Emma Bridgewater Retro Radio Review & Giveaway

One of the best things about summer is getting to spend more time outside. Day to day parenting is just SO much easier when I can fling open the patio doors and let Luisa potter around in the garden. Of course I have to keep a close eye, lest she uproots my basil or climbs next door in pursuit of the cat, but at 2 years old she can amuse herself for a little while at least. This gives me the opportunity to sit in the sun with a coffee, hang up some washing or get a bit of work done.

No afternoon in the garden is complete without a backing track, at least in my opinion. Matt has all kinds of fancy Alexa robot creatures inside the house but finally, I have a special radio just for me.



We were recently sent the Emma Bridgewater VQ Retro Mk II in the Marmalade print. Whilst it does have a really kitsch old time look, don’t be fooled, this radio is no mere wireless! You can pick up all your favourite FM & DAB stations, stream from Spotify or similar and play directly from your smartphone using the dock on the front or via Bluetooth.

The setup process is really straight forward, you can start listening within a few minutes of the courier leaving. The time and date synced automatically when we turned it on so there was no annoying fiddling to get that all right.



The Retro Mk II comes in twelve different colours, 6 of which are Emma Bridgewater patterns so I’m sure there’s something to your taste. You can use the radio whilst it’s plugged into the mains or grab a battery pack which offers an impressive 25 hours of play time.



Another feature I really like is that it charges your iPhone whilst it’s docked, when not in use you just push the little shelf in so it’s not sticking out getting in your way. If you’re not an apple user you can still connect your phone using the cable provided.



I really love the Retro Mk II, it’s fancy enough to give a great range of high-quality listening options but simple enough for anyone to use. I think the prints are gorgeous and the quality of the build is really impressive. Head over to the VQ website to buy one now – don’t forget to use the code BABY20 for 20% off until the end of August.


If you’re impressed too and fancy winning a Retro MK II worth £129.99  then it’s your lucky day as I’m giving a one away! The winner can choose whichever print the like best, enter using the form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to UK residents aged 18+ only. Prizes will be sent directly from VQ. Ends midnight 31/08/2017. Winner will be selected at random via Gleam and notified via email / social media.



  1. 1st August 2017 / 11:38 am

    I would choose the Pink hearts print. It’s so pretty!

  2. Julie Kenny
    1st August 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I love the teal as it looks so retro – thanks for the chance to win – fingers crossed x

  3. rebecca h
    1st August 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I would choose Pink! love bright pinks it would really brighten up my kitchen!love to listen to music while cooking

  4. Julie Smith
    1st August 2017 / 1:47 pm

    The polka dot one is lovely

  5. 1st August 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Oh wow how gorgeous! I absolutely adore the wallflower print but I think the marmalade one would go best in our kitchen! These are so lush & I’m really loving digital radio at the minute, we listen to the radio every meal time and whenever in the kitchen for long periods of time, I do love the radio Haha! Thank you so much for letting us enter 🙂

  6. Tracey Peach
    1st August 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I love the Rosebee design it’s so pretty I love the retro feel of this stylish radio

  7. Tracy Nixon
    1st August 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I’d choose the wallflower design to match my bedding and kitchenware!

  8. laura
    1st August 2017 / 8:46 pm

    the emma bridgewater polka dots

  9. Solange
    1st August 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I would choose the Polka Dot design.

  10. hannah wood
    2nd August 2017 / 12:22 am

    I would go for MARMALADE

  11. Hali kinson
    2nd August 2017 / 7:33 am

    I love the polka dots

  12. 2nd August 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I love the marmalade print. It screams retro to me.

  13. Anthony Harrington
    2nd August 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I would pick the Marmalade design

  14. 3rd August 2017 / 7:33 am

    I’ve wanted one of these for a while. Great giveaway, I’ve entered.

  15. Meg Dunne
    3rd August 2017 / 11:08 am

    I love them all haha, would really love one of these for my music, I’d probably choose wallflower 🙂

  16. Denise walton
    3rd August 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I would choose the pink hearts one I love it

  17. Lorraine Kirk
    3rd August 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I love the Marmalade print. Bright and cheerful, perfect for a sunny picnic !

