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A gigantic, 5.5 metre, walking, roaring, sandy-red Triceratops has just become part of the already well established dinosaur family at Rentadinosaur in Bromley – joining Dexter the fabulous 4-metre, feathered T.rex, along with several cute baby dinosaurs, including the adorable and newly-hatched, Emily Brontosaurus, whose delightful dimples are winning everybody’s hearts.



The Triceratops has arrived just in time to celebrate the release of Jurassic World and has wowed the few people who have managed to get a sneaky glimpse of him. All will be revealed this coming weekend, when the Triceratops gets his first chance to roam and take part in one of Rentadinosaur’s popular interactive shows. He will be visiting the Odeon & Prezzo at the Millennium Leisure Park, Greenwich, Sat 9th June. The whole dinosaur family will be celebrating the Triceratops’ official launch and entertaining guests of all ages, at Brands Hatch American Speedfest, Sun 10th June, where the Triceratops will also be officially named. To enter the competition and suggest a name for the Triceratops, see Rentadinosaur’s Facebook page.

Rentadinosaur performs shows at festivals, gardens, cinemas and museums around the country and has become a popular feature at Brands Hatch, Whipsnade & London Zoos with BBC TV’s Andy Day, ITV’s Ninja Warrior, Santa Pod and Specsavers.

Based in Bromley, Greater London, Rentadinosaur has been performing for 3 years and is still expanding. Chris Coulson, founder, commented on the new arrival: “After a few months of working with our design engineers, we were so relieved to finally see the Triceratops. It’s even more incredible than we’d hoped. Just breath-taking!” Chris loves providing entertainment “with a bit of education slipped in when nobody’s looking!” Rentadinosaur is proud to be the only UK dinosaur company of its kind to be staffed by professional creature actors and puppeteers. Their skill can be seen in the showreel.


Kids Eat for £1 at Carluccio’s Bromley this Easter


Happy tummies make for happy mummies and daddies so, with the school holidays around the corner, Italian restaurant group Carluccio’s is spreading some cheer this Easter – kids’ meals are just £1 Monday to Friday from 30th March until 13th April.


Under 10s can enjoy a delicious main dish, dessert and a soft drink, all for just £1 with every adult main ordered. The kids’ menu features a choice of classic Italian family favourites including lasagne, creamy macaroni cheese, ravioli filled with ricotta and pine nuts or chicken Milanese served with rosemary roasted potatoes. Little ones can also create their own pasta dish with a choice of Carluccio’s tomato, pesto, or bolognaise sauces with spaghetti or ditaloni meaning ‘small thimbles’ due to its shape. To finish, bambinos can opt for a gelato or sorbetto in a variety of flavours.


Parents are looked after just as well with a menu packed full of authentic Italian dishes adhering to the late Antonio Carluccio’s food philosophy of ‘MOF MOF’ – minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour. As well as antipasti boards, freshly made pasta, small plates and grills, there’s a strong selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes.  And, whilst the kids are knee deep in Carluccio’s activity pack, there might be time for a sneaky glass of prosecco – it is the holidays after all!



Terms and conditions: 

  • One £1 kid’s menu is offered with each purchase of an adult main
  • Kids must be aged 10 years or under
  • Offer valid Mon- Fri between 12 noon until 5pm
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, including Carluccio’s Set Menus
  • Offer runs from 30th March – 13th April 2018
  • Participating Carluccio’s restaurants: Aberdeen, Bath, Birmingham, Brindley Place, Bishop’s Stortford, Bristol, Bromley, Bury St Edmunds, Canterbury, Chelmsford, Cheshire, Oaks, Chester, Cribbs Causeway, Dawson St, Derby, Earlsfield, Exeter, Fenwick, York, Glasgow, Glasthule, Gloucester Quays, Grand Central Birmingham, Gunwharf Quay, Hale, Harrogate, Leeds – Trinity, Leicester, Lincoln, Liverpool, Mermaid Quay Cardiff, Metro Centre, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Sheffield, Meadowhall, Shrewsbury, Silverburn, Spinningfields, St Albans, Swindon, Teddington, Trafford Centre, Tunbridge Wells, West Bridgford, Westfield, Woking, Worcester

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Bromley, Intu Shopping Centre, Bromley, BR1 1DN Tel: 020 8313 1543

According to many, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. This may be true, but, thanks to Carluccio’s there is now such a thing as a free breakfast.

On Saturday 31st March, turn up before 11am at any Carluccio’s wearing your dressing gown and receive a free breakfast. This incredible introduction to the Italian restaurant group’s new breakfast menu is guaranteed to make you rise and shine; but set those alarms as once the restaurant is full, it’s full. As the saying goes it’s the early bird that gets…. well, in this case, the pancetta and panettone.

