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Win TWO VQ Emma Bridgewater Retro Mini DAB radios to celebrate Black Friday Deal

Picture the scene, it might be familiar. It’s stupid o’clock in the morning and you hear little footsteps pitter-pattering along the landing. The door opens and a small, pyjama-clad person demands your attention. You want nothing more than to roll over and go back to sleep. But parent guilt screams at you not to turn the television on. Now there’s a solution – and it’s beautiful.

Introducing the VQ Emma Bridgewater Retro Mini DAB radio

On long car journeys, the girls love listening to children’s radio or an audio book. They’re big fans of Julia Donaldson and cBeebies radio. It’s perfect for entertaining them without them being stuck in front of a screen. And yet at home, it had never crossed my mind to give them a radio.

That is until VQ asked if we’d like to try out one of these beautiful Emma Bridgewater design Retro Mini DAB radios. And an idea crossed my mind.

These gorgeous radios will be on special offer on Black Friday, reduced from £89.99 down to £69.99 on the Emma Bridgewater website. Their retro design belies their modern interior. You can tune in to DAB, DAB+ and FM radio. This brings with it the availability of the Fun Kids Radio station. This is perfect for the daytime, but it can be a bit lively for just before bed. So, we’ve explored some of the radio’s other features.

Bluetooth connectivity

This adorable little radio is available in a Dancing Mice or Men at Work design. And the only thing my girls love about it more than the way it looks is the bluetooth feature. Because they can listen to anything they want on it. Whether it’s an audio book, cBeebies radio, podcast or songs from Spotify. Anything that’s available on our phones or the iPad can be streamed to the radio.

What’s more, it works on both mains and battery power. It’s ideal for both listening at home, or taking on road trips or even just out in the garden without the hassle of an extension lead. And if you want to listen to FM radio, just pull up the aerial to get a great signal.

The changing face of our mornings

Now, instead of agonising over whether to let the girls have screen time in the mornings, they have their radio. They can either stay in bed and listen to it, or play together with it on in the background. I’ve even said they can listen to it in the evenings when they’re going to sleep. I can set a timer and they drift off to sleep with it on.

Win TWO VQ Emma Bridgewater Retro Mini DAB radios

If, like me, you’re blown away by the gorgeous retro design and the modern features of these radios, you can enter to win two of them! One lucky reader will win two radios – one to keep for themselves and one for a friend. You can choose between the Dancing Mice or Men at Work designs. These would make the perfect Christmas gift but you definitely won’t want to give them away, so winning two is an ideal solution. Here is a photo of the Men at Work radio to make it easier for you to decide which one to choose! Photo courtesy of VQ.

You can enter using the Rafflecopter below. Please read my competition terms and conditions before entering. Don’t forget to check out my other competitions too, there are some brilliant prizes up for grabs.

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Please note, thisย VQ Emma Bridgewater Retro Mini DAB radio was sent to me free of charge to allow me to create this blog post and I was compensated for my time. All views, opinions, images and early risers are my own.


  1. November 5, 2017 / 9:15 am

    This is soooooo pretty. I have my fingers crossed for this.
    It’s a great idea for children to listen to the radio. I am not very good with silence and have the radio on alot. But none of ours are as pretty as the dancing mice radio!

  2. jo liddement
    November 5, 2017 / 10:12 am

    The Sony Walkman would be fun to see being brought back although it was pretty large and not easy to clip on your belt

  3. Tracy Nixon
    November 5, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Good old record players or tape players! So those of us with a collection of records/tapes in the loft can play then again!

  4. Helen Cullwick
    November 5, 2017 / 11:09 am

    My boys too old, my grandchildren not yet on the scene but my great nephews would love these (am sure their mums would also apppreciate the peace they would bring )

  5. lorraine kirk
    November 5, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Great question! We had an old wooden tv. I would love a modern TV that is encased in wood on a curved wooden stand that has the ‘no signal’ colourful screen when you switch it on.

  6. iain maciver
    November 5, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    record player

  7. Sally
    November 5, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Record players <3

  8. November 5, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I’d love to have a modern corded telephone in the house. I can never find our cordless ones as the toddler hides them!

  9. Ritchie
    November 5, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    The telegram.

  10. Jade Pawley
    November 5, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Most definitely record players!

  11. Sophie B
    November 5, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Perhaps Digital Headphones (cordless)?

  12. Bev
    November 5, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Old style twintubs!

  13. S Edwards
    November 5, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    The Walkman would be good to see

  14. tracey tibbetts
    November 5, 2017 / 3:04 pm


  15. Cherry Edwards
    November 5, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    The old 8 track players we used to play our music on in the car.

