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  1. Are you a fan of the Lancaster Bomber?

    Well, if you are, or you know of someone who is, there’s a programme on Channel 4 on Saturday 23 October 2021 at 7pm called The Lancaster Bomber at 80.

    Sir David Jason  explores the role of this incredible aircraft which had a key role to play in defeating Nazi Germany.

    After a turbulent start, when the plane was not liked at all by crews due to the number suffering engine failure, some changes were made to the aircraft.  For example, the wingspan was extended so that four engines could be accommodated.

    The factory where the planes were made were disguised to make the Luftwaffe think the factory was in fact farmland.

    The courage of these crews was just awe-inspiring.  The documentary explains that by the spring of 1944, they faced a near 1 in 10 chance of not coming home every time they took to the skies.

    They flew in the Battle of Berlin, which lasted for five months. 

    After the war, things were different – instead of dropping bombs, the crews were dropping food down to the Dutch.

    The programme talks to experts, enthusiasts and some of the veterans who actually flew in the Lancasters.   

    Flight Simulator Experiences – what is it like in a Lancaster Bomber?

    Get a feel for what it was like as a World War 2 bomber pilot

    If you want a feel for what a Lancaster Bomber is like, you could go for a Lancaster Bomber Flight Simulator experience.    Into the Blue offers one (at the time of writing in Sussex), and they also have simulator experiences with Spitfires, Messerschmidts, Battle of Britain simulator experiences, and Tornadoes at various locations in the UK.     

    Fly off to Into the Blue to see their range of flight simulator experiences

    Into the Blue also got planes that you may be more familiar with such as Airbus A320, Boeing 737s, light aircraft and helicopters.   Visit their full range of flight simulator experiences here.


    Sometimes you just want to bring colour into people’s lives for a period of time, something they can look forward to for a few months.  Perhaps they are housebound, or they find it difficult to get out, or they don’t have a garden in which to grow flowers.

    One option could be to give them a flower subscription and this is where Flying Flowers can come flying to your rescue!

    Give a 3 month flower subscription
    Give a 3 month flower subscription for £60.00

    Flying Flowers are based in Jersey, the beautiful island between England and France (but closer to France) which is famous for its cows. 

    Back in the 1980s, some holiday makers stopped sending postcards home – they began to send carnations instead.   As Flying Flowers called it, they sent “a burst of beauty by post!”

    And the good news is that they have flower subscriptions so that you can send a burst of beauty by post, one burst a month!

    Give a 6 month flower subscription
    Give a 6 month flower subscription for £115.00

    Flying Flowers have three different flower subscriptions, one for 3 months (£60.00), one for 6 months (£115.00) and one for 12 months (£225.00).

    Give a 12 month flower subscription
    Give a 12 month flower subscription for £225.00

    Flowers are delivered once a month, and the subscription bouquets use fresh, seasonal British flowers.  You can choose from a medium bouquet or a large bouquet.  Delivery is free. The flowers are delivered by the letterbox method so there’s no need to wait in!

    Fly off to Flying Flowers here!


  3. One of the great things about memberships is that they last for more than the initial opening of the present or envelope or email.  They keep on giving.

    And another present which keeps on giving pleasure and helps us all get organised is the annual calendar, diary or planner. 

    There's a calendar for everyone at the

    The range available now is absolutely staggering and to make life easier, you can find them all under one roof – the

    A planner can help you make the most of 2022

    Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or a gift for a loved one, or you want something to keep everybody organised in 2022, the CalendarClub will have it.   Their calendars for example cover an astonishing range – from animals to football, travel to transport, history and literature to entertainment.   They have calendars of all shapes and sizes – the slim calendar, the desk calendar, wall calendars and mini calendars.  They’ve got advent calendars and perpetual calendars.

    Garden lovers will have lots of choice too!

    It’s nice to have something on the wall or your desk that you enjoy looking at – something bright to cheer up a wall or make you smile every day.  And if you can have something with a theme you love, whether it’s animals or your favourite football team, so much the better!

    Now, they’ve also got an offer on until 11 October 2021!  Get 10% off when you buy 2 or more products (excludes postage).  T&Cs apply**

    Head off to the CalendarClub here and make the most of 2022


    • Get 10% off when you purchase 2 or more products (excludes postage). 
    • Sale items are not included in this promotional offer. 
    • No voucher is required. 
    • No discounts can be applied to pending or prior purchases. 
    • This promotion is set to expire on the 11th of October at 8:30am 


  4. Halloween is on the way and there’s plenty to keep everyone amused at English Heritage locations!

    There are lots of events.   Many properties will have a new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best selling Wizards of Once series.

    Many sites will be holding a new adventure quest inspired by Cressida Cowell’s series The Wizards of Once.
    Many sites will be holding a new adventure quest
    inspired by Cressida Cowell’s series The Wizards of Once.

    You can go on spooky woodland walks after dark(that’s for families, kids must be 5 to 12) and there are lots of events for families.  But there are also adults only evening events after dark enabling you to tour spooky historical places.

    There are gruesome tales to hear, creepy castles to visit including Berry Pomeroy castle, reputed to be one of the spookiest castles, after dark events (those are for 16+ only) with tales of ghosts and supernatural sightings and the horrors of history!

    Discover all about Halloween!

    But not only that, English Heritage has got lots of things to discover about Halloween at home such as the history of Halloween.  How did Halloween start? Why do we carve pumpkins?  How do you carve a Halloween turnip or make a spooky Halloween lantern? 

    Visit a creepy castle such as Berry Pomeroy!
    Visit a creepy castle such as Berry Pomeroy!

    Halloween activities to do at home


    You can make and decorate your own mask with their online guide.  There are Halloween recipes so get baking with a creepy theme!  And there's the English Heritage online shop, too, with lots to choose from if you’re looking for a gift for someone who adores Halloween or spooky stories or creepy histories!

    Get on your broomstick and fly off to English Heritage to find out more here!

    By the way, there's 15% off Gift and Annual Memberships if you use the code EH2021 - it's valid until 31 October 2021!  Join here or give a membership today!