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Carters Steam Fair


There’s something quite special about going to the fair, over the weekend we had the opportunity to visit a one of a kind unique fair, Carters Steam Fair.



Carters Steam Fair is a traditional English travelling funfair with rides dating from the 1890s to the 1960s, the vintage fairground rides and attractions have been restored to the former glory and they taking touring all around London and the South East for everyone to enjoy.  


We were very privileged to get the opportunity to experience Carters Steam Fair as it travelled through London, We were in awe when we arrived it was like stepping back in time, the hand-painted rides looked amazing the attention to detail was beautiful, the atmosphere was filled with the fun sounds of a traditional fair, the rides played old much-loved tunes of the past, it was a nostalgic experience that I have only ever seen in the movies.

  

The rides were fantastic, the boys particularly loved the Dodgems, whilst my favourite had to be the Whirl A Round ride, I laughed and screamed it was such an amazing experience, the rides were reasonably priced as was the food. There was something really special about Carters Steam Fair, unlike other fairs that I have visited which are loud and in your face, Carters Steam Fair has a much more relaxed, fun and nostalgic, the atmosphere was is perfect for a family day out and for those that want to experience an authentic traditional fairground.


One of the features which makes Carters Steam Fair so unique is the decoration of its engines, rides and transport with its superb signwriting and traditional fairground decoration created by Joby Carter and his team. Joby is a leading expert on the traditional craft of signwriting and fairground art and hosts training courses at the Carters Yard throughout the year, as well as Fairground Art Heritage Tours. Online they also have some fun printable activities for younger children www.carterssteamfair.co.uk/learning.


Carters Steam Fair is a must visit and is on tour around London and the South East, entrance is free and at most locations, they host a free firework event in the evening. It's best to book in advance to make the most of the ride deals available for more information check out www.carterssteamfair.co.uk. Thank you Carters Steam Fair I will be visiting you again when you are in Town.

Lucky Fortune Bracelets


I was really excited to get my hands on these cute Lucky Fortune collectable bracelets. Inside each pack, you get a colourful fortune cookie which also doubles up as a key chain for those little keepsakes along with a collector’s guide.

 

Once you open up your lucky fortune not only will you see what your fortune holds and wear your luck on your wrist, but you also get a cool collectable bracelet. The lucky fortune bracelets are beautiful and easy to wear, I loved that they are adjustable using a cool gold fortune cookie clasp.


Lucky Fortunes can be collected or traded with your friends or even given as beautiful gifts. There are 100 different bracelets to collect, with four levels of rarity, as well as a coveted Lucky real gold-dipped four-leaf clover. Lucky Fortune will retail at £4.99rrp each for more information check out https://luckyfortune.wowwee.com

Celebrating World Tetris Day


It's World Tetris Day on Thursday the 6th June marking the 35th birthday of Tetris, so what better way to celebrate than by playing a fun family game of Tetris Dual and Tetris Speed from John Adams.


Tetris Dual is a fast-paced head-to-head, tabletop strategy game based upon the original Tetris game and is one of the most popular electronic games of all time. The object of the game is to create the Tetrimino shapes displayed on the LCD screen, by dropping them into the play grid, Score points by placing your shape next to one of your own colour and score more points by completing a full row blocking your opponents along the way. But be sure not to leave any holes or you will lose points.


We had the most amazing time competing against each other, this fast-paced fun game is super fun and entertaining perfect for the whole family to enjoy. It was Tetris Dual (RRP £22.99).


Why not test your speed and reaction with Tetris Speed (RRP £5.99), Tetris Speed is a fast-paced game of Tetris Speed. Each card shows the next Tetrimino shape to be played. Race to play a matching card from your hand, play all your Tetriminos to win the game. For more information on Tetris check out www.johnadams.co.uk/tetris.


Ion8 Leakproof Bottle


Having a bottle of water with me at all times is a must, but like most I have suffered a few mishaps over the years with leaky bottles and soggy wet belongs in my bag, so its long been a quest of mine to find a reusable bottle that doesn't actually leak and I'm happy to say I have finally found one.

This beautiful reusable Ion8 Leakproof Bottle BPA free reusable refillable its made from stainless steel with a double-walled thermal vacuum & insulated shield which keeps drinks hot for 12 hours, or cold drinks ice cold for 24 hours, but the best thing of all is that these bottles are really leakproof so it no more spillages in your bag.


