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What's on during February half term

Half term comes around fast doesn't it! Don't worry if you haven't had time to make any plans, we're here to help. 

Here's our round-up of some of the main activities being offered for families by Surrey's favourite venues, but please remember to check our what's on calendar for even more events and information.

We always advise to check with the venue before you set off in case you need to book ahead or the event is cancelled.

Our places to go section is also very worth having a look at, with sections for rainy days, museums, National Trust properties and more.

All week

Experience some Out of This World themed storytelling at Fishers Farm Park, where you’ll hear about aliens and rockets and planets galore. Don’t forget to touch down at the Space Craft Station to make your very own alien pal. Roar with laughter and delight in the daily Magic Show and boogie along to ‘Spaceman’ at the Family Disco!

It's Olympics week at Godstone Farm. Celebrate this Olympic year as you complete farm themed challenges. Will your toy tractor win the race? Will your welly throw be far enough? Get all five rings and stand on the winners' podium! With animal encounters and play areas to keep all mini Olympians busy, everyone’s a winner!

Farming Week at Bocketts Farm Park is very exciting as it marks the start of the spring lambing season. There are more than 60 lambs due and you may get to watch a lamb being born. There will also be birds of prey flying demonstrations daily shows with dancing, games, bubbles, pony rides, tractor rides, small animal encounters and pig racing.

Youngsters can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities at RHS Wisley, including a chance to make sun catchers and wind socks and discover more about the wild weather of the UK on a daily garden trail. Included in normal entry. 

Half term at Butser Ancient Farm invites children to step back in time and learn ancient skills with a hands on demonstration, take part in a themed trail around the ancient buildings and warm up with a hot chocolate around a roaring fire.

Hockney Week at the Lightbox in Woking will include creative, fun activities for kids of all ages such as 3D Landscapes, cup weaving, tablet art and big art landscapes.

Get Ready to Race at Brooklands Museum from Monday. Children can step into a workshop to explore the science behind speed, join the pit-crew for hands-on session and have a go at getting a car ready to race. There will also be the famous car rides, pedal planes, Concorde mini tours and bus rides.

Paint a beautiful bird feeder at one of the Squire's garden centres. Other free activities on offer during the week include a spring hunt competition around the garden centre with the chance to win a prize, and a spring flower paper maze with a sticker for all who complete it. There is no need to book, just turn up.

Treasured objects is the theme for the week at Weald and Downland Museum. Activities include: making a simple picture frame, creating a collage badge, drawing a favourite item for a gallery, button art, playing with traditional toys, face painting and a trail to find some treasured objects around the museum.

Workshops are taking place all week at G Live, where children can try creating a comic, dance in a day, lego robotics, magic and theatrical make-up.

Budding young artists are invited to step into the pop up portrait studio at Watts Gallery between Tuesday and Friday to experiment with drawing using mirrors and perspex. Add to the growing Hall of Fame and make portraits to take away. This is a drop-in event free with admission price.

We have got some great National Trust properties in the Surrey area. Here's what they are offering during half term:

  • Hatchlands Park - explore the parkland on a duck-spotting trail.
  • Polesden Lacey - fun trail around the grounds to show you the secret power of trees.
  • Winkworth Arboretum - from den building to sword-fighting, there’s no end to the fun that can be had with the world’s greatest toy – a stick! Explore one of your ’50 Things’ on this stick-tacular trail.
  • Claremont Landscape Garden - an I-Spy trail to discover all the flora and fauna that make Claremont colourful. With spring on the horizon, colour is returning to the garden once again.

Weekend February 15-16

A family fun session at Guildford House Gallery on Saturday invites visitors to make their own personalised table placemat using different art and craft materials, and identify mystery cooking utensils from a bygone age.

A Young Archaeologists' Club at Chertsey Museum on Saturday will look at the concept of money. When was it first used? How did people trade before money? As well as coins and notes, what other items have been used as money (you will be amazed)? Investigate from the beginnings of trade, right up to the stock markey today. For 8 to 16 year olds. Advanced booked required.

