Raring2go! Magazine 2017 Awards finds the best local family-friendly businesses


Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s only magazine dedicated to families, Raring2go!, has announced the winners of the 2017 Raring2go! Awards at an Awards Afternoon Tea event at Hoodles Playbarn.

Owner and Editor of Raring2go!, Victoria Withy, says, “Thank you to  the over 2,000 people who put forward nominations for over 633 family-focussed businesses, attractions and events located in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for this years’ Awards. This was up by over 470 businesses on the 160 nominated last year – a huge increase!

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Thanks also to the nearly 4,000 (nearly double from last year) who voted for the top three in each of the 12 categories. I am delighted that so many people took part and that so many fantastic family- orientated local businesses were nominated.”

Best Baby/Toddler Class
WINNER  – Bonding with Baby
RUNNERS UP  – Abricabeats, Storyland Express

Best School-age Club or Class
WINNER  – Garioch Gymnastics
RUNNERS UP  – Inverurie Gymnastics Club, Pepela Theatre Company

Best After School/Holiday Club/Activity
WINNER  – Stompers ASC & Holiday Club
RUNNERS UP  – Garioch Sports Centre Out of School Club and Les Enfants Hub

Best Family Friendly Eatery
WINNER  – Café Tempo
RUNNERS UP  – Annie’s Cakery and Sweet Scoops

Best Family Retailer/Shop
WINNER –  John Lewis
RUNNERS UP –  Strachan’s Toy Store and Trendy Treads

Best Family Friendly Service
WINNER – Debbie Walker Photography
RUNNERS UP –  Hayley Fraser Photography and Zoe Rae Photography

Best Party Entertainer
WINNER  – Love Rara
RUNNERS UP  – Lisa Lollipop and Quirky Discos

Best Party Place/Venue
WINNER  – Lochter Activity Centre
RUNNERS UP  – Loupty Lou’s Soft Play and Stompers

Best Soft Play
WINNER  – Hoodles Play Barn
RUNNERS UP  – Loupty Lous and The Den & The Glen

Best Family Attraction
WINNER  – Haddo House and Country Park
RUNNERS UP –  Codona’s and VSA Easter Anguston Farm

Best Family Event of 2016
WINNER SPECTRA – Light Festival
RUNNERS UP  – Big Bounce at Bon Accord, Love Rara Big Summer Blow Out and VSA Easter Anguston Farm Strawberry Fayre

Best New Family-Focussed Business Launched in 2016
WINNER  – Loupty Lou’s Soft Play
RUNNERS UP –  Balance Bikers and Fizzy’s Funtastic Parties

Reader’s Choice Award
Hoodles Play Barn (for the second year in a row)

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