This designer flask is painted with a trendy range of fashionable colours with powder paint, I have the Navy gloss which holds 280ml, but I'm defiantly going to invest in a pink one in the near future. The Ion8 Leakproof Bottle has a grippy textured finish and the elegant ridged cap opens with just one twist, and the wide mouth provides a smooth, rapid flow on liquid. The bottle width will fit in standard-sized cup holders, backpacks and school lunch boxes.

The Ion8 Leakproof Bottle stays sweat and condensation free which means no more wet patches and soggy belongings in my bag, the bottle is extremely durable and is guaranteed not to corrode or degrade, even with years of refilling. I'm really impressed with this Leakproof Bottle and will certainly be purchasing a couple more for the kids.

For more information on the Ion8 Leakproof Bottle and the Leakproof range check out www.leakproof.co.uk

London's Family Festival ONBLACKHEATH Returns On The 13th -14th JULY 2019


ONBlackheath returns for 2019, taking place in the height of summer on the 13th and 14th of July, A fun-filled two-day event for all the family, with the very best of family entertainment revealed for this year. London’s must-attend music, food and family festival, ONBlackheath is the ultimate summer weekend to enjoy fun-filled activities for the whole family, mouth-watering food and world-class live music.

Featuring music and entertainment from:

Andy Day - Widely known for his antics tackling dinosaurs, baby animals and being on safari, much-loved children’s BBC TV presenter Andy Day will be playing the Family Playground stage. Andy has spent the last 18 months playing gigs, releasing music and championing the hugely successful and far-reaching ‘Odd Socks Day’ for Anti-Bullying Week with his brilliant band ‘Andy and the Odd Socks’.

Sooty and Mr Maker - The fantastic Mister Maker and his Shape sidekick Rectangle will also be putting on a fun packed show at ONBlackheath this year, perfect for kids of all ages and the grown-ups too. Full of laughter, music and prize giveaways, this interactive family show will entertain everyone with its creative chaos. As well as Mister Maker, everyone’s favourite teddy bear Sooty will be holding his very own Birthday Bake-Off on-site at ONBlackheath, presented by Bonnie Spencer.

Sam Coperland - Also at the Family Playground will be bestselling author Sam Copeland as well as the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize Jim Smith, both of whom will be reading a collection of wonderful tales to be enchanted by whilst basking in the sun on Blackheath Common. The very best of family comedy to entertain young and old alike will come from Comedy Club 4 Kids, as well as The Flying Seagull Project – a UK-based charity with an aim to spread love, light and laughter through engaging art workshops, music and dance lessons, circus shows and clown doctoring.

Boppin Bunnies - Based in South East London, musical geniuses Boppin’ Bunnies will be on-hand at ONBlackheath to help the young’uns develop a love of music through their engaging, magical classes. Their sessions will be a great chance to get your baby or toddler boppin’ along and in the ONBlackheath spirit!

Maynard’s Mini Zoo - Lurking around ONBlackheath will bw a range of extraordinary creepy crawlies waiting to be discovered, if you’re up to facing your fears. Maynard’s Mini Zoo can be found at the Family Playground, who’ll be showing off and educating families on their amazing reptiles, amphibians and mega bugs – from tarantulas to chameleons, and even snakes!

Science Experiments - From hands-on experiments to explosive stage performance, you can catch the greatest hits shows from the modern-day Einsteins from The Science Museum who will showcase some of their favourite demos – from creating instant ice-dream to earth-shaking bangs. There’ll also be the opportunity to get hands-on in the museum’s Slime Time workshop and make your very own slippery slime to take home.

There will be lots of other family activities at ONBlackheath including musical bingo fun with The Pop Bingo Disco, the most famous bubbleologist in the world SamSam Bubbleman’s Giant Bubble Show, interactive game zones with The Actual Reality Arcade and Albion Kids Show Soft Play and Pirate Ship, and arts and crafts workshops with Daemon or Doppelganger? and OTHERWORLD ARTS.


Live Music - Headlining the music bill at ONBlackheath 2019 will be Jamiroquai as a UK exclusive on Saturday 13 July, and Grace Jones performing on Sunday 14 July. Also on the line-up - prolific hip-hop group The Roots, soulful sensation Rag’n’Bone Man, multi-platinum singer James Morrison, one of Britain’s biggest reggae bands UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, R&B hit-makers Soul II Soul and many more.

Food - Street Feast, who run London’s greatest day and night street food markets, will be offering a dazzling array of food and drink at this year’s festival. All you need to do is bring your appetite…

 Tickets for ONBlackheath 2019 are on sale now via www.onblackheath.com