Follow the lead-up and the action on the day with the hashtag #BreakfastInYourPJs on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 Carluccio’s new breakfast dishes include an extended Magnifica range of cooked breakfasts, with vegetarian and vegan options. The veggie Magnifica is a plate laden with eggs, courgette fritters, sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes and toasted ciabatta, whilst the vegan Magifica features baked borlotti beans, summer squash, tomatoes, spinach and toasted ciabatta. Plus of course the Magnifica Tradizionale: eggs with grilled smoky pancetta, sausage, sautéed mushrooms, tomato and toasted ciabatta.

Injecting a burst of Italian flavour to your meal, Eggs Diavlo – fried eggs with tomato, spicy ‘nduja, parmigano reggiano and toasted ciabatta – will add a kick to your morning whilst French toast is given an Italian touch by using panettone, ricotta & yoghurt, berries, honey and cinnamon. New cold press juices have also been introduced; a fresh mix of apple, spinach, kale and lemon or opt for carrot, orange, apple and turmeric.

The offer applies until 11am on Saturday 31st March only and will be available at all restaurants nationwide. Roll out of bed, pull on your dressing gown and find your local Carluccio’s here:

Terms and conditions:

  • One free breakfast dish for each customer wearing a dressing gown
  • First come first served, subject to availability
  • Available Saturday 31st March until 11am only. Opening times vary, please check your local restaurant at
  • Available at all UK Carluccio’s restaurants



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Bromley, Intu Shopping Centre, Bromley, BR1 1DN Tel: 020 8313 1543


There is nothing more egg-citing than the adrenaline-fuelled, Cirque Berserk (Wed 28 March – Mon 2 April) who are kick starting our egg-ceptional spring shows with their Easter egg-travaganza. From limboing under a bar of fire to the world’s most dangerous circus act – the legendary motorcycle Globe of Death, Zippos Cirque Berserk promises a danger-filled spectacle.

With breath-taking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals, this high-energy show, The Little Mix Experience (Mon 9 April) is back with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits including DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Love Me Like You Do, Secret Love Song and many, many more.

My First Ballet: Swan Lake (Sat 14 & Sun 15 April) – Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of all time, in this beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards.

For the new kids on the block (6months+), see the iconic, world famous Teletubbies (Sat 28 & Sun 29 April) in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones. Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-Noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them.  Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs.

From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’, Awful Auntie (Thu 24 – Sun 27 May). Expect an amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost!

Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this hit musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure, What The Ladybird Heard (Tue 19 & Wed 20 June). Direct from the West End with live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs!


Musical performances, sketches, celebrity guests and more at The O2


The Muppets announce their most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational, full-length live show for the first time ever in Europe!

Inspired by their hit 1980s variety TV show The Muppet Show, this magical event will be headlined by Kermit The Frog, leading an all-star cast of pigs, bears and whatevers in….

The Muppets Take The O2

Live on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July, The Muppets will be lighting up The O2 for 2 evenings and 1 matinee, so everyone can share in the mayhem, the music and laughter of a one-of-a-kind live Muppet performance!

Tickets go on sale on 9am on Wednesday February 28th HERE

Following a hugely successful trio of sell-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl last year, this exclusive European show is the first time The Muppets have ever performed their full live extravaganza outside of the USA. The O2 will become a place where Muppets and humans can come together to share a special connection.

“We’re thrilled to bring this first time ever live performance to all our fans in the UK,” says Kermit, “There’ll be music, comedy, incredible surprises, plus total and complete chaos. In other words: It’s the Muppets! Yaaaay!

“We’ve wanted to do a show like this for a long time, and now—after finally getting all Miss Piggy’s luggage through customs — we have the chance to appear live at The O2 arena!”

Miss Piggy adds, “I can’t wait to be there to entertain, astonish, dazzle and otherwise gobsmack all moi’s fabulous fans! Wear socks, sweetie, cause I’m gonna knock ‘em off. I will amaze everyone with this first-ever live performance….and, of course, for the official renaming of ‘The MOI 2’ arena.”

Long time Muppet watchers and critics, Statler & Waldorf also have a view:
STATLER: “This is gonna be the ultimate ‘Don’t Miss It’ event….”
WALDORF: “Yeah, if you don’t go to it, you won’t miss it.”

Kermit and the ultimate diva herself – Miss Piggy will be joined by very special celebrity guests for musical performances, sketches and more. Highlights of the show include the fabulous Miss Piggy in a show-stopping musical extravaganza, a rocking musical jam by The Muppets’ legendary house band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, with legendary drummer Animal. Plus the debut of all-new original chapters of those classic Muppet Show sketches – Pigs in Space, Veterinarian’s Hospital and Muppet Labs and many, many more extraordinary surprises.

To celebrate this special weekend of Muppet fun, The O2 will be rolling out the green carpet for Muppet movies, street food, live music, best costume competitions and a whole host of celebrations for Piggy, Kermit and the gang.

