I am A compulsive comper and spend most of my my day finding and entering competitions on the internet, Over the years I have won a few things but not a hell of a lot !
I must be be an optimist and will keep trying as one day I may win big, heres hoping
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Enter our competition to win an adrenalin-fuelled holiday for four with Kingswood
Forget costly flights and budget-stretching holidays this August as we’ve teamed up with Kingswood to offer you the chance to win a family adventure getaway in the UK, worth over £300.
Kingswood’s Family Adventure breaks are new family camps that allow parents to join their kids (aged 6+) on a challenging and adrenalin-fuelled two-night break in breathtaking surroundings in four locations around the UK. Now, kids big and small can experience a range of activities together – from zip wiring and archery to abseiling and water sports.
Each family adventure experience offers its own unique accommodation and can vary from eco pods to adventure lodges. Extra facilities include a communal yurt complete with a log fire to toast your marshmallows, providing an ideal chill-out area, plus adventures including water activities are also available on selected dates.
The winner and their family of four will choose a two-night break in one of four locations: Colomendy in North Wales, Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire, Isle of Wight and Overstrand Hall in Norfolk. The prize must be used by 28 August 2017.
We’ve teamed up with Alton Towers Resort to offer one lucky family of four the chance to stay in the brand newCBeebies Land Hotel. Opening in July, the hotel will be home to bedrooms featuring In the Night Garden, Octonauts, Postman Pat, as well as Swashbuckle and Something Special.
Guests can hunt for Pat’s parcels, count the jewels in the Swashbuckle room or stay in one of Mr Tumble’s starry bunk beds. There is also the chance to find the Pontipines around the In the Night Garden room, and sleep in the Octopod in a themed underwater experience with the Octonauts. Featuring interactive games and play items, each themed room is uniquely designed to give little ones a sleepover like no other.
With a jam-packed entertainment schedule featuring 14 hours of entertainment every day, the CBeebies Land Hotel will offer meet and greets with characters Bing and Postman Pat, a Swashbuckle game show and Andy’s Dinosaur Hunt in which children will help Andy follow the clues to find his missing prehistoric items. Guests can also join Bing in a live show and dance the night away with a CBeebies disco. As darkness falls, there will be the chance to take part in some stargazing with the CBeebies Land Hotel presenters before a restful night ready for an action-packed day in CBeebies Land.
The CBeebies Land Hotel will join the existing CBeebies Land at Alton Towers Resort, which will also be introducing new attractions for 2017. Featuring rides, attractions, live shows and meet and greets with characters from the hit channel, CBeebies Land is an interactive area for young children to learn and play.
Horseware, a market leader in innovative horse products which produces the world renowned Rambo rugs and ‘AA’ Italian-crafted ready-to-wear and custom equestrian clothing collections, are pleased to partner with Horse & Hound to offer one lucky winner the ultimate equestrian wardrobe for both horse and rider valued at £4,000.
This prize includes a complete Rambo wardrobe for your horse, plus a full therapy offering, Micklem bridle, cooler, exercise sheet and travel accessories.
For the rider there is a complete AA Italian-crafted competition outfit, including a hand-crafted in Italy AA competition jacket, and AA Platinum everyday equestrian wear, up for grabs.
Manchester’s only city-wide beer festival returns this summer, providing an unrivalled celebration of the nation’s favourite drink across 10 event-filled days.
Now entering its second year, Manchester Beer Week runs from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, July 2, and has secured the backing of the Co-op, which has agreed to become headline sponsor. Co-op will also play a role in creation of the festival’s official beer, which will then be made available in selected stores.
Manchester Beer Week’s first outing was a huge success, showcasing the best of beer through 94 events at 72 venues across Greater Manchester, including pubs, bars, breweries, restaurants and retailers.
And this year’s festival promises to be even better. The opening weekend will shine a light on independent producers with a brewery expo that will see many of the city centre brewers throw open their doors to the public for tours, tastings and talks.
Following on from this, Manchester Beer Week organisers will help to curate a series of unique events, designed to provide interesting beer-related experiences for experts and newcomers alike
If you are crowned the ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017, you win £10,000 cash and a wardrobe of specs to the value of £1,000. Plus two nights in London to attend the star-studded Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, a complete style makeover and a fabulous goody bag.
