Raring2go! Magazine Awards finds the best local family-friendly businesses in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

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Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s only magazine dedicated to families, Raring2go!, announced the WINNERS of the 2018 Raring2go! Awards at the Awards Morning Tea event at Aberdeen Science Centre today.

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Owner and Editor of Raring2go!, Victoria Withy, says, “It was really lovely to see so many new businesses, including some recent start-ups as well as many finalists from last year back. The Awards are a highlight of the year for us and it’s a delight to see so many entrepreneurial people running great businesses in our area.”

“Over 400 businesses were nominated over the 14 Award categories – some in multiple categories – which is a true testament to the strength of family friendly businesses we have in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Those who made it to the finalist list have done incredibly well.”

“Thanks also to the nearly 3,500 people who voted for the top three or four in each of the 13 categories. I am delighted that so many people took part and that so many fantastic family- orientated local businesses were nominated.”

Victoria explains, “As a small local business ourselves, Raring2go! is all about connecting local families with local businesses. We understand the highs and lows of running a business! Our job is to write, produce and distribute a well-written, hyper-local, useful, informative go-to guide for families and provide all our advertisers and partners a strong, targeted platform to get their message out to families – via a guaranteed delivery method.”


Best Baby/Toddler Class

WINNER               Abricabeats

RUNNERS UP      Moo Music and Storyland Express

Best School-age Club or Class

WINNER               Love Rara 

RUNNERS UP      Inverurie Gymnastics Club, MC’s Hip Hop School and Pepela Theatre Company 

Best After School/Holiday Club/Activity

WINNER              Love Rara

RUNNERS UP     MC’s Hip Hop School and Stompers ASC & Holiday Club

Best Family Friendly Eatery

WINNER               Hoodles Playbarn and Coffee Shop

RUNNERS UP      Ceann Torr Café and Tin Coo at Devenick Dairy

Best Family Retailer/Shop

WINNER               Cupcakes by Jo

RUNNERS UP      Sonya Angus: Gifts, Furniture, Interiors and Strachan’s Toy Store

Best Family Friendly Service

WINNER                Debbie Walker Photography

RUNNERS UP       Holly Jane Baby Photography, Judy Laing Photographer and Smile Care Dentist

Best Party Entertainer

WINNER               Love Rara

RUNNERS UP      Lisa Lollipop and Stompers

Best Party Place/Venue

WINNER               Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop 

RUNNERS UP      Aberdeen Science Centre, Jump In Aberdeen and Stompers

Best Soft Play

WINNER               Wynford Fam Park

RUNNERS UP      The Den & The Glen and Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop

Best Family Attraction

WINNER               Haddo House and Country Park

RUNNERS UP      Aberdeen Science Centre and Jump In Aberdeen

Best Family Event of 2017              

WINNER                SPECTRA Festival of Light 2017

RUNNERS UP       Hip Hop School Survival Concert 2017, Love Rara Big Summer Blow Out 2017 and Pitmedden Music Festival 2017

Best New Family-Focussed Business Launched in 2017

WINNER                Moo Music

RUNNERS UP       Twinkle Tents and YogaBellies Aberdeenshire 

Best Ante-natal Class or Service

WINNER                Turtle Tums at Turtle Tots

RUNNERS UP     NCT Bump Club, SONA hypnobirthing and YogaBellies Aberdeenshire

Reader’s Choice Award

WINNER                Abricabeat

RUNNER UP         Haddo House and Country Park


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