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This year's Pokémon tour was a rollercoaster ride of fun and excitement. With over 35,000 attendees in eight cities we were delighted with such a fantastic turnout from Pokémon fans up and down the country.

The downloads proved to be as popular as ever with queues of fans wanting to get their hands on 'The Top Most Wanted' before checking out the latest videogame Pokémon Mystery Dungeon � Blue Rescue Team. For the Trading Card Game we attracted seasoned pros as well as though who came to learn how to play. The all new Trading Figure Game was a great hit with its beautifully detailed spinning action figures. And for those who wanted to relax the cinema zone provided a great place to sit and enjoy classic and brand new Pokémon animations.

The competitions were one of the biggest hits of the tour and generated the most intense response from the attendees. Everyone who took part gave 110% and at every tour stop it was hard to choose a winner.

This made judging the finals to determine who is going to win a Nintendo DS Lite or a box of the latest TCG expansion - Dragon Frontiers � particularly difficult. The final winners were chosen based on votes by key Pokémon UK Staff and all our hard working tour staff.

Competition Tour winners:-

Colouring Competition

In the 3-7 year old age bracket we were impressed by the quality and careful colouring we saw at all stops. We were looking at how well the entrant added shading and created a 3d impression with their colouring.

We are pleased to announce that based on these criteria we choose Hope Jackman as our overall winner. Hope took part at our first stop in Southampton and comes from Southampton. Hope wins a Nintendo DS Lite which will allow him to carry on enjoying Pokémon and be ready for next years Diamond and Pearl games.

Drawing Competition

With this competition for the 8-12 year bracket the standard was high and we were all surprised by the ability to interpret the examples provided and draw not only accurately and with a great deal of skill but also generate unique poses.

We are pleased to announce that based on these criteria we choose Tunbi Loh as our overall winner. Tunbi took part at our stop in Lakeside and comes from Chadwell Heath. Tunbi wins a Nintendo DS Lite with which to enjoy all the existing and forthcoming Pokémon games!

Poké-Quiz Competition

With 20 tough questions only about 10% of all the entries were 100% correct but at every stop at least one person achieved 20 out of 20. Most people came unstuck on question 19 - the title of the first expansion of the new Trading Figure Game (Next Quest) - and question 20 - the title of the next Trading Card Game (Dragon Frontier).

At the end of each day a random draw would determine the winner and then the overall stop winner.

We are pleased to announce Simon Sowden wins the grand prize of a Nintendo DS Lite as our overall winner. Simon took part in our Manchester stop and come all the way from Plymouth!

Design a Trading Card Game Card Competition

For our fans aged from 12-16 years old we got some very different ideas and designs. This competition was judged based on the overall card design and the artistic qualities of the entry.

The winning entry came from one of the hardest days in these competitions. The final three entries could have won at any of our stops but unfortunately all came in on the same day. When we saw this entry we all new it would be the overall winner and was the unanimous choice of all the judges.

We are pleased to announce that based on these criteria we choose Sammy Borras as our overall winner. Sammy took part in last stop in Birmingham and comes from Coventry. Sammy wins a display of the latest Trading Card Game expansion Dragon Frontiers.

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And so thank you to everyone who came along and took part. We hope you all had a fantastic time. Happy 10th Birthday Pokémon!
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Our final stop of the tour saw us in Birmingham. Our hosts were The Pallisades shopping center in the heart of Birmingham next to New Street train station.

This was our eighth and final stop in our tour and we had just under 6,000 people come and visit us to enjoy everything the Pokémon tour had to offer. A phenomenal turnout!

Despite some of the longest queues of the tour everyone remained excited to be part of the last tour stop. And if there were too many people waiting for downloads they tried one of the other activities and queued up later. We were impressed by the quality of the Trading Card Game 'Design a Card' competition entries, with 3 of the best entries of the whole tour coming on the Saturday, which was a shame as there could only be one winner.

Each of our competitions had a daily winner and then from those two winning entries one was chosen as the Birmingham winner, going forward to take part in the grand final.

