Special offers for our readers for week commencing November 18th 2019

Magazine subscriptions make a perfect Christmas gift for almost everyone.

The following offers were valid at the time of publication (17/11/2019), please check out the vendors websites for any detailed terms & conditions.

Red Letter Days

Treat the whole family to an exciting day out in the capital and enjoy the freedom of having a Hop-On Hop-Off Thames cruise pass for two adults and up to three children. Enjoy 24 hours of embarking and disembarking from four piers along the Thames, including Tower Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Eye Pier and Westminster Pier. https://www.redletterdays.co.uk/experience/ref/rld11845769/family-thames-sightseeing-cruise-with-24-hour-rover-pass


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Thompson & Morgan

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Ordnance Survey

Personalise a map for a loved one with a photo and a cover message of your own Use voucher code PERSONALISEXMAS at the checkout. https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/custom-made-maps.html

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This incredible offer means there is no excuse to put off that well-deserved break. Fancy an escape to the countryside to recharge your batteries? Or what about a chance to explore an exciting new city? Whatever the reason for your trip you can both relax, unwind, and even enjoy an extra night with this offer. https://www.buyagift.co.uk/short-breaks/two-nights-for-the-price-of-one-hotel-break-br-10919897.aspx


If you are looking to get away, this is an sale not to be missed. We are offering you an amazing chance to book a 2 night break for just £39. With the amazing live acts and entertainment that we have planned, there really is no better time to book at Pontins. Book now and you can secure a classic apartment for the same price as a popular apartment. Prices are just £39 for a 2 night break – hurry as places are strictly limited! https://www.pontins.com/offers-late-deals/2-night-breaks/

If you are looking for a get away, this is an offer not to be missed. We are offering you an amazing chance to book a 1 night break from just £29. What’s more, with the amazing live acts and entertainment that we have planned, there really is no better time to book at Pontins. Prices are from just £29 for a 1 night break – hurry as places are strictly limited! https://www.pontins.com/offers-late-deals/1-night-breaks/

Magazines Direct

Enjoy a £5 M&S Gift Card when you buy a magazine subscription https://www.magazinesdirect.com/ABH9/


Save 10% on selected Baby Travel and Nursery Use voucher code NURSERY10 at the checkout. https://www.boots.com/

Up to 50% Off Tops https://www.jacamo.co.uk/

Half Price Remington Deals https://www.boots.com/search/remington

Save £23 CK Euphoria 50ml only £29.99 https://www.boots.com/calvin-klein-euphoria-eau-de-parfum-50ml-10048611

Save £27 Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau So Decadent 50ml was £72 now £45 https://www.boots.com/marc-jacobs-decadence-eau-so-decadent-eau-de-parfum-spray-50ml-10237450

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Glamglow Good to Glow Set only £25 https://www.boots.com/glamglow-good-to-glow-gift-10270135

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JD Williams

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Minimum spend applies, limited time only Use voucher code SAVE20 at the checkout. https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/

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Cheapest item free. Selected hanging decorations only. In-store and online. https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/christmas/decorations/3-for-2-decorations

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Buy 4 Filing & Storage items online and get the cheapest one free – limited time only https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/stationery/filing-storage/all

Treat Me customers get a FREE greeting card with their next purchase every time they purchase 7 cards in a 12-month period. https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/treat-me-info

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Get a complimentary upgrade to next day delivery (via Yodel) on any spend when you have an activated Treat Me card. If you spend under £25, you will still receive an upgrade to our next day delivery service via Yodel, for the price of our standard delivery service (£2.99). https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/treat-me-info

Treat Me customers get FREE Click & Collect when they spend £10 or more to a participating store of your choice https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/treat-me-info

Spend £50 or more over a 6 month period and receive £5 off your next purchase in-store or online. https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/treat-me-info

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B & Q

You know the drill. Fixes, repairs or a big DIY project, you need the right tools. With everything from screwdrivers to saws, get 3 for 2 on hand tools, power tool accessories and tool storage. https://www.diy.com/

From drills, to saws, to sanders, get 20% off power tools at the B&Q Tool Shop. https://www.diy.com/

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

With an array of exciting, great value last minute sailings available, your dreams of a relaxing late getaway could be closer than you think. https://www.fredolsencruises.com/last-minute-cruise-deals

Book a 2020 Brabant River Cruise today and we’ll give you £100pp off the lowest available fares! Fred. Olsen’s 2020 European River Cruises open up a picture book of scenic and cultural gems, from the flourishing vineyards and verdant valleys of the Rhine and the attraction-packed capitals along the Upper Danube, to rarely visited regions such as Luxembourg and the Lower Danube. https://www.fredolsencruises.com/river-cruises/cruise-deals

English Heritage – Shop

12% off orders over £40 Use voucher code S12AFF at the checkout. https://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/

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Our High Quality Photo Upload Cushions are now an unbeatable £8.99! Our cushions are handmade in the UK and are perfect for Father’s Day. We’ve lots of lovely wedding designs in time for wedding season too. https://www.giftpup.com

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Emergency Chocolate – a great gift idea.

