Playing with a 'loopie' toyMerry Go Round Toy & Leisure Library is a registered charity which runs two toy libraries in Exeter. Our first toy library, Merry Go Round, opened at the end of 1999 and is based in Exeter Scrapstore on the edge of Belmont Park. The Scrapstore is also a charity and we work well in partnership together.

Merry Go Round Toy Library proved to be so popular with families, carers and children that in November 2006 we opened a new branch, Carousel Toy Library, in West Exe Children’s Centre in St Thomas. The toy libraries are open not only for families with children aged from a few months to early teens, but also for any groups or individuals involved in providing daycare for children. You may be a foster parent or childminder, or involved in a group activity such as afterschool club, playscheme or preschool. Anyone who looks after children is welcome to become a member! Toy Libraries are exciting places to visit, like an Aladdin’s cave full of things you want to take home; they are centres for lending the best toys and games which adults and children can enjoy together. Many of our toys promote inclusion, with some specially designed for children with disabilities. We also have a wide range of resource books and multicultural toys. We are happy to give advice about specific toys for individual children, or alternatively what resources would suit group play. Come and visit us! To find out more use the links above – look in Merry Go Round and Carousel for opening times, locations and catalogues…


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Merry Go Round Toy and Leisure Libraries is a registered charity no. 1100532
Supported by the Co-operative Community Fund


Future of Carousel

Sadly Carousel will be closing at Christmas but we are actively looking for new premises for a new toy library. Carousel members will be able to transfer to Merry Go Round Toy Library after the closure, or to our new toy library when it opens. Please contact us if you have any ideas for venues either west of the river or other areas where there is a need.

Committee Meeting

All welcome to the next committee meeting 7.30pm Wednesday 6th September in Exeter Scrapstore.

Committee and fundraising meeting

Come join the toy library team – we really need more people to help organise fundraisers!

The next meeting is on Wednesday 5th July from 7.30pm – contact us for venue (in Exeter).

All welcome!

Playday in the Park!