Independent Toy and Gift Show moves to May to accommodate 2018 product launches

Robert Hutchins

By Robert Hutchins

July 31st 2017 at 2:27PM
UPDATED August 1st 2017 at 9:48AM
Independent Toy and Gift Show moves to May to accommodate 2018 product launches

Hosted by AIS, the show has been shifted from its April slot to take place on Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday May 2nd 2018 at its usual haunt at Cranmore Park Exhibition Venue.

The Independent Toy and Gift Show has moved to an early May slot next year to better accommodate the product launches of major UK suppliers.

Hosted by AIS, the show has been shifted from its April slot to take place on Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday May 2nd 2018 at its usual haunt at Cranmore Park Exhibition Venue.

The 2018 show will offer up ranges from both major toy companies and suppliers popular with independent toy buyers, moving to the later date to offer ‘a show full of diverse, innovative and exciting products from across the toy anf gift sectors.’

Hosted by Play-Room, the toy division of the buying group Associated Independent Stores, the show is open to all independent toy buyers. Play_room will be celebrating ten years since its launch in 2008.

“We felt that the show was too early last year and we were looking for a later date,” Miles Penhallow, head of toys and childrens’ gifts, AIS, tells ToyNews.

“The only date available transpired to be in May due to other shows. We have spoken to all our top 20 suppliers about this and they felt that logistically, it would be easier to plan for both May shows and that more new samples would be available.”

Exhibitor bookings for next year’s Independent Toy and Gift Show will open in October.