ll also be expanding the Kids Party section, creating a Shop Local Directory, and launching a YouTube Channel!”

If you are a local organisation, business or charity and would like to collaborate with Coventry Rocks, please get in touch with Jess at hello@coventryrocks.co.uk.

Visit www.coventryrocks.co.uk to find things to do in Coventry. You can also follow Coventry Rocks on Facebook. Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.