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Our Castles are not Bouncy

Melissa and Doug Folding Medieval Castle

We make no apologies for reminding all of our wonderful WoodenToyShoppers that our toy castles do not bounce. Nor should they be dropped, prodded or jumped on! These castles are sturdy of course and robust enough to withstand the challenges of play time with toddlers, but these are very much wooden castles for playing with, not in.

Le Toy Van Excalibur Castle

Knights have featured prominently in our culture for hundreds of years, not least in English literature from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, through Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale to Thomas Malory’s Morte D’Arthur and many modern versions of classic tales of brave nights slaying dragons, rescuing fair maidens and defending the honour of the local village. Knights have traditionally embodied courage, purity, chivalry and honour, although the black knight, representing evil, often appears to challenge the good knight. For the kids though, knights represent epic adventures played out in films, on television (Mike the Knight anybody?) and in exciting story books read to them by grownups. Children have played with toy castles for hundreds of years and these magnificent wooden toys continue to be popular in a world that could not be more removed from the age of chivalry.

WoodenToyShop’s comprehensive selection of toy castles offers parents the chance to choose between traditional wooden castles, such as the bestselling Lionheart Castle, Le Toy Van’s finest castle which has seven towers (each one of which is topped with bright red turrets), a working drawbridge, portcullis and lots of other exciting features to encourage hours of imaginative and enjoyable play. If you are looking for a more ‘fairy tale’ kind of castle, then the Melissa and Doug Folding Princess Castle or the Le Toy Van Fairybelle Palace (available later on this year) both offer a home fit for the most beautiful princess. Whatever castle you choose, we’re confident your children will not only love playing with it, but they will also be encouraged to exercise their imaginations as they dream up adventures and stories to act out and even tell the grownups.

Click here to read a guide to the toy castles available in our store.

Le Toy Van Lionheart Castle Would you like to win this?


To celebrate this most traditional and classic wooden toy, we’re giving away our bestselling toy castle in this week’s Wooden Wednesday competition. To win the Le Toy Van Lionheart Castle please see details of how to enter below:

The Question: simply tell us the names of two of the knights that are commonly thought to have sat at King Arthur’s round table.

How to enter

1. Please click the Facebook ‘like’ button at the top of this page. (Don' t worry if you don't have a Facebook account. You can skip this part.)

2. Place your entry as a comment under this blog article.

In the event of a tie, a winner will be picked at random from all correct entries.

We will accept only one entry per UK household. (The prize can only be delivered to an address in the United Kingdom.)

The result will be announced on this blog shortly after entries close and the judges’ decision will be final.

Please note: each entry has to be approved before it is uploaded to this page. There may be a delay before you can see your entry.

*Competition opens Wednesday 1st May and closes at 9am on Thursday 2nd May.


*****************COMPETITION CLOSED**************

Congratulations to this week’s winner Helen C who correctly named Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad as two of the knights who were said to have sat at the round table. Helen wins this week’s brilliant prize of the toy castle.

Thank you to all for entering. There will be another Wooden Wednesday competition next week.

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