Our winners were:-


Pokémon Colouring Competition

Saturday   Corey Garrett of Willenham
Sunday   Alexander Dior of Studley
Overall   Corey Garrett of Willenham


Pokémon Drawing Competition

Saturday   Daniel Baldock of Lozells
Sunday   Katie Matthews of Warfield
Overall   Katie Matthews of Warfield


Poké-Quiz Competition

Saturday   Kenny Jones of Birmingham
Sunday   James Thompson of Solihull
Overall   James Thompson of Solihull


Trading Card Game Competition

Saturday   Sammy Borras of Coventry
Sunday   Oliver Halford of Milton Keynes
Overall   Sammy Borras of Coventry

Well done to everyone who won!
19-12-2006



On the 11th and 12th of November our tour visited its most central point, Milton Keynes where our hosts was thecentre:mk shopping centre.

This was the seventh stop in our tour and we were pleased to see so many fans and so many people come along for a second time with 6,200 visitors arriving during the two days. Most people came to immerse themselves in the Pokémon universe, with all the five zones of the tour being equally popular. The standard of the competition entries were great with everyone putting in a great deal of effort. For the second time on the tour a family won two of our competitions, the Byrne family from Milton Keynes won in both the drawing and TCG card design competitions.

Each of our competitions has a daily winner and then from those two winning entries one was chosen as the Milton Keynes winner, going forward to take part in the grand final.

Our winners were:-


Pokémon Colouring Competition

Saturday   Bethany Ceasar of Wolverton
Sunday   Kayleigh Byrne of Milton Keynes
Overall   Kayleigh Byrne of Milton Keynes


Pokémon Drawing Competition

Saturday   Lauren Alexander of Peterborough
Sunday   Liam Wright of Farnham
Overall   Lauren Alexander of Peterborough


Poké-Quiz Competition

Saturday   Scott Summers of Norwich
Sunday   Matt Knapp of London
Overall   Scott Summers of Norwich


Trading Card Game Competition

Saturday   Lucy Holman of Cookstonage
Sunday   Jordan Byrne of Milton Keynes
Overall   Lucy Holman of Cookstonage

Well done to everyone who won!
19-12-2006



The tour took in its northernmost point on the 4th and 5th of November, when we visited Glasgow, Scotland where our hosts were the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre.

This was our sixth stop in the tour and we were pleased to see another fantastic turnout with 4,500 visitors coming during the two days. The Top Ten Most Wanted Pokémon downloads were immensely popular with the second highest take up rate so far but this did not stop the competitions being a big part of the weekend too with 750 people entering.

Each of the competitions has a daily winner and then from those two winning entries one was chosen as the Glasgow winner, with these entries put forward to take part in the grand final at the end of the tour.

Our winners were:-


Pokémon Colouring Competition

Saturday   Yasmin Lever of Glasgow
Sunday   Sam Mei McIntyre of Motherwell
Overall   Sam Mei McIntyre of Glasgow


Pokémon Drawing Competition

Saturday   Nick Cronin of Drumoak
Sunday   Emma Leach of Airdrie
Overall   Nick Cronin of Drumoak


Poké-Quiz Competition

Saturday   Craig Polonis of Gourock
Sunday   Laura Jane McLulloch of Greenhills
Overall   Craig Polonis of Gourock


Trading Card Game Competition

Saturday   Emma Louise Gaudy of Glasgow
Sunday   Rachel Annand of Macduff
Overall   Emma Louise Goudy of Glasgow

Well done to everyone who won!
19-12-2006



Since we're averaging over 4000 people per venue so far we are having to move the venue from the Bull Ring in Birmingham to The Pallasades Shopping Centre located just by New Street Station where we have a slightly larger space.

This is only two minute walk away from the Bull Ring, so we hope this won't cause too much inconvenience.
16-11-2006



Our week long tour of the country came to an end with Bristol. Our fifth tour stop saw us visit The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

This stop was not planned but after Cardiff was cancelled we found a great site as close as we could get to Cardiff. With visitors from all over the west country and Wales we had 3,000 visitors pass through the stand and 600 visitors took part in our competitions.

