What were the bestselling toys in the UK last week? (16th November 2019)

These are the unofficial top 20 best-selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Saturday 16th November 2019.

Isn’t it great to see Monopoly update itself and stay in the top 20 as we head into Christmas 2019. 

  Picture Name Price*
1 LEGO 75245 Star Wars Advent Calendar 2019 Christmas Countdown Building Set with 24 Buildable Mini Sets plus 6 Minifigures and 4 Droid Figures
Only suitable for 6 years and over.
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£22.49
2 Asmodee Dobble Card Game
Only suitable for 6 years and over.
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£10.99
3 No Image available Pop Up Pirate Children’s Preschool Action Game
Only suitable for 4 years and over.
Click here for more details
£7.26
4 Asmodee Harry Potter Dobble Card Game
Only suitable for 6 years and over.
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£12.99
5 LEGO 60235 City Advent Calendar 2019 Set with 24 Buildable Gift Toys, Father Christmas Santa and 6 Minifigures plus Husky Dog Figure
Only suitable for 5 years and over.
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£20.00
6 Orchard Toys Match and Spell Game
Only suitable for 4 years and over.
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£5.62
7 Sorry no image LEGO 75895 Speed Champions Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 Toy Car, Forza Horizon 4 Expansion Pack Model
Only suitable for 7 years and over.
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£9.10
8 Uno Card Game
Only suitable for 7 years and over.
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£4.89
9 Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Classic Game
Only suitable for 8 years and over.
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£15.00
10 Scratch Magic Note Cubes (3279)
Only suitable for 3 years and over.
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£6.99
11 Children Kids Flick A Chicken Novelty Catapult Party Bag Toy Pinata Fillers
Only suitable for 1 years and over.
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£1.80
12 Tomy Play to Learn Hide n Squeak Eggs
Only suitable for 0 years and over.
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£7.49
13 LEGO 75957 Harry Potter Knight Bus Toy, Triple-decker Collectible Set with Minifigures
Only suitable for 8 years and over.
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£26.00
14 L.O.L Surprise! 561613 L.O.L. Surprise Globe Doll Winter Disco Series with Glitter Hair, Multi
Only suitable for 3 years and over.
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£8.99
15 Playmobil 9264 Advent Calendar ‘Santa’s Workshop’ with Electronic Lantern
Only suitable for 3 years and over.
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£13.99
16 Cards Against Humanity: UK edition
Only suitable for 17 years and over.
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£20.00
17 Mattel Games GJG17 Pictionary Air Family Drawing Game, Links to Smart Devices, for 8 Year Olds and up, Multicolour
Only suitable for 8 years and over.
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£15.99
18 L.O.L. Surprise! 560296 L.O.L Sparkle Series with Glitter Finish and 7 Surprises, Multi
Only suitable for 3 years and over.
Click here for more details
£10.99
19 Natural History Museum N5130 Dinosaur Torch & Projector
Only suitable for 3 years and over.
Click here for more details
£6.55
20 Articulate The Fast Talking Description Game
Only suitable for 12 years and over.
Click here for more details
£15.98

* Price as of publication, click through for live pricing.  

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Christmas in Scarborough

Scarborough set to entertain shoppers with new six-week Christmas ‘variety show’ extravaganza

It’s great to see towns up and down the country now fighting back against losing shoppers to online stores by turning shopping into a great family experience.

Scarborough will become a Grinch-free zone for six weeks from 14 November, as a cast of magicians, musicians, street performers, famous panto characters – and Father Christmas – assemble to help bring glitter, glee and glam to the town’s streets and stores as part of a new six-week festival, Counting Down to Christmas – with a mission to make Christmas shopping fun.

Counting Down to Christmas will be Yorkshire’s largest Christmas variety show, guaranteed to put us in a feel-good festive spirit, as we enjoy Scarborough’s extravaganza of eclectic shops, indoor markets and attractions!” explains Sue Anderson-Brown, centre manager at Brunswick Shopping Centre and chair of the new town centre Christmas Steering Group.  “Scarborough has been Yorkshire’s showbiz capital for centuries, so we’re drawing on that great tradition of entertainment to make sure that the entire town sparkles this Christmas season like no other.  It’s also a celebration of Scarborough as a great place to shop, with its fantastic mix of high street retailers and independents, and friendly atmosphere – everything you’d want for Christmas from a premier coastal town.”  

