Stevenson Brothers Handmade Rocking Horses…and Unicorns!

judy denchWe absolutely love the beautiful rocking horses by Stevenson Brothers. These fabulous pieces are made by hand at their workshop in Kent and truly are unique works of art! These traditional toys are great fun for both children and adults alike and can be handed down through the generations as a family heirloom.


One of the latest products produced by Stevenson Brothers is the magical rocking unicorn. Only a handful of these have been made so far – the first was made with Dame Judi Dench for a charity auction in 2013. While a selection of wood grain or paint finishes are available along with a choice of leather, horse hair and blanket colours, it appears that the lighter and more neutral colours have been most popular. The pieces pictured here are painted with gold and silver flecks on a white base with silver-grey leather work alongside silver and nickel metal work. Each also features a hand-made detachable unicorn horn.


You can find out more about Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses on their website: and follow them on Facebook for more stunning photos: Rocking unicorns can be ordered on their website, by email or by phone 01233 820 363. Their amazing workshop in Kent is also open for scheduled visits too so you can see these fantastic rocking horses – and unicorns – being made.

Judi Dench - Rocking 2

‘Sylvanian Village’ Competition Launch



EPOCH making toys’ flagship brand Sylvanian Families is giving away a ‘Sylvanian Village’ worth £500 in its latest competition. The competition, which will run between the 26th November 2014 and 31st January 2015, is the first in a series of celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary in 2015. To win, fans can go to the competition page,, and enter their details into a prize draw.

The ‘Sylvanian Village’ prize contains various Sylvanian properties including: Beechwood Hall, Maple Manor with Carport, Grand Hotel, Cedar Terrace and the Cosy Cottage Starter Home. The key Sylvanian Families are included in the prize which boasts a Chocolate Rabbit Family, Walnut Squirrel Family, Golightly Silk Cat Family and Bramble Hedgehog Family. The prize also includes an assortment of other products including: Caravan & Family Saloon Car, Supermarket, Toy Shop and Country Nurse Set.

The launch of this competition follows from the Sylvanian Summer Photo Competition, which ran in July and August and attracted nearly 500 entries. Sylvanian Families joined social media in April of this year, and has quickly rekindled the hearts of its second generation fans.

EPOCH making toys is expecting a successful Christmas, having secured 2,400 TVRs for Sylvanian Families over the Christmas period.

Sally Carnall, Marketing Manager at EPOCH making toys, commented:

“We’re thrilled that our social media community is growing, and this competition is our way of sharing our success with our fans.

The Sylvanian Village, which includes a selection of key products in the range, is a great prize and the perfect way for us to kick off our 30th anniversary celebrations.”





  • Jacob, Daniel, Thomas, James and Adam are the names of the best behaved boys in 2014
  • Joseph, Cameron, William, Jake and Joshua have a month to improve their behaviour
  • Amy, Georgia, Emma, Charlotte and Grace are the names of the best behaved girls
  • Ella, Bethany, Eleanor, Olivia and Laura need to be good all December

Children named Jacob and Amy are most likely to be at the top of Santa’s ‘nice list’ this Christmas.

Research by School Stickers, the leader in school rewards, has revealed that children with these names are the most likely to be well behaved.


However girls called Ella and boys called Joseph appear to be more prone to naughtiness and may not receive as many presents from Santa this Christmas. However, as this is only the ‘draft’ list kids still have a month to improve their behaviour!


The annual study revealed that boys called Jacob, Daniel, Thomas, James and Adam are the most likely to receive School Stickers rewards (for good behaviour in the classroom). But parents should be wary of naming their sons Joseph, Cameron, William, Jake or Joshua as these names appear least often among recipients (of rewards).


Mums and dads are more likely to have an easier time if they have a daughter called Amy, Georgia, Emma, Charlotte or Grace all names at the top of the School Stickers reward ‘league’. But if their little girl is named Ella, Bethany, Eleanor, Olivia or Laura, they could have trouble on their hands!


School Stickers supplies 10,000 schools with stickers, postcards and certificates which teachers give pupils for good behaviour and achievement. Teachers can have online codes on the rewards and this year over 58,000 pupils have logged a reward in their online sticker book and competed in competitions using these rewards. Analysis on the registration name and stickers collected reveals who got awarded the most stickers – the nicest – and who got the least – the naughtiest!  Four million rewards have been redeemed since was launched seven years ago, more than one million in the last 12 months.


Neil Hodges, Managing Director, School Stickers said, “The annual ‘Santa’s Naughty and Nice list’ is just a bit of fun, and obviously there are many Ella’s and Joseph’s that are perfect little angels, just as I’m sure there are many Amy’s and Jacobs that can be a bit of a handful. School Stickers has been trusted by thousands of schools to reward pupils for good behaviour and achievement ever since it was created by a teacher in 2000. We’re proud that our products motivate and inspire young people, whatever their names!”


Nicest Girls Naughtiest Girls Nicest Boys Naughtiest Boys
Amy Ella Jacob Joseph
Georgia Bethany Daniel Cameron
Emma Eleanor Thomas William
Charlotte Olivia James Jake
Grace Laura Adam Joshua
Sophie Holly Harry Jamie
Abigail Courtney Samuel Lewis
Hannah Amber Jack Benjamin
Emily Caitlin Oliver Ethan
Alice Jade Ryan Luke



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