Monday

Forest Fun at Gatton Park is a chance for children of all ages to explore cedar wood, make woodland crafts and enjoy a snack around the fire. Sessions take place throughout the day and should be booked in advance. Or, you can enjoy a teddy bear's train ride and some storytelling at Denbies (wrap up warm for this one).

Tuesday

Join in with a fun morning of puppet making at Haslemere Museum to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Disney's Pinocchio. This is a drop-in event so there is no need to book.

The tropical creepy crawly roadshow will be at Denbies today, where children can meet snakes, lizards, mini-beasts and frogs for an inspiring animal encounter.

Wednesday

Enjoy the story of The Gruffalo’s Child at Gatton Park and go for a walk in the grounds to bring the book to life. Return to create artwork linked to the story. Sessions are suitable for children aged two and over and take place in the morning and afternoon. Book in advance.

Enjoy some creative time learning about the art of ancient Egypt at Bourne Hall Museum, have fun discovering how mummies were created and then try caring some hieroglyphics. This should be booked in advance.

Harry Potter fans can take part in a themed trail at Garsons, Esher and build their very own patronus out of Lego. This is not suitable for children under four years and the patronus workshop should be booked in advance.

Thursday

Take part in some junk modelling to build a house in a workshop at Gatton Park. Make a doll’s house, a haunted house or a princess palace! This is suitable for four to seven-year-olds and should be booked in advance.

Wild Tots takes place at Nower Wood today offering outdoor activities such as woodland arts and crafts, stories, games, musical instruments, forest exploration, a mud kitchen, hunting for mini-beasts and lots of woodland fun! This is suitable for two to five-year-olds.

The Little Bushcraft Family Adventure at Painshill Park offers an epic mini-adventure to explore the deep dark woods, dig rivers, build dens, light fires and have lots of family fun. Book in advance.

It's Activity Thursday at the Rural Life Centre, when visitors can have a go at washing clothes the Victorian Way, launch an air propelled rocket, learn about the Home Guard, explore the child sized doll’s house, ‘milk the cow’ or have a go on the pole lathe.

Friday

Enjoy the story of The Gruffalo's Child at Gatton Park and go for a walk in the grounds to bring the book to life. Return to create artwork linked to the story. Sessions are suitable for children aged two and over and take place in the morning and afternoon. Book in advance.

Enjoy a teddy bear's train ride and some storytelling at Denbies vineyard followed by a chocolate treat and a hot drink for the adults!

We hope you have a lovely half term and enjoy all your activities, whatever the weather. Check back tomorrow for the weekend's events and activities on offer throughout next week.

Things to consider before getting dermal fillers

Whilst it still has its fans, botox is so last decade in terms of fighting the never-ending war against ageing. For those opting not to go under the knife, dermal fillers are THE #1 buzz words when it comes to knocking years off your age. Before you rush off to do an internet search for dermal fillers Surrey you should do your research and make sure you are fully aware of what these fillers are made from and what they will do for you.

Decisions Decisions

Most of us at some time do not like what we see staring back at us in the mirror. We spend millions a year on toners, cleansers, moisturisers and creams that promise we will go to bed and wake up looking 10 years younger. While a good beauty routine essential, being realistic is equally important. Are you going to carry on just using the creams and serums or is it the right time for you to take the next step? You could be a 28 year old looking at preventing the signs of aging making an appearance or a 68 year old looking to make that reflection a lot more appealing. Only you can decide whether this treatment is the right move to make, don't let anyone talk you into something you aren't comfortable with.

