Win panto tickets and toys galore for christmas

Langleys Toys

Langleys Toys

Christmas is just around the corner and we've got a stack of fantastic goodies to give away in our annual Langleys Toys and Norwich Theatre Royal competition. Win one of the top 10 toys for 2014 and tickets to this year's pantomime, Peter Pan, and light up the faces of the little ones in your life. STACIA BRIGGS and Aunt Delilah present some fantastic Christmas prizes.

We have a cracker of a Christmas giveaway that truly encapsulates the joy of the season – oh yes it does!

For those hoping to lighten the load of the Christmas shopping basket, we have teamed up with Langleys Toys in Norwich's Royal Arcade to give you the chance to win one of 10 fantastic toys, including some of the year's must-haves such Lego Minecraft and the Princess Anna Frozen doll.

Founded by James Langley in 1883, Langleys has been part of Norwich life for well over a century. Langley bought out a local competitor, Galpins, in 1925 and took over its store based in the splendid art noveau-style Royal Arcade from where the current owner, John Fielding, still trades.

The store was originally at the opposite end of the Arcade to the position it holds today, including the building where Jamie's Italian now stands.


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When the shops in the arcade were converted into smaller units around 30 years ago, Langleys moved into its current home.

And although toys come in and out of fashion over the decades, the old favourites are still on sale – pocket money marbles, dot-to-dot books, magnets, stickers, bouncy balls: the shop is heaven for the under-sevens and their older siblings in addition to stocking a large range of models and games for young-at-heart adults.

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'The stand-out brands for 2014 have, without doubt, been Lego Minecraft and Frozen, both of which are almost impossible to find in the shops,' said Mr Fielding.

'Lego generally has had a very strong three years and linking it to Minecraft – which has sold 54 million computer games – has produced a phenomenal hit. Frozen is obviously on the back of the highly-successful Disney film.

'Another big film to influence toy sales this year has been How To Tame Your Dragon, which has positively influenced the sale of both toy dragons and dinosaurs.

'Other toys that are big this Christmas include anything to do with penguins because of the John Lewis advertisement and because everyone finds them adorable, Sylvanian Families have always been big in Langleys but are having an extra fantastic year because the new distributor has invested into great new product and marketed them and Quadcopters are growing – there's been lots of publicity about drones and new technology means cheaper, better models.

'Hobby games have been a revolution in Langleys and dominate our games department. Played by grown-up players, they're released on a weekly basis and typically groups of people have 'game evenings' where they meet up and play a new game like Cards Against Humanity, Carcasonne, Star Wars X Wings and so forth.

'And then there's Paddington, which has been given fantastic reviews and which I want to see ASAP! Everyone in the UK has always had a soft spot for the bear, although the change to the 'look' of Paddington takes a bit of getting used to!'

He added: 'It's hard to say what will be big in 2015, but we might know after the end of the January London Toy Fair and the NEC Gift Fair. Twelve months ago, who would have predicted that Loom Bands would have been the big hit of 2014 and that they would come and go within a six-month time span?'

In addition to a whole host of toys – showcased here by Peter Pan's Dame, CBeebies Sid Sloane – we also have five sets of family tickets (two children and two adults) up for grabs. You will go to the ball with tickets to the pantomime on December 19.

(Click the gallery to view the top toys for Christmas!)

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