This year Shelter has come up with a brilliant idea to raise money for the homeless at Christmas with their Emergency Chocolate bars. They are available in £5 for the 100g bar and £10 for the 200g versions. They have a pop-up store at 72 Neal Street, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9PE and it should be available in selected Shelter shops around the country.

You can also buy these online at https://cardshop.shelter.org.uk/collections/christmas-gifts

I love this idea for raising money and I really do think this makes a great corporate gift, stocking filler or a perfect gift for those people who are hard to buy for and who you typically end up giving a card and a voucher to.

I take chocolate very seriously and I can tell you that once opened the rich milk chocolate really doesn’t disappoint at all and anyone I know would be very pleased to receive this as a gift.

Order now online at https://cardshop.shelter.org.uk/collections/christmas-gifts

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Reusable Advent Calendar

National Trust Reusable Advent Calendar
Reusable wooden advent calendar

I spotted this in the gift shop at Wimpole Hall (National Trust) this weekend and thought what a great idea. So many of the advent calendars we see are a mix of cardboard and single use plastic and hard to recycle. This on the other hand is a lovely wooden advent calendar which should last for years. At the start of advent you can fill this with your favourite chocolates. The little doors look like they are big enough to house more than one chocolate so enough for all the family.

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Unusual Christmas Advent Calendars

NOËL SUBLIME Christmas Advent Calendar


This is rather special and something you might give as a corporate gift or as a thankyou to someone in the run up to Christmas

Nestled in an elegant gift set, painted in black & gold and decorated with silver stars, this NOËL SUBLIME advent calendar beholds 25 tea-inspired Mariage Frères treats to make the countdown to the holidays all the more pleasant. 

The clock, symbolised by a hanging Christmas ornament, ticks while imaginary windows, opening day after day, glimmer under the guiding light of the Star of Bethlehem.

You can find this online at https://www.mariagefreres.com/UK/2-noel-sublime-advent-calendar-2019-E98700.html


Carluccio’s Christmas Countdown

Countdown to Christmas with mouth-watering chocolate, unwrap the foil to find Carluccio’s classic festive characters inside. Start your morning with a milk chocolate bite with a Gianduja filling. There is also a limited-edition Luxe Calendar available, with only 200 available this year.

This should be on sale soon at https://www.carluccios.com/shop/

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Christmas in Scarborough

Scarborough set to entertain shoppers with new six-week Christmas ‘variety show’ extravaganza

It’s great to see towns up and down the country now fighting back against losing shoppers to online stores by turning shopping into a great family experience.

Scarborough will become a Grinch-free zone for six weeks from 14 November, as a cast of magicians, musicians, street performers, famous panto characters – and Father Christmas – assemble to help bring glitter, glee and glam to the town’s streets and stores as part of a new six-week festival, Counting Down to Christmas – with a mission to make Christmas shopping fun.

Counting Down to Christmas will be Yorkshire’s largest Christmas variety show, guaranteed to put us in a feel-good festive spirit, as we enjoy Scarborough’s extravaganza of eclectic shops, indoor markets and attractions!” explains Sue Anderson-Brown, centre manager at Brunswick Shopping Centre and chair of the new town centre Christmas Steering Group.  “Scarborough has been Yorkshire’s showbiz capital for centuries, so we’re drawing on that great tradition of entertainment to make sure that the entire town sparkles this Christmas season like no other.  It’s also a celebration of Scarborough as a great place to shop, with its fantastic mix of high street retailers and independents, and friendly atmosphere – everything you’d want for Christmas from a premier coastal town.”  