Only a Professional Will Do

Do not let anyone inject anything into any part of your body if they are not a fully trained medical professional. There are little beauty salons in the back streets of most towns and cities whose only qualifications are the ones they have received online with little or no practical experience. A simple injection may seem an easy thing to do but get the dosage wrong or inject the wrong place and you could end up in serious trouble.Rylan Clark-Neal is well known for having enhancements and he spoke out about having lip fillers done by somebody who wasn't properly trained. In a frank interview with a magazine, he recalled being on This Morning during his time on the X Factor and was laughing when his lip literally burst open. This was his wake up call to only make safe and informed decisions about his health. Wise words we should all heed to.

What's in that Syringe and What Does it Do?

A filler is a substance similar to gel which is then injected into different areas of the face. Both the depth of the jab, and the fillers consistency, dictates the result you will be left with. Deeper injections with a firm filler will create volume and add shape to a face. Medium depth injections with a medium-firm filler will reduce lines and creased whilst a superficial injection of soft filler which only pierces the dermis will help to plump up and rehydrate the skin as well as smoothing out wrinkles.

Safe and Effective

Talking to the professional carrying out your treatment and deciding on the result you want in advance is how to avoid disaster. It's virtually impossible to end up with the dreaded duck lips after one injection, unless you are being a guinea pig for somebody who is not properly trained and is getting jab happy! This is your face, your reflection, so make the best decision for both of you. 

Tips on choosing the best dentist

Choosing the best practice and dentist is a big decision to ensure that your teeth are looked after properly. However, with there being so many dentists available, it can be difficult to know what makes a good dentist. Therefore, we have put together some top tips on choosing the best dentist and what to look out for. So whether you’re looking for a dentist in Surrey, London, Essex or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, you can find a reliable dentist to help you take care of your teeth and help them to last longer. 

Qualifications and experience 

Whether it’s a dentist in St Johns Wood, a dental nurse, dental hygienist, therapist or technician you’re looking, it’s imperative that you check their qualifications. It’s essential that all dentists successfully complete 5 years of undergraduate training and also have a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, with the letters ‘BChD’ or ‘BDS’ after their name. To keep their techniques and skills up to date, dentist must also regularly attend training after achieving their qualifications. When you’re looking for a dental practice, you should look for evidence of skills, extra qualifications and specialist areas, as some dentists will have additional expertise, such as offering cosmetic dentistry. 

Dental services available 

Nowadays, dental practices offer a variety of dentistry services, as well as routine dental care. For you to achieve a healthy smile and mouth, and to maintain your oral health, it’s important that you choose a dentist practice that offers a choice of treatments. To find out what the dentist offers, browse their website, which should be clear and informative, or visit the practice and speak to them directly. 

Dental team and dental practice 

The dental practice should be tidy, well-organised and clean, with knowledgeable and helpful staff that make you feel comfortable. A good dentist should always remain professional, approachable, sympathetic and patient, regardless of the patient, so you can ask them any questions or queries you have. 

Pricing and fees should always be available for you, and if you need to budget for your dental treatment, see if the dental practice has dental payment plans.  

Hours and location 

You don’t want to travel far for a dentist appointment, so choose a dentist practice that is close to your work or home. Not only will this make it easier to schedule an appointment, but you will be able to arrive on time too. In addition to the location, ensure that the dental office is open on suitable days and times that suit you. 

Personal comfort 

For some, visiting the dentist can cause anxiety, so when choosing a dentist, consider whether they make you feel comfortable. If you’re able to explain your symptoms, express your fear or anxiety and ask any questions you have, then you should choose that dental practice. 

Website and patient reviews 

When you’re looking for the best dentist, ask friends, co-workers and family who they would recommend and their feedback on their dentist. Additionally, read reviews of on dentists you are considering online, ensuring that the comments are posted by patients. You can also review the information and reviews on the website of the dental practice, so you can see what their patients think of their service. 

Hopefully, these top tips will give you a starting point and something to consider when choosing the best dentist. Make sure you choose a dentist you can trust and you look forward to your dental appointments. 

Six gifts and acts your pet will appreciate

Your beloved pets have feelings and they appreciate rewards just as much as we do. We try our best to give our dogs and cats the attention and love they deserve, and they ask for very little in return. Throughout their years, dogs and cats can provide love, amusement, entertainment and even protection under the right circumstances.

