Children go free in fancy dress for Halloween 2016….now that always sounds good when free means Free. I’m sure there is lots to spend your money on when you get there

This could be a brilliant offer for anybody who’s got young children and lives in the south of the UK.

Basically if your children are dressed up in Halloweencapture2 fancy dress then there is free admission to Monkey World one of the best attractions along the south coast here is the link to the Monkey World website if you want to verify this and I found this link on h u k d have a great Halloween and remember it’s all about having fun

 

Here are the T’s & C’s from the monkey world website at this link 

 

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Just an Amazing ” freebie ” day out – Hastings Pirate day 2016

Firstly , I admit to having taken this from the web ( my own blog infact ) so is that allowed , who knows Not to sure if I should use the text above for this  as it’s really a review of  what has been a great  year  ( band wise  )  and  there are still events to come this year .

I have the pleasure of performing with  Celebration Samba, a band based in   West Sussex . The band has been around for a while  and  it seems to get better  every year . The reason for the blog is an event that  being in the band Takes me to  each year, a great day for Families, Adults, Children,mums and dads alike .

Its my involvement with the band that has taken me to so many places, dressed me up in fancy dress, made me smile, and  really enjoy something that other people seem to enjoy me doing .

Hastings Pirate Day 2016 on Sunday 17th July 2016

There is just so much going on, and its only if you tell people about these things that the word gets out

So why blog about it, well, the band has shown me that  it’s not just the ” big & shiny ” events that are fun, Dressing up. and playing & performing  can be good & its so much fun.Last  year has also seen oldmanleslie, don his pirate  wig, use his best AAAAARRRRRRR

Before I get picked up saying the event is Free, you will have to pay to get there, you may have to buy  food / drink etc, and you may need to get parking and things for your children.

So I guess the main point of the blog, is that  if like me you are at a carnival procession ( big or small)and you see something that looks like fun, it’s always  good to ask, because speaking from experience, if I hadn’t asked, I wouldn’t have found out about celebration samba,and I couldn’t have told you about all the wonderful  free to attend events going on in this part of the world

If you fancy Joining the band, have a look at their www and see if you can get along to rehearsals , full details and a Little history  are here and if you think it’s just ” 40 somethings like oldmanleslie “. no we have all ages  in the band.and its NOT  always about piracy.Mums, dads,grannies,granddads,father & sons, Generally people just having a good time entertaining people

For the blog,  my involvement with  the band
has cost me to buy kit and rehearse, however it has shown me that there  are so many carnivals and free events that are typically  English around the country, its still a good  ( and noisy if you are drumming ) place to be.

“see you at the pirate day , be sure to come and say HI “

so we kind of hit the big time ……….

Its been such a long time since my last blog, hope I can remember how to Blog. So i sign in to my blog, and i see that word press has changed, it looks a lot easier,

Maybe I can get back to blogging, I guess only time will tell,any how, things are good in the oldmanleslie house, I still haven’t found better coffee any where than here IMAG0783

I have tried to cut down on the junk food, so no more bad service from KFC or subway  I guess that’s one way to ensure you don’t get bad service , to stop using something

Still Proud of my family and the way they make me smile ,Still working for the same company   and still drumming withsamba guy www.celebrationsamba.co.uk/ and looking  forward to a Busy  summer……

Oh by the way , did i mention that  This  Sunday coming, Worthings Samba Band  are playing  and leading a procession into the Amex Stadium In Brightonamex-stadium-1 (1). to and audience  of 10000+ people. All out to support something in support of a new bishop. you can find details  from #festival50 on the usual channels .

So why do i choose to blog this . Simply for the reason that if you see something that you think looks good, try it , do it because you enjoy it , and do it to the best ofestival-50-landscape-finalf your ability …. I had no idea that when i heard a  little samba band at my local carnival  2 + years ago that i would one day be playing with them  to 10000+ people , least of all looking forward to it

A Great Free event -2 of 3 ( UK Family Based ) – Glastonbury Illuminated carnival

So as we approach ChristmasIMG_20141115_203501593_HDR  and all the  usual costs  it brings, I just thought I would let you know about 3  freebies  that  me and the ” oldmanleslie Clan ”  found  this autumn. events  that  are free to attend, some small, some absolutely huge . all good fun, all based in the south

This blog is about the  ” HUGE EVENT ” , possibly one of the largest free events in the UK

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it’s an event that  the Carnival clubs in the area  have been  doing  for many years and I have to say , they are pretty good at it

This is held, as the name suggests in Glastonbury  ( Somerset ) and forms part of the  group of Carnival Clubs  in the area that operate a ” circuit ” during the autumn , they come together in Glastonbury for the season Finale

