April kicks off with a number of character visits on the first of the month – delivering added entertainment for consumers across UK venues and without an April Fool in sight! Events on the agenda for April 1st include Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig heading down to Animal Farm in Somerset as well as Ben and Holly from television series, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom going along to see guests at Drusillas Zoo Park in East Sussex. A host of additional venues hosting licensed children’s characters on April 1st can be seen in the calendar section, below.
During the Easter holidays, Rainbow Productions is set to support an event partnership between FremantleMedia and intu shopping centres, delivering an interactive Mim-Mim experiential tour across fourteen intu shopping centres.
Additionally, the Easter break will see the UK’s official licensed children’s characters visit venues such as retailers, shopping centres, indoor and outdoor leisure attractions, farm parks, heritage railways, Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as airport terminals and railway stations, giving young fans plenty of opportunities to see their favourite characters.
Some of the many character activities scheduled for April can be seen, below. All listings will see the characters appearing at intervals on those dates – note that listings are subject to last-minute changes to the location and date and it is advisable to double-check directly with venues hosting these events.
April 1: Today marks the start of a tour of intu shopping centres over the Easter holidays by FremantleMedia’s children’s brand Mim-Mim , seen in the television series called Kate and Mim-Mim.
April 1: Mike the Knight heads to Lincoln Castle.
April 1: Riverside shopping centre in Evesham receives a visit today from Tree Fu Tom.
April 1: Heathrow Express has arranged for Bugs Bunny to see passengers at Paddington railway station.
April 1 & 2: Shaun the Sheep is going to The Brunel shopping centre in Swindon for two days of personal appearances.
April 3: Fireman Sam is going to Crystal Peaks shopping centre in Sheffield.
April 3: Dean Forest Railway in Gloucestershire is hosting a visit from Peter Rabbit.
April 3 & 4: Mikey and Donnie from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles head to Animal Farm in Somerset, followed by Leo and Raph on April 5 and 6.
April 4: Letchworth Garden City has arranged for Peter Rabbit to visit Standalone Farm.
April 4: Harrods in Knightsbridge is hosting appearances by Jewel Sparkles from Zapf Creative’s Lalaloopsy brand.
April 4 & 5: Park Resorts has organised for Postman Pat to visit Crimdon Dene in County Durham.
April 5 & 6: Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire will host Peter Rabbit story-time sessions for their visitors.
April 5 & 6: Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller are going to The Milky Way attraction in Devon.
April 5 & 6: Also in the South-West, Peppa Pig is heading to Bodmin Railway in Cornwall.
April 7: Tulleys Farm in Crawley, West Sussex is hosting appearances by Shaun the Sheep.
April 8: Tree Fu Tom interactive sessions are taking place at Royal Victoria Place shopping centre in Tunbridge Wells.
April 8: A Paddington narration event is planned today for East Lancashire Railway.
April 9: SpongeBob SquarePants is going to Queens Square shopping centre in West Bromwich.
April 9: Peppa Pig and George are taking part in a narration event today at Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough; shoppers can also enjoy a Muddy Puddles Treasure Hunt Activity around the centre and pose for additional photo opportunities with Peppa Pig’s branded photo standee.
April 14: Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Octonauts are going to The Oracle shopping centre in Reading.
April 15: Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells is hosting a narration event with appearances by Paddington.
April 17: Paddington is going to Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland.
April 18: Harrods is the venue today for Peppa Pig appearances organised by eOne.
April 25: Orton Square in Leicester is the location for personal appearances by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Octonauts.
April 25 & 26: Churnet Valley Railway in Staffordshire has arranged a visit from Paddington.
April 26: Brent Cross will see Leo and Raph from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stop by to see young fans at the shopping centre.
April 26: Peppa Pig and George are going to Kent Life Heritage Farm Park near Maidstone.