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Alternative Sexy Easter Gifts

Busy watching your waistline over the Easter period and don’t want to eat chocolate? Bored of the fluffy bunnies and chocolate eggs?

We have some sexy alternatives which will no doubt brighten up your Easter bank holiday.









Mini Love Bunny

Our small and discreet, elegant and has a performance that very few rabbit stimulators are able to match! It’s rechargeable – and it’s tailor-made for the clit! It’s also water resistant – so you can use it in the shower!




Throbbing Rechargeable Rabbit

We think this throbbing rechargeable rabbit
is one of the most incredible rabbits ever! It has 3 powerful motors to give internal, clitoral and G-Spot stimulation simultaneously. It’s quiet and splash proof!


Elissa Rechargeable Egg

This luxury egg is wireless, multi-speed, rechargeable and remote controlled! Remove the restrictions that wires give you – and enjoy, what we think, is an ideal couples toy. Many couples choose to use this outside their home – why not have some fun this bank holiday weekend?



Chocolate Body Paint

You’re a chocolate lover – so why not merge your two loves this bank holiday and get your lover all lathered in scrumming chocolate and lick it all off? This tasty choc body paint is sure to be plenty of fun and can help revive the spark in a long-term relationship.



Triple Eggs

If you’re looking for an Easter Egg that won’t add to your waistline – why not try our Triple Eggs (jiggle balls). They give incredible internal sensations but they are great at toning your pelvic floor muscles too.




Breathable Ball Gag Restraint Kit

Maybe you’re going away this bank holiday, take along something a little extra to make your trip even more exciting. Ideal for beginners who are new to BDSM!

Whatever you’re looking for this bank holiday – with our Click and Collect service, you can collect your gift over the bank holiday period from any of our stores!! Why don’t you see if you’re in our hot zone and find your nearest store?

What it’s like working in our Cheltenham store


A giant, inflatable, pink blow-up sex toy, hovering in the air, is what your eyes first meet when you walk into one Cheltenham adult shop.

From the outside, Pulse and Cocktails is a part of a collection of small shops based at the Kingsditch Industrial Estate – but hidden inside are shelves of artificial vaginas, gimp masks with their eyes zipped shut and a busty, blonde sex doll worth nearly £3,000.

Regardless of the more open attitude to sex in recent years, for most people, it’s an awkward place to be.

Except for the small chain’s employees, who I watch re-arranging pornographic DVDs and tidying up a display of vibrators without batting an eyelid. To them, it’s all part of the furniture.



Reading my mind, sales assistant Rebecca Logue said: “I think it’s quite a chilled out atmosphere for us, which is good for the customers. We are relaxed and so when they come in the door it makes it far easier.

“In my opinion there is nothing in the main room that’s overtly scary.”

There are two rooms at Pulse and Cocktails, the front one is where you will find lingerie, spanking paddles and one of their best sellers, herbal viagra.

In the back is where the erotic fiction is kept, alongside hardcore films about sexy nannies and horny young men – and of course the aforementioned life-sized inflatable doll – which is protected in a large see through case.

The overwhelming success of the Fifty Shades of Grey book and film franchise has commercialised sexual fetishes.









Regardless of its questionable representation of BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission), in 2012 there was a 400% increase in sex toy purchases and it soon became commonplace to see copies of the risque book being read by people in public, with no embarrassment.

For Rebecca, removing the taboo is important.

“It still shocks me a little bit that in this day and age that there are still women that don’t know about their bodies,” she explains. “It’s the very simple thing of being able to serve one of the most basic human impulses.

“That’s what I enjoy most about my job, that I help people. Some people can be in a position where they haven’t been able to explore their sexuality and suddenly they are able to discover different sensations and what opportunities there are within their own body.

“When the first film came out, the increase in female footfall was phenomenal. Suddenly couples felt more comfortable talking about their fantasies and desires.

“As a whole, it’s done huge things for our industry, and taken away a stigma about what we do.”

The typical customer at Pulse and Cocktails doesn’t exist. Although they largely have male customers, ages range from 18 to 91, and also includes disabled people with carers.

Rebecca says: “Being able to answer questions, give advice and let people know that their not alone in how they feel – it’s a really good feeling knowing that I can help. I go home feeling really satisfied.”

