The Outdoor Toy Awards partners with DC Thomson for 2019 return

The Outdoor Toy Awards is making its return for 2019, offering up the run down on the best outdoor toys ahead of the summer holidays.

Organised by the experts over at Toyology, the Outdoor Toy Awards will see the spotlight thrown onto ten toys, each one crowned champion in their category.

This year, the Outdoor Toy Awards has secured a media partnership with DC Thomson Media, who, through its 110% gaming and Sweet magazines, will reach a wide audience with competitions and content on their pages in issues running into the summer holidays, as well as activity on social channels. 

Every toy entered will be put through its paces at a dedicated event, where thy will be judged by over 50 Toyminators aged five to 14, in Toyology’s outdoor play space.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this outdoor adventure for the second year after a very successful first year,” said Kirsty Matthews, head of magazine marketing at DC Thompson. 

“Getting kids outdoors and active and having loads of fun is totally aligned with the messages from our magazines, we’re hoping to get a trampoline installed in the offices soon.”

To further enhance online and social media reach, the awards will be working alongside Kidzcoolit, where regular updates on award entries will be posted in the approach to the awards day. The Kidzcoolit website and newsletter will also be utilised to keep outdoor play front of mind to its legions of readers with a competition to celebrate the end of the OTA19 adventure.

Brand owner Nick at Kidzcoolit said “‘In 2018 the UK had glorious summer weather perfect for outdoor fun and I’m feeling quietly confident 2019 will be just as stunning”

The Outdoor Playtime awards final will be live-streamed on the day over Facebook and Twitch, a video created celebrating the day and winners and runners-up revealed well ahead of the school summer holidays. 

“We hope this’ll all assist in offering guidance for the ideal outdoor toys for parents to pick to get kids up and active in the holidays” said Peter Jenkinson, organiser of the awards.

To get your brands involved visit the website at

The Categories :

Climbing and Adventure
Sport and Splash Fun
Outdoor Games
Flying Toys
Ride On
Outdoor Play
Battle & Blaster Toys
Houses, Tents & Hideaways
Science and Nature

Open for entry – March 18th

For more information contact – 07504 023373

Visit for an entry form.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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