  16. Erik Findlater
    November 5, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    These look amazing.

  17. November 5, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    An old style record player

  18. Jayne Adams
    November 5, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Super looking little radios!

  19. Caroline Hunter
    November 5, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    The stereo system so I can play all my old vinyls ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Sarah Mackay
    November 5, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Fridges would be brilliant

  21. Fiona King
    November 5, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Record players

  22. Fiona jk42
    November 5, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    An old-fashioned corded house phone would be nice, maybe in black Bakelite

  23. Kerry Kilmister
    November 5, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Bring back the Sony Walkman in a remodernisation

  24. Lucy B
    November 5, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    definitely record players

  25. fiona waterworth
    November 5, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    the radiogramme we had a beautiful wooden one that was solid wood when I was small

  26. Ren Taylor
    November 5, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    My dads old record player…..

  27. Margaret GALLAGHER
    November 5, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Telegram letters – have one from 60 years ago when mum and dad got married
    Haven’t a clue how theyd do it !

  28. Anthony Harrington
    November 5, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    the old eight-track car system, loved them!

  29. Amy Wright
    November 5, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    The gameboy – I loved it!

  30. Justine Hughes
    November 5, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Stackable hi-fi systmes, don’t see them very often anymore.

  31. pete c
    November 5, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    tape cassette players

  32. November 5, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Oh this is great! Love the idea of it. I loved the old style record players

  33. Solange
    November 5, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Record players

  34. Sidrah Ahmed
    November 5, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    vinyl player

  35. kelly wheelhouse
    November 5, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    I’d love them to re-do some of the retro gaming systems. I know they have done some already, but I’d love them to release more games in a simple classic style for the classic consoles like the Megadrive or NES

  36. Janie-Fleur Matcham
    November 6, 2017 / 2:09 am

    A cassette player My mum had a pink one I loved it then I wish id kept it when she threw it out

  37. June Lord
    November 6, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Record player. Maybe with some special anti-scratch records.

  38. Tasha
    November 6, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Record player

  39. William Gould
    November 6, 2017 / 9:07 am

    I’d like to see gramaphone’s brought up to date! The ultimate portable record player!

    November 6, 2017 / 11:46 am


  41. Lisa Parker
    November 6, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    A record player x

  42. Beverley Cousins
    November 6, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    I can see quite a lot of people saying a record player, and i must say i totally agree! absolutely love them.

  43. Stephanie Coals
    November 6, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Cassette players so that I can play all my old ones again!

  44. pauline hill
    November 6, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    little radios! GREAT

  45. Alica
    November 6, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I can’t think of any retro item that hasn’t already been updated! I am sure there are many. I do love these radios!

  46. Laura Milton
    November 6, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    My mum wants a record player again as these seem to have come back in to her delight ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Charlotte
    November 6, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    has to be a vhs player that isnt as bulky! we have lots of home videos that would be nice to watch

  48. Hannah Rowley
    November 6, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    A record player

  49. ashleigh allan
    November 6, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Record players!

  50. November 7, 2017 / 6:01 am

    Hi Nat, what wonderful little radios! I remember loving my little music collection when I was young, but that was a time before all day TV, so my parents weren’t so torn. These little radios would make a lovely Christmas present that will always have it’s use.


  51. debbie gilbert
    November 7, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Tape cassette player would be fantastic

  52. Karen Jones
    November 7, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Love this little radio. I recently bought a turntable to play my vinyl and am soooooo happy to hear the crackling when the needle hits the vinyl, brings back so many memories x

  53. Sue Bielewicz
    November 7, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I know there are a few around but a stunning record player would be nice

  54. Sheena Batey
    November 7, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Cassette players could be updated somehow I’m sure.

  55. Rhia
    November 8, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I love all things retro… we recently got a record player which makes me soo happy!
    I’d love to retro-up my kitchen next… I like the colours and the shapes so much more than these sleek modern appliances!

  56. Kirsty Ward
    November 8, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Record players!

  57. Sadiyya Maryam
    November 9, 2017 / 5:43 am

    It would be interesting to see what can be done for the record player!

  58. Laura Avery
    November 9, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Those beautisul stove cookers from victorian times! I still have the opening for one in my kitchen

  59. November 10, 2017 / 1:25 am

    As others have said, I love the retro look as well fused with the modern technology of Bluetooth! What an awesome find! I seriously might have to look into purchasing one for my daughter for Christmas! Thank you!

  60. sarah m
    November 10, 2017 / 9:54 am

    The walkman! I used to take mine with me everywhere I went!

  61. Zoey P
    November 11, 2017 / 6:49 am

    Hifi systems with tape deck

  62. November 11, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    id like to see an old fashioned fridge

  63. maria blythin
    November 11, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    the old fashioned fridges x

  64. Jessica Barber
    November 11, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    A casette player!

  65. Sandra Bald
    November 12, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    The Sega Megadrive could be transformed brilliantly I reckon.