“The hardest bit for everyone is coming through the door because they don’t know what to expect. Some are embarrassed but you read the situation and individual. It’s not about what you say, it’s how you act. We will just smile, ask how the weather is or make a joke – like any other shop.

“We are all trained here to be able to read body language, and to know if a customer wants to shop alone or with our support.

“Nine times out of ten people will share those deepest, darkest feelings with us. It’s an honour.

“That’s why it is so important to have a sense of humour and a personality in this job.”

Despite the fact the majority of their customers are male, Rebecca believes that men are not encouraged enough when it comes to sex toys, and it’s a problem.

“It is actually easier for a woman to buy a sex toy,” she says, “It is a taboo for men to come in and buy a sex toy because they are pre-programmed by society to believe that they should always get an erection at the drop of a hat and to be horny 24/7 – or else they’re less of a man.

With herbal afrodisiacs, men will claim they’re buying it for a mate’s stag or for a joke, but once they realise that it is used to enhance what they have and that we offer a sympathetic ear, they open up and end up with the right product.”

Article taken from Gloucestershire Live.

A1 the kinkiest road in Britain – The Sun

Sun Features Pulse & Cocktail adult shop beside the A1 motorway near Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Photograph by Richard Walker /


Four sex shops, ten dogging spots and a swingers’ club make the A1 the kinkiest road in Britain

Four Little Chef restaurants have been turned into stores selling kinky clobber, while fans of public romps have TEN different popular spots to choose from


Article from The Sun, 1st October 2016, 11:16 pm

FORGET getting your kicks on Route 66 — Brit drivers are enjoying kinky fun on the A1.

The UK’s raunchiest road is a hotbed of sex shops, swingers clubs and dogging.

Graham Kidd, 48, is joint owner of Pulse and Cocktails, a chain of 22 sex shops.

Three are in former Little Chef diners on the 410-mile route from London to Edinburgh.

He said: “Brits are still really prudish.

“They are frightened to go outside their comfort zone but millions pass our A1 stores.

“They are big, in great locations and have excellent parking.”

At the chain’s shop in Wentbridge, West Yorks, manager Francine Proffitt, 41, said: “I used to sell girls’ best friend, diamonds. Now I sell their second best friend, sex toys.

“We’ve run out of 14in vibrators but a woman once asked if we have anything bigger.

“I’m never shocked and never judge.”

Sun Features Francine Proffitt, manager of the Pulse & Cocktail adult shop beside the A1 motorway near Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Photograph by Richard Walker /

Sun Features Francine Proffitt, manager of the Pulse & Cocktail adult shop beside the A1 motorway near Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Photograph by Richard Walker /

The boss . . . Francine manages the Pontefract branch of Pulse & Cocktails

The shop also stocks penis enlargers, whips, masks — and Francesca, a £2,999 life-sized doll with cyber skin who can bend into any position.

Francine said: “People assume sex shops are dark, dingy and full of men in anoraks but most of our customers are couples or women.”

A layby at Alconbury, Cambs, is one of ten dogging spots between London and Yorkshire.

Twenty miles south at Sandy, Beds, a former Happy Eater diner has been turned into Happy Lovers sex shop.

Shop worker Martin Cobban, 69, said: “We do well because we have a private car park.

“We get soap stars and footballers.”

Nearby is Vanilla Alternative swingers club which boasts 10,500 registered members and a 15ft jacuzzi.

Entry to nights such as Frisky Friday start at £10.

Owner Jules Davis said: “We get fat guys in their 60s and blondes with big boobs.

“But it’s mostly normal bods who fancy a bit of excitement.”

Four sex shops, ten dogging spots and a swingers’ club make the A1 the kinkiest road in Britain


The History of Sex Shops

When asked what they immediately think of upon hearing the words ‘sex shop’ many people think of seedy backstreet shops with big neon lights promoting sex and in some cases they would be correct. Originally this is what the majority of sex shops were like, the first ever sex shop opened in Germany in 1962 by a company known as Beate Uhse AG which went on to become Germany’s most successful company in the sex industry. After then sex shops began to pop up in the UK, one area in particular was Soho in London, which given that it had been regarded as the heart of the British sex scene for 200 years was an obvious place for these shops to appear, in the 1960’s there were a total of 59 sex shops open in that area as well as countless numbers of brothels and strip-clubs.