Giving them the occasional thank you – in ways they understand, or at least benefit them – is just part of being a good pet owner. While they can’t tell us exactly what they’d prefer, we can use common sense and a bit of inspiration to find some pretty incredible gifts and actions in order to show our thanks. 

Your four-legged friends aren’t very picky, but you can still be selective in determining what treats, gifts and investments you’ll give to them. To help you out, let’s take a look at six specific gifts and actions your pet will appreciate in one way or another.

Automatic Litter Boxes

There are definitely pros and cons between households that have dogs versus those that have cats. With many cat owners, they appreciate the fact that cats prefer to go in specifically designated spaces, cover up their waste and don’t have to go outside each time they need to relieve themselves. For dog owners, they prefer being free from the constant cleaning of litter boxes and the smells that can come with them.

Fortunately, cat owners who want to further reduce some of the downsides in potty behaviour can consider a specialised automatic litter box for their kitty. A variety of options exist, including those that only clean once the cat has left the area (automatic litter boxes can cause some cats fear). 

However, these boxes ensure that clean-up is easy for cat owners; simply remove the tray, empty it out and replace. No more bending over and scooping to retrieve waste out of your cat’s box. Your kitty will also appreciate it since their box will always be clean; no more wading through you-know-what for your cat when he or she needs to use the bathroom!

Pet Insurance

Our pets can’t vocalise their ailments to us. While we can spot when our pets aren’t feeling their best, it is incumbent upon us to interpret and ultimately act on the situation. Let’s be honest, the cost of pet healthcare can be quite expensive in many cases[1], and not everybody has hundreds or even thousands of pounds to spend on vet bills.

Thankfully, a potentially more cost-effective solution exists - pet insurance. Through the use of pet insurance, your cat or dog can receive the treatment they need and you claim the money back through your provider. Many pet insurance coverage plans range in price depending on the coverage level so you should be able to find a plan which suits your needs and budget.

Review the types of coverage options available online to find the best option for you and your pet. Maximum Benefit and Lifetime Coverage options each offer pet owners a different method of coverage. Within each of those pet insurance options, coverage levels can be selected. 

Ultimately, providing your pet with the guarantee of health insurance can potentially give you peace of mind and may also improve their chances of living long and happy lives. 

A Safe Space of Their Own

Cats and dogs alike crave security. From your favourite canine companion hiding during a thunderstorm to your kitty constantly searching for high spaces or boxes to sleep in, pets look for territory they can call home. 

Having a designated safe space for your dog or cat may help them experience less stress – and it gives you an opportunity to keep other areas of the home free from pet hair and dander. A variety of dog crate-and-bed combos as well as cat bedding can be a gift that keeps on giving. They’ll appreciate having these areas when it’s time to sleep or they otherwise wish to be by themselves.

Consistent Exercise and Exploration

Most animals tend to be active critters. Dogs and cats alike love to explore, seek out new sights and smells, and otherwise be in motion. Particularly with dogs, daily walks and exercise is often needed to expend excess energy and ensure they’ll be calm and well-behaved throughout the day[2].

One of the best acts you can perform for your pet’s overall health and wellbeing is a daily commitment to activity and exercise. For dogs, regular walks and/or trips to the local dog park can help them meet new friends, explore their surroundings and release that extra energy. For cats, spending time each day playing with cat-friendly toys can help them avoid the natural instinct to be alive and energetic during night hours.[3]

In both cases, this act can help both your pet and yourself in a variety of ways!

Grooming Tools

Pets shed fur and constantly find new ways to tangle or mat it. One excellent gift that pet owners can invest in is a set of grooming tools, of which there are many choices. Whether you’re shopping for a dog or cat, the styles available can vary depending on the size, age and preferences of the animal.