  18. Sian Adams
    3rd August 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I love the Marmalade design, so unique!

  19. Stephanie Coals
    3rd August 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I would definitely choose the polka dots, its such a beautiful design!

  20. Laura S
    3rd August 2017 / 6:04 pm

    I love the pink hearts design it’s pretty.

  21. 3rd August 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I’d have to go for the polka dots I think but it’s a tough choice! Xx

  22. cheryl hadfield
    3rd August 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Love the Rosebee

  23. Lisa Rowsell
    4th August 2017 / 5:03 pm

    I love lots of them, but would pick the polka dot done.

  24. 4th August 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I love Polka dots, I think they are classic. Less is more as they say. Thanks for this Hannah!

  25. Lynda Graham
    5th August 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Polka Dots would be my choice

  26. Jayne Townson
    5th August 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I really like the WALLFLOWER pattern. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  27. Natalie White
    6th August 2017 / 12:32 pm

    I really like the teal, so probably that one!

  28. Tasha
    7th August 2017 / 8:18 am

    Love the polka dots design

  29. Sophie Carter
    7th August 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Wooo I LOVE the MUSTARD colour 😍👌

  30. sima halimi
    7th August 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Love to win the Marmalade design fingers. crossed xx

  31. Jade Hewlett
    7th August 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I’d choose the pink hearts

  32. Simon Tinsley
    8th August 2017 / 9:16 am

    Polka Dot is just awesome and cute 🙂

  33. Fiona King
    8th August 2017 / 9:57 am

    The pink hearts for me

  34. S Edwards
    8th August 2017 / 9:58 am

    I would choose Emma bridgewater polka dots

  35. Suzanne
    8th August 2017 / 10:02 am

    Teal would be lovely.

  36. Roger Bufton
    8th August 2017 / 10:26 am

    Retro Mk II – DAB+ Radio with Apple Lightning Dock & Bluetooth – Black

  37. Elaine Savage
    8th August 2017 / 10:35 am

    I would love the polka dot print, it’s so cute and would go in any room

  38. Kat Balyuzi
    8th August 2017 / 10:38 am

    Probably the polka dots but I keep changing my mind!

  39. Gavin Robertson
    8th August 2017 / 10:44 am

    Cream for me I think, would match my kitchen

  40. Chris
    8th August 2017 / 10:49 am

    Wow, I love that retro look, I understand the sound quality is ace as well

  41. stuart hragreaves
    8th August 2017 / 10:50 am

    The Polka dots would be fine

  42. Emily Hutchinson
    8th August 2017 / 11:09 am

    I’d go for marmalade too – it’s fab

  43. Suzanne Jackson
    8th August 2017 / 11:14 am

    I like the polka dot

  44. Danielle Spencer
    8th August 2017 / 11:19 am

    Absolutely adore the teal one, definitely my favourite!

  45. 8th August 2017 / 11:25 am

    The blue daisy is my favourite – it’s beautiful!

  46. Lisa Parker
    8th August 2017 / 11:32 am

    I love the Rosebee design x

    8th August 2017 / 11:40 am

    like Rosebee best

  48. Rob Hutchinson
    8th August 2017 / 11:43 am

    I would choose a black one – exciting, huh?

  49. Julie F
    8th August 2017 / 11:45 am

    love Wallflower

  50. Alica
    8th August 2017 / 11:57 am

    I think I would pick the Wallflower 🙂 x Thanks for the chance x

  51. Mary Lucking
    8th August 2017 / 12:07 pm

    The wallflower one

  52. Kelly Glen
    8th August 2017 / 12:09 pm

    I would choose the polka dots design.

