14 April 2016

Village Toy Shop Opens

The Historic Village Herberton has officially opened its new Children's Toy Shop. 

Village owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said they were just delighted to open the Toy Shop to the public on Good Friday, last month. 

“It has been closed for several months while we restored a bigger building to house the new displays.

“The new building, which is around 100 years old, has been been fully restored. The floors have been fixed, it has a fresh coast of paint and it is climate controlled to protect the toys from any deterioration.”

Craig said there were hundreds of dolls on display with some dating back to Victorian times. “We have created some lovely scenes displaying the dolls and just as children would have played with them, we have a tea party, nursery, teddy bear’s picnic and the parlour.”

Traditional games from yesteryear are also on display as well as a new sporting section complete with croquet, cricket, tennis, golf and cycling.

The centrepiece of the toy shop is the working model railway. The 2.4 metre long railroad has taken its inspiration from Herberton circa 1930s and features 20 buildings complete with pub and hotel, train station, church, saddlery, blacksmith and more.

Around 100 hand painted people, trees, landscaping, period motor vehicles and a picturesque waterfall complete the setting.