For example, dog grooming gloves utilise soft but firm bristles that offer a more pleasurable experience for dogs – while still functioning as intended (you can also find de-shedding equivalents for cats).

Other options available include bristle brushes, wire pin brushes, slicker brushes, mat breakers and flea combs.

Microchipping and Tracking Gadgets

Even though microchipping for dogs has become compulsory across the UK[4], some dogs still currently lack them. Additionally, cats are not currently required to be chipped. As such, there are pet owners who can benefit from pursuing this and potentially saving their pets in the event they get lost. 

Microchipping works by implanting a chip that can be scanned by local vets and authorities, but there are also other options. Pet GPS tracking solutions that utilise collars are another option that can aid in tracking your pet in real time. In situations where your pet may have become sick or injured, these tracking options may provide life-saving functionality in ways that microchipping currently does not.

These six gifts and acts of service for your pet can each make a big difference in their quality of life. From finding lost pets and assisting them with exercise to improving their healthcare and keeping them groomed, each of these ideas are gifts that – in one way or another – may keep on giving for years.

 

A visit to Vue Staines could banish Blue Monday gloom

THE third Monday of January has been dubbed the most miserable day of the year – but Vue Staines is making sure customers have no need to succumb to sadness. 

Vue Staines is aiming to banish the Blue Monday gloom by providing a bit of extra happiness and relaxation in the form of a cosy blanket, a pair of slippers and mindfulness tips for a limited number of customers on Monday 20th January. 

Vue is encouraging visitors to switch off from the outside world and Get Lost in great stories from the likes of The GentlemenJumanji: The Next Level, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  

This follows new research from Vue and University College London, which has revealed that a few hours in front of the big screen can optimise our brain function, social connections, productivity and creativity*. These findings have been launched in conjunction with Vue’s Get Lost campaign, featuring John Boyega, encouraging viewers to fully switch off and immerse themselves in the full big screen experience. 

Andreea Manea, General Manager at Vue Staines, said: “Living in a distracting world where we are always online and on the go has meant there is no better time to switch off and watch a good film.  We are helping our customers relax and beat the Monday blues with a comforting blanket, snug slippers and top tips to manage stress. 

“That’s why we pride ourselves in offering the ultimate seat, screen and sound to provide cinema-goers with the best possible experience.”

Blue Monday kits are available on request, free of charge to a limited number of customers of Vue Staines from Monday 20th January on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

Tickets are available at www.myvue.com.

*UCL and Vue Entertainment (2020) reveals the cinema can have fascinating cognitive, emotional and physiological benefits.

What's on over Christmas and New Year 2019

The Christmas holidays are of course a very magical and special time for families. You’ll probably feel the need to get out of the house at some point so here’s lots of ideas to choose from. You can also head to our what’s on calendar for more inspiration and information. 

One off events:

The annual Santa's Saturday Raceday takes place at Lingfield Park on Saturday, December 21. Father Christmas returns to the track on horseback to hand out FREE gifts to the children. Under 18s go FREE and there will be lots of other festive entertainment on offer.

Enjoy a fun filled morning making a variety of creative Christmas crafts to take home with you at Haslemere Museum on Saturday, December 21. This is a museum explorers event for five to 11-year-olds and should be booked in advance.

Take part in some festive family crafts at Hatchlands Park on December 21, 22 and 23. Get creative and make some decorations to take home and hang on your own Christmas tree.

Blow away the cobwebs in a Boxing Day walk at Bookham Commons Join ranger, Ian on this fascinating guided walk around the site.

Use recycled Christmas cards and other materials to make New Year’s Eve party countdown clocks in a workshop at The Lightbox on December 27. Drop in anytime from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Head to Brooklands Museum on January 1 for the annual New Year’s Day Classic Gathering. With over 1,000 vehicles expected, live music and a winter barbeque and other additional food outlets, there will be something for everybody to kick start 2020 in style.