We had a great welcome from all our visitors and despite the short notice of the change everyone had a fantastic time.

Each of our competitions has a daily winner and then from those two winning entries one was chosen as the Bristol winner, going forward to take part in the grand final once the tour is over in November.

Our winners were:-

Pokémon Colouring Competition

Saturday   Rahul Kamat of Frenchay
Sunday   Laloz Ali of Cardiff
Overall   Rahul Kamat of Frenchay

Pokémon Drawing Competition

Saturday   Emily Morris of Colerne
Sunday   Paige Garrett of Ilchester
Overall   Emily Morris of Colerne

Poké-Quiz Competition

Saturday   Molly Wimbush of Bristol
Sunday   Matthew Todd of Cricklade
Overall   Matthew Todd of Cricklade

Trading Card Game Competition

Saturday   Claire Hodges of Cardiff
Sunday   Tom Clifford of Bristol
Overall   Tom Clifford of Bristol

The overall winners from the Bristol stop will go onto to be entered into the grand final once the tour is over after the Birmingham event! Well done to everyone who won, if you think you can do better then come along to one of our next stops and take part.

09-11-2006



The third stop in a busy half-term week saw us head south to London. We visited Lakeside just off the M25 in Essex.

The big question on all our minds was could the tour stop get any bigger. Within 1 hour of opening our question was answered as queues stretched around the shopping centre for all the activities. By the end of Friday over 6,500 visitors had come through the stand and enjoyed the world of Pokémon. At last we pushed through the 1,000 mark for visitors who took part in the competitions and the quality of the entries continued to grow.

Each of our competitions has a daily winner and then from those two winning entries one was chosen as the Lakeside winner, who will go forward to take part in the grand final once the tour is over in November.

Our winners were:-

Pokémon Colouring Competition

Saturday   Jordan Burnett-Quarry of Romsford
Friday   Skye Tani of Bexleyheath
Overall   Skye Tani of Bexleyheath

Pokémon Drawing Competition

Thursday   Akeil James of London
Friday   Tunbi Loh of Chadwell Heath
Overall   Tunbi Loh of Chadwell Heath

Poké-Quiz Competition

Thursday   Shaan Malli of Mill Hill
Friday   Rebecca Riley of London
Overall   Rebecca Riley of London

Trading Card Game Competition

Thursday   Luke Purwar of Orpington
Friday   Ryan Tur of South Woodford
Overall   Luke Purwar of Orpington

Well done to everyone who won, if you think you can do better then come along to one of our next stops and take part.

05-11-2006



Following hard on the heels of Manchester we moved up the country to Newcastle for our third 10th anniversary tour stop. We had a central spot in one of the UK's largest shopping centres, the Metro Centre.

As the attendances had been growing with each stop and a lot of visitors from Manchester planning on following us we were not surprised when 4,000 visitors turned up during the week even though it was half term. With the great space we had we were able to give more visitors a chance to take part in all the activities available, as with Manchester just under 1,000 people took part in the competitions.

We had a very talented family take part, the Mason's of Blyadon on Tyne walked away with two of the daily prizes.

Each of our competitions has a daily winner and then from these two winning entries one was chosen as the Newcastle winner. These winners will go forward to take part in the grand final once the tour is over in November.

Our winners were:-

Pokémon Colouring Competition

Saturday   Nathan Mason of Blaydon on Tyne
Tuesday   Amber Middlemas of Sheffield
Overall   Amber Middlemas of Sheffield

Pokémon Drawing Competition

Monday   Konnor Holland of Newcastle
Tuesday   Jessica Louise of Blaydon on Tyne
Overall   Konnor Molland of Newcastle

Poké-Quiz Competition

Monday   Richard Kish of Nottingham
Tuesday   Mallory Bulman of Whitley Bay
Overall   Richard Kish of Nottingham

Trading Card Game Competition

Monday   Marc Boyd of Chester Le Street
Tuesday   Matthew Mohan-Hickson of Middleborough
Overall   Marc Boyd of Chester Le Street

Well done to everyone who won, if you think you can do better then come along to one of our next stops and take part.


