COMPETITION: Win a Pickin' Chickens Board Game!

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Throughout the month of October we are giving away FOUR copies of the new Drumond Park Pickin' Chickens board game!Drumond Park Pickin Chickens v2

The delightful Pickin’ Chickens (rrp £19.99, age 4+, for 2-4 players) is the latest in a long line of much loved, instant-action table-top games from Drumond Park. Destined to become a perennial favourite, this lively, fun game will help young players quickly grasp the concept of taking turns, learning their colours, making decisions and practising memory skills - all while they keep an eye out for the sneaky jumping fox!

The children sit around the rotating green Field Circle base where twelve chicken coops nestle among the bushes. The first player gives the Field Circle a good spin. When it stops each child picks a chicken coop to look under, and depending on the colour of the chicken revealed, chooses a model chicken of the same colour and puts it on one of the white chicken spaces on their card.

But all of a sudden, with a greedy smile on his face, up pops Mr Fox like a jack-in-the-box - and gives everyone a shock! When he appears, each player instantly loses one of his or her chickens - unless they hold the Farmer card, which protects them from the fox.

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To be in with a chance of winning a copy, all you need to do is answer the following question: What date in October is Halloween?


Please send your answer to us via our Contact Us  page, remembering to fill in your e-mail address details. The deadline for the competition is 30 October 2016. COMPETITION NOW CLOSED!

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NOTE: Winners will be contacted directly by email at the end of month (open to UK residents only), and their name will also be posted on our Competition Listings page . Prizes not claimed within 21 days following the competition will be considered forfeit.

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Press Release: Survey of 1000 UK parents reveals fever phobia still prevalent in parents

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Survey reveals fever phobia remains widespread amongst UK parents

A survey commissioned by Braun, the number one thermometer brand recommended by doctors [1], has revealed that many UK parents still suffer from fever phobia – worrying that fever can cause serious health problems.  

The survey of 1000 UK families has revealed that fever phobia is still rife with new and experienced parents, with many of us turning to the medicine cabinet or doctor without cause.

Over 50% of parents lower their child’s temperature before it reaches a reading of 38.5°C [2]

55% of parents in the UK try to reduce their child’s fever as soon as the temperature reading is elevated [3]. Many suffer from what is known as ‘fever phobia’; worrying fever is an illness. Research indicates that parents fear that fever can cause seizures (32%), brain damage (21%) and death (14%) [4].

Fever is usually a sign that a child is suffering from a viral or bacterial infection. While sometimes uncomfortable for a little one, it is a sign of a healthy immune system as a fever makes it harder for bacteria and viruses to survive and it can play an important part in a child recovering from an infection [5]

Over 40% of parents surveyed said they turned to medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen as the first port of call when their child was suffering from a fever, even when a child is recording just above normal reading [6] .

Yet according to guidance issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, bringing down a child’s fever with drugs simply so they have a ‘normal’ temperature can actually lengthen a child’s illness by stopping the body’s natural defense against the infection [7]. However, if a child is in discomfort or presenting a fever between 38-40°C, 92% of doctors recommend that parents administrate either paracetamol or ibuprofen to try and bring the temperature down [8].  

Almost 40% of parents aren’t aware that the definition of fever changes with age

Worryingly, a significant percentage of the UK population are unaware that the definition of fever changes with age – what can be an acceptable temperature for a four year old can be classed as a high fever in a newborn. This can lead to parents misinterpreting a temperature reading, either believing their child isn’t suffering from a fever when they are, or believing that they have fever when they don’t.

Over half of parents are willing to wake their sick child to take a temperature reading

More than half of parents checked their little one’s temperature every hour (or more frequently!) during illness, including during the night [9]. This can lead to a child becoming more distressed through broken sleep as well becoming anxious by picking off the worried vibes of their parents. Yet, with Braun’s range of thermometers, they are gentle enough to use on a sleeping child without the worry of waking them up.

