Playing with a 'loopie' toyMerry Go Round Toy & Leisure Library is a registered charity which runs a toy library 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. Sadly this toy library had to close in December 2017 after more than 11 years due to changes in services at the Centre.

We opened another toy library, Spinning Top, in the Beacon Centre in Beacon Heath in March 2018, thanks to both the Beacon and a grant from the Big Lottery. This has a really large play area and purpose built display cupboards for all the toys.

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 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 and the Big Lottery and Exeter Foundation


Invitation to our 20th Birthday Celebrations!

Best Dressed Teddy Competition

Merry Go Round now open all day Tuesday!

MGR is now open all day every Tuesday from 10am-4.30pm but will no longer open on Thursdays. Spinning Top open as usual every Friday 9.30am-12.30pm.

Toys and Soft Toys wanted for fundraisers

We urgently need more soft toys as well as good quality pre-loved toys for our toy and tombola stalls at upcoming events.If you can help, please drop off in a bag labelled ‘toy library’ at the Beacon Centre or Exeter Scrapstore. Thank you!