Our second 10th anniversary tour stop saw us visit Manchester and in Manchester there is only one place to go and that was the Trafford Centre.

After the huge attendance in Southampton we braced ourselves for even more people as we were in the 3rd Largest City in the UK. We were not let down with over 4,500 people visiting us over the two days. Competition was fierce in our unique position on the band stand. Just under 1,000 people took part in the various competitions and following the great example of Southampton the standard was raised.

Manchester also saw the introduction of the Trading Card Game competition. Each of our competitions has a daily winner and then from these two winning entries one was chosen as the Manchester winner. These winners will go forward to take part in the grand final once the tour is over in November.

Our winners were:-

Pokémon Colouring Competition

Saturday   Lydia Smith of Davyhulme
Sunday   Ryan Roche of Conwy
Overall   Ryan Roche of Conwy

Pokémon Drawing Competition

Saturday   Andrew Sutton of Manchester
Sunday   Daniel Chilvers of Timperley
Overall   Andrew Sutton of Manchester

Poké-Quiz Competition

Saturday   Simon Sowden of Plymouth
Sunday   Mollie Schofield of Leyland
Overall   Simon Sowden of Plymouth

Trading Card Game Competition

Saturday   Jessica Grafton of Altrincham
Sunday   No entries
Overall   Jessica Grafton of Altrincham

Well done to everyone who won, if you think you can do better then come along to one of our next stops and take part.
07-11-2006


We've unfortunately had to change one of the venues for the tour, but those hoping to attend the Cardiff event won't have too far to travel, since in its place we will be visiting The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

So a short hop skip and a jump over the Severn Bridge from Cardiff will still get you your Pokémon fix, but we apologise for the inconvenience caused to those who were expecting to visit the Cardiff event.

20-10-2006


The Pokémon 10th Anniversary kicked off on the 14th and 15th of October with our first stop at West Quay shopping centre in Southampton.

With over 3,500 people coming to visit us and over 750 people taking part in one of our competitions it was always going to be tough to come out as the overall winners.

Each of our competitions has a daily winner and then from those two winning entries one was chosen as the Southampton winner, going forward to take part in the grand final once the tour is over in November.

Our winners were:-

Pokémon Colouring Competition

Saturday   Ipsita Sarkar of Emsworth
Sunday   Hope Jackman of Southampton
Overall   Hope Jackman of Southampton

Pokémon Drawing Competition

Saturday   Isabelle Holland of Staines
Sunday   Paul Charlesworth of Eastleigh
Overall   Paul Charlesworth of Eastleigh

Poké-Quiz Competition

Saturday   Tom Latham of Southampton
Sunday   Hugo Witts of Salisbury
Overall   Hugo Witts of Salisbury

Well done to everyone who won, if you think you can do better then come along to one of our next stops and take part.

In addition to the competition winners we also had a fantastic entry from Nicola Sykes of Cobham. Nicola was just too old to enter in the drawing competition but we thought you would like to see it. Also Nathan Parr of Eastleigh went to a lot of trouble to produce a fantastic Pokémon book, we were all impressed with the detail and drawings.

We'll also be introducing a design a Trading Card Game competition, so fans of the cards will have a chance to show off not only their drawing skills but their knowledge of the Card Game!

23-10-2006



2006 marks the 10th anniversary since Pokémon was launched in Japan with Nintendo's Red and Green Game Boy games.

To celebrate the amazing phenomenon of Pokémon we are running a tour around the UK, visiting 8 major shopping centres between the 14th October and 19th November.

At each shopping centre you will be able to try the latest Pokémon games including the new Nintendo videogames (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and Pokémon Link!), watch classic and new Pokémon TV episodes, enjoy the Pokémon Trading Card game, and try out the all new Trading Figure Game and take part in some great competitions!


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