It is safe to say that these sex shops were predominantly aimed at a certain type of man, a man who knew Soho for its prostitution and sex thrills it offered. This and the rising subject of the feminist movement led to a new type of sex shop appearing which was one aimed solely at women.  The first of its kind, opened its doors in 1970 and eleven years later came up with the idea of the infamous ‘naughty knicker parties’ where women and women alone held parties at their own home and were able to find out about sex toys and purchase them if they wished.

Then in 1997 a new revolutionised sexy shopping experience opened in the form of Pulse and Cocktails, they saw a niche in the market for an up-market sex shop that did not just focus on one sex.  There was no place couples could go and shop together and feel at ease as they did so and the company realised this then Pulse and Cocktails was created. They decided on a new shopping experience in the form of two sections to the store, the first being Cocktails which focused on items such as lingerie, clothing and novelty items and then the other side being Pulse which sells sex toys and pornography. The idea behind this being that if people wanted to come and shop for clothes but didn’t want to see some of the more extreme side to sex then they did not have too as it would be separate.

The company also wanted to get away from the negative stigma that is associated with sex shops and therefore include no big neon signs at the front of their shops and you can see this from the name, Pulse and Cocktails shows no hint of sex in the title. Their company motto is ‘couples who play together stay together’ again no sign of sex of seediness at all. Like all other licensed sex shops they are not allowed to show anything of a sexual nature in their shop windows, which includes things such as sex toys, this means that most of the outsides of their 22 shops show contemporary sexy photography which looks up-market and friendly.

New laws regarding the sale of pornographic films means that all shops wanting to sell them now need a licence, this reinforces the stereotype to people that sex shops with a licence just sell hardcore porn which is just not the case. Pulse and Cocktails embrace the fact that not everyone wants to see pornography and place the DVD sections in their stores out of the way and in some cases even upstairs.

This shows that the idea of sex shops has changed a great deal over the past 50 years, Pulse and Cocktails realised that couples sometimes need a helping hand to make their relationship work and in the majority of cases people stray away because they are bored. They have made embarrassment purchasing toys a thing of the past and aim for it to stay there.

Sex from around the world

sex-pleaseThere are some places in the world which are pretty liberated when it comes to sex, such as Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Thailand and even England!

There are also places which you would expect to have more conservative laws. India for example, where sex toys are illegal and come with a jail term of 2-5 years.

Wherever you are in the world, legislation often doesn’t keep up with public behaviour. You may find yourself in a very awkward position, even if you weren’t in one to start with!

Here are some weird and wonderful bylaws from around the world, still legal today:

  • In London, having sex on a parked motorcycle is illegal.
  • In China, a woman may be naked only while in the bathroom. Not in a hotel room.
  • In Nepal, Bangladesh and Macao it is against the law to view movies containing kisses by actors from these three countries or any simulated lovemaking by anyone or the pubic area of men and women.
  • In Guam there are some men with the (enviable?) full-time job to deflower young virgins whilst travelling around the countryside, at a price. According to Guam law, virgins are not allowed to get married.
  • In Hong Kong, women are legally allowed to kill their adulterous husband, but only with their bare hands. The lover may be killed in any manner they wish.
  • In Oxford, Ohio, it’s illegal for a woman to stand in front of a man’s picture and take off her clothing.
  • In Washington, D.C., the missionary position is the only acceptable sexual position. All other sexual positions are illegal.
  • Nevada legislature prevents members of the legality from conducting official business wearing a penis costume while the legislature is in session.
  • In Liverpool, England, Women be topless whilst selling products but only if they are in a tropical fish shop.
  • In Connorsville, Wisconsin, it’s illegal for a man to fire a gun when his female partner is orgasming.
  • In Birmingham, England, it is illegal for a man and woman to have sex “on the steps of any church after the sun goes down”
  • In Alexandria, Minnesota, no man is allowed to have sex with his wife if he has the smell of garlic, onions, or sardines on his breath. If his wife so requests, law mandates that he must brush his teeth.
  • In Cleveland, Ohio, women aren’t allowed to wear shiny patent-leather shoes in case a man looking down see’s the reflection of her private parts.
  • In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, requires hotels to have twin beds in every room. If a couple rents a room for only one night there must be at least two feet between the beds. It is also illegal to have sex on the floor between the beds.