  53. Amelia Kennedy
    8th August 2017 / 12:17 pm

    The Marmalade one is the one I’d choose! x

  54. Diana Jones
    8th August 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Rosebee for me please

  55. Lucy B
    8th August 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I adore the Rosebee design

  56. Fiona Mcgregor
    8th August 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Pink Hearts – I love it

  57. ValB
    8th August 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I would choose the Polka dot design

  58. Sarah Mackay
    8th August 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I would choose it in Retro Mk II – DAB+ Radio with Apple Lightning Dock & Bluetooth – Red

  59. Justine Hughes
    8th August 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I love the Polka Dot print.

  60. Karen Weedon
    8th August 2017 / 1:30 pm

    The pink hearts is my favourite – but I would be happy with any of the designs

  61. olivia Kirby
    8th August 2017 / 1:31 pm

    I would choose Blue Daisy if possible

  62. Rich Tyler
    8th August 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Marmalade me thinks, its super cool

  63. Janie-Fleur Matcham
    8th August 2017 / 1:44 pm

    i love the pink one fit into my girly home perfectly

  64. Tess D
    8th August 2017 / 1:51 pm

    would choose the blue daisy print

  65. amy bondoc
    8th August 2017 / 1:58 pm

    the plain cream would look great in my kitchen!

  66. Soph H
    8th August 2017 / 2:15 pm

    definitely the polka dot pattern

  67. Helen Rodwell
    8th August 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I’d go with the Black

  68. Helen G
    8th August 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I love the teal colour

  69. Helen Adams
    8th August 2017 / 3:20 pm

    I’d pick marmalade

  70. caroline doherty
    8th August 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Polka Dots would be great

  71. Kim M
    8th August 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Love the Rosebee or Wallflower design – so pretty x

  72. Grace Bennett
    8th August 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Oooh so difficult to choose a colour!

    I would probably go for either mustard or marmelade! We have just had our kitchen done up and are going for a yellow and teal theme, so one of those would be perfect!!

  73. Heather T
    8th August 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I’m not on twitter or instagram but I would chose the blue radio

  74. Emma cale
    8th August 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I love the duck egg blue

  75. Sidrah Ahmed
    8th August 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I would love the ROSE & BEE design

  76. debbi ruskin
    8th August 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Any colour as long as it’s black is my motto, lol

  77. Emma Nixon
    8th August 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Difficult to choose… but. Loving the Blue daisy design.

  78. gemma gray
    8th August 2017 / 8:34 pm

    So many cute choices. The flowers though. Adorable print

  79. Vicki D
    8th August 2017 / 8:54 pm

    It’s so hard to choose between the wallflower and hearts but I think I’d go with the wallflower

  80. Gerri Tennant
    8th August 2017 / 9:17 pm

    They’re all lovely but I particularly like Wallflower.

    8th August 2017 / 9:55 pm

    pink hearts please!

    8th August 2017 / 10:29 pm

    I like the cream one.

  83. Teresa Lee
    8th August 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I’d choose the Polka Dot design….Thanks

  84. Helen Winson
    10th August 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Some great colours and patterns but i’d choose Rosebee it is really lovely x

  85. Barbara Webster
    10th August 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Hot Pink is my favourite print.

  86. Rebecca F
    10th August 2017 / 7:41 pm

    Polka dots all the way

  87. Alana Walker
    10th August 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I love the polka dot print.x

  88. Marc H
    11th August 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Teal, really like the colour.

  89. debbie davies
    11th August 2017 / 2:18 pm

    i would choose the polka dot although they are all lovely.

  90. Margaret gallagher
    11th August 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Daisy design they are beauties

  91. Alison Johnson
    12th August 2017 / 1:10 am

    I’d choose Wallflower

  92. Claire Glace
    13th August 2017 / 7:54 am

    PINK HEARTS, so lovely isnt it ? many thanks

  93. Diane
    13th August 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Love all Emma Bridgewater designs.

  94. Helen Grayson
    14th August 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I’d choose the black! It would go perfectly in my Bedroom!

  95. Barbara Knight
    14th August 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I would choose daisy blue, closely followed by the cream.

