Shop local and discover Essex toy shops where you can buy fantastic gifts and treats for every occasion – from rattles and teddy bears to this year’s must-haves. We found excellent bricks-and-mortar shops in locations including Chelmsford, Colchester, Basildon, Westcliff, Southend, and Saffron Walden.

Essex Toy Shops

Little Bees – Chelmsford
2 Hylands Parade, Wood Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8BW
Little Bees specialises in traditional and wooden toys, such as Wooden Ride-on Toys, Organic Baby Gifts, Educational Toys and Keepsakes. The shop is open Monday to Saturday.
01245 251037 / 01245 257510

Toytown – Braintree
15 George Rd, Braintree CM7 2QA
Founded in Belfast in 1980, Toytown is one of the largest independent toy retailers in the UK and Ireland. They have one of the widest ranges of toys available on the high street, offered at competitive prices.
01376 321 303

Toy Crazy – Halstead
13 Weavers Court, Halstead, Essex CO9 2JN
Toy Crazy is a welcoming store located in Halstead, stocking and supplying a vast range of high quality toys for boys and girls. Whether you’re shopping for a little ones birthday or even treating them to a surprise present, our variety of options are sure to please, with something to suit each and every individual!
01787 479986

The Toy Box – Dunmow
Tudor House, Church End, Churchend, Dunmow, Essex CM6 2AF
The Toy Box is a friendly and family run children’s toy shop. They sell a wide variety of toys, children’s books, gifts & retro sweets for all ages. Fantastic, welcoming customer service.
01371 238020

Its All Fun & Games Fancy Dress & Toys
Eld Lane, Colchester, Essex CO1 1LN
It’s All Fun & Games is a fantastic shopping destination for fancy dress, party ware, toys, gifts and novelty items for all ages.
01206 560583

Pirates & Princesses Ltd
37 North Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1QR
A small friendly traditional toy and gift shop situated in a gorgeous 500 year old building with its own running stream in the cellar! Offering a mixture of traditional, Must-haves, wooden, vintage and tin toys along with homeware, gifts and partyware.
01206 764115

The Toy Box – Saffron Walden
5 Market Row, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1HB
The Toy Box is a small traditional toy shop offering toys and games for children of all ages, including brands such as Galt, vTech, and Playmobil.
01799 525510

To the Moon and Back – Billericay
Barleylands Craft Village, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD
Located alongside the ever-popular Barleylands Farm, this toy shop stocks a wide range of toys and gifts including pocket money toys, educational books, and specialist toys for children with conditions such as Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
01268 272766

Argosy Toys – Westcliff
553 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 9LJ
An independent family run toy shop in Westcliff on Sea, Essex that has been trading continuously since 1947. Thousands of toys in stock, including Micro Scooters, Thinking Putty, Hatchimals, LEGO & Sylvanian Families. Free Click & Collect. Ask about the free delivery within 5km.
01702 346806

Chris’ Toy Box & Bouncy Castle Hire – Westcliff
859 London Road, Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex SS0 9SZ
Lovely shop that keeps up with the latest trends. Toys for children of all ages with highly competitive prices.  Also offer bouncy castle and soft play hire, and Christmas & Birthday Clubs which allow you to pay towards gift weekly/monthly with no extra charges.
01702 477998

Toys ‘N’ Tuck – Southend
1 Queens Road, Southend, Essex, SS1 1LT
Toys ‘N’ Tuck is an independent retailer that stocks the latest trends and popular brands. Friendly service and knowledgeable staff. Free click and collect.
01702 343464

Piccola – Epping and Brentwood
195 High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BL
4 High Street, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4AB
Established in 1966 in Epping, Piccola is an independent retailer stocking traditional, high quality toys and children’s clothes.
Epping – 01992 573 164
Brentwood – 01277 224 973

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Unit 33, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1EX
Unit 27, Lakeside, West Thurrock, Essex RM20 2ZH
2 Culver Square Shopping Centre, Colchester, Essex CO1 1WF
At Build-A-Bear you can make your own stuffed animal. Choose from over 30 furry friends to make – stuff it, give it a sound, and then a heart filled with your wishes. Personalise with hundreds of fashions.
01268 287 556

Disney Store – Thurrock and Chelmsford
110 Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock, Essex RM20 2ZG
Unit 27/28, High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1XR
Disney stores offer branded clothes, toys, games, art, music, and movies. They also sell personalised gifts and collectibles.

Early Learning Centre in Mothercare
Unit 3, Meadows Shopping Centre, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6JX
Unit 5, Mayflower Retail Park, Basildon , Essex SS14 3HZ
Rom Valley RP, Rom Valley Way, Romford , Essex RM7 0AF
Unit 12, Queensgate Centre, Harlow , Essex CM20 2DA
The Early Learning Centre create their own brand of toys that are designed to build children’s imaginations and develop vital skills. From wooden toys and doll houses to arts and craft materials.

Hawkins Bazaar
A British novelty gift and toy shop chain selling 100’s of unique and old fashioned toys, games, gadgets, crafts and puzzles for all ages.
16/17 Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, Essex SS14 1EB
Meadows Centre, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6FD
Basildon – 01268 928823 /
Chelmsford – 01245283526 /

Unit 14 Exchange Way, High Chelmer, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1XB
Unit 9 Culver Square, Shopping Centre, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JQ
Unit F8 The Liberty, Romford, Essex RM1 3RL
Unit 26 Phase 2, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, Essex SS14 1EB
Unit 36 Lakeside Intu, West Thurrock Way, Grays, Essex RM20 2ZP
Smiggle sells colourful and fun stationery, bags, lunchboxes, drink bottles, and small toys.

Smyths Toys Superstores
Tollgate Centre, Tollgate West, Colchester, Essex CO3 8RG
Weir Retail Park, Phoenix Way, Rayleigh Weir, Essex SS7 3NU
Riverside Retail Park, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1AN
Lakeside Shopping Centre, Weston Avenue, Thurrock, Essex RM20 3LP
Epping Forest Shopping Park, Langston Road, Near Debden Station, Loughton, Essex IG10 3UE
Superstore chain selling indoor and outdoor toys, plus bikes, nursery equipment and video games.
01268 745844

The Entertainer Toy Shop
91 Eastgate Centre, Basildon, Essex SS14 1AF
6 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6FA
St Nicholas House, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Unit 70, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Grays, Essex RM20 2ZG</span
13/14 The Brewery, Waterloo Road, Romford, Essex RM7 0AA
Unit 23 Mercury Centre, Romford, Essex RM1 3EE
Toys galore! A massive range of toys for children and big kids alike.