Tackling fever phobia

Braun has tackled fever phobia head on, with the development of a range of thermometers that help parents to measure their child’s temperature comfortably and accurately. Designed to offer parents peace of mind, Braun has developed new cutting-edge features including Age Precision® technology with the ThermoScan® 7, and accurate touch and no touch modes with its No touch + forehead thermometer to help you to precisely monitor your child’s temperature without having to wake them up.


Braun’s ThermoScan® 7 ear thermometer with Age Precision® (IRT6520) takes the guess work out of temperature interpretation

The Braun ThermoScan® 7 features Age Precision® technology - an age adjustable fever guidance system which allows a parent to set the age of their child (0-3 months, 3-36 months and 36 months to adult) so that it is much easier for to interpret the reading quickly, accurately and easily based on the age. Using a simple colour coded display, the thermometer will show either green for a normal temperature, yellow for an elevated, while a red display will indicate a high temperature.

It also combines ergonomic design with other innovative features, including a patented pre-warmed tip and ExacTemp® guidance system, which made Braun the number one brand amongst doctors [10]. Whereas the tip of other thermometers can cool the area within the ear where the temperature is being measured, resulting in variable readings, the tip on the ThermoScan® 7 is pre-warmed before use, to ensure you enjoy professional accuracy that you can rely on, time and time again. The ExacTemp® guidance system confirms when you have safely secured the thermometer in the correct position with a light and a beep, delivering an accurate reading in just a few seconds.

As well as being supplied in a case for convenient storage, the Braun ThermoScan® 7 has a new front panel display with big screen, night light feature and a memory function to store the last nine temperature readings. New BPA and latex-free disposable hygienic probe covers are also available. Designed so you can easily switch between users, each disposable probe cover helps maintain consistent accuracy by making sure any earwax or dirt left on the tip after use is removed and does not interfere with the reading.

Age range: Suitable from newborn

RRP: £49.99

Stockists: Available from Boots


Braun’s No touch + forehead thermometer (NTF3000) – the first thermometer with both no touch and touch functions

As the only thermometer to offer both a ‘touch’ and ‘no touch’ technology, Braun’s No touch + forehead thermometer offers parents clinically proven accuracy while also being very gentle to use. Depending on which mode works best for you and your little one, you can either place the thermometer directly on your child’s forehead in ‘touch’ mode or can hold it up to 5cm away in ‘no touch’ mode – perfect for when your baby or child is sleeping and you don’t want to wake them. For self-measurement, we recommend using the touch mode.

Additionally, the patented proximity sensor helps you to guide the thermometer onto your child’s forehead at the correct distance of up to 5cm away. However, it is important that you follow the manual to make sure you get a high accuracy measurement. E.g. make sure the external factors are not interfering with the temperature of the forehead skin (e.g. fringe, hat, warm cloth, and coming from outdoor). In addition, make sure you measure at the right location, on forehead, in between the eyebrows.

Featuring an ultra-sensitive sensor with an innovative optical system, it allows the No touch + forehead thermometer to capture twice as much radiated heat than other traditional forehead thermometers without an optical system [11].

The simple colour indicator also makes interpreting the results simple. The screen displays green if no fever, yellow if the temperature is elevated and red alert for a possibly high fever. Extra audible beeps – which can be turned off for during the night – accompany the visual indicator for temperatures above 37.4°C.

Age range: Suitable from newborn

RRP: £52.99

Stockists: Available at Asda, Boots and all good baby specialist retailers


For further product details visit


[1] Ipsos, online study among 803 GPs and Pediatricians in four European markets, June 2012.

[2] Survey of 1021 parents found that 564 start to lower their child’s temperature between 37.5-38.5°C. Survey conducted by Research Now in the UK on 13th May 2015. 92% of doctors recommend lowering a child’s temperature through medication between 38-40°C. Physicians’, nurses’, and parents’ attitudes to and knowledge about fever in early childhood. M Sarrel, H A Cohen, E Kahan. Patient Education and Counseling 46 (2002) 61-65.