Spectacle Wearer of the Year raises vital funds for anti-bullying charity, Kidscape
Bullying and abuse can destroy childhoods and damage futures. Kidscape has been working for 30 years to keep children safe from harm and to give parents and professionals the knowledge and skills they need to ensure that every child is protected.
Kidscape was the first charity in the UK to tackle bullying and child sexual abuse and remains committed to its mission to support and protect children and help them to grow into happy, confident adults.
Amount raised for kidscape
Kidscape provides face-to-face support for children who are being bullied, working directly with them and their parents through free assertiveness training workshops. The charity also provides resources and training for schools and professionals working with young people. Every year, thousands of children learn how to stand up to bullies and can rebuild their lives with the help of strategies taught by Kidscape.
Kidscape was able to re-launch its Parent Advice Line in 2016, thanks to the support of the Spectacle Wearer of the Year campaign. This means that parents, carers or family members who are concerned about a young person have access to a free, confidential service.
For more information visit kidscape.org.uk or call 020 7730 3300. Registered charity number 326864.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described five cases of a rare form of pneumonia, a deadly immune deficiency disease which later became known as AIDS. In 2000, more than 40 million people worldwide were affected by it.
1968 Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated
The attacker, a 24-year old Palestinian, was disgruntled by Kennedy’s support for Israel. The brother of former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, died on the following day.
1967 The Six-Day War begins in the Middle East
Israeli forces launched a surprise attack against Egypt, prompting other Arab allies to enter the conflict. Egypt had previously blocked the Straits of Tiran to Israeli traffic and amassed its troops at the border between the two countries.
1956 Elvis Presley first performs “Hound Dog” live on TV
Presley’s suggestive hip movements during this performance earned him his nickname, “Elvis the Pelvis”. “Hound Dog” became his best-selling song with about 10 million sold copies.
1883 The first Orient Express leaves Paris
The legendary train journey from Paris to Istanbul featured in many works of popular culture, including Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express
Births On This Day – 5 June
1976 Ross Noble
English comedian, actor
1898 Federico García Lorca
Spanish poet, playwright, director
1883 John Maynard Keynes
1878 Pancho Villa
1660 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
Deaths On This Day – 5 June
2012 Ray Bradbury
2004 Ronald Reagan
American actor, politician, 40th President of the United States
If you can make it to Regent’s Park in London on Tuesday you could win a cycling trip to the Caribbean
Ahead of the inaugural Barbados Festival of Cycling this September, the event’s organisers are giving one cyclist the chance to win a free trip to the Caribbean. All you’ll need to do to be in with a shot at claiming the prize is get to the Inner Circle Café in Regent’s Park, London, on Tuesday 6th June at 8am sharp.
From those present the winner will be announced twenty minutes later at 8:20am. Even if you don’t win you can still console yourself with a free breakfast and a couple of laps around the capital’s favourite inner city training circuit.
Taking place on the island of Barbados between 4th and 9th September 2017, the five day festival concludes with a round-the-island sportive on the final day.
Setting off from the capital Bridgetown, its 112km route circles the whole island taking in many small coastal villages.
‘Presenting an unmatched opportunity to see the island from a viewpoint that only a handful before have experienced, the gold course will start in Bridgetown and will take competitors anti-clockwise around the perimeter of the whole island.
‘It will expose cyclists to dramatic coastal views of Cattlewash, the lush greenery of St John’s parish, and often-missed small towns and villages along the coast and inland,’ explained Barbados Tourism spokesperson, Cheryl Carter.
If that, or simply the prospect of a trip to Barbados, sounds appealing get down to Regent’s Park bright and early on Tuesday.
Evening Standard Contemporary Arts Prize in association with Hiscox: win £10,000
The Evening Standard Contemporary Art Prize in association with Hiscox, is a new competition open to London-based artists. The artist of the winning entry will receive £10,000, Hiscox Fine Art Insurance for a year and a lifetime Arts Pass.
The brief is simply “London” and we urge artists to turn to the city for inspiration.
You must be the artist of your entry piece and it cannot exceed 594 x 841 mm (23.4 x 33.1 in.)
To enter, send three images of your painting (in total not to exceed 14mb) via emailhere. Please submit only one piece of art. This is a painting competition.
