Princess Bubblegum, Jake & Finn attend the Brand Licensing Europe exhibition.
The month of May sees not one but two Bank Holiday weekends. Over the course of these extended weekends, many famous licensed children’s characters will be busy meeting young fans at events taking place across the UK.
A range of venues have opted to include within their family entertainment line-up the opportunity for their visitors to see a famous children’s character during interactive personal appearances and activities such as mini shows and narrations.
The first Bank Holiday in May will witness characters visiting a diverse range of events and attractions – including a Jousting Fair, a racecourse, shopping centres, farm parks, heritage railways and retailers.
Rainbow Productions manages the public appearances of these characters on behalf of property owners, having extended their brands into experiential marketing and live events.
Rainbow Productions recently acquired the licence from Turner Broadcasting to represent Jake and Finn from Adventure Time for appearances at events.
Also taking place in May, Postman Pat will be attending his UK film premiere on 11th May 2014 at London’s Odeon West End cinema. The following week, on 17th May, he’s set to attend the Kendal film premiere.
A selection of character events managed through Rainbow Productions during May 2014 is detailed below – please note that date and venues are subject to change.
- May 3rd: Apley Jousting Fair in Shropshire has arranged for Mike the Knight to make guest appearances.
- May 3rd: Flair Leisure Products has arranged two separate appearances in London today of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Raph & Donnie will be on Oxford Street while Mikey and Leo will be in Sloane Square.
- May 3rd: Peppa Pig and George will be making personal appearances at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire.
- May 3rd: Jones Lang LaSalle has arranged for Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Octonauts to visit The Parade Shopping Centre in Swindon.
- May 3rd – 5th: Animal Farm in Somerset has arranged for Ben and Holly from Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom to visit for three consecutive days, as part of the park’s entertainment offering to their guests over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
- May 4th: Rand Farm Park in Lincoln has booked Peppa Pig Meet and Greets.
- May 4th: Fremantle Media has arranged for Tree Fu Tom to visit Dalby Forest, part of the Forestry Commission, in North Yorkshire.
- May 5th: Visitor attraction Bressingham Steam and Gardens will be hosting personal appearances by Postman Pat® and Jess the Cat.
- May 5th: A Mike the Knight and Evie narration event will take place at Princess Square Shopping Centre in Bracknell.
- May 5th: Brooklands Museum in Weybridge has arranged a visit from Fireman Sam.
- May 5th: Moshi Monsters Katsuma and Poppet are heading to Windsor Racecourse.
- May 5th: TruckFest in Peterborough will also include guest appearances by Red Bird from Angry Birds.
- May 10th: Fireman Sam is going to Busy Bees Nursery in Newbury.
- May 10th& 11th: Avon Valley Railway in Bristol has arranged for Peppa Pig and George to visit.
- May 11th: Icon Film Distribution has arranged for Postman Pat to attend his UK film premiere.
- May 13th: Danilo Promotions has booked Jorge and Jerry from the Minions to support their presence at Progressive Greetings Live in London.
- May 18th: Kent Life in Maidstone is hosting personal appearances by the whole Peppa Pig family; Peppa Pig will be joined by Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George.
- May 19th: Peter Rabbit is going to the Chelsea Flower Show.
- May 21st: Ben and Holly will be seeing shoppers at West Quay shopping centre in Southampton.
- May 21st & 22nd: An event in Great Yarmouth will include appearances by Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!
- May 22nd & 23rd: Postman Pat is going to London Heathrow; he’ll be greeting passengers in Terminals 3 and 5 on the 22nd and Terminals 1 and 4 on the 23rd.
- May 24th – 26th: Mid-Norfolk Railway has arranged a three-day visit by Peppa Pig and George.
- May 25th: A Fireman Sam narration event has been booked by The Milky Way attraction in North Devon.
- May 26th: The BIG Sheep attraction in North Devon has arranged for Katsuma from Moshi Monsters to provide added entertainment for visitors.
- May 26th: Bunn Leisure in Selsey will receive a visit from Noddy and Tessie Bear.
- May 27th: Crealy’s Adventure Park in Devon has organised a Roary the Racing Car and Big Chris mini show for guests.
- May 27th: Crealy’s in Cornwall is hosting appearances by Tree Fu Tom.
- May 27th: Ben and Holly will be taking part in a narration event at Market Place shopping centre in Bolton.
- May 27th & 28th: Drayton Manor Theme Park has booked a visit from Peppa Pig.
- May 28th: Adventure Wonderland in Bournemouth is the venue for today’s visit from Mike the Knight.
- May 28th: Angelina Ballerina will be taking part in her Workshop event at The Oracle indoor leisure and shopping mall in Reading.
- May 28th: Aardman Animations’ character Timmy, from Timmy Time, is attending an event booked by the National Railway Museum Shildon.
- May 28th: Katsuma and Poppet are going to The Walnuts Shopping Centre in Orpington.
- May 29th: Wheelgate Park in Mansfield has arranged for Peppa Pig to visit.
- May 29th: James Mellor Group has booked Sid and Scrat from Ice Age to make appearances at an event taking place on the Durdham Downs in Bristol.
- May 30th: The Peacock shopping centre in Woking is hosting a visit from Fireman Sam.
- May 30th: Jones Lang LaSalle has booked a Mike the Knight and Evie narration event to take place at The Pavilions indoor shopping mall in Uxbridge.
- May 31st: Centrale shopping centre in Croydon has arranged a Postman Pat narration event for shoppers to enjoy.
- May 31st: Brent Cross shopping centre has organised for meet and greet appearances by Katsuma and Poppet from Moshi Monsters.
- May 31st: A Peppa Pig narration event, organised through Jones Lang LaSalle, is taking place at The Grange & Pyramids shopping centre in Birkenhead.
- May 31st: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has arranged appearances by Ben and Holly.