If you need to walk off some of the Christmas and New Year excesses, why not try a New Year's Day ramble with Ranger Al at Hindhead Commons & the Devil's Punch Bowl. This is a great way to stretch the legs and learn something fascinating about the Devil's Punch Bowl.

Make some adorable baby snowy owls at The Lightbox on January 3 during a free, drop-in workshop. Or, head to the museum on January 5 for Studio Sunday, where there will be hands-on activities for all the family using different materials and techniques.

Throughout the holidays:

The outdoor ice skating rink is open at Hampton Court. Glide (or stumble) across the ice with the historic Tudor palace in the background - sounds magical.

Free from gizmos and gadgets this Christmas, the festive trail at Priory Farm in Redhill offers fun in the fresh air. Complete the light-hearted seasonal quiz as you explore the nature trail and collect your prize at the end.

Enjoy an Enchanted Botanical Christmas at RHS Wisley. Enter the Glasshouse to view a display of festive plants and magical animals with a hint of steam punk. Watch the enchanted poinsettia production line grow these colourful Christmas presents. Also at RHS Wisley, you can be dazzled by giant botanical-inspired light installations and see trees and features all lit up in Glow 2019.

The lovely National Trust properties in Surrey have a variety of festive and winter-themed trails:

Take part in a Christmas trail at Hatchlands Park - pick up a trail sheet from reception and follow a musical Christmas story through the parkland and woodland.

All That Glitters at Polesden Lacey includes a woodland trail, horse-drawn carriage, Santa's Grotto and more. Mrs Greville's sumptuous party house has also been re-imagined to focus on jewels and sparkle.

Explore the wintry woodland of Winkworth Arboretum,on the Shivering Snowman trail.

Children can go on a magical journey to help Ruby the Robin find her friends around the garden at Claremont Landscape Gardens on a heartwarming trail.

After Christmas:

Splish, splash, splosh! Wellies at the ready! Take part in the Welly Wanderers trail at Winkworth Arboretum. This starts on Boxing Day and runs until January 5. See what you can discover at Winkworth as the seasons change.

The Winter Trail at Ham House starts on Boxing Day and runs until the end of January. Follow Ham’s own four-legged friend to spot everything Charlie the dog has found in this winter children’s trail.

Get rich quick in a life-sized version of the classic Christmas board game monopoly at Polesden Lacey. Polesdenopoly is a fun, outdoor family version of the game throughout the gardens and grounds during the Christmas holidays.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep you all busy. We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year. 

Clothing trends to follow this Christmas

Whether you are a fan of all things Christmas or you are looking to impress the bosses by perfectly nailing the colour theme, there are a number of clothing trends for you to follow this festive season that is sure to make an impact at the works Christmas party, but which will you follow? In this article, we will be giving you insight into some of the clothing trends you should be following this holiday season. 

The Return Of The Maxi Dress 

Whether you are a fan of floor-length gowns or mini dresses, you can do no better than the maxi dress. In a number of different cuts and colours, you can really get into the festive spirit in this style of dress. Whether you decide to shop designer brands, or you opt for smaller brands such as Rixo clothing or Primark, you can have some of the best dresses around at a price point that works for you. 

Sequins Are Your New Best Friend 

Nothing says festive sprite quite like plenty of sequins. Whether this is a sequin top, coat or even dress, there are a number of options on the market to provide you with a bit of razzle-dazzle this year. This versatile design can be pair with either heels or pumps for the perfect festive look regardless of where your Christmas party is being held. Whether you are a fan of the floor-length sequin gown or you decide to opt for the perfect sequin pantsuit, this is the perfect choice for you. 

An Elegant Velvet Dress 

Velvet is yet another material that is great for you as this can be cut into a number of different designs. In addition to the perfect velvet dress, there are also other options such as a velvet pantsuit and even a velvet coat to give you the best possible look throughout the day. Whether you are a fan of velvet or not, there is no denying that this is the perfect way to look great and feel comfortable when spending time out with work colleagues for the perfect Christmas party to end the year the right way.