Do you know of any weird sex bylaws? Let us know in the comments below!

The P-spot and prostate massagers – what’s all the fuss about?


If you are reading this blog post, and are male then well done. You are already breaking down the barriers and approaching the subject with an open mind. Despite the growing support for prostate stimulation and anal sex toys for men, there is a strong taboo still associated with this very pleasurable past-time; this stigma includes (but is not limited to) associations with submission (unless that is your kind of thing) and strong (but very misguided) associations that anal penetration is a homosexual act. The two taboo’s associated with prostate massagers are something that we here at Pulse & Cocktails are looking to challenge!

What is the P-spot?

Yes, is a question that some of you may be asking, what exactly is this. Guys there is no need to feel left out in the stimulation stakes because, the P-spot is the male equivalent to the female g-spot; and as you may have guessed, for men this is located in your rectum. The ‘P’ in p-spot stands for prostate, this is because this is the prostate gland that is stimulated. The p-spot fortunately is easier to find than the female equivalent and is around 2-inches in and it is about the size of a walnut. It is the stimulation of this gland which produces the ‘male orgasm’.

The Male Orgasm?

I know what you are thinking here, doesn’t that just mean you cum? The answer here is generally no, the male orgasm achieved through prostate stimulation can be achieved without climax. Research into prostate stimulation has shown similarities between the male and female orgasm through stimulation of the ‘g’ and ‘p’ spot’s. In research conducted by sexologist Dr Pierre Desvaux he found that of the males which tried this form of stimulation, a significant number of them reported an ‘out of the ordinary orgasm’ – going on further to describe this as more visceral and deep, without ejaculation. The research behind the similarities, is not conclusive in scientific terms – but the results from those who have tried it speaks volumes.

P-spot stimulation: something for you, or fun with your partner?

This is something which will really be a matter of personal preference, some may find that for the first couple of times, exploration alone will be more comfortable so you can get a better understanding of what you like and what feels good. However, the use of prostate massagers, and other toys on the male’s prostate as a couple can be one of the most sensual experiences a couple can have. For a female partner, being in control and using a toy on her partner can bring with it an increased sense of stimulation and a higher level of sexual excitement. Also this is something that you can do together, there are various types of toys on the market designed for prostate stimulation, and we will take a look at some of the various different types shortly.

P-spot orgasms are good for your Health?

It may be hard to believe, but the NHS in 2009 happened to agree with this concept, not specifically for p-spot orgasms but a campaign they ran had the slogan: “an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away” – something I could not agree with more. Orgasms bring with them more than just a simple feeling of pleasure, the physiological process of orgasm is good for your health. When you orgasm, the body releases a cocktail of endorphins (oxytocin and serotonin to name two) which have positive effects on the body. The cocktail of endorphins has been described as a “natural opiate” explaining the feeling of closeness you experience post-intercourse. Serotonin is the neurochemical associated with depression, in essence orgasms help stave off depression.

But, these are benefits of orgasms in general, stimulation of the prostate gland has its own benefits. Prostate stimulation has been shown to improve the health of the prostate gland, which in turn can help to avoid the onset in later life of prostate related disease, including the big C which the most common form of cancer in males. But the health benefits are not just limited to preventing cancer, but also other forms of prostate disease such as prostatitis.

With all the benefits associated, the only question which remains is… who’s first?


Toys and products available

There are various different types of products which are available on the market designed for prostate stimulation and anal penetration, here are just a couple of them we have here at Pulse & Cocktails.

Prostate Stimulators:

These toys are designed specifically to stimulate the prostate gland, these are vibrating toys which are anatomically designed to deliver the vibrations precisely where they are desired. The beauty of these toys is that they stimulate both the prostate and the perineum (soft skin between the anus and testicles) for extra pleasure.

Butt Plugs:

These come in various different types, with various different functions and can be used by both you and your partner. We have a full collection of anal sex toys online. There is something for everyone.