Terms & Conditions: 18+. UK London-based residents only. Promotion closes at 23:59 on Sunday 24 September 2017. There is one prize of £10,000 in cash, a lifetime National Arts Pass and Hiscox Fine Art Insurance up to a maximum premium of £2,500 for one year (the artist must reside within the UK). One entry per person. Artwork must be hung on the wall or displayed on an easel. Art may not exceed 594 x 841 mm (23.4 x 33.1 in.). The winning entry will be the favourite entry selected by the judging panel from all valid entries received. Shortlisted entries will need to be sent for judging by 16 October, details will be provided to those shortlisted. By entering your entry automatically becomes content which may be used by The Evening Standard or Hiscox in future marketing. Shortlisted entries will be required to sign a waiver before their work can be displayed for final judging. Hiscox is solely responsible for the Fine Art Insurance prize. Winners should contact Hiscox with any issues over fulfilment. Usual promotion rules apply, see http://www.standard.co.uk/rules. For further information, please write to Customer Care, Evening Standard Limited, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8. Promoters: Evening Standard and Hiscox.
Robbie Williams is taking his Heavy Entertainment Show across the country this summer – and the tour kicks off right here in Manchester.
Robbie, who was a member of Manchester boyband-turned-manband Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012, will showcase songs from his 11th studio album The Heavy Entertainment Show, as well as dazzling fans with an array of hits from across his three decades-long career, which saw him become the UK’s best-selling British solo artist.
Thousands of fans will be descending on Manchester for the first of two huge open-air shows taking place this Friday June 2 and Saturday June 3.
If you include the record-breaking Progress Live with Take That (when he arrived on stage hanging upside down before launching into Let Me Entertain You, of course), this is going to be Stoke lad Robbie’s sixth stadium tour.
If you’re one of the lucky fans heading to the Etihad to see the Brit Award-winning Robbie, we’ve rounded up everything you could possibly need to know in one place to help you make it the best gig ever.
How do I get to the Etihad Stadium?
The Etihad is in East Manchester – not too far from the city centre but you probably won’t want to walk it there.
If you do decide to go on foot there’s a safe, well lit and signposted walking route available from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Follow the ‘City Link’ signs. It takes around 25 minutes to walk to the stadium from the city centre.
Otherwise, there’s a dedicated tram stop, Etihad Campus, right next to the stadium. Metrolink services run from the city centre to Etihad Campus and on towards Ashton. The journey time from Piccadilly is less than 10 minutes.
Tickets must be bought before travel, with an off peak return from the city centre priced at £3 for adults, £1.40 for children.
Check your journey details before travel at on the Metrolink website or follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter.
The Etihad has bars inside the stadium, although you’ll need to take cash as at some big gigs they don’t take card payments. There is a cash machine at the ground but the queues will be long so gig-goers are best advised to withdraw some money in the city centre.
Our tip for a pre-gig drink would be the Northern Quarter, at the Tariff Street/Stevenson Square end, nearest to Piccadilly so you’re not too far from the tram stop.
Here are a few of our top picks for food and drink in and around the area.
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza – Affordable, award-winning pizza with a good selection of craft beers and Italian wines – check out our review here (9 Cotton Street, Manchester, M4 5BF)
Cottonopolis – A stunning Japanese inspired menu and one of their cocktails has a glowing disco ball in it (16 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2AE)
Tariff and Dale – A cool and contemporary bar and restaurant serving up sourdough pizza and sausage rolls (2 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FN)
Port Street Beer House – A beer geek’s dream with one of the best craft ale selections in Manchester (39-41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ)
Common – Beers, gin and cake. What more could you want? (39 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW)
Who is the support act?
Robbie will be joined by the 80s synth supremos Erasure, who have a new album out called Would Be Gone. Who can resist absolute pop stonkers including Sometimes, Oh L’Amour, Chorus, Chains of Love, Always and Stop?
What are the stage times?
Stage times have yet to be officially confirmed but doors open at 5pm. We will update this page with more details as we have them so keep checking back as the gig approaches.
What will Robbie’s setlist be?
Here’s what we predict, based on Robbie’s most recent shows. He’s expected to air songs from The Heavy Entertainment Show so get ready to Party Like a Russian. And we think he might add his cover of Freedom 90 as a tribute to musical icon George Michael. And because he’s one for surprises, we’re hoping for a performance of Rudebox too.
Competition – “Win a voucher to sweep 1x chimney and a Carbon Monoxide Alarm value £85 with WILKINS CHIMNEY SWEEP”
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