  96. Charlene Aldred
    15th August 2017 / 9:48 am

    I love the wallflower design 🙂

  97. Rhia P
    15th August 2017 / 12:14 pm

    Love the VQ retro radios and have been hankering after one for ages…. trouble is, I don’t know how I’d choose my favourite!
    Currently torn between the Emma Bridgewater ‘wallflower’ and the plain mustard colour- that really does look retro, and so cheerful 🙂

    Thanks chick x

  98. lyn west
    15th August 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Hard choice but Blue daisy I think

  99. Naila
    15th August 2017 / 6:14 pm

    They all look so pretty hard to decide, but I would go for the EMMA BRIDGEWATER, ROSE & BEE print x

  100. 16th August 2017 / 8:18 am

    I absolutely LOVE the rose radio, stunning 💖

  101. Marrian
    16th August 2017 / 12:02 pm

    I would choose either Wallflower or Rose and Bee.

  102. brenda heads
    16th August 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I like that you can pick the design and see the radio from different angles. I like the Blue Daisy design.

  103. Jodie A Green
    16th August 2017 / 7:44 pm

    i love the wallflower design

  104. Hannah Smith
    17th August 2017 / 12:55 pm

    There are so many lovely colours to choose from – I think I’d go for the polka dot pattern as it’s fun and colourful 🙂

  105. Clare Hubbard
    17th August 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Either rose &a bee or pink hearts

  106. Maureen Quinnell
    19th August 2017 / 9:41 am

    love the Blue Daisy

  107. Tracey Belcher
    19th August 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Love them all – would probably choose the polka dots though

  108. Becky Duffy
    20th August 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I’d choose Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot design as I have the matching dish!

  109. Keshia Esgate
    20th August 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Rosebee – so pretty

  110. 21st August 2017 / 5:16 pm

    I can’t decide between Wallflower and Blue Daisy! Love them all!

  111. Maxine G
    23rd August 2017 / 5:28 pm

    the blue daisy design is so cute!

  112. Sara Goodman
    25th August 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Emma Bridgewater Polka Dots 🙂
    Thanks for a super giveaway x

  113. Gaynor F
    26th August 2017 / 8:28 am

    I don’t know! They are all lovely! I do especially love the classic pink hearts and the wallflowers but also the plain colours ones as well. Would be very difficult to narrow it down!

  114. Naz M
    27th August 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I’d choose Blue Daisy 🙂

  115. frances hopkins
    27th August 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Love the mustard colour

  116. Ani
    27th August 2017 / 9:33 pm

    All very lovely but Blue Daisy is my fav.

  117. 27th August 2017 / 10:37 pm

    What an amazing competition, I don’t know where to start,
    I want it for my kitchen whilst I am baking up a tart,
    Her prints are amazing and hard to decide,
    Do I want the Wallflower or marmalade style on the side?
    I want it to go with pretty much anything and therefore it has to be the Pink Heart

  118. Zoey P
    28th August 2017 / 7:30 am

    Love the polka dots

  119. Kim Styles
    28th August 2017 / 10:07 am

    I owuld choose the Rose and Bee style -so pretty

  120. Leila Benhamida
    28th August 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I love the Teal design. Wonderful prize.🍀

  121. Edward Guerreiro
    28th August 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I would probably go with either Blue Daisy or Mustard. I can’t decide between the two.

  122. Claire Long
    28th August 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I’d choose the Pink Hearts design because it looks so cute.

  123. Kev C
    28th August 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I like the red 🙂

  124. Jacqueline Jackson
    29th August 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Pink hearts for me

  125. Allison Sherwood
    30th August 2017 / 9:40 am

    I love the Polka Dots design

  126. Lisa Wilkinson
    30th August 2017 / 11:33 am

    I love the Blue Daisy one

  127. sharon martin
    30th August 2017 / 3:27 pm

    love loads but think i’d pick the Teal one as love that colour

  128. Hayley F
    30th August 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Love the polka dots x

  129. Cassandra Mayers
    30th August 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I would choose Teal. Love that colour 😀

  130. Kim Neville
    30th August 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I like the polka dot

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