Now, this is something you may have never thought about, but this is a way that you can reverse the roles and bring a new level of sensuality to the relationship, one founded on trust.


When using any prostate or anal toys, remember to always use with plenty of lubrication of maximum pleasure. Clean your toys after use with Pulse & Cocktails specially formulated toy cleaner.

If you have any questions, or would like any advice, you can always pop into one of our stores, there are 21 across the UK and all of our wonderful staff are trained to help you pick the right toy for you.


Pornography for couples

passion_coupleIf you are reading this, I would assume that you are thinking about watching Pornography with your other half and are looking for places to start. Pornography can be couple friendly, and not just aimed at men an idea which may seem strange to you, but infact there are already many couples out there that use porn to spice up their love life… in fact figures show that over 50% of all porn is bought or rented by couples, a shocking fact for most people I’m sure, but it is something that exist, and something that is available in high volume.

If you are new to pornography as a woman, or if you are looking for some pointers as a male as to what is classed as ‘couple friendly porn’ this will help. For first timers when it comes to porn, the first suggestion is not to go for something that is just meaningless, and completely unrealistic sex; because let’s face it, things like that would never, ever happen. As a starting place, this more likely to scare her off than invite her in, so try and find porn with a storyline, something that is believable, and enjoyable at the same time, and more importantly one that can be related to in some way! Why not try a Marc Dorcel title, or a Slick title, which are all ‘couple friendly’.

Another suggestion of somewhere to start perhaps is with girl-on-girl, these images are considered to be more attractive, and not as threatening as male-female pornography… if girl-on-girl is not for you, then pick a film with a romantic hero, or an attractive male, this will be more of a turn on, or even better still perhaps something with real couples –as you and your partner will feel like you can relate to the people on the screen.

When it comes to the woman, try to avoid her being based on a porn model with fake breasts and perfect lips, because this isn’t true to the majority of real life women. This will help your female partner as they will be much more relaxed and not feel threatened as this will be more like them than a porn model would be, this will be much more of a turn on for them, and a it will be a turn on for you too, females will always feel sexier if they are able to relate to women and this will show.

All of this isn’t just plucked out of no-where to try and sell more, but these are real opinions of real people who like yourselves were looking for pornography that was couple friendly.

Couple friendly porn from a woman’s perspective:

In 2006 Cosmo on their online forum debated the existence of couple friendly porn, and there was a resounding opinion, that there was adult entertainment out there for couples, and specifically for women, and even more if you type ‘couple friendly pornography’ into Google and return the search, you will be faced with a staggering 65,200,000 results, so it is evidently a concept that is out there.

Couple friendly pornography at Pulse and Cocktails:

Here at Pulse and Cocktails, we aim to try and change the negative stigma surrounding porn because this is not just aimed at a male market, but something that is, and is increasingly over the years aimed at women and couples. Porn can be incredibly sensual, especially if you are in a position to relate to the couples on the screen.

At Pulse and Cocktails, especially in our flagship store in Rotherham, we have a massive collection of Adult films, which are suitable for couples, and even if you are looking for something more adventurous, then we have that available too, go down to your local store and find out for yourselves.

Even if you don’t feel ready for adult why not look for something a little softer. We also have numerous different erotic novels, and adult books for you to read such as the Swingers collection. Many woman, who don’t like pornography will enjoy these, they are a form of adult entertainment that like film versions of porn have been around for a long time, and will continue to be because…. Couples who play together, stay together.




Our Worksop shop is located on an industrial estate with parking facilities at the front and the rear of the premises. This is a fantastic, open plan shop with the naughty novelties and lingerie, and a large collection of Adult DVDs catering for every taste and preference, and all manner of toys available, friendly, helpful staff and relaxing shopping experience is had by all our customers.


1351788937Pulse & Cocktails Wolverhampton Store

Our Wolverhampton store has recently been re-vamped, the store is a large open plan lay-out with a fantastic selection of toys, adult DVD\\\’s, clothing, lingerie, games and bondage, friendly and helpful staff and huge free private carpark for our customers.



Helpful and friendly staff, huge private car park for our customers and a bright modern store all create a unique shopping experience in a relaxed environment.