London Toy Fair organisers confirm 2022 event is still happening

The organisers behind London Toy Fair have confirmed that it’s still going ahead as planned, despite the cancellation of both Nuremberg Toy Fair and New York Toy Fair.

The British product showcase is currently the last one standing of the three toy fairs that traditionally take place across January and February each year, following the news earlier this week that both New York Toy Fair and Nuremberg Toy Fair won’t be happening due to a rise in omicron cases.

In the wake of those announcements, the British Toy & Hobby Association has sought to reassure exhibitors and attendees by confirming that London Toy Fair is still scheduled to take place on January 25 to 27.

“The Association would like to express its great sadness for and empathy with the organisers, the exhibitors, visitors and participants of both the Nuremberg and New York fairs in the situation that has led to those shows being cancelled in February 2022,” the BTHA wrote in an email.

“The BTHA understands how tough the decision would have been for our friends at these shows. The Toy Fair in London faces a different set of circumstances, which allow us to proceed to deliver the show and we look forward to welcoming participants from the UK and international toy community to the Fair.”

Current coronavirus regulations in the UK permit large indoor events to take place under certain conditions. Masks are compulsory, and attendees, exhibitors and staff must provide either proof of full vaccination, a negative lateral flow or PCR test within the past 48 hours, or medical exemption. The BTHA is also advising all visitors to take a lateral flow test before arriving at the show.

The LEGO Group is currently scheduled to attend London Toy Fair later this month as an exhibitor, but based on previous years, it’s unlikely much of what’s on show will be shared publicly.

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Chris Wharfe

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