It’s definitely starting to feel like proper winter weather now and here are Longacres we’re getting excited as it’s almost that time of year – Christmas! There is something special about getting Santa’s Grotto ready and seeing all the decorations, advent calendars and cards around store.
If you’re looking for a real Christmas tree this year, we can help. Our trees are now in and we have a huge range to choose from. Need something special to fit that space? No problem! We have trees from 1ft through to 12ft high starting at just £12. Adding a Wicker Tree Skirt makes your tree look even smarter
Our Christmas trees can come in the pre-cut or potted variety, ready for you to dress in your favourite colours and styles. You can order your tree online and pop along to our dedicated collection point to pick it up at a time to suit you.
If you are after a bigger tree this year but can’t fit it into your car or on the roof rack, worry not! We provide a delivery service within the local area to get your tree to you for just £5. Ho, ho, ho!
Whatever you style, tastes or budget, for most people the focal point of any home this year is the Christmas tree with its sparkling lights.
A question we get asked a lot every year is how many lights do I need for my tree? That’s why we’ve put together this helpful little blog post to give you a general idea of how many lights are just right for your tree.
The below is a general rule of thumb and you can use more or less lights depending on personal tastes.
|3 – 4 Foot
|4 – 5 Foot
|5 – 6 Foot
|6 – 7 Foot
|8 Foot +
Now that you know, it’s time to start shopping for some lights! Our most popular range is our selection of Supabrights from Premier Decorations.
Enjoy 10% off Christmas online this Cyber Monday with your discount code – CM2016
We have a massive 10% off Christmas Trees, Lights, Decorations, Advent Calendars, Cards, Lemax Village, Tree skirts, Tree Stands and so much more on Monday 28th November with our very special discount code!
This offer is only available online, so make sure to have a browse and remember that you can order online for delivery or collection at our Bagshot, Bybrook Barn or Shepperton stores!
With the nights drawing darker by the minute and the daytime temperatures slowly decreasing, now is the perfect time to finish off those odd little bits within your garden, with one of the top priorities being to protect your plants by mulching up around them for added protection and warmth.
For your more established plants, protection isn’t needed as much as it is for your younger plants. With a major drop in temperatures, younger more delicate plants are at a high risk of being damaged or even killed off once the frost penetrates their root systems. The traditional method that has been used for generations to protect these more fragile plants is to use Mulch
The best form of Mulch has to be good old stable manure and non is better for this job than our Country Natural Stable Manure.
For existing plants that need protection, simply add the stable manure to a little of the existing compost/soil and create a little mound around the base of the plants. Do this individually to create a warmth barrier around the root systems and to add much needed winter protection.
Another great use for the Country Natural Stable Manure is for preparing your garden for next year prior to planting plants or veg. Not only does it greatly improve the structure of your soil but it also helps to retain the water that some soils can’t hold on to. Its main job is to feed the soil the nutrients from when it breaks down and thus, creating the perfect environment for your fruit and veg next year. Simply scatter generously onto the soil/compost area you wish to use next year and turn it over with a garden folk until it is all mixed in. Over the next months, any frosts will help to kill off any bacteria that is in the soil and with the added bonus of the stable manure, you’ll have the perfect start for a wonderful crop of veg or plants in your garden for next year.
The Christmas Grotto will be returning to Longacres Bagshot, Bybrook Barn & Shepperton! Get those thinking caps on and let Santa know what you’d like for Christmas this year.
Our ticket prices are still just £5 and include a visit with Santa himself and an extra special early present just for your little ones.
Please note that below closing times are for the grotto; actual last admission times are subject to daily change depending on queues. Please allow additional time for this.
Longacres Bybrook Barn
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Dark evenings, warm clothing and Longacres Bagshot Open Evening on Thursday, 17th November – hoorah!
Our open evenings are a great opportunity to enjoy some festive spirit (yes, that does include mulled wine) whilst getting some great bargains. We are giving our customers 10% off all purchases (excluding gift vouchers, alcohol and sheds) from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. There are festive raffles, choirs singing, a magician, food tasting, free wine and mince pies (and soft drinks), great gifts to be purchased, Christmas tree decorating and, of course, the big man himself is here – Santa Claus!
We have parking for over 500 cars at here at Bagshot so pop along to our Facebook page, hit the ‘Going’ button and come on down and join the fabulous, festive, frivolities!
This year Longacres Bagshot will be holding floristry workshops to show you how to create the perfect Christmas spruce door wreaths, festive table arrangements, jam jar arrangements and cinnamon gifts! We will be holding these workshops between 8th November and the 8th December, with courses being held in both morning and afternoons.
These workshops are designed to allow you to use your imagination, creativity and learn new skills. All workshops are suitable for novice flower arrangers or professionals alike who want to get inspired on how to decorate their homes for the festive season.
All our workshops last two hours and include refreshments, with attendees taking home their very own stunning creations!
You can find our Facebook events and tickets below:
Jam Jar Arrangements and Cinnamon Gift – 08/11/16 (10:00 – 12:00) – Facebook & Tickets
Christmas Table Arrangements – 15/11/16 (10:00 – 12:00) – Facebook & Tickets
Christmas Spruce Door Wreaths – 22/11/16 (10:00 – 12:00) – Facebook & Tickets
Christmas Spruce Door Wreaths – 24/11/16 (18:00 – 20:00) – Facebook & Tickets
Christmas Table Arrangements – 01/12/16 (18:00 – 20:00) – Facebook & Tickets
Jam Jar Arrangements and Cinnamon Gift – 08/12/16 (18:00 – 20:00) – Facebook & Tickets
Time to pack up those plastic fangs and put away those scary masks; with Halloween and bonfire night out of the way, we think it is safe to say that Christmas is most certainly on the way!
With that said, it is time to start thinking about some of those import Christmas essentials such as a tree and decorations for your home. When most people think about decorating their home for Christmas they might think lights, baubles, tinsel and maybe even an angel for the top of the tree, but something maybe not a lot of people think about yet is a tree skirt to hide away the usually unsightly base!
The tree skirt is an American import that has slowly been becoming more of a Christmas essential than you might have realised! The idea of a tree skirt is to hide away the tree stand and watering tray to make you tree a more inviting and attractive feature in your home.
You’ll be happy to hear that we stock two amazing wicker tree skirts in both natural and white wash, so no matter what style of room or tree you have, we have a tree skirt to match! Our tree skirts are amazing value at £11.99 and we’ve already had some amazing feedback about the quality, style and looks of them.
Get ahead of the trend and take a look at our range online here. This year you can forget keeping up with the Joneses – this year you are the Joneses!
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.
The 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.
It’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 email@example.com 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!
Gertie the Gardener