During the major new festival – the brainchild of local businesses with funding from Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District (BID) – Father Christmas will arrive by sailboat, and Queen Victoria will time-travel to the Victorian Christmas Market.  Meanwhile, on every Late Night Shopping Thursday and weekends in the countdown to Christmas, visitors to the town centre will be able to enjoy a magic lanternful of ever-changing festive fun from glitterfest drag queens to traditional Christmas carol-singing, from magic to music, from storytelling to street theatre – and including pantomime characters taking over the town.

Sue adds: “As Counting Down to Christmas is a partnership of local retailers and attractions, every week showcases something different.  It’s all designed to take the stress out of Christmas shopping, transforming the town centre into a place where festive fun reigns.  We want the Christmas Countdown to be just as magical as Christmas itself – a time when families can enjoy being together, having fun.

The show opens at 4pm on Thursday 14 November at the Big Light Switch-On, with the help of celebrity star guests (soon to be announced) waving their magic wands to light up the town, which will be decorated with illuminated baubles casting rainbows of colour onto the streets below, and a giant 8 metre-high, golden Christmas Tree.  The action continues with a spectacular laser-light show, while the town’s pantomime stars – including favourites from Treasure Island, Cinderella, and Jack & the Beanstalk – will be escaping onto the streets to sprinkle some Christmas magic.

Other Counting Down to Christmas highlights – all taking place on Late Night Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – include:

  • On 16 November, Santa arrives by boat – but will he be kidnapped on his way to Boyes store by the pirates from Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Treasure Island?  Follow the street parade to find out…
  • From 21 November, the inaugural ‘variety show’ weekend is strictly sparkling with dancers from the Julie Hatton Dance School, and a vintage blast from the past from Scarborough Music Band and a magnificent fairground organ from Scarborough Fair Collection (also playing on the 1, 8, 14 and 22 December).
  • From 21 November until Christmas, the pirate crew from the Stephen Joseph Theatre will be marauding around the town encouraging all ages to take part in the Treasure Island-inspired treasure trail, with prizes drawn each Thursday evening at 7pm
  • From 28 November, the cast – and enchanted carriage – from Scarborough Spa’s Cinderella have a ball in the town, while Yorkshire Coast legend Magic Mike, celebrating his 25th anniversary, and Chuck from Scarborough Spa will be bringing highlights from their Christmas show.  Meanwhile, performers from The Christmas Cracker make a stir in the Brunswick Centre, and Glitterfest drag queens take over the library.
  • From 5 December, pirates from Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Treasure Island invade the town centre, with magical and mischievous help from the cast of the YMCA’s Jack & the Beanstalk and the Naughty Christmas Tree.  
  • Between 10 – 15 December, the town steps into the world of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, as Queen Victoria makes a royal visit for her 200th birthday celebrations to the Victorian market in the town centre.  She’ll definitely be amused by the traders in full period costume at their uniquely themed Victorian market stalls, with Victorian games, magic and street theatre throughout the weekend
  • On 14 & 19 December, the cast from YMCA’s Jack & the Beanstalk help shoppers keep calm and smiling, as Counting Down to Christmas starts its final week…

During the festival, visitors will also be able to see a giant ‘Frozen’ ice sculpture, create Christmas cocktails, and listen to carols galore.  Elsewhere in town, a very busy Santa can be seen in his Grotto at Boyes store, at Scarborough Sealife, and on the North Bay Railway. 

Janet Deacon, Tourism & Corporate Marketing Manager for Scarborough Borough Council and Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire says: “The Yorkshire Coast is an ideal destination for Christmas shopping –  with top-name high-street stores alongside a huge range of unique artisan shops, there’s enough choice to make any Christmas wish come true.  This is a fantastic initiative being led by the retailers and cultural attractions to make Christmas shopping a treat not a chore, so alongside the wealth of entertainment in town, the town’s hotels & B&Bs are also laying on Christmas pampering packages, while visitors can indulge in some relaxing time-out in the new Alpamare Wellness Spa – all hoping that we can tempt visitors to stay a little longer.