Since 1965, Kermit the Frog and The Muppets have been entertaining the world. In movies, on television, on the internet, and now live on stage, The Muppets have done just what they set out to do: sing, dance and make people happy.

Under the often times steady, but frequently frantic leadership of Kermit the Frog, The Muppets have made eight theatrical motion pictures, countless television specials and appearances and, of course, that international mahna-mahna…. excuse us, we mean “phenomena”….The Muppet Show.

With a cast of characters headlined by the inimitable, yet exasperating Miss Piggy, the hilarious Fozzie Bear, the inexplicable Great Gonzo and the extremely-loud Animal, The Muppets remain as beloved and befuddling entertaining as ever. So, please stop reading this — because if you’re here then you probably already know all this stuff – and join the aforementioned entertainers – plus Sam Eagle, The Swedish Chef, Pepé the King Prawn, Lew Zealand, Rowlf and so many more! It’s time to get things started. This is what we call The Muppets Take The O2.

And while this is the first ever live show for The Muppets in London, they are honorary citizens of the UK’s capital….
• The Muppet Show – their original 1976 TV show – was filmed at Elstree Studios, London
• In their second feature film The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Muppets must travel to London to stop a jewel heist…..
• In 1992, their fourth film, The Muppet Christmas Carol, was an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic book and is based in London. This film starred possibly one of London’s most famous sons – Sir Michael Caine
• Jim Henson’s Creature Shop which created some of world’s most memorable characters and was a fundamental part of films like The Muppet Christmas Carol was based in Hampstead and then Camden in North London until 2005
• Muppets Most Wanted, their most recent film starring Ricky Gervais, ends with a heist at the Tower of London. London was also the backdrop to much of the film with buildings like Holborn’s Freemasons’ Hall doubling as a Spanish art gallery

The U9 A-team are to be congratulated on achieving a very impressive second place, winning silver medals and qualifying for the EPSCA semi-finals in May.

With flourishing chess clubs at school, we are delighted that 17 Bromley High Junior School girls took part in the English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) zonal competition that was held on 3rd February 2018 at Eltham College.

All teams played well against strong competition from local schools and the U9 A-team of Sophia, Rhea, Phoebe, Anjola, Alina and team captain Roxolana are to be congratulated on achieving a very impressive second place, winning silver medals and qualifying for the EPSCA semi-finals in May.

The show which is currently touring the UK, is an exciting new adaptation based on the 1894 classic book by Rudyard Kipling and will run for five days (28 February – 4 March, including World Book Day on 1 March) at Churchill Theatre.


The Jungle Book will come to life in this colourful new show featuring 12 brand new songs, memorable characters and brilliant storytelling which promises a modern, playful and upbeat production. A wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, featuring Mowgli the man cub who battles for survival in this heart-warming coming of age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle.


We caught up with two of the cast members who live in Kent; Chipo Kureya and TJ Holmes who both play wolves and monkeys in this 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval) spectacular.


How is the tour going so far?

Chipo: The tour is going really well, it is really exciting and a lot of fun.

TJ: There is a great buzz, we’re like a family and the audiences give us a lot of energy.


What has been the most memorable moment so far?

TJ: For me it is the lovely music by Joe Stigoe, he’s written a fantastic score. The music is quite jazzy and joyful but quite moving at times. It is very different to the Disney version of The Jungle Book.

Chipo: We have changed the ending since being on tour, as we now go into the crowd. The audience are already loving the music but the ending really is high energy and quite dramatic.


Tell us a bit about the production…

Chipo: It is a lovely heart-warming piece of work about belonging yet very colourful and dynamic.

TJ: It is very different to the Disney version – the music is different but there is still lots of singing and dancing.


Tell us about your characters…

Chipo: We both play a wolf and a monkey, so one minute we are standing like a monkey, the next we are on all fours to represent the movement of a wolf.

TJ: Singing and dancing as a wolf while carrying a double bass is quite a challenge!


How do you get into character?

TJ: We watched lots of videos and did some excellent movement work with our chorographer. The wolves are played on all fours throughout.

Chipo: Our chorographer was great and we watched lots of videos of the animals. Rehearsals really prepared us for the quick turnaround. I’m used to it, when I was in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I went on stage in crowd scenes every night but I was also the understudy and played 16 different characters during my time there – you have to be ready for anything.


Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

Chipo: We gather in a circle, clock eyes and do both vocal and physical warm ups.

TJ: We sometimes play a game to bounce off each other too. Some actors like to take themselves away and get into the zone but I definitely like a sense of fun.


How long have you been acting?

TJ: This is my 18th year. The first character I ever played was a cat in a show at primary school and then I went on to play Mr Toad in Toad of Toad Hall and it has gone from there. It hasn’t always been easy and I have done other jobs including an English and Drama teacher – hats off to teachers, it can be hard, but I feel lucky.

