May Fair, Sunday 11th May, 11am–2pm



Can your child be our May Fair Royalty?

Preparations for this year’s May Fair are well underway! This is a great family day out and an important fundraiser for the Toy Library. We look forward to seeing you:

  • Explore a fire engine with Walthamstow’s Green Watch
  • Live music with Mrs H & the SingAlong Band; a 30-minute workshop of Caribbean Calypso dance; and a performance by the Natural Voices Youth Choir.
  • Bouncy castle (over-5s), kindly donated by Mr Bounce, a friendly bouncy castle hire company in Chingford
  • Ball pool for under-5s
  • Face painting with WOW Faces and Sabrina
  • BBQ with bangers and buns supplied by East London Sausage Company and The Village Bakery
  • NEW for 2014: bar with local ales, wine and Pimms (as requested by our members!)
  • Retro games and children’s craft activities
  • Brilliant stalls selling cakes, books and plants
  • Tombola and raffle

Support our May Fair Talent

The ever-popular Mrs H. & the SingAlong Band need donations to produce their next album Dance Away with Me. If you are a fan, take a look at their campaign page:



We are reviving a May Day tradition – with a modern twist. Could your little one be crowned our May Fair King, Queen, Prince or Princess? Kings and Queens is for all children aged 2–5 and Princes and Princesses is for all children aged 0–23 months. To enter, please fill in the form below. Alternatively, parents can email us the name of their child and date of birth, along with full contact details on


Table Top Sale Success

This was held on Sunday, 6th April, raising £400 for Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre. We will host another Table Top Sale in September – a date will be confirmed soon.


E-list Live Saturday 26th April from 12–8pm

Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre will be at E-List Live, part of the Eat or Heat Spring Fair, at the Welcome Centre (opposite St Mary’s Church). Do visit our stall, which will run fun, crafty activities, designed especially for the under-5s.

Groups at the Toy Library and Play Centre




In addition to our rolling programme for the under-5s and under-18 months, we work with local associations and host specialist sessions which support the needs of local parents and parents-to-be. Do check our website for details, as arrangements could change at short notice. (

Twins and Multiple Births Group

Fri. 1–3pm, 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th May; 6th, 13th and 27th June; 4th, 11th and 25th July


Deutsche Spielgruppe Walthamstow

Sat. 10am–12pm, 26th April; 17th May; 14th June; 19th July


Spanish Saturdays

Sat. 2-4pm, 26th April; 24th May; 28th June; 26th July



Waltham Forest NCT Siblings Group

Fri. 12.45–2.15pm, 25th April; 16th May; 20th June; 18th July.



Parent and baby yoga with Sam Syer, Mon. 1–2pm

Pregnancy yoga with Sam Wood, Mon. 7–8.15pm.

New course starts on 2nd June

Yoga and relaxation with Sam Wood, Mon. 8.15–9.15pm

Hatha yoga with Vanessa Brooks-Fischer, Wed. 7.30–9pm

And Don’t Forget!




Toy Loans

Members can hire toys and books for three weeks at a time.

All toys cost £1 to hire, except large or outdoor toys, which are £4. Parenting books are £1, and children's books are free.



£5 per year per family, FREE for local families on income support.




Recycle your newspapers and unwanted magazines at the Toy Library – these are really useful for creative and messy play activities. Bring these with you to our sessions.



Thank you to all members for your continued support!





May Fair King / Queen / Prince / Princess draw



Yes! I would love to volunteer to help at the May Fair









Your child’s name and age



Your name







Your phone number / email



Your phone number / email

The winners will be drawn at random on 5th May, and must be available to attend the May Fair between 1–2pm, 11th May where they will receive their prize and take part in the crowning ceremony and photo shoot. Full terms and conditions are available on our website. Good Luck!



Areas of interest (i.e. running stalls, set up/take down)