Is it acceptable to begin counting down the days to Christmas now that we’re in September?
Some may feel that it’s still a little too early, but for those who are ready and raring to go, you can now begin the all-important countdown to the festive season with an exciting new PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar.
This brand new PLAYMOBIL range features four advent calendars.
Whether your child likes ice Father Christmas, farming, or pirates, there’s a calendar that is bound to “bring a smile to all faces this Christmas”.
Behind every door is a gift – from figures and animals, to vehicles and accessories – that will provide children with 24-days’ worth of entertainment during the lead up to the big day, and once all the surprises have been discovered, the box then folds open into a backdrop to complete the scene.
The Christmas Toy Store advent calendar is designed especially based on the magic of Christmas and is set inside a toy shop filled with festive joy. As parents “search for the perfect gift”, children can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and even receive a little gift too, but only if they’ve been nice, of course.
The Farm advent calendar is the perfect setting for “all fans of life on the farm” and offers children the chance to look after the little animals over the Christmas period. With lots of food and vegetables to harvest, the PLAYMOBIL animals – which includes cows with a velvety feel to stroke, pigs, chickens, rabbits and cats – will not go hungry this winter.
The Pirate Cove Treasure Hunt advent calendar is for those adventures on the high seas this Christmas and lets young buccaneers can count down to the big day. These “dastardly pirates” are not after a stocking this year though, but the gold hidden on the remote island, although it won’t be an easy feat as it’s guarded by a cannon and a host of creatures including scorpions, monkeys, snakes and a giant squid.
The Battle for the Magic Stone advent calendar is full of everything needed for the ultimate adventure in the kingdom of Novelmore, as the Burnham raiders are mounting an attack on the Novelmore knight’s stronghold. Well-fortified with a host of weapons and a secret hideaway, this calendar is one battle that “will become a legend”.
Each of these new PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendars join the full calendar range and are available to get your hands on now from all stocking toy retailers and online.
They are each retailing at a RRP £19.99 and are best suited for those aged 4-10.
You can browse the full PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar range here.
I’m A Celebrity line-up announced for brand new all-star series in South Africa
The all-star line-up for I’m A Celebrity… South Africa has been announced, with some massive Manchester celebs taking part.
The brand new show is due to air in April and will see some of the series’ most memorable campmates heading to a new setting in South Africa.
And that’s just part of the first wave of celebrity contestants – more famous faces will take part in I’m A Celebrity… South Africa, entering the camp as the series goes on.
The new series will ‘push them to their limits and test them like never before’, ITV has said, promising bigger and tougher challenges and an even harsher environment.
Also taking part from the launch episode will be Diversity star Jordan Banjo, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, Olympian Fatima Whitbread, former royal butler Paul Burrell, ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell, and supermodel Janice Dickinson.
ITV said: “Whilst nodding back to the Australian jungle, I’m A Celebrity…South Africa is a uniquely different series so viewers can look forward to lots of unexpected twists and turns.”
The trailer also shows the celebs taking part in pre-recorded challenges, taking on everything from nasty food to terrifying heights.
I’m A Celebrity… South Africa will air on ITV1 and ITVX from April 2023.
Featured image: ITV
Commentator Arlo White shows off what the Old Trafford gantry walk looks like
Ever wondered what it’s like to be up in the gantry in a football stadium, say, Old Trafford? Well, we certainly have.
You see the odd shot of the commentators sat there on the telly from time to time but it never really gives much away either and, at some venues, it’s quite a ways up there. There’s a little bit of allure behind these mysterious parts of footy grounds that most fans will never get to see.
After hours of mindless scrolling on the social media app, we stumbled across the well-known sports commentator‘s channel where he’s been showing off what it’s like to go in the gantry and one of them is his long walk to crow’s nest up at the Theatre of Dreams.
As it turns out, Arlo’s been doing these videos for a couple of years now, revealing how the gantry looks not only at Old Trafford but other big Premier League grounds too, such as down the road at the Etihad, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs’ sparkly new ground and many more.
Another reason we found ourselves stuck on his TikTok for so long was also because of the other behind-the-scenes details he reveals too, even shedding light on how he prepares for games: note-taking, data sheets, how keeps himself warm up there during those cold nights on comms and so on.