Chipo: I have been acting forever. I remember watching musicals as a child – I loved The King & I which I watched again and again with my grandad and me and my sisters used to always sing The Little Mermaid around the house. Then I started going for auditions – I remember my mum driving me to Welling for my first audition for Bugsy Malone. I wore a purple velvet dress and sung Bugsy songs. I got the part.


Are you looking forward to playing at Churchill Theatre?

Chipo: I can’t wait. I’ve seen panto there before and can’t wait to be on stage. Bromley was my coming of age – as a teenager growing up in Wrotham, I remember Bromley being the first place my mum allowed me to travel to on my own with friends.

TJ: I have been to Bromley but I have never been to the theatre. I can’t wait!!


This unforgettable musical adventure, The Jungle Book is brought to you by the team behind Goodnight Mister Tom and Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild. Adapted by the Olivier award winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), featuring live music on stage created by Joe Stilgoe and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic).


The Jungle Book is one of 25 productions that will be taking place at Churchill Theatre in March 2018.


The Jungle Book

Wednesday 28 February – Sunday 5 March




Price range: £18.50 – £27.50

Concessions: £2.00 off Wed & Thu

Under 18s: £4.00 off

Family Tickets – 4 tickets (must include 1 child & 1 adult): £73.00 Wed & Thu

Schools: £14.50 & 11th ticket free Wed – Fri

Churchill Friends & Sidekick: Two Tickets For The Price Of One Wed, £2.00 off Thu – Sun


Book now


Call our Box Office on 020 3285 6000 or visit our website

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  • Zookeeper at Chessington World of Adventures Resort creates first selfie stick for snapping shots with giraffe
  •  The ’Self-ari Stick’ allows you to get the perfect angle for a picture with one of the Zoo’s Rothschild’s (Nubian) Giraffes

Wednesday 5th July 2017 – A Zookeeper at Chessington World of Adventures Resort has created the first ever selfie stick for pictures with giraffe.

Dubbed the ‘Self-ari Stick’, it will allow guests to the Resort to snap the perfect shot, meaning it’s goodbye to height difficulties and poor angles and hello to memorable pictures with Moja standing at 16.5ft, Tonda and Kito both at 15ft, Napoli at 13.5 ft and Oscar at 11.5ft.

Becky Apperley-Gawn the Zookeeper who created the ‘Self-ari Stick’ at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said: “When guests meet our giraffe it’s incredible to watch – adults and children alike stand in awe. Educating guests on the animals we look after is a huge part of what we do. With approximately only 1,500 Rothschild’s (Nubian) Giraffes left in the wild, raising awareness for this now vulnerable mammal is massively important to us.

“With the introduction of the ‘Self-ari Stick’, we’re able to ensure guests have the perfect picture to take away and hopefully remember the giraffes’ fight against ‘silent extinction’.”

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A Chislehurst man who has spent a career training firemen to drive fork lift trucks and fire engines, has today achieved a life-long dream of working with animals, by launching his very own pet care business, Petpals Chislehurst.


Father of two Ray Hipwell (57), has left behind a life delivering driver training to the London Fire Brigade, to start up his new business offering a full range of pet care services to people across Chislehurst, Mottingham, Petts Wood, Bickley and the surrounding areas.


Ray is married to Sandra (49), a qualified accountant who when her own career allows, will be involved in the pet care and will also be assisting Ray with the financial side of the business.


Ray said,


‘This really is a dream come true; as a family we’ve always had cats and dogs and despite thoroughly enjoying my career as a driver trainer, playing with ‘big boys toys’ like fire engines and fork lift trucks every day,  I’ve always wanted to work with animals, so I’m delighted to be launching this new business and providing a first class pet care service to owners across the area.


He continued,


‘Like me, Britain is a country of animal lovers but sometimes, for whatever reason, we need a hand looking after them and that’s where I’ll step in with Petpals Chislehurst. Whether people need me to walk their dog regularly or pop in and feed their cat because they’re at work or on holiday, I’ll be on hand to look after their pets, with all the care and attention I would give my own.


Ray will be offering dog walking and dog boarding, visiting cats in their own homes and visiting and boarding small animals (hutched and caged animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs etc). Ray will also be offering a pet taxi service and pet to vet service along with puppy and mature dog sitting, plus residential house-sitting for those who prefer their animals to stay in their own home while they are away.


Says Ray,


‘This is such an exciting time for me and for the whole family; I’m thoroughly looking forward to being my own boss, meeting some fantastic pets and getting out and about in our beautiful North Kent countryside every day. Look out for me in my van around town!’


If you would like to talk to Ray about any of his pet care services please call him on 07734 746795, email him, [email protected] or visit his website