It’s a great  event, with music, Thousands IMG_20141115_201102096and thousands of lights  and all the great  independent shops of Glastonbury ,  and all the usual  fair rides  etc ( these Charge ) there should be a load of pictures available

There are organisations parading that  are collecting for all sorts of charities ,  I guess  the only problem with trying to Blog about how good something thatIMG_20141115_214218968_HDR is such a sensory  overload, is that  the pictures just don’t do it justice
Any way, it’s a free to attend event, it’s a great  night  out for families, so I thought I would  pass it on , as always there is a Facebook page that you can like , so you  know when next years event will be . also there are the links on the FB to the various  videos etc

 

This is the second year we have been, as last years was good ( heres the review )  we didn’t think it could get any more fun ………..But it did

A Great Free event -1 of 3 ( UK Family Based ) – Edenbridge Bonfire Society

So as we approach Christmas  and all the  usual costs  it brings, I just thought I would let you know about 3  freebies  that  me and the ” oldmanleslie Clan ”  found  this autumn. events  that  are free to attend, some small, some absolutely huge . all good fun, all based in the south

The first of these is the  Edenbridge  Bonfire Society  Annual  event.

A link to their page is here   15749064252_ea220e6e34_m

It’s an event that  the society have been  doing  since the 1930’s  and I have to say , they are pretty good at it

This is held, as the name suggests in Edenbridge  ( Kent ) and forms part of the  group of Bonfire society’s in the area

It’s a great  event, with music, Fire procession,  and all the usual  fair rides  etc ( these Charge ) there should be a load of pictures available  via Flickr Here  I have just taken a couple of examples15745556811_d8ce6a0f9c_z

There are organisations parading that  are collecting for all sorts of charities , the  society involves School children , mums,dads,families &  visitors ( as we were ) are made to feel very welcome , I guess  the only problem with trying to Blog about how good something that is such a sensory  overload, is that  the pictures just don’t do it justice

15561484099_05ddd6e7c9_zAny way, it’s a free to attend event, it’s a great  night  out for families, so I thought I would  pass it on , as always there is a Facebook page that you can like , so you  know when next years event will be . also there are the links on the FB to the various  videos etc

 

Free microsoft office software

As found on the back of the hot uk deals website this could be a nice link to get downloadable versions of microsoft software

Drop this into your browser or please use the link below youtube

http://m.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-ms-microsoft-office-with-desktop-icons-word-excel-powerpoint-2035914

http://m.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-ms-microsoft-office-with-desktop-icons-word-excel-powerpoint-2035914

It could be dependent upon your operating system but it’s always worth a look

Please don’t forget to credit the original poster

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What a great thing to do in the school holidays

Halfords are offering child school holiday bike workshops for children my sons did one of these during the summer holidays and another 1 today they are absolutely brilliant

They really teach kids what to do with their bikes .mums and dads have to stay with the child in the store workshop last 1 hour and as I say it’s really helpful for the kids pop into your local store and see if they are doing them i know that my boy and really enjoyed it  IMG_20141029_115011612

The kids also get a goody bag with a few nice bits in, and for each session, a certificate IMG_20141030_164250015

I guess this give them a good feeling of achievement. so that can’t be a bad thing

Our local store was Bognor regis for the initial invitation that i got was from halfords head office via hot uk dealsIMG_20141029_120557778

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Driving Theory test Practice – cos we can all do with a refresher from time to time

So once again, Autumn nights, winter just around the corner. Driving at night, sleet, snow, and frost, all the things that really should keep you off the road …….

Me, I was lucky enough to get a refresher session with a great driving instructor last year , even though I thought I knew it all , a few hours with  Wendy Wiseman  showed me how wrong  I was , i’m sure if you contact Wendy via her FB page  she will be able to advise you  mirror

But road safety I take  to heart, so I was pleased to find on the back of the HUKD  site  the following   which can only help , and I guess if it saves one accident then that’s good

http://www.gov.uk/practise-your-driving-theory-test

Happy & safe  driving

 

Free “crafty stuff for Kids ” but watch out and make sure you cancel what you dont want

Never sure about these  offers, If you remember to cancel then yes, you get a freebie, if you decide to keep going , or forget to cancel, they can cost you a lot of money

toucanBox

Free Toucan kids craft box - get your first taster box for free.Please beware . however Toucan Box are offering a selection of Craft items via their  www

the link is here   or drop   https://secure.toucanbox.com/account/box/new?coupon_code=FBF14K&plan=one_craft   into your browser

I found this on the HUKD  website  where there is positive feedback for the offer ,

Please remember to credit the person that originally listed this

 

 

 

what a great part , of a great holiday

Clan ” oldmanleslie” like to have time away as a family, and whilst the boys still appreciate it  and seem to enjoy it , it does get harder to find something that we can all do together. This is because there is  an 8 year gap  between ” the boys ”

This year , for a  cheap holiday  in august, we decided to go back to Dubai . we  have been before , we know what to expect. we stayed at the  “Zabeel Saray ” …there are other blogs  here about the holiday .

