May features two extended Bank Holiday weekends plus a Half-Term School Holiday; with these dates comes the added opportunity for venues to host licensed character appearances, mini shows, narrations and interactive events to help appeal even more to a family demographic.
May 23 will see the start of a nationwide tour of intu shopping centres by eOne’s Peppa Pig. The tour starts at intu MetroCentre in Gateshead, stops off at a total of fourteen venues and finishes on May 31. Peppa Pig’s huge fan-base around the country will have an opportunity to have some “Holiday Fun” with Peppa, as well as a chance to dance the Peppa steppa. Rainbow Productions is managing the character tour in partnership with Entertainment One and intu.
During May, one of the latest signings to the firm’s portfolio of licensed children’s characters represented under licence – The Gruffalo – will also be making a number of personal appearances, visiting venues such as farm parks, shopping centres and outdoor events. The Gruffalo will also be taking part in enhanced narration activities.
A selection of character activities taking place during May is detailed, below. All the listings relate to licensed children’s characters appearing at intervals throughout the day on those dates. All events are subject to last-minute changes to dates and venues and it is therefore recommended that the venues hosting the character visits are contacted directly to re-confirm details.
May 2: Peppa Pig is going to Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire.
May 2: White Post Farm in Mansfield has arranged a visit from The Gruffalo.
May 2 & 3: Postman Pat is visiting two Park Resorts locations: Cayton Bay, Scarborough and Skipsea Sands Holiday Park in Yorkshire, respectively.
May 2 & 3: Paddington will be visiting Epping & Ongar Railway in Essex.
May 3: The Gruffalo heads to Rand Park Farm in Lincoln.
May 3: Peppa Pig will be seeing visitors today at Knowsley Safari Park.
May 4: Brooklands Museum in Weybridge receives a visit from Fireman Sam today.
May 4: A Peppa Pig Narration event takes place at Woburn Safari Park near to Milton Keynes.
May 4: The Gruffalo will be taking part in a Narration event at Princess Square in Bracknell.
May 4: Paddington heads over to Norfolk, to Bressingham Steam & Gardens.
May 9: The Parkway shopping centre in Newbury will host personal appearances by Paddington.
May 9: Peppa Pig is joined by Daddy Pig during her visit to Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire; there will also be additional opportunities for fans to pose within a branded Standee scene.
May 9: Movie star Shaun the Sheep is going to Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood.
May 10: Moomin heads to the Skandium store in Brighton today, followed by the store on London’s Marylebone Road on May 16 and the store on Brompton Road, London on May 17.
May 14: Wallace & Gromit are going to Bella Italia Bristol, located within Abbey Wood Shopping Park.
May 16: Mikey and Donnie from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles head to Regent Arcade shopping centre in Cheltenham.
May 17: Willows Farm in St. Albans has arranged for Peppa Pig and Daddy Pig to see their visitors today.
May 21 & 22: Paddington will be attending the Devon County Show.
May 23: Captain Barnacles from the Octonauts will be going to Friars Square shopping centre in Aylesbury.
May 23: Postman Pat is going to West Somerset Railway, Minehead.
May 24: The Milky Way attraction in north Devon has booked Leo and Raph from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
May 24 & 25: Shaun the Sheep is visiting Wallington Hall, a National Trust place in Northumberland.
May 25: A Gruffalo narration event is scheduled for today at The Galleries in Washington.
May 25: Windsor Racecourse has arranged a visit by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii.
May 25: Paddington is going to Audley End Miniature Railway in Essex.
May 26-28: Keighley & Worth Valley Light Railway has arranged a visit from Paddington.
May 26-29: Dora the Explorer will be making personal appearances and seeing guests during her visit to Marwell Zoo.
May 27: Cantref Adventure Farm in Brecon has booked Fireman Sam today.
May 27: Ice Age characters Sid and Scrat are going to West Quay shopping centre in Southampton.
May 28: The Pavillions in Uxbridge has organised a visit from Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Octonauts.
May 28: A Fireman Sam Narration event is taking place today at the Victoria shopping centre in Harrogate.
May 28: Centrale shopping centre in Croydon has arranged a visit from Leo and Raph from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
May 29: Shaun the Sheep is going to The Oracle shopping centre in Reading.
May 29: The Gruffalo is going to Greenwich Shopping Park.
May 29: Ben and Holly from Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom will be heading to Old Square shopping centre in Walsall.
May 29: Adventure Wonderland in Bournemouth has arranged for Paddington to visit.
May 30: Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller are going to the Grand Arcade in Wigan.
May 31: Brent Cross shopping centre has arranged a Ben and Holly narration event for their family shoppers to enjoy.