It's just like a regular library but with toys! The Tunbridge Wells Toy Library is a local community initiative, providing all children free access to toys and the world of play.
Located next to the entrance to Central Market on the Lower Mall, the Library is bursting full of toys and games.
How does it work?
It couldn't be more simple to join:
- you will need to bring an ID and proof of address.
- toys, games, puzzles and books may be borrowed for up to one week.
Monday - Saturday 10am - 1pm
Sunday 10.30am - 1pm
How you can help?
The TW Toy Library is staffed by volunteers and they are looking for more volunteers to help maintain and extend the opening hours.
Donations of great quality, clean toys are also always needed – if toys have been stuck in a cupboard and not played with for months why not share them with other children and come and choose some new toys to borrow at the same time?
About the TW Toy Library
The TW Toy Library has been set up by a local parent with the support of the KCC Reconnect Programme (Reconnect: Kent children and young people - Kent County Council), who have provided a one off grant of £1000. British Land have provided a unit in Royal Victoria Place for the launch of the scheme.
Reconnect is a community-led programme which aims ‘to create a diverse range of sustainable activities for all children and young people to access – and get Kent’s children and young people back to enjoying the activities and opportunities they took part in before COVID-19 – as well as the chance to try new things along the way.'
During lockdown all children have missed out on shared play experiences and many playgroups – which provide a wonderful environment for young children to play with all sorts of different tactile, sensory, role play and educational toys – are still closed and so the TW Toy Library aims to help fill this gap.
Providing your children with access to a world of different/novel/educational toys each week helps to inspire imaginations, excitement and creativity in children and may also help promote engagement and play with parents. Using a toy library service also encourages children to play with something they might be interested in, but won't necessarily pick up in a shop. It's also an opportunity for parents to try out toys before choosing to buy them.