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Hooray for the May Bank Holidays!

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What a month April turned out to be!

From Bluey’s two-week stint at Kew Gardens, to Paddington’s appearance at Westfield’s Upside-down Sunflower Garden, and the Gruffalo’s visit to Sterling Mills Shopping Centre in Scotland, the Easter half-term was definitely jam-packed with plenty of exciting events!

Last month also saw characters promoting of a number of licensed collaborations including,

  • Tatty Teddy at Card Factory stores across the UK to celebrate the launch of their exclusive Me to You range.
  • Peppa Pig and George at the Emma Bridgewater Factory for a pottery painting party to promote their 'Celebrating 20 Years' range.
  • Bugs Bunny at the Women's Six Nation's England vs. Ireland match at Twickenham Stadium to help launch England Rugby's brand-new Looney Tunes merchandise range.

With two May bank holiday’s ahead of us, check out where you can see your favourite characters this month, (*events can be subject to change)…

4th May: PAW Patrol’s Marshall and Rubble Meet & Greet – 4 Kingdoms Farm Park, Thatcham

4th May: Bluey and Bingo Meet & Greet – Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, Norwich

4th May: CoComelon’s JJ Meet & Greet – Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes

4th & 5th May: Paddington™ Narration – Embsay Station, Yorkshire

5th May: PAW Patrol’s Chase and Skye Meet & Greet – 4 Kingdoms Farm Park, Thatcham

5th May: CoComelon’s JJ and Cody Meet & Greet – Gracechurch Shopping Centre, Sutton Coldfield

5th May: Hey Duggee Meet & Greet – Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes

5th & 6th May: Bluey and Bingo Meet & Greet – Rand Farm Park, Lincoln

6th May: Peppa Pig Meet & Greet – Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes

6th May: PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall Meet & Greet – Whistlestop Valley, West Yorkshire

6th May: Paddington™ Meet & Greet – Wheelgate Park, Newark

11th May: Gabby and Peppa Pig Meet & Greet – Smyths Store Opening, Cardiff

11th & 12th May: Hey Duggee Meet & Greet – Gulliver’s Theme Park, Warrington

11th & 12th May: CoComelon’s JJ Meet & Greet – Gullivers Theme Park, Rother Valley

11th & 12th May: PAW Patrol’s Chase Narration – Welshpool Steam Railway Station

11th & 12th May: Bluey and Bingo Meet & Greet – Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge

12th May: Peppa Pig and George Meet & Greet – Colchester Zoo, Essex

18th May: Hey Duggee Activation – Old MacDonald’s Farm, Brentwood

18th May: Paddington™ Meet & Greet – Gwili Railway, Carmarthen

18th & 19th May: Bluey and Bingo Narration – Yorkshire Wildlife Park

19th May: Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Meet & Greet – Hogshaw Farm & Wildlife Park, Buckingham

24th - 26th May:  Peppa Pig (24th May), Hey Duggee (25th May) and Bluey (26th May) Meet & Greet – In It Together Festival, Port Talbot

25th May: Gruffalo and Stick Man Meet & Greet – Vancouver Quarter, Kings Lynn

25th May: Peppa Pig and George Narration – Edinburgh Zoo

25th May: PAW Patrol’s Chase and Skye Meet & Greet – Pettitt’s Animal Adventure Park, Norwich

25th May: Paddington™ Meet & Greet – Didcot Railway Centre, Oxfordshire

25th & 26th May: Bluey Meet & Greet – West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley

26th May: PAW Patrol’s Chase Meet & Greet – Stonehenge Works Railway, Leighton Buzzard

26th May: Peppa Pig Meet & Greet – Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes

27th May: Paddington™ Meet & Greet – Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

27th May: Bluey Meet & Greet – North Weald Station, Essex

27th May: Peter Rabbit™ Meet & Greet – Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes

27th May: Sonic the Hedgehog™ Meet & Greet – West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley

28th May: Bluey Meet & Greet – Manor Walks Shopping Centre, Cramlington

28th May: Hey Duggee Meet & Greet – West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley

29th May: Bluey and Bingo Narration – Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm, Sailsbury

29th May: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s Leo and Raph Meet & Greet – West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley

29th & 30th May: Hey Duggee Activation – Manor Wildlife Park, Tenby

30th May: Bluey Meet & Greet – Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

30th May: Gruffalo Meet & Greet – West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley

30th May: Bing and Flop Meet & Greet – Seal Bay Holiday Park, Selsey

31st May: CoComelon’s JJ Meet & Greet – West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley

Events to get you in the Festive Spirit!

