Wednesday, 4 December 2019

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Interplay games wins awards

Interplay's new Fuzzi Street range and Orangutwang game have each won a Made for Mums Toy Award!

Fuzzi Street won the Gold award in the prestigious Best Art/Craft Toy category. The range encourages children to decorate their very own Ice Cream Parlour, Pizzeria and Post Office, and each play set comes with a brand new fuzzikin animal to colour in. Like all Fuzzikins they are washable, so each set offers hours of creative fun!

Meanwhile Orangutwang, recently launched as part of the new Interplay Games range, won Silver in the Best Board Game for 3 Years + Category!

Already a hit in the USA, Orangutwang involves hanging fruit and jungle friends on the orangutan, but watch out! Once he's holding too much he'll spring up and send the fruit and friends flying... you just never know when!

Made for Mums Toy Awards

MadeForMums is the UK’s number 1 site for parenting product reviews, with an outstanding reputation for expert, honest review content, so a MadeForMums Toy Award is recognised by parents and retailers – and the national press – as a sign of a toy’s outstanding quality and play potential.

The winners were announced after 8 weeks of home-testing with more than 500 child and parent judges, several judging days involving influencer family judges with a combined YouTube following of 600,000, plus the wisdom of toy industry experts.

To learn about their amazing range of toys and games and to order them, please visit

Winter Wonderland Set to Return To Manchester This Christmas

The UK’s biggest Christmas indoor Winter Wonderland, will return to Manchester on 6th December.

Following last year’s hugely successful event which saw over 85,000 people visit the Christmas festivities, Santa’s little helpers have worked with the event organisers to launch this year’s Winter Wonderland, promising it to be the best yet!

Winter Wonderland 2019 will see five amazing festive attractions including: A massive real ice rink, a wondrous Christmas circus, an incredible panto, a vast indoor funfair and of course, Santa Claus, too!

As well as all these attractions there will be plenty of food and drink available, catering for a wide range of requirements including vegan, vegetarian, gluten and lactose free options. Refreshments will also be available to get visitors into the festive spirit.

For parents of young children, there will be plenty of space to park any prams as well as a quiet breastfeeding area and baby changing facilities throughout the venue

Winter Funland event director, Andy Windmill, said: “Last years event was a phenomenal success and this year promises to be bigger, brighter and full of even more festive fun. We have pulled out all of the stops to ease queues for Santa, quicker service for food and of course, brought in even more exciting funfair rides.”

Families who have children who are on the Autism Spectrum will be pleased to learn the organisers have created a  special autism-friendly sensory experience as part of the Winter Funland which will be available exclusively for autistic children and their family to enjoy on Monday 9th December.

The Winter Funland will be closed to the general public on that day and transformed, making it a welcoming and exciting space for young people affected by autism. Not only will there will be fewer crowds around, but the volume of the attractions will be lowered, the lighting and flickering lights reduced and a special space to chill out if any aspect gets too overwhelming will also be available.

Last year’s event gave over £100,000 worth of tickets to local charities & underprivileged families and they'll do the same again in 2019!

Winter Funland is taking place at EventCity, opposite intu Trafford Centre and there are over 3,000 free car parking spaces. 

The doors will officially open to the public on 6th December and will remain open until 4th January 2020 with tickets available right now,

All-inclusive admission tickets are £23.50 per person and under 3’s go FREE. Fastpass tickets to visit Father Christmas at Santa’s Ghrotto are also available from the website here

This Christmas the mischievous Elves Behavin’ Badly are back and naughtier than ever

Pick up your Elves Behavin’ Badly this December and have some fun!

The countdown to Christmas is now well underway. It’s time to think about decorating the Christmas tree, hanging the mistletoe and decorating the house.

But! There’s just one (or rather several) small things that you simply must do in order to get in the true Christmas spirit, pick up the striped legs of a pair of elves from the Elves Behavin’ Badly gang and get mischievous!

This December the iconic elves are back and they’re behavin’ even more disgracefully than ever before!. Dismissed from Elftoria and given their P45s, they are looking for revenge.

In light of this the team behind Elves Behavin’ Badly, PMS International, are making a public call to tell people ‘Don’t Bring Your Elves to Work…but they might just invite themselves!’ That’s right, this very naughty pair of elves are hoping consumers will purchase them to help Elfie and Elvie, the troublesome pair at the centre of the chaos, cause mayhem in workplaces and homes all over the UK.

This year the elves aren’t alone in their mischief, Joey Essex is getting a slice of the naughty and ‘salty’ Christmas action. In a mischievous film, Joey is seen falling victim to the elves’ pranks, and now wants consumers all over the UK to pick some up and play some pranks of their own. From leaving an elf poking out of the drawer of your colleague’s desk, to putting the elves in a risqué position as your mates come over for dinner - get creative, get naughty and have some fun, after all, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

It seems that this Christmas it’s not all about making the nice list, the naughty list is double the trouble and double the fun. These cheeky characters make the perfect secret Santa gift, stocking filler or even for yourself. Look out for the red and white striped legs of Elfie and Elvie in most major retailers and online from November where they’re looking to cause pre-Christmas pandemonium.

There is an exciting range of products with the Elves having an RRP of around £3.99 and accessories starting at RRP of £1.00. The huge range of accessories includes a sleigh, dress-up outfits for the dolls and a fake CCTV camera which appears to spy on the kids and report back to Santa.

Keep an eye on social media too for hilarious footage of Joey and the elves as well as a series of daily December dares prompting pranks and chaos!

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Elves Behavin’ Badly is owned by PMS International, the UK's leading manufacturer, importer and distributor of a wide range of consumer products; including Plush Toys, Dolls and Christmas Decorations. Elves Behavin’ Badly has grown considerably over the past few years and what started out as a bit of fun has now become a nationwide Christmas ritual. Since bursting onto the scene, parents all over the country have started experiencing the fun to be had with Elves Behavin’ Badly - the brand has become popular with adults and children alike.