During the major new festival – the brainchild of local businesses with funding from Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District (BID) – Father Christmas will arrive by sailboat, and Queen Victoria will time-travel to the Victorian Christmas Market.  Meanwhile, on every Late Night Shopping Thursday and weekends in the countdown to Christmas, visitors to the town centre will be able to enjoy a magic lanternful of ever-changing festive fun from glitterfest drag queens to traditional Christmas carol-singing, from magic to music, from storytelling to street theatre – and including pantomime characters taking over the town.

Sue adds: “As Counting Down to Christmas is a partnership of local retailers and attractions, every week showcases something different.  It’s all designed to take the stress out of Christmas shopping, transforming the town centre into a place where festive fun reigns.  We want the Christmas Countdown to be just as magical as Christmas itself – a time when families can enjoy being together, having fun.

The show opens at 4pm on Thursday 14 November at the Big Light Switch-On, with the help of celebrity star guests (soon to be announced) waving their magic wands to light up the town, which will be decorated with illuminated baubles casting rainbows of colour onto the streets below, and a giant 8 metre-high, golden Christmas Tree.  The action continues with a spectacular laser-light show, while the town’s pantomime stars – including favourites from Treasure Island, Cinderella, and Jack & the Beanstalk – will be escaping onto the streets to sprinkle some Christmas magic.

Other Counting Down to Christmas highlights – all taking place on Late Night Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – include:

  • On 16 November, Santa arrives by boat – but will he be kidnapped on his way to Boyes store by the pirates from Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Treasure Island?  Follow the street parade to find out…
  • From 21 November, the inaugural ‘variety show’ weekend is strictly sparkling with dancers from the Julie Hatton Dance School, and a vintage blast from the past from Scarborough Music Band and a magnificent fairground organ from Scarborough Fair Collection (also playing on the 1, 8, 14 and 22 December).
  • From 21 November until Christmas, the pirate crew from the Stephen Joseph Theatre will be marauding around the town encouraging all ages to take part in the Treasure Island-inspired treasure trail, with prizes drawn each Thursday evening at 7pm
  • From 28 November, the cast – and enchanted carriage – from Scarborough Spa’s Cinderella have a ball in the town, while Yorkshire Coast legend Magic Mike, celebrating his 25th anniversary, and Chuck from Scarborough Spa will be bringing highlights from their Christmas show.  Meanwhile, performers from The Christmas Cracker make a stir in the Brunswick Centre, and Glitterfest drag queens take over the library.
  • From 5 December, pirates from Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Treasure Island invade the town centre, with magical and mischievous help from the cast of the YMCA’s Jack & the Beanstalk and the Naughty Christmas Tree.  
  • Between 10 – 15 December, the town steps into the world of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, as Queen Victoria makes a royal visit for her 200th birthday celebrations to the Victorian market in the town centre.  She’ll definitely be amused by the traders in full period costume at their uniquely themed Victorian market stalls, with Victorian games, magic and street theatre throughout the weekend
  • On 14 & 19 December, the cast from YMCA’s Jack & the Beanstalk help shoppers keep calm and smiling, as Counting Down to Christmas starts its final week…

During the festival, visitors will also be able to see a giant ‘Frozen’ ice sculpture, create Christmas cocktails, and listen to carols galore.  Elsewhere in town, a very busy Santa can be seen in his Grotto at Boyes store, at Scarborough Sealife, and on the North Bay Railway. 

Janet Deacon, Tourism & Corporate Marketing Manager for Scarborough Borough Council and Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire says: “The Yorkshire Coast is an ideal destination for Christmas shopping –  with top-name high-street stores alongside a huge range of unique artisan shops, there’s enough choice to make any Christmas wish come true.  This is a fantastic initiative being led by the retailers and cultural attractions to make Christmas shopping a treat not a chore, so alongside the wealth of entertainment in town, the town’s hotels & B&Bs are also laying on Christmas pampering packages, while visitors can indulge in some relaxing time-out in the new Alpamare Wellness Spa – all hoping that we can tempt visitors to stay a little longer.

To make shoppers even happier, there’s also free car parking on Late Night Thursdays and also on Sundays in December, in council’s town-centre car parks, with the Brunswick Shopping Centre’s car park free on Thursdays, and East Yorkshire Motor Services Buses will be adding extra evening services across their local network during the Counting Down to Christmas festival, so people can make the most of late-night shopping, car-free!

For more information about Counting Down to Christmas, including a full line-up of events visit www.scarboroughchristmas.co.uk, or talk to the friendly, dedicated team at the Tourism Bureau on 01723 383636. To find out more about festive activity and places to stay along the Yorkshire Coast during November and December, visit www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com.

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