  66. Corinne Henson
    November 12, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Teas made!

  67. November 13, 2017 / 10:57 am

    I love clockwork. so I’d love to see a wind up record player. Take it anywhere and not worry about batteries. Although scratching the record when it ran out of spring might be an issue.

  68. Ruth Harwood
    November 13, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Retro sweets!

  69. Jo Hutchinson
    November 14, 2017 / 12:41 am

    A record player

  70. Emma Walton
    November 14, 2017 / 11:10 am

    My Mum had a trim telephone. I’d love to have a new one with the ability to plug into my current socket but still with the dial face.

  71. Kelly Hemmings
    November 14, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    A retro telephone/ Original dial

  72. Sarah Cuttle
    November 16, 2017 / 12:36 am

    Love these radios

  73. Sue Bowden
    November 16, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I’m not sure but I expect there are plenty, with inventor’s bringing lots up to date, but for now I’m loving these radio’s x

  74. Tracey Peach
    November 16, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I would love to see a retro look hoover

  75. Jade Hewlett
    November 17, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Record players

  76. Kelly Hirst
    November 18, 2017 / 11:20 am

    I’d love to see the comeback of the hifi stack – I loved mine with a record player on top!

  77. Jules Eley
    November 18, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Record player

  78. Caroles
    November 18, 2017 / 10:27 pm


  79. misty
    November 19, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    funky video player! id buy that!

  80. Victoria Prince
    November 21, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    I’d love to see VHS recorders brought up to date!

  81. Jo McPherson
    November 21, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Retro vacuum cleaner would be interesting

  82. Debbie Birchall
    November 22, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    I’d love a 60’s style record player in the wooden box as I’m into the retro look as well as loving the sound of how music sounds on vinyl.

  83. Lorna Peppiatt
    November 24, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Radio cassette player, I had a very sleek slimline grey model. Was so proud to own it!

  84. Frances Sunshine Hopkins
    November 25, 2017 / 10:51 am

    The walkman!

  85. pam Lawrence
    November 26, 2017 / 12:46 am

    The Gameboy….I miss mine but these days would be expecting so much more from it!

  86. Tony martin
    November 26, 2017 / 1:12 am

    The Corby Trouser press – am sure they could make it now into a superfast multipress with ip notification to your fone when a garment was pressed sufficient

  87. Becky Duffy
    November 26, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Tape players, have lots of old mixtapes that I cannot listen to anymore

  88. Kim Neville
    November 26, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Record player. Loved playing our records when we were younger

  89. Michaela Hannah
    November 26, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Vinyl records

  90. Christina Palmer
    November 26, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    A record player so I could listen to all my old LP’s. It would be nice if you could insert a flash drive that would automatically save the song you played so you could listen to them on the go

  91. Hayley Atkins
    November 27, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    I would like an updated tape cassette player that doesn”t chew up all my old mix tapes!

  92. Kimberley Ryan
    November 27, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    would be cool if cookers were updated, a smart cooker that could display the recipe you needed and stop cooking if food was at risk of being burnt

  93. Rich Tyler
    November 28, 2017 / 1:46 am

    A wi-fi slow cooker!

  94. Lindsey Martin
    November 28, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I’d like to see my old walkman given a revamp and made cool again! I used to love choosing and changing tapes.

  95. Carole Nott
    November 29, 2017 / 10:53 am

    a radio cassette player, now gathering dust

  96. Lynn Neal
    November 29, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    The wonderful Robin Reliant Car

  97. James Travis
    November 29, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Record player

  98. Lesley Bain
    November 29, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Oh gosh well Soda Stream but that already has a fab update. I actually can’t think of anything else I miss from the ‘olden’ days lol x

  99. Jason Tolliss
    November 30, 2017 / 4:35 am

    A jukebox would be cool

  100. November 30, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I’d love to see wooden tv boxes come back. I’m really not a fan of all the black plastic and chrome on modern appliances, the wood was so much more attractive.

  101. November 30, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    I’d love to see the record player come back in a pretty form like this radios.

  102. Edward Guerreiro
    November 30, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    I’m not sure. Maybe the vacuum cleaner. The old ones seemed to be much more powerful.

  103. Nancy Bradford
    November 30, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    The cassette tape. I don’t know how they would modernise it, but there was stuff you could do with a cassette (rewind to a point you wanted or record over, etc.) that you can’t do with modern tech.

  104. Lynne OConnor
    November 30, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    a video recorder. I have so many old tapes I’d love to see again

  105. A S,Edinburgh
    December 1, 2017 / 9:24 am

    What comes to mind for me are sweets and chocolate. They could be updated to a much higher standard than the old ones that still exist have been, and there are plenty that could be brought back.

  106. Kat Allinson
    December 1, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I would love to see the teasmade brought up to date

  107. michelle o'neill
    December 2, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    record player x

  108. Laura Corrall
    December 2, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    TV/VHS combos. I loved that my tv in my bedroom back in the 90s meant i could watch any vhs i wanted. I would love to see a tv/blu-ray or dvd player thats bedroom sized.

