EACH year the interest in the Primary Times Reader Star Awards continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Over the last couple of months, the highest recorded number of Primary Times readers voted for their favourite family friendly places and people in the area, in a specially designed online survey.
The awards are distinctive in nature, due to their authenticity. They are chosen, organically, by the readers of Primary Times, namely local families with primary school aged children.
Local families were informed of the questionnaire in Primary Times, a family friendly magazine that is delivered to primary schools across Dorset. With a distribution of 50,500 copies the magazine reaches 198 of primary schools in the county. Parents of children aged 4 to 11 across Dorset cast their nominations in an online survey on the Primary Times website - www.primarytimes.net
Winning an award is quite an accolade and many award winners and runners up display their certificates proudly at their venues and on their promotional material.
There were 8 different categories asking readers for their favourite: family attraction; family eating place; indoor play or activity centre; outdoor activity centre; museum or historical attraction; sports venue; party venue or entertainer; theatre or arts centre.
One particularly sought-after category was that of favourite Indoor Play Centre and it was certainly interesting to read the broad spectrum of answers. The impressive indoor play area at Monkey Madness Play Centre helped it to secure the runner up place in the Indoor Play category in Dorset.