 

The one is specifically about  ” the spa ” as i think its worth shouting about.

Usually a spa is a bout  ” me time ” for relaxing , however in the case of the that’s not strictly true, it was ” me time ” for me and my  Number 01 son. who was old enough to come in with me we were staying at he Jumeriah Zabeel saray.We discovered that the spa was actually part of the hotel, it was excellent. The facilities here are excellent, there are just the perfect amount of staff to be helpful yet not intrusive . all the usual pools, relaxations, steam. saunas etc etc. and then for us, the best feature. a snow room for use after a sauna.

No fee for hotels guests for the main facilities and it seemed to be open every time we wanted it

separate facilities for males / females of course, so i cant comment on the ladies facilities

We found that the spa was just right as an escape from the august sunshine, and also a perfect way to relax a little after a hard day touring the beautiful city of Dubai. and provided  all we needed for a great bit of ” father son Bonding ”

 

Please excuse using ” web photos” obviously no cameras allowed  in the spa  & i have listed this in freebies-that-i-have-found as its complementary  for hotel guests

One for the UK Kids this summer , a little freebie i found , cos its all about the sharing

http://www.hotukdeals.com  Halfords | Bikes | Sat Navs | DAB Radios | Car Seats | Car Maintenance are providing a link to  some free workshops that Halfords are running  over the summer hols

The offer is via the halfords website, and i guess numbers are limited, but i just managed to get the ” little est oldmanleslie ” on one so it may  be well worth a look 

kids bike club

 

From the halfords site, they describe it as  …….

” This Summer we’re holding free bike workshops to show 7 to 11 year olds the basics of things to check on their bike.

Spaces are limited so click on the button to book your place

Halfords will be running a free bike workshop to show 7 to 11 year olds basic bike maintenance such as how to fix a puncture, how to put a chain back on, how to adjust a saddle and basic bike safety.”

Good luck if you choose to have a go.

 

 

Free UK cooking lessons for kids in the summer hols

On the back of the hukd site

http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-cookery-course-for-children-tesco-1940540

UK based,during the summer hols.check the site for local availability

Happy cooking….

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A great resource for Historic Pictures…..

Found on the back of the HUKD  site ,
and  claiming to be free to download & print. so  you can use them  if you need to  a whole load of classic posters from way back when

Classic Images that you may have forgotten about, Films,brands,movies,places, just a whole bank of good old memories


the website is here 

I hope you find something that you like on here, May be for a history project, school homework,art project,or for whatever you need one for

My personal favourite is the creature from the black lagoon, i guess that says more about me than the site

Free sweeties ( UK ) by voucher

so Mine were made on a funny planet from the tears  of a dragon thingy………..

Not an expression i thought i would ever use, but from  http://www.juicytheories.com/  a few clicks and a voucher for free sweeties is yours for the taking

Im not sure if this is limited, UK only  or if there are other T’s&c’s

 

Good luck

a freebie for dads, cos its fathers day soon

Don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on 15th June – and Asda have  got some great gift ideas from fun novelty products and DVDs, to fantastic experience gifts. You can also take advantage of our personalised products – where you can get great family photos printed on a range of products.

Take your  kids into store on 7th June to get great offers and a free printed photo – which will make a special Father’s Day gift.

If your dad or partner is a super dad show him he’s your hero with our fun “SuperDad” personalised photo back drops and capes. Simply get a cute photo of the kids on your phone, then take your phone to the photo centre or the instant print photo machine, to get your free printed photo.

Asda  be offering 50% off personalised key rings at the photo centre, and the kids can take home free colour-in comic books that will also hold your printed photo.

Head to selected Asda stores with a photo centre or instant print photo machine on 7th June between 10am and 4pm to take part.
Store’s list here http://your.asda.com/news-and-blogs/father-s-day-store-list

Found on the WWW  on the asda Site   Its up to you to check your local store is doing this and that their facilities for printing are working 

Free tickets to get your photograph taken with the World Cup

We all like a chance of a freebie and it seems that  Coca Cola are offering another  freebie in the UK

The excitement starts here for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™! Coca-Cola is exclusively bringing you the chance to see the iconic trophy in person, and have your photo taken.