Try A White Dress With A Bit Of Added 

If you are looking for something elegant that is the perfect amount of holiday glam then a white dress with a bit of added bling will look great. Whether you decide a white dress and glamourous earrings, or you opt for a dress that is packed full of sparkles, this is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd whilst looking as elegant as possible. Though it may take you time to find the perfect dress, this is something that will benefit you as you can then wear it again and again with amazing results making this the perfect option for you. 

Whether you are a fan of Christmas and are looking to go all out, or you are just looking to dress to impress at the Christmas party, there are a number of amazing options for you regardless of whether you are looking to turn heads or just feel comfortable all night long. 

The top 12 toys for Christmas 2019

Just in case their Santa wish list isn’t long enough, here’s this year’s must have toy top 12 to add to your Christmas shopping!

Silver screen royalty is driving the list this year – with Disney’s Frozen and Toy Story making the Top 12, alongside favourites like Barbie, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol

The Top 12 Toys list, issued by the Toy Retailers Association, is the most authoritative predictive list of what will be hot this Christmas. The list is selected by a panel of retailers and industry experts and is fiercely independent of toy manufacturers and makers. Prices are rrp.

Barbie Dreamplane Playset by Mattel - £79.99

An aeroplane that opens out to let young explorers play out the journey. The set includes 15 pieces to help with imaginative play such as a suitcase, snack cart, magazine and headphones.

Blume Dolls by Skyrocket - £9.99

A cute flowerpot that when watered, pops out a collectable character. The pot then opens out to become a playset for the doll that aims to feed the imagination.

Frozen 2 ‘Into the Unknown’ Elsa Doll by Jakks Pacific - £39.99

Children can act out scenes from their favourite film with this Elsa doll – she sings and says 14 film-inspired phrases and her dress lights up.

Harry Potter Knight Bus by LEGO - £34.99

A magical toy bus playset but a hinged side panel for easy access to the interior, and a removable roof to reveal the upper deck. The bed slides back and forth and the chandelier swings from the ceiling.

L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper by MGA Entertainment - £99.99

A Glamper bus containing 55 surprises, hang out areas, bunk beds, light up pool and slide and more. Designed to encourage imaginative play.

Nerf Elite Fortnite SP-L by Hasbro - £19.99

The Nerf Fortnite SP-L blaster is inspired by the blaster used in Fortnite. Attach the barrel for distance targeting; remove the barrel when you need a more compact look for smaller play areas or when you need to move fast and stay mobile.

Owleez by Spin Master Toys - £49.99

An interactive toy pet that you can teach to fly. This adorable baby owl can’t learn to fly indoors without your help and the more you practice, the more comfortable she’ll get.

PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Super PAWs Mighty Jet Command Centre by Spin Master Toys - £59.99

A toy jet that opens up to become a command centre complete with disc launcher and real lights and sounds, mini jet and Mighty Ryder figure.

Peppa Pig Peppa’s Stage Playset by Character Options - £39.99

Designed to encourage children to create their own Peppa Pig productions, this set includes props, accessories, two figures, theatre seating, and removable sound box.

Rizmo by Tomy - £59.99

Interactive toy that needs love, play and lots of singing to evolve. Rizmo sings back to you, dances, and has a lot more surprises to share!

Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe by Flair Leisure Products/Just Play - £44.99

A large surprise-filled safe. Push and reveal, smash and surprise and decode to discover surprises inside, such as figures, treasure, and more!

Toy Story 4 True Talkers by Mattel - £17.99

Talking character figures from the movie. Each figure comes has a distinct talking facial expression and is highly posable for exciting action play.

Turning the (yule)tide on dog training

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for many, but the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas can be a sensory overload for your dog. From unexpected visitors to over-zealous family members, and endless food temptations – there is a lot for your dog (and you!) to cope with. 

