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Remember when a cardboard box could keep you entertained for hours? Or how you could while away the afternoon with a washing up liquid bottle and bit of sticky back plastic?

All you needed was a little bit of imagination, and from chasing dragons and fairies at the bottom of the garden to flying in space in your own shuttle, anything was possible.

Harking back to this age of simple, imaginative play, Ptolemy Toys ignites the magic of old fashioned toy-making. Bringing enchanting, nostalgic wooden toys and curiosities all under one roof, Harriet Stapleton, founder of Ptolemy Toys, has created her own little slice of make believe.

As a mother, she fell in love with wonderful toys she found for her children whilst travelling around Europe. Unable to find similar toys in the UK, Harriet set about sourcing these traditional playthings - and so Ptolemy Toys was born.

Her quirky converted stable shop and gardens near Oxford are bursting at the seams with charming toys, and along with the website boasts an unrivalled selection of enchanting playthings, all from traditional toymakers.

With something for children young and old, Ptolemy Toys conjures up all the fun of natural play...and without a bit of sticky back plastic in sight.

Notes for Editors:

As well as running the shop and website, Harriet is a busy mum of 2. Passionate about encouraging family fun, as unofficial toy testers her children Augustus and Hebe may well have the best jobs in the country...
Harriet is a member of WiRE, an organisation which offers practical and specific business services and support for women in rural enterprise.

Concentrating on fantastic and nostalgic toys, perfect for children of any age and from any era, Ptolemy Toys’ ranges include Silke, Haba, Toys Made from Wood, Kathe Kruse, Schuco, Frilly Lilly and other great toymakers who are passionate about what they do.

To view Ptolemy Toys fabulous range of traditional toys, visit

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