Monthly Archives: October 2016

Zaplites – the App Enabled Lights

You know what it’s like when it’s windy and raining out and you’ve forgotten to switch your Christmas lights on…and this year you decided to set them up from your garage. Nuisance right? No more trudging outside in your slippers! Zaplites have brought you App Enabled Lights. Hip, hip, hooray! Here at Longacres, they are now in stock, ranging from £19.99 through to £59.99.


Zaplites are LED string lights that you can work from your phone. Simply download the App from Google Play or the App Store – or scan the QR code on the side of the box – and you’re all set to go.

461780The lights can be controlled from up to 30m away (providing there isn’t a wall between your phone and them) and can be used indoors or out as the receiver is weatherproof.  You can control the brightness of the lights, along with different lighting effects.  Make sure you do check the specifications on the back of the box to ensure the lights are compatible with your device.

Get a few strings and you can have endless fun changing your household displays.  I bet Santa wishes he had some of these too.

Time to carve some pumpkins!

real-pumpkinIt’s nearly Halloween Littleacres and that means only one thing! Time to get your Pumpkins and make some crazy scary faces! Just follow the steps I have put below and hey presto, your completed work of art! I would love to see all of the Pumpkins you make so please could you send me a photo of your completed Pumpkin and I will select a few and place them up on our blog for everyone to see just how talented you all are.
We have some awesome Pumpkins in stock here at Longacres so if you get stuck for one, we’ve got plenty.

Now, let’s begin to have some fun!

Step 1 – Select your Pumpkin and give it a quick wipe over with a damp cloth just to remove surface dirt.
Step 2 – Ask an adult to cut the top off of your Pumpkin – Do Not try this on your own as knives are very sharp. Once the top has been cut off, this will be the lid so keep it to hand.
Step 3 – This is the messy stage where we are going to remove the contents in the middle of your Pumpkin. For this, you will need a big spoon and a bowl. Simply scoop the insides of the Pumpkin out making sure you place the contents into the bowl. Before you throw this bit away, get the tiny seeds from it and lay them out on a dry cloth in a warm room to dry out. Then, when they’re all dry, place them in a safe place as next year, you can grow your very own Pumpkin!
Step 4 – It’s time to carve your scary face! Taking a piece of paper and a pencil, draw a sketch of what your scary face is going to look like. Next, you will need to draw the scary face that you have designed, on to your Pumpkin. By doing this, you will see how it looks before you cut away at your Pumpkin.
Step 5 – You will need Adult Supervision for doing this bit as we don’t want any of you fantastic artists getting hurt! Carefully, your Adult helper will now carve out the face on your Pumpkin. I can’t wait to see all of your completed Pumpkins!
Step 6 – Take a photograph and sent it in to me please. Just email your picture to and mark them for the attention of Gertie the Gardener.
I hope that you all enjoy your Halloween. Remember that if you’re going out Trick or Treating, then please take a responsible adult out with you but keep your eye on them, they may try and steal your treats!
Best wishes
Gertie the Gardener

See Joe Swift at Camberley Theatre Half Price!

We’ve teamed up with Camberley Theatre to offer our customers the chance to go see Joe Swift half price on the 07/10/2016!

TV presenter Joe Swift will be digging deep to reveal his fascinating story from his Rock n Roll youth to becoming one of the country’s top Garden Designers. Hear what really happens behind the scenes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Gardeners World and find out what it takes to get a Chelsea Show Gold Medal?

His TV credits include Gardeners World, and the RHS Chelsea Flower show and he is a regular columnist for The Times and Gardeners World magazine.

Joe will share all this with you, taking questions on his life and career but warns that answering questions on dead plants isn’t going to be top of his list!


To get your half price tickets, simply use the code ‘HalfPriceOffer ‘ online, on the phone or by calling in to the box office on 01276 707600.

You can find our more about the event and book your tickets online by clicking here.

Please note offer is only available on full priced tickets. Longacres is only providing the code. Any complaints or questions about the event must be directed at Camberley Theatre. Tickets can not be booked with Longacres and must be booked via Camberley Theatre.

The Longacres Shelf Elf is here

We are so pleased to see that you have found the Longacres Shelf Elf page! There is quite a lot to read and there are some big words used, so make sure to politely ask your mummy, daddy or guardian to read it out for you.



We’ve recently received this email from Santa addressed to all of the good boys and girls who have taken home a Longacres Shelf Elf: 

Father Christmas
Santa’s Den
The North Pole
1st November 2015

Ho, ho, ho! It’s almost Christmas and it’s getting very busy for us all up here at the North Pole what with finding out what everybody wants for Christmas, making toys, wrapping presents and getting back in shape ready for the big day (I had an awful lot of mince pies and brandy after Christmas last year which has taken its toll on my tummy!), so to help me and all the busy parents around the world I’ve decided to send out my team of hard-working elves to join you and your family in your home until Christmas Eve.

As soon as you get home, be sure to give your cuddly Elf a name (he is your adopted Elf after all!) and introduce him to your mummy, daddy, guardian, brothers, sisters, dog, cat, goldfish and cuddly toys and don’t forget to give them a guided tour. Remember: your elf is very small compared to you and it would be quite easy for him to get lost in an unfamiliar giant home!
It’s not all play though – your Elf has an assigned job to do for me!
Each day your Elf will be taking up a different spot in your home and keeping an eye on everything to make sure all is running smoothly to help your parents. Your Elf will then be borrowing your mummy, daddy or guardian’s phone or computer after you’ve gone to sleep to let me know all about his day and what he’s seen which will give me an idea of what to bring you for Christmas. Be careful though – I may from time-to-time ask your Elf if he’s seen any naughty behaviour – so try your very best to be really good at all times! 
My team of elves all LOVE to be cuddled, listen to stories, go on adventures and hear your Christmas wishes, so spend some quality time with him each day – but always be sure to take him back to where you first found him that morning or afternoon or I won’t hear about all your good behaviour (if you find him that day at all – they really are experts at their favourite game of hide-and-seek!). Your Elf will then be returning to the North Pole after you’ve gone to sleep on Christmas Eve to help me deliver the presents around the world to all the good boys and girls. You won’t be saying goodbye forever though – he is YOUR adopted elf and will be back on duty again next year!
Well that’s all from me for now – I must dash as it’s almost time for the reindeers’ afternoon carrots and sugar cubes and they get grumpy if it’s late. Just remember – be good and take care of your Elf! I shall look forward to hearing his daily reports starting tomorrow night.
Lots of love from
Santa, Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen,
and ALL of the elves here at the North Pole
Santa also attached lots of photos of the Longacres Shelf Elves on some of their previous adventures to his email:
Elves just LOVE spending time with other cuddly toys and sharing their stories with each other every night!



You might sometimes find your Elf hidden in your Christmas tree – they get a great view high up there!



Santa might ask your Elf if you’ve been keeping your bedroom clean and tidy!
Your Elf won’t always make it easy for you to find him – he might be in a most unexpected place!

Elves spend a lot of time in my den at the North Pole, so make sure to take him on lots of adventures outside too. His scarf and hat will keep him warm!