Make your Boxing Day walk a success by teaching your dog to come back to you when called. The trick is to be consistent – the more your dog learns that they get lots of praise and a great reward whenever they come back, the more they will make the connection that you are more fun to be with than anything else. To make sure you’re confident and safe, start your recall training with your dog on the lead. Using a harness should avoid any risk of hurting your dog’s neck. Simply say their name and reward them with a treat every time they look at you. Let them sniff around, then say their name and reward them as soon as they respond.

Now for the recall! Walk along and allow your dog to have a sniff. Get their attention by saying their name, then say “come” or give a whistle while producing the reward you’ve got for them, such as their favourite treats or toy. Take a couple of steps away from them, so they’re encouraged to come to you. As soon as they start to move towards you, stop and give them their chosen reward – whatever they really enjoy! Practise this in different places so your dog learns to respond to their name and come towards you no matter what is going on around you both – stick to just a few paces to begin with so it’s easy and they’re always successful. Begin to gradually increase the distance between you and your dog, and the level of distractions you call them away from. 

Now attach a much longer lead to your dog’s harness and allow them to move a greater distance away from you before saying their name to get their attention. As they look at you, produce their favourite treats or toy! Say “come” (or whistle) and get ready to reward them for coming to you. You may need to give them a bit of encouragement by showing them their reward, then moving away again so they are enticed over to you! It’s important to make sure your dog is always rewarded when they reach you; be careful not to reach out to take hold of them, so they always come right to you.

Dogs TrustFor more tips and advice visit Dogs Trust Dog School, a national network of experienced trainers providing fun, educational courses for all dog owners based on up-to-date scientific research.  Using reward-based training methods, we teach the key skills your dog needs to thrive in everyday situations; our expert knowledge will help Christmas become a walk in the park for you and your dog. Courses are five weeks long, with a free introductory session. To find your nearest training classes visit dogstrust.org.uk/dogschool and take your first step towards making the most of your relationship with your four-legged friend now.

Five reasons why you should protect your roof this winter 

Whether you are looking to sell your home, or you are looking to prevent damage to the roof during the challenging weather conditions, this can be a time consuming and costly process. In this article, we will be looking into 5 of the reasons why you should protect your roof this winter. 

Prevent structural damage 

One of the biggest benefits of protecting the roof this winter is the prevention of structural damage that can be caused by water settling on the roof. Whether this is mould and mildew or the rotten of wooden frames, protecting the roof with Z Purlin or metal sheet roofing is the perfect way to ensure that water comes from the roof to the gutters. With a large amount of z purlin for sale in the new year, this is the perfect way to ensure your roof is protected without spending a small fortune.

Helps to keep heat in the house 

In addition to ensuring the right amount of drainage, protecting the roof can also help to keep the heat in the house. This is beneficial for those that are looking to save money on their monthly bills as this prevents heat from escaping through the roof. Whether you decide to insulate the loft space, or you opt for metal sheet roofing over the top of your original roof as this can all help to keep the house warm in an affordable way. 

Helps to prevent against water damage

Water damage is a big problem for those that have a slightly flatter roof as the water may not have the space to drain down. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you have the drainage that you need without spending too much money. This will not only prevent the water from sitting on the roof and causing rot or another form of damage of any kind allows you to subsequently reduce the maintenance costs of your home.

Ensures correct drainage 

Drainage is important when caring for the roof of your home as any water or snow that is settling can cause structural damage. By applying some sort of roofing, you can then give the snow and water a direct path to the guttering. This along with some maintenance of your guttering can then ensure that no damage is caused to your home when the weather takes a turn for the worst. 

It is affordable 

The final reason to protect your roof as we head into the new year is the affordability. Whether you opt for new guttering along with roof coverings or you just opt for metal sheet roofing, this is not only an affordable option, but it also helps to save money in the long term making this the ideal option for your home.

Whether you are looking to completely revamp your home in the new year, or you are just looking to maintain your home for the foreseeable future before putting it on the market, this can help you to reduce maintenance costs and keep your home in the best possible condition.