The Outdoor Toy Awards are back and in 2019 we’re aiming to shout even louder about this terrific toy category. The awards consist of ten categories and in each one there’ll be a champion but there’s other accolades available so there’ll be a handful of “Commended” awards given too. All entries will be put through their paces by our team of 50 plus Toyminators aged 5-14 in our awesome outdoor play space.

Toyology have teamed up with Kidzcoolit this year and between these two kids friendly outlets will have guaranteed reach across the course of the awards which open on the 19th March and take place on the 8th June – So each outlet will be talking about the entries, earlier you’re in, more reach you’ll receive.

The final will be live-streamed and the ten winners in each category announced (alongside those Commended), and well ahead of the school summer holidays to offer guidance for the perfect outdoor entertainment systems ahead of summer staycations. For those that miss the live excitement a video of the event will be available on YouTube.

The 2019 Outdoor Toy Awards event are excited to announce a partnership with DC Thomson Media. Through their 110% Gaming and Sweet magazines the Outdoor Toy Awards will reach an even wider audience with competitions and content on their pages in the issues running into the summer holidays as well as activity on social channels.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this outdoor adventure for the second year after a very successful first year” says 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!”

Richard Belford, Sales Director at Simba Smoby said “We enjoyed being a part of these Awards last year there’s so much innovation and excitement in the outdoor toy industry its great to have a dedicated event to shout about it”.

David Mordecai, Tobar CEO, has spoken highly of last year’s awards: “ In 2018 we had great success and achieved commended awards in a few categories, this year we’re hoping to claim a top spot for TOBAR”

There’ll be plenty of social media activity surrounding the awards too, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will all be in action from the date of the awards opening until after the finalists have been announced.

Open for entry – 18th March
Closing date for entries — 3rd of May
Judging takes place – 9th June
Winners announced – 11th June

Event Registration


Please feel free to contact us with any enquiries or questions you may have by using the form below.



All award entries must be completed online and are subject to an entry fee of £150 per product submission. You must have entered by midnight, 3rd May 2019.

You can enter one product into multiple categories.

There is no limit to the amount of entries you can submit but each entry must have its own application form submitted via www.theoutdoortoyawards.co.uk

Products do not have to be available to purchase but we do need a sample for testing.
Entrants are welcome to attend the event on the day.

Please answer all questions on the entry form and provide the OTA with a high resolution image of the product.

The Outdoor Toy Awards (OTA) can cancel or combine categories if there are insufficient entries.
All samples should reach us by the 1st June 2019. Please send product with tracking, OTA will not be held responsible for lost/damaged items. Do check in that your products have been received. Samples arriving after the 8th June will not be eligible.

Once a product has been entered, paid for and sample(s) received the OTA will provide a shortlisted logo for your use.

Winners of a 2019 OTA award will receive a logo which can be used across all your packaging, promotional, marketing material, email signatures and all social media platforms. There is no additional cost for the use of this artwork.

A video of the event finals will be available with all finalists making an appearance. This footage is free to be used across your digital and social platforms.

We require one sample of each entry to be sent to us, all samples are non-returnable. Winners in their category will be required to provide two additional items as prizes.

The decision(s) of the OTA is/are final.