October saw the return of the renowned Character Parade at Brand Licensing Europe and it didn’t disappoint.  At just under one mile it was the longest parade in the history of BLE with 66 characters including Barney, Paddington™ and The Wombles walking the route at ExCeL London.

Poppy & Branch also promoted the release of their new movie ‘Trolls Band Together’, Sonic flew to the Netherlands for Lego® World 2023 and Pip and Posy set out on a half-term tour of shopping centres to raise brand awareness.

 

November marks the start of the annual Elves Behavin’ Badly Christmas Tour.  The popular pranking Elfie and Elvie will be helping shoppers get into the festive spirit at the following shopping centres:

11th November: Baytree Centre, Brentwood

12th November: The Atria, Watford

18th November: Meadowhall, Sheffield

19th November: Lakeside, Essex

25th November: The Mall Luton

26th November: Staines Town centre

Plus the Grinch will be getting up to all sorts of mischief and mayhem at Meadowhall in Sheffield this festive season when he visits on 11th, 12th, 19th, 25th & 26th November.

Want to find out where the rest of your favourite characters will be this month?  Check out the list below (*events can be subject to change)

 

1st November: CoComelon’s JJ Meet & Greet – Selfridges Birmingham

2nd & 3rd November: PAW Patrol’s Chase Pup Pup Boogie – Peak Wildlife Park, Leek

4th & 5th November: The Gruffalo Meet & Greet – East Lancashire Railway, Bury

5th November: Bluey & Bingo Meet & Greet – Cheltenham Racecourse Fireworks

5th November: PAW Patrol’s Skye Meet & Greet – Hamley’s Regent Street, London

11th November: PAW Patrol’s Chase Pup Pup Boogie – Boston Farm Park, Doncaster

11th November: Gabby Meet & Greet – The Entertainer, Bluewater

11th November: Bluey Meet & Greet – The Forge Shopping Centre, Glasgow

11th November: Pikachu Meet & Greet – Smyths Toy Store, Wrexham

11th November: CoComelon’s JJ Meet & Greet – Smyths Toy Store, Wrexham

12th November: PAW Patrol’s Chase Meet & Greet – The Forge Shopping Centre, Glasgow

15th November: The Snowman™ Meet & Greet – Belgravia Christmas Lights, London

17th November: The Snowman™ Meet & Greet – Angel Shopping Centre, London

17th November: Miraculous' Ladybug Meet & Greet – Strood Town Centre, Kent

18th November: Pikachu Meet & Greet – Castle Street, Edinburgh

18th November: Bluey Meet & Greet – Wolverhampton Christmas Lights

18th November: Grinch Meet & Greet – High Wycombe Christmas Lights

18th November: Paddington™ Meet & Greet – Dartford Christmas Lights

18th November: Shrek Meet & Greet – Fishergate Shopping Centre, Preston

18th November: The Snowman™ and The Snowdog Meet & Greet – Fishergate Shopping Centre, Preston

18th November: Bluey & Bingo Meet & Greet – Southampton Town Centre

18th & 19th November: Hey Duggee Activity – Southampton Town Centre

19th November: PAW Patrol’s Chase Meet & Greet – Southampton Town Centre

19th November: Paddington™ Meet & Greet – Chesterfield Christmas Lights

24th November: PAW Patrol’s Chase Meet & Greet – Gillingham Town Centre, Kent

25th November: Peppa Pig & George Meet & Greet – The Mall Luton

25th November: Care Bears’ Grumpy Bear Meet & Greet – Bentalls Kingston

25th November: The Snowman™ and The Snowdog Meet & Greet – Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull

25th November: Bluey Meet & Greet – Godalming Christmas Lights

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