To make shoppers even happier, there’s also free car parking on Late Night Thursdays and also on Sundays in December, in council’s town-centre car parks, with the Brunswick Shopping Centre’s car park free on Thursdays, and East Yorkshire Motor Services Buses will be adding extra evening services across their local network during the Counting Down to Christmas festival, so people can make the most of late-night shopping, car-free!

For more information about Counting Down to Christmas, including a full line-up of events visit www.scarboroughchristmas.co.uk, or talk to the friendly, dedicated team at the Tourism Bureau on 01723 383636. To find out more about festive activity and places to stay along the Yorkshire Coast during November and December, visit www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com.

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First look at the Next Christmas Catalogue 2018 #Christmas #Next

The Christmas Next Catalogue arrived at the end of last week.

Next Christmas Catalouge 2018

The front cover say “new Collection Christmas ’18 Free Copy’. It has a few silver stars, but little else to set it apart from any other autumn publication. The font used for Christmas ’18 is a little unusual choice these days, reminding me a little too much of Comic Sans.

Next Christmas Catalouge 2018

The back cover says “Order by 12 midnight for next day delivery, to home for £3.99 or free to store”. That’s still a really amazing service.


Next Christmas Catalouge 2018

Inside they have some lovely Christmas decoration pages. I’ll try and pick a few items I like over the next few weeks and write about them in future blogs.

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Costa Coffee Christmas 2018 has arrived. #CostaCoffee #Christmas

No sooner than Halloween is over, with 55 days to go before Christmas Costa Coffee today (November 1st 2018) went live with their Christmas 2018 branding. It’s certainly made me suddenly feel very festive on what was otherwise a cold wet and misrable start to November.

Costa Coffee 2018 Purple Cup

My latte came in a light purple cup with the new gingerbread man being dunked in a coffee design. Costa who are currently owned by Whitbread also own Premier Inn and the colour immediately reminded me of the sleep-inducing purple colour scheme that’s everywhere in their Premier Inn chain.  It’s certainly a warm, cheerful colour that works well on a Christmas cup. No idea if the similarity to the Premier Inn branding was a deliberate choice or just a happy coincidence.

Costa Coffee 2018 Christmas cup side view

As can be seen from the ‘I’m wishing for more reasons to be merry’ Costa Christmas menu, they have at least four cup designs this year.

Costa Coffee Christmas Menu 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018
Costa Coffee Christmas Branding 2018

Click here for the Costa Christmas 2017 and previous years designs

 

Leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite Costa Christmas cup design.

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What were the bestselling toys and games in the UK last week? (16th December 2017)

These are the unofficial top 10 best selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Saturday 16th December 2017.

Picture Name Price*
1 Cards Against Humanity: UK edition
Only suitable for 17 years and over.
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£20.00
2 Asmodee Dobble Card Game
Only suitable for 6 years and over.
Click here for more details
£10.99
3 Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy (Multi-Coloured)
Only suitable for 18 months
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£4.99
4 Hasbro Speak Out Kids Vs Parents Game
Only suitable for 8 years and over.
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£34.99
5 ‘If You Can Read This Bring Me Prosecco’ Funny Ankle Socks
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6 Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats
Only suitable for 7 months
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£19.99
7 Hatchimals 6034164 “Colleggtibles with Nest” Playset (Pack of 2)
Only suitable for 4 years and over.
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£4.99
8 Hot Wheels 5-Car Gift Pack (style may vary)
Only suitable for 4 years and over.
Click here for more details
£5.81
9 LEGO 10816 Duplo My First Cars and Trucks – Multi-Coloured
Only suitable for 18 months
Click here for more details
£10.89
10 LEGO 75165 Star Wars Imperial Trooper Battle Pack
Only suitable for 6 years and over.
Click here for more details

See my full Lego gift guide here

£11.99

* Price as of publication, click through for live pricing. This is an unofficial top ten best selling Toys and Games in the UK This is created by our team who are constantly monitoring Amazon and other websites to see what is selling. If you have any questions about how this works or if you would like to find out more please leave a comment below.

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