As the end of the school summer holidays approaches, we reflect on what’s been a busy summer of licensed character appearances, mini shows, story-telling sessions, treasure hunts and more!
Superman flying into intu Uxbridge on September 2 marks the final stop-off after a six week ‘Be a Superhero This Summer’ Tour across intu shopping centres, which started on July 23 when Batman descended on intu Bromley. This activity has seen Warner Bros. Justice League properties Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman each visit fourteen intu shopping centre destinations – ranging from intu Lakeside in Essex through to intu Braehead in Glasgow. WBCP and intu worked together to deliver this summer experience for their shoppers, with Rainbow Productions supporting the activity through managing the presence and performance of each superhero across all venues. As well as delivering an interactive mini show at each of the intu shopping centres, young fans were given the opportunity to pose alongside the famous superhero character whilst practicing their very best superhero pose!
As the superheroes character tour comes to an end, another tour starts in September, where Rainbow Productions will be managing the personal appearances of Poppy and Branch from the Trolls on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox. This activity aims to support the upcoming Trolls movie release and starts on September 10 at Hamleys, Trafford Centre. Poppy and Branch will also stop off at venues including Liverpool One, St. Enoch Centre, Meadowhall and Hamleys in St. David’s Centre Cardiff.
Last month also witnessed licensed characters joining the line-up at family festivals, such as the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth, The Big Feastival in Oxfordshire and CarFest South in Hampshire. September will also see licensed children’s characters making appearances in front of family audiences at festivals: On Blackheath in London on September 10 and 11 plus On Roundhay in Leeds on September 17.
Below can be seen a selection of character events scheduled for September. As ever, all listings are subject to change.
September 1: The penultimate Superman activation takes place at intu Bromley shopping centre.
September 1: Peppa Pig and George will be making in-store personal appearances at Mothercare in Edmonton.
September 2: intu Uxbridge is the final host venue for the Superman Tour.
September 3: Valley Retail Park in Croydon has arranged a visit from PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall.
September 3: Ubercorn from the Go Jetters heads to Smyths at a Retail Park in Bournemouth on behalf of BBC Worldwide.
September 3: Meanwhile Glitch from the Go Jetters heads to The Entertainer store within Westfield London.
September 3: West Somerset Railway has booked appearances by Shaun the Sheep.
September 3: Peppa Pig is going to be making appearances at Spa Valley Railway.
September 4: Paddington is going to York Racecourse today.
September 4: The Forest Centre in Bedford has arranged a visit by Peppa Pig.
September 4: Ben and Holly will be present at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port to see fans and also support a campaign between the brand owner and The Canal & River Trust.
September 9: Tiny and Small from the Clangers are going to the National Space Centre in Leicester.
September 10: Chase and Marshall will be at the Darwin shopping centre in Shrewsbury, making personal appearances during story-telling sessions.
September 11: Paddington will be making personal appearances at Severn Valley Railway.
September 15: On behalf of Spread A Smile, Peppa Pig will be visiting Great Ormond Street Hospital.
September 17: Ice Age’s Sid and Diego will be going to All Things Wild nature centre in Evesham, Worcestershire.
September 17: Fireman Sam will be present at Woburn Safari Park in Milton Keynes.
September 17: The On Roundhay family festival in Leeds will include appearances by the Clangers.
September 17: The Ropewalk shopping centre in Nuneaton will receive a visit by PAW Patrol’s Chase & Marshall.
September 18: Mike the Knight and Evie are both going to see guests at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.
September 18: Chase and Marshall return to Drusillas Zoo Park in East Sussex.
September 24: Chase and Marshall head to Riverside Shopping Centre in Evesham.
September 24: The Gruffalo and Stick Man are heading to Empire Live at the London O2 arena.
September 24: Bing & Flop will be visiting The Entertainer store in Sunderland on behalf of Mattel.
September 25: Woburn Safari Park has arranged for The Gruffalo to visit.
September 25 & 26: PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall are going to M&D’s Scotland’s Theme Park in Motherwell.