Best Local Shop for Babies or Children


Argosy Toys is a real bricks and mortar Toy Shop in Westcliff on Sea, Essex. We have been open continuously since 1947, making us one of the oldest independent Toy Shops in the UK. They provide a wide range of toys for children of all ages and always have the latest toy trends in stock as well as old favourites and kids’ classics. The staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the products they stock which creates a shop with a great atmosphere where children are free to browse, touch and gaze in awe at the great selection, and parents are taken back to toy shops of their youth.

Highly Recommended: Painted Peppermint
Painted Peppermint is a mobile paint-your-own ceramic studio and we are proud to be the first franchised mobile studio in the UK. We currently operate in Essex, East London and Suffolk and our Painted Peppermint family is full of creative people who love painting! We provide a relaxed stress free experience for people of all ages to come and express their creativity. We have a large selection of ceramics, lots of vibrant colours and utensils to choose from to help create your own unique piece. 


Highly Recommended: Whites Farm Baby Barn
Whites Farm Baby Barn is a nursery retail store that provides everything you need to take great care of your baby. Situated just outside of Colchester, Essex, we’re a family-run business that has an assortment of high-quality baby equipment on offer. Having been trading for more than 20 years, they take pride in our unrivalled customer service!


Highly Recommended: Groovy Baby
Groovy Baby is a bricks and mortar shop based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex (recently voted the happiest place to live in the UK!) on a lovely little road full of independent shops and was born out of a love for funky children’s clothing.  We sell a complete mish-mash of things – if it’s groovy and we like it, we stock it! Our online shop stocks locally-made products including interiors, a small selection of books and toys plus our organic clothing lines from MaxomorraSlugs and SnailsDuns of Sweden , Blade and Rose and Alba of Denmark with more to be added further down the line.  If you are after our pre-loved items, you’ll find these posted on our Facebook page. 


2018 Winner: Argosy Toys

2017 Winner:  Whites Farm Baby Barn

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