[4] Crocetti M., Moghbeli N., Serwint J. Fever phobia revisited: have parental misconceptions about fever changed in 20 years? Pediatrics. 2001 Jun;107(6):1241-6.


[6] Survey of 1021 parents found that 254 parents administrate medication when their child is suffering from a temperature lower than 38.5°C. Survey conducted by Research Now in the UK on 13th May 2015.

[7] American Academy of Pediatrics. Guidance for the Clinician in Rendering Pediatric Care. Clinical report – Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children, Janice. E. Sullivan, MD, Henry C. Farrar, MD and the Section on clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, and Commettee on drug. Page 580-587.

[8] 92% of doctors recommend lowering a child’s temperature through medication between 38-40°C. Physicians’, nurses’, and parents’ attitudes to and knowledge about fever in early childhood. M Sarrel, H A Cohen, E Kahan. Patient Education and Counseling 46 (2002) 61-65.


[10 ]Ipsos, online study among 803 GPs and Pediatricians in four European markets, June 2012.
[11] Gorsich, J., Supporting Calculations: ‘Innovative technology captures twice as much body heat compared to traditional forehead products’, 2014.

The benefits of mains electricity safely supplied to the tent and awning

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Chilly mornings and evenings are things of the past when campers take advantage of an Outwell Patio Heater. Equally at home in a tent, awning, extension or in the garden, the two 230V heaters provide instant warmth through the use of halogen elements that offer safe, odour-free heat while casting a gentle orange glow to drive away the gloom.Outwell press release1


Both heaters come with a pre-attached plug on the useful 1.9m cable and the light, strong aluminium casings can be suspended securely using a hanging hook on the end of a sturdy chain. The Etna has one 700W setting whilst the larger Fuji (pictured right) offers a choice of 600W or 1,500W.The Etna and Fuji are powered by mains electric brought in from an electric hook-up – now a common feature even on small campsites. Power, light and heat are available at the flick of a switch and can be enjoyed easily by all campers. Plus, of course, mains power allows electronic equipment to be used without relying on batteries.


However, that power must be delivered safely so award-winning innovative family camping brand, Outwell, has developedmains kits, sockets, leads and plugs with family safety as the clear priority, followed closely by convenience and versatility.


Outwell press release2Tent campers are serviced by the Mains 3way Roller Kit that comes in two versions. Both are CE Approved and built to IP44 that dictates dust and splash proof standards for plugs and sockets. They feature 15m 3G1.5 cable in a practical roll-up reel with three UK sockets, residual circuit device, circuit breaker and polarity warning light. The Mains 3way Roller Kit w. USB/light (pictured left) also adds two 5V/2100mA USB ports for recharging devices like mobile phones, and a built-in 74 LED light with a single LED night light.


A Conversion Lead (pictured right) provides a safe, simple way to bring electricity to a caravan orOutwell press release3 motorhome. It comprises 25m 3G1.5 cable with IP44 dust and splash proof plug and socket. Additional Conversion Lead Socket and Conversion Lead Plug provide handy adaptors where use dictates.


For further product information, including prices, and details of your nearest dealer visit




Press Release: Finally - a safer trampoline means a happier spring-time this year!

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As Springtime edges closer, the relief of getting children back outdoors to play washes over most parents. But for those families with trampolines in their garden this inevitably comes with the regular bump,Capital Play in-ground trampoline bruise, scratch (or worse!) in their enthusiasm to get back onto that much loved piece of play equipment. Well, this now looks set to change with the launch, this Spring, of the innovative Capital In-Ground Trampoline Kit.

This novel-looking trampoline kit is designed to be sunk into your lawn and sits flush with the ground, meaning no more accidents falling off their trampoline or through a net that someone has forgotten to zip up!

The kit comes with everything parents need from the heavy-duty trampoline frame, jump mat, springs and safety pads to the retaining wall. And all of this has been designed for families to set aside a DIY day and install themselves, as the unique design means minimal soil disposal.

