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  • Tales of Pirates, Corsairs and Barbarossa

    Pirates have long-held fascination for us with their romantic derring do. Stories of swashbuckling corsairs and tales of plunder enthrall us in their very excitement and pique our curiosity so much that we want to know more.

    Our view of pirates today is very much shaped by Hollywood of the early 20th century. Think Douglas Fairbanks Snr swishing that sword into the top sail and gliding down to deck (watch video clip below piccies). More modern films continue the persona with the likes of Captain Jack Sparrow. It’s all great fun and kids love it! But remember, there were some very infamous pirates back in the day, such as Blackbeard and Henry Morgan and even Barbarossa. Ladies weren't immune to a life on the seas either. Anne Bonny and Mary Read also taking a piratical stance. Continue reading

  • Royal Wedding Fever

    Not long to go until the Royal Wedding of our very own Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Exciting isn't it??

    We thought we’d use the opportunity to have a light-hearted look at some royal wedding traditions and how they link to the wonderful world of our traditional toys. Continue reading

  • Days Out With The Kids

    Days out with the kids are fun not just for kids but all the family. Last week we visited Windsor Castle as some of you may have seen on our Social Media pages. Fabulous! There is so much to see and do, inside and out.

    With magical turrets, Continue reading

  • Gardening Made Easy For Kids

    Gardening for children should be fun! We love Sembra Growing Kits as they guide kids in an easy  step-by-step way how to get from seed to plant. Even better, the whole family can eat the produce!

    Brilliantly easy stages encourage young gardeners interest. Follow these simple steps and kids won't go far wrong! Continue reading

  • Outdoor Fun And Play For Kids

    Hoorah! Spring has finally sprung and moving towards summer! Sunny weather says go outside and enjoy playing with the kids. Handily, we at The Toy Centre have some fantastic outdoor toys and playhouse ideas to enhance your child's play.

    Playhouses & Tents

    For an imaginative children's outdoor playtime, nothing is better than a wooden children’s Playhouse or Sandpit. These outdoor toys entertain kids for hours and encourage them to create their own adventures in the garden. Kids pretend play pirate forts or Crooked Cottages spiral into a myriad of fairy stories. Imagination knows no bounds when it comes to playtime! Being made of wood, these beauties will stand the test of time and only a little routine treatment required. They are environmentally friendly too! Best for those aged 3+ Continue reading

  • Easter Holiday Activity Ideas For Kids

    It’s very nearly the Easter holidays! Spring hasn’t arrived with an abundance of good weather, but never fear, The Toy Centre is here! Whether you need inspiration for kids outdoor games or creative indoor toys, we are here to help.

    Let's start with the great outdoors. If the sun is shining (fingers crossed!) and the sky is blue, kids love to go outside and play. Knowing this, we have put together an exciting range of children's outdoor activity toys to suit all budgets. Continue reading

  • Wooden Toys For Children To Learn & Have Fun

    Let’s talk wooden toys. Why are they so great? Well, let us tell you what we think is so good about these timeless toys. They have been around for centuries. A trip to the Museum Of Childhood will prove that! I still have some toys that my Mum used to play with. Have you too? Learning with wooden toys is fun. With different colours, shapes and sizes, education is a breeze!

    Learning & Fun Wooden toys Wooden Toys To Love & Cherish

    We love the fact that wooden toys can be passed down through the generations. It is always good to remember past times and treasures such as these will evoke happy memories every time. Despite children breaking the odd bit or losing the occasional wheel, the basic toys rarely get much damage as they are made from sturdy wood. Durability is welcomed by many a parent who is aware that children can be excitable! Add to that fact wood is easy to clean and decoration is by non-toxic paint, what is not to love? Continue reading

  • Christmas Ordering & Delivery Date Information

    Our Festive Delivery schedule for 2017/18 will be as follows:

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    Christmas Delivery Dates

    Last orders for  a weekday (Mon - Fri) delivery will be on THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2017 by 12.30PM. Delivery is scheduled for a next day service i.e. Friday 22nd December 2017.

    Last orders for a scheduled SATURDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2017 delivery MUST ALSO BE RECEIVED BY 12.30PM on THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2017. 

    Any orders placed on Friday 22nd December  or after 12.30pm on Thursday 21st December are scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday 27th December 2017.

    We will update you with any additional information for the following week as soon as we can.

    Merry Christmas from The The Toy Centre

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  • Haba Biofino Fabric Play Food Blog by Old Ted

    Hi Fans, Ted here! My very first Blog. I am so excited! I have been asked to write a review of Haba Fabric Play Food… so here goes….

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    Uuuummmmm… sorry, caught me choosing my tea! Haba Biofino Fabric Play Food is so bright and colourful it is sure to appeal to young eyes. The soft fabric play food is not only tasty looking but very durable too. I invited some of my toddler friends to a Pretend Play tea party last week and we had Haba Sponge Roll and Petit Fours. These little soft toy cakes are beautifully decorated with embroidery and beading. We had a bit of rough and tumble whilst sharing out, but no stitches have come out and the food has remained intact. A gentle machine cold wash (at 30C so Mum says. Oh, and if the food is small you might want to put it in a pillow case first) and air dry will soon sort out our jammy fingerprints. Continue reading

  • HABA Toys Coming Soon To The Toy Centre

     We are very excited to tell you that we will shortly be stocking HABA Toys at The Toy Centre.

    HABA will add tasty additions to our Play Food range, enhancing our extremely ever-popular wooden play food selection. We are also thrilled to announce their very wonderful Biofino brand of soft fabric play foods will be at The Toy Centre. These beautifully made pretend foods are perfect for the Age 3+ group as they introduce sharing and learning. Being such fun items who wouldn't love these pretend play foods? Perfect for role play kitchen and shopping games.

    Other fantastic HABA toy introductions are wooden PLAY SETS including a beautiful Zoo set complete with animals. We could play with the wooden PUZZLES all day - great for matching and sorting skills. The very gorgeous cuddly SOFT TOYS (think snuggly and soft) are dreamy. These toys will suit a range of ages from baby to toddler (that is if Old Ted lets us have them!).

    We know you will really love all the new toys as much as we do. The new arrivals can be happily used alongside some of our special favourites. The new HABA play food goes wonderfully with our range of wooden kitchens and kitchen accessories. Our wooden animal sets will go nicely with the new Zoo and Ark sets.


    Take a peek at our new Coming Soon section... We will be adding our new HABA items for you to browse at - so do keep looking!

    And finally, we have promoted Old Ted to Head Toy Reviewer. Keep an eye on the Blogs in the coming weeks to see what he thinks of our new HABA toys. He will be reviewing each and every one so that you can really decide what you would like.


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