Toymaster May Show 2021 cancelled as Government restrictions hamper this year’s plans

Toymaster has confirmed that its annual Harrogate May show will not take place this year, but instead return for 2022 when it will take up its usual residence at the Majestic Hotel from May 17th to 19th.

The buying group has said that following the recent Government announcement setting out the roadmap out of lockdown, it was  clear that the Toymaster Show would not be able to take place on the original dates in May this year.

As a result, a survey was sent out to all Members and Suppliers regarding a potential alternative date at the end of August, asking if they would attend with any feedback. 

The results of this survey showed that while there were still Members and Suppliers who would like the show to go ahead and be able to meet up, many were unable to commit at the date change at this stage, citing reasons related to safety, potential travel restrictions, the proposed dates plus the added “complication of the uncertainty regarding future Covid waves.”

Subsequently, the Toymaster Board has decided that the May Show will not take place in 2021,  and the next show will be at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate May 17-19th 2022.  

“While it is a huge disappointment to have to cancel the show, we believe it is the right decision for all  involved,” said the group in a statement issued earlier today.

“The Toymaster May Show is renowned within the industry, and we feel the show will be a much better success when we know all our Members and Suppliers are able to attend safely once again. 

“We look forward to welcoming Toymaster Members, Independent Retailers and Suppliers back to a  spectacular show in Harrogate in May 2022, and invitations for next year’s show will be sent out at  the beginning of January as normal. Let’s look forward to making the 2022 show the best we possibly can.” 

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

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