Great Fires of London! Fireman Sam’s Ocean Rescue DVD Experience

ACTION STATIONS! NEW FIREMAN SAM DVD ‘OCEAN RESCUE’ OUT NOW
Great fires of Pontypandy! Fireman Sam and his brave firefighter friends are back – this time tackling disasters out at sea in a series of Ocean Rescue missions. Catch the ever-dependable Sam and co in this series of water-themed rescues and see if he can save the people of Pontypandy from a variety of nautical nightmares.
We was invited along to The Tower Brdige in London for an exclusive screeening of Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue, but best of all was how we was going to arrive at the Tower Bridge!
We made our way to the Embankment, along the Thames, where we was going to go on an exhilerating RIB boat ride down the Thames. The boys were really excited as these boats go really fast. As we waited for the RIB boat to turn up, the boys were put into their life jackets. Oliver couldn’t ride on the RIB as he weighs under 2 stone, so as we waved the boys off on their exciting trip down the Thames we rushed off to catch the train to meet them there.
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The boys were certainly arriving in style at The Tower Bridge, pretending to be on their very own rescue mission out on the water, just like Fireman Sam. Speeding down the River Thames with the wind in their hair, rushing to the Tower Bridge.
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Upon arrival they were greeted by Firman Sam himself.
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It wasn’t long before we was all sitting down with a drink and some popcorn watching the movie, all eyes were glued to the screen…even the adults!
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I knew that my eldest would enjoy the RIB boat ride but I wasn’t sure that he would want to sit down and watch Fireman Sam, but I was amazed at how the movie kept his attention as much as it did with the younger children. With lots of action and fun scenes even I sat down and watched the clips. There are many people in Pontypandy for Sam and Ben to rescue but it always seem to be bad boy Norman who gets into the most trouble.
After watching a few clips we was treated to some lovely refreshments, which certainly did fill a gap. There was lovely marshmallows on a stick covered in soft pink icing, fruit kebabs, crisps, shaped sandwiches and pitta bread with dips. We certainly was treated like heros.
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Fireman Sam even made special appearances after the Movie had finished, he spent time with all the children and adults posing for photographs and joking around with them.
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We all had a lovely day at The Tower Bridge watching the new DVD, we even brought a copy home to watch again and again.
Why don’t you join Fireman Sam for the grand opening of Pontypandy’s Ocean Rescue Centre! New coastguard Ben works alongside the Rescue Team to keep everyone safe with heroics on the high seas. Mike takes on the choppy waters alone as he attempts to set up some fireworks, but they accidentally all go off at once! Meanwhile, Norman and Mandy row out to sea in search of a rare turtle – but it’s not long before they are lost, and the waves keep getting bigger. Will Fireman Sam be able to find them before disaster strikes?
RRP: £12.99   Running time:  65 mins  Stockists: Available online at www.amazon.co.uk and in all good retailers nationwide                                  
To find out more about Fireman Sam visit the website http://www.firemansam.com.
We was invited along to the event for the purpose of this post.
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Defending Londons River at Tilbury Fort

Looking for somewhere to visit in Essex?

Why not have a day out at the English Heritage site Tilbury Fort!

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Taken from English Heritage site

The great artillery Fort was built in the late 17th Century to prevent hostile ships from sailing up the Thames and to prevent land attack. The fort is one of England’s  finest surviving forts from the 17th century complete with its circuit of moats and bastioned outworks still surviving. During the First World War, the fort became an important supply base for field army equipment, accommodating and supplying troops destined for the trenches.

Although not all of the fort’s buildings survived there are still the Gunpowder magazines, Guard house, North east and west bastion and the officers barracks to look around which all group around the parade ground where the troops would have drilled, trained, inspected, exercised and sometimes were punished. On the parade ground now you will see some of the army vehicles used and some anti aircraft artillery guns spotted around the paved parade. My boys loved looking at these historical artifacts and pretended that they were fighting each other across the parade.

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The foundations of the soldier barracks are clearly seen in the above picture.

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My boys were really excited to be able to touch and explore the vehicles and artillery guns and even had the chance to play with a gun on the east curtain where they could rotate and adjust the height of the gun to aim it at the passing boats on the River Thames, they even had a full view of the banks across the shore at Gravesend.

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A lot of the guns have moving parts and children are encouraged to play and explore them, this was a favourite of the boys and they spent quite a while (even though it was wet and windy) playing with them. Surrounded by the parade are lots of grassy banks that are brilliant for children to run up and down on.

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The walls surrounding the fort have openings in them which are called embrasures, these are where the artillery could fire through.

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Tilbury Fort has so many nooks and crannys to explore that it kept my boys busy for hours even in the rain! They really enjoyed exploring the magazines in the North East Bastion which were built underground and are protected by grassy mounds, within these passages were storerooms that stored shells and cartridges.

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There is an array of gunpowder barrels on display in the magazine houses which the boys likes to climb all over, so glad that they are just for show as I’m sure they would have set them off lol.

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The officers quarters still stands around the parade ground although they have been rebuilt and altered several times, inside these houses are wartime memorabilia of military items. We looked at an old kitchen stove,disposal kit, gun display, an array of gas masks, an officers bedroom (which Jak added that it was quite big) and there were a collection of manikin’s dressed in the old army uniform.

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We had a lovely day at the Fort even though we got soaked through from the torrential rain, it is definitely a place that we will be returning to in the summer, scattered around the parade ground are benches that are ideal for picnics, there is a gift shop that also sells hot and cold drinks.

If you are a big Sharpe fan you would love it here as this is the set where the TV historical drama was filmed during the Napoleonic Wars, the Fort is located half a mile away from Tilbury Town.

Costs: £4.60/ Adult,  £2.80 /Child or £12.00 for a family of 4.

Please check the website for more information on opening times

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304/366 what do you think of my pout?

Joseph, Oliver and I went inti London today, joseph had a shoot for the early learning centre but we arrived early so we had a stroll along The River Thames. We stopped near the Tate gallery and found a spot on the green to sit down on and watch the boats go down the river.
I took the opportunity to take some photographs of the boys.
What do you think of Josephs pout?

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