Get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at these locations: 

Friday 14 March: Westfield, London (10am-9pm)

Saturday 15 March: George Square, Glasgow (10.30am-6.30pm)

Sunday 16 March: The Hayes, Cardiff (10am-6pm)

Monday 17 March: Outside Asda Eastlands Supercentre, Manchester (10am-6pm)

Join the festivities and enjoy a free sample of Coca-Cola, challenge your footie skills, and loads more fun activities!

Plus, you can register for tickets to the trophy viewing room, where you can see the trophy up close and have your unique photo taken with it.

There are limited tickets available, so register now!

More free LEGO …great for kids if you can get there in time

What a great offer for  ages 6-14 – go into your nearest official Lego store on the first Thursday of every month between 4-6pm to take part in the Lego Mini Build.

http://shop.lego.com/en-GB/MiniBuilds   

Stock is limited to 200-300 models per store (depending on size and location), and its first come, first served. The Staff will show your kids how to make the model worth around £5 . Once it’s been made the kids can take it home for free.

The models are different each month. Feb to April listed in comments.

I guess you can design something at home, then possibly build it in store

Participating stores include: Blue water, Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester Arndale, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Sheffield Meadowhall, Watford and both London Westfield centres.

There may be stores in other countries doing this,  have a look  and  in the top corner is a ” change region ” button

Good Luck  & Happy Building

“Build” Anything you can for Free with Lego,

 www.buildwithchrome.com/

What a brilliant one  this is, 2 of the biggest brands on the planet teaming  up to give kids something to do for free, I guess the idea is that you design it, then go to the nearest Lego store   and buy the bricks you need to build it ” real world” 

 

Lego and Google  have teamed up  

 

And the result is www.buildwithchrome.com/

 

A brilliant interactive platform  where you can even see if some one near you has built  something, I can see that there is a cost involved until you try to buy  the Lego

 

Get kids thinking about spaceships, aliens , rockets and the like …..

What a great thing to inspire kids imaginations

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and The Planetary Society invite you to submit your name for a round-trip ride to asteroid Bennu. Your name will hitch a ride to the asteroid, spend 500 days there, and return in the Sample Return Capsule to Earth in 2023.

Plus your name will be on the spacecraft, which will remain in space long after returning the sample return capsule to Earth.

Nothing to lose and it’s an awesome thing to do!

You can also print off a Certificate to show your kids

Full details at  http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/january/nasa-invites-public-to-send-names-on-an-asteroid-mission-and-beyond/#.UtupbxBFDcs

OSIRIS-REx artist concept

Free Stuff for Kids . always a good place to start

Crayola  found on the back of the Crayola site, Could be just what you need for a damp day, some traditional fun for children .  http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/ just download them and print them.

I searched ” car ” and there were pages of choices,

There are themes that include  Disney,educational,parent choices, dogs,cats, all sorts of things for kids,flags,science & geography.

Note that it is a .com so its USA themed & i have a sample taken from the site below

Human Organs coloring page

Hope you enjoy it

Freebies are always good ….

Could be just the thing for  just about any  one really,

Mums, dads, Kiddies, Homes, shops, Parents…..

A free sample of wipes  open to UK residents

http://www.sandywipes.com/offers/promotions/sample/gbie/

From the good people at

 

On their web , they claim ” our signature disinfectant wipe that cleans just about every surface in your home, killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria with a streak and residue-free shine.”

I will let you know how good they are  when mine turn up

Free Lego Toys & a nice afternoon out …

Im not sure if this is UK or Global, but found on the back of the HUKD  site

http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/lego-store-free-monthly-mini-model-build-4-6pm-2nd-january-2014-snow-plow-1771992

Could be just the thing if you are out doing a last bit of Sale shopping , I guess its  for Mums, Dads, Grannies & Grand dads and any one else that has picked up a piece of Lego

https://i2.wp.com/cache.lego.com/r/club/-/media/club/markets/us/events/brand%20retail/mini%20model%20build/snowplow_300.jpg

There is a full list of stores at  http://stores.lego.com/en-gb/stores/  It might be worth a call to the store as i guess this is going to be popular

Learn to build this mini model and take it home for FREE!

Thursday, 2nd January 2014

16:00 – 18:00https://i2.wp.com/cache.lego.com/r/club/-/media/club/markets/us/events/brand%20retail/mini%20model%20build/snowplow_300.jpg

Ages 6-14. Ask in store for details.

 

LEGO logo

LEGO logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

For those that see this, Please re blog it Far and wide its for Charity awareness

Littlehampton

This Is  the blog of the charity that i  support  in the UK . they really need awareness increasing and  support for the great work they do in Littlehampton.

http://littlehamptonshopmobility.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/comments-about-us/

If you can, please  link to it, Facebook it, tweet it and do all you can to get the word out there

& if you are in this part of the world, go and see them. they make being helped very easy

Thanks