All elements of this rather natty-looking trampoline have been created to the highest specification meaning not only is it safer than a traditional trampoline, it’s also going to last longer. It even claims to offer a better bounce as well as eliminating “pad-slap” noise that can occur with in-ground trampolines.

Parents love not having to look out over a clunky eye-sore of a trampoline dominating their garden as the green design blends into the lawn. Whilst kids love the fact that they’re no longer constrained to a small trampoline enclosure. Instead they can use the full breadth of the garden when bouncing, giving light to a whole host of new trampolining-games.

So, parents can breathe a sigh of relief at the prospect of not being called to the garden every time their toddler wants a hand on and off the trampoline, and the fact that this trampoline is so easily accessible means parents can always step on and have a little bounce themselves...when the neighbours aren't looking of course!

Covers and trampoline enclosure are also available from Capital Play.

Video of Alan Titchmarsh installing a Capital Play in-ground trampoline hereYoutube

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RRP starts from: £775


Press Release: GERONIMO! Brand new children's festival!

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Brand new to the festival scene for 2015 comes Geronimo, a long weekend of organised mayhem at one of England’s premier visitor attractions, Tatton Park in Cheshire.

Geronimo will make its debut over the May Bank Holiday weekend (Sat 23 – Mon 25 May) and is set to deliver an exciting programme of acts, amazing experiences and wonderful adventures, resulting in a fantastic family day out.

Festival Director Simon Goldman said: “As a father of seven, I know how hard it is to find quality days out that cater for the whole family.  With Geronimo, we’ve created a festival that’s going to keep the kids entertained all day long, and create memories that will last a lot longer.

“The lineup is jam-packed with 100s of things to see and do, and will offer families a rewarding experience through a combination of imagination, creativity and adventure, alongside a number of exciting live performances from some of the best-loved names in children’s entertainment.  It is important to me that Geronimo isn’t just another festival and that families leave feeling like they have experienced an amazing day out that they’ll be talking about for weeks and months afterwards.”


Making the most of the beautiful woodlands at Tatton Park, the Adrenaline Zone will challenge even the bravest adventurers with a high ropes course, tree climbing, den making and a thrilling zip line that will reach speeds of up to 60KPH!

For those who like things a little less fast paced there’s also plenty of storytelling and the chance to picnic with characters from Alice in Wonderland.

Geronimites are also invited to join a host of big names on the Geronostage. Already signed up to appear are Cbeebiesfavourite Mr. Bloom, who will be performing live twice a day.  CBeebies ‘I Can Cook’ presenter, Katy Ashworth, will also be making three live stage appearances daily, along with daily meet and greets. More live acts to be announced soon.


Creative kids can join in the many craft workshops in the Funky Junk Zone.  From cookie decorating to buggy makeovers, festival-goers are also invited to take part in Geronimo’s live art project throughout the weekend. Be prepared for a glitter overload!

Gasp in awe at the breathtaking aerial trapeze artists or laugh out loud at the clowns in the Circus Zone with regular shows taking place throughout the day. Fancy learning a skill or two? Head to the circus skills workshop and learn the tricks of the trade or catch the family classic Punch & Judy shows that will be taking place daily - That’s the way to do it! And keep your eyes peeled, you might spot a mini circus act roaming throughout the festival!

Other activity confirmed includes a pop-up petting farm, giant sandpits, camel rides, marvelous bubble shows and a super bouncy inflatable village in the 3ft & Under Zone.

For kids who love a dance the Groovy Zone offers great activities including zumba workshops, dressing up areas, dance classes with Baby Ballet and even Geronimo’s own disco – playing all the favourite party tunes!

Tatton Park is famous for its beautiful gardens and attractions, including the beautiful deer park, magical woodlands and a working farm. With good motorways links, extensive on site parking and just a half-mile walk from Knutsford railway station, Geronimo 2015 is accessible for all.

Geronimo is aimed at families with children aged between 2 and 12 years old.  Geronimo Early Bird tickets go on sale on February 2 priced £16pp, with family passes starting from £75. To purchase tickets and for more information visit or follow on facebook and Twitter.


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