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A unique collection of traditional and contemporary toys, books, games and gifts for the young and young at heart.

Come and say hello.

Open Monday 10am – 2pm, Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4.30pm & Saturday 10am – 2pm

Exclusive personal shopping appointments also available, contact us to book your slot

Our friendly staff will be happy to help.

Our Vision:

At The Olive Branch Toyshop, we aim to provide carefully chosen toys and gifts sourced from responsible and ethical suppliers. We want to keep learning fun and to put a smile on the face everyone who visits us. Furthermore, we strive to create a vibrant community space where all feel welcome.

Our Story:

The Olive Branch Toyshop opens:

In October 2016, Julie, Alex and their daughter Holly, opened the doors of The Olive Branch Toyshop, Castle Donington, for the very first time, with excitement and nerves in equal measure! As an independent, family run business situated in the heart of a vibrant East Midlands village, we strive to be a place where everyone feels welcome. With a unique collection of traditional and contemporary toys, books, games and gifts for young and young at heart.

Whether you are looking for gorgeous neutrals for a baby shower, classic characters to welcome a newborn or a traditional Christening gift, we have a variety of beautiful baby gifts to choose from. We are very proud to stock an extensive range of traditional wooden toys for children of all ages including sustainably produced Lanka Kade Fairtrade wooden toys. Learning is made fun through our variety of educational games, puzzles, puppets, craft and construction kits. Additionally, you will also find many innovative and contemporary gifts in our store, jewellery boxes and keepsakes: modern designs of timeless favourites.

Community and Friendship:

To us, The Olive Branch is a symbol of reaching out to those around us, extending a hand of friendship to all who visit us. We aim to put a smile on the face of everyone who comes into the shop! Our knowledgeable, attentive and friendly staff are always on hand to welcome you to our store and help you choose the perfect gift for your special occasion. What’s more, we will even gift wrap it for you free of charge!

We continue to stock an ever increasing range of fun and educational toys and gifts, carefully chosen from ethical and responsible suppliers. We can even arrange the order of a specific item from them: if you can’t see what you are looking for on our website, please feel free to ask! But is does not end there. In addition, we opened the room above our beautiful Olive Branch Toyshop to be a meeting place, available to hire, for our local community. Whether you are looking to host a charity coffee morning, a regular group meeting or a small party, we are happy to help.

Spreading our Branches:

With our village toyshop growing, we then set about widening the branches of our reach. Holly began to share news of our successful shop over social media and our audience has continued to grow. In April 2018, The Olive Branch website was launched to extend our welcome to customers further afield. We strive to offer the same range of high quality, affordable toys and our attentive service to our online community. Furthermore, to thank our loyal customers for their continued support we have established a generous points scheme, because your custom and feedback really do matter to us.

Welcoming our community is central to our vision. With this in mind, we opened the Rainbow Room in January 2019, to provide a large and vibrant space for all ages to enjoy. Just around the corner from the shop, we are delighted host regular classes and craft workshops, led by skilled professionals. We can also host children’s parties and will work with you to make a perfect celebration for your child’s special day.

Whether you are looking for a perfect gift for a special occasion or somewhere to host it, we are happy to help.

We look forward to meeting you!

The Olive Branch Outside
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Meet the Team

The Olive Branch Toyshop Team:

Julie “The Boss”:

Julie is the beating heart of The Olive Branch Toyshop. She keeps us to Our Vision and embodies the values and ethos we strive to create. Always welcoming, she is passionate about working for our Olive Branch community near and far. And when she does have a little time to spare, you might just catch her at the football, supporting her beloved home team, Mansfield Town!

Alex “The Brains”:

With a background in engineering, Alex is our hero in any challenge! We are so proud of all of his hard work in renovating and maintaining our beautiful rooms and keeping our busy calendars running smoothly. In his free time, Alex loves to take the skies and soar above the countryside of the East Midlands.

Holly “The Inspiration”:

Because we all do everything for our children. Holly is the mastermind behind our social media news and campaigns in addition to working in the shop. She is a fully qualified Early Years Childcare Practitioner and has an excellent working knowledge of how cleverly designed toys can aid development and learning in the very young. When she’s not hard at work, Holly loves a good book and a shopping trip!

Elaine “The Detail”:

Whether it’s creating a stunning window display, arranging the products in store or managing the stock, Elaine’s eye for detail is perfect. As an experienced teacher, Elaine is incredibly knowledgeable in how a well-chosen toy can make learning so much fun! Elaine loves a good jigsaw puzzle or game and going for long walks in the countryside.

Kirsty “The Technical”:

Kirsty is in charge of maintaining our website as well as serving customers in the shop itself. She is also an experienced teacher and a mum to two primary school aged children (our chief toy testers)! Kirsty has a wonderful insight into which toys are packed with great play value and returned to over and over again. When not crafting or building train tracks with the little ones, Kirsty loves to bake family favourite cakes.

And a special nod to Grandma Olive… with love xx

The Olive Branch Toyshop Suppliers:

  • Apples to Pears
  • Bigjigs Toys
  • byEloise
  • Floss & Rock
  • GALT Toys
  • Great Gizmos
  • Hape
  • House of Marbles
  • Lanka Kade
  • Melissa & Doug
  • Orange Tree Toys
  • Orchard Toys
  • Rainbow Designs
  • Rachel Ellen Designs
  • Sass & Belle
  • The Puppet Company
  • Usborne Books
The Olive Branch Upstairs