  109. hannah Wood
    December 2, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Record players for sure.

    December 2, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    A video recorder would be great i think personally

  111. Susan B
    December 2, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    A modern ukelele would be fun for the children.

  112. Kev Cannon
    December 2, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I’d like a gramophone that look authentic but plays mp3 in adition to vinyl

  113. sheri Darby
    December 2, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Record Player

  114. Katie
    December 2, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Record player

  115. Jo Glasspool
    December 3, 2017 / 12:18 am

    Its got to be tape players.

  116. paula cheadle
    December 3, 2017 / 12:31 am

    intelligent cooker, that you programme

  117. melanie stirling
    December 3, 2017 / 1:16 am

    The twintub washing machine like my nan used to have,when it wasn’t being used it had a cover over the top that was used as extra workspace in the kitchen.

  118. Naomi Buchan
    December 3, 2017 / 2:48 am

    I’d love a retro style telephone (speaker attached and listening horn type)

  119. A.E. ADKINS
    December 3, 2017 / 3:39 am


  120. joanne casey
    December 3, 2017 / 6:53 am

    Record players

  121. Ruth Davies
    December 3, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Has to be record players

  122. Kim Willing
    December 3, 2017 / 7:41 am

    record player, tape player, CD player and burner, DVD player and radio all combined into one unit to convert if necessary.

  123. Oli Marshall
    December 3, 2017 / 9:12 am

    I would love to see gramophone on the market. I’d definitely by that and, from what I’ve noticed surfing the net, people are turning more and more sentimental (I know I do). Plus, gramophone would look so stylish in any home.

  124. Eva Trelfa
    December 3, 2017 / 10:02 am

    When I was 14 I went to the sony shop with my dad and he bought me a stylish up to date walkman. it was amazing. i know we have phones etc now but they just are not the same. I’d love to see a wlkman being brought right up to date!

  125. Claire Appleton
    December 3, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Such a lovely prize! There something about the old type writers that I love. It would be amazing to see them revamped and modernised. They really remind me of my childhood ๐Ÿ™‚

  126. Rob Griffiths
    December 3, 2017 / 11:24 am

    I miss old fashioned tape recorders…..

  127. Tess D
    December 3, 2017 / 11:34 am

    would love to see VCR’s updated somehow

  128. Geoffroy Thomas
    December 3, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Record players please

  129. Dean T
    December 3, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    An old fashioned retro record player built into a cabinet / furniture like they used to

  130. Michelle Sykes
    December 3, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    A record player – I still have lots of records

  131. Derek Wilson
    December 3, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    The gramophone – I still have lots of 78s that my grandmother passed down to me, but it’s hard to get a player for them these days.

  132. Megan Kinsey
    December 3, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Video players so we could watch all the videos I have from childhood ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. sharon martin
    December 3, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    the record player

  134. Teresa sheldon
    December 3, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    The telephone give it a quirky old style transformation like the radios would be great

  135. Jayne Townson
    December 3, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    The walkman, I loved mine as a child,

    December 3, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    The teasmade alarm clocks that woke us up with a lovely cup of tea. They would sit on the bedside table. I love tea and I loved them.

  137. Alison Johnson
    December 3, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Used to love those game machine tables where you could play pacman facing your opponent. Something smaller which you could just place on your own table would be great.

  138. Tee Simpson
    December 3, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    A retro hifi system with tape deck

  139. Laura S
    December 3, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Video players. I’d love to look back at old videos of my favourite bands that I used to record off tv.

  140. Charlotte Hoskins
    December 3, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    An old fashioned kettle

  141. Danielle Graves
    December 3, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I’d love to see the old style macs that were like monitors/tvs come back and be modernised but with a retro feel.

  142. Maria Hackett
    December 3, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I love old style wall clocks and flower vases

  143. Amy Jo McLellan
    December 3, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    The home telephone ๐Ÿ™‚

  144. Kayleigh Watkins
    December 3, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Tetris hand held games, I had hours of fun playing my mums when I was younger xx

  145. December 3, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I would love to see the old kitchen sinks coming back

  146. Rachael Ashmore
    December 3, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Record players

  147. Tammy Neal
    December 3, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Record players

  148. Theresa Thomas
    December 3, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I would love a teasmaid that makes great coffee

  149. Melissa Lee
    December 3, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    I used to love my CD discman – would love to see those be cool again

  150. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    December 3, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Grandfather clocks…. they are so iconic ,,, but too big and bulky… An updated, sleek, stylish version would be amazing! x

  151. Kate Davies
    December 3, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    A teasmaid

  152. Shelley Jessup
    December 3, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    A record player would be super I would definitely purchase one.

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