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Wicken Toys Blog

  • Christmas toys cometh from Wicken


    There’s less than 60 shopping days left until Christmas! It may seem like a long time, but we’re almost in November now and Christmas shopping is already underway for many families this year. We’re even taking advance orders to beat the Christmas rush.


    So start making those lists and find out what the kids want this year.


    Wicken Toys has an unparalleled range of outdoor toys to choose from and we’ve prepared for every eventuality for this coming festive season.  If you follow our blog then you’ll see over the next few weeks just how many Christmas gift ideas we have to impart to you.


    You’d think buying Christmas toys for the kids would be the easiest thing, but with such a wide variety of choices available these days it can be a bit of a nightmare to hunt down the best ones. We believe that playtime should keep the children active and what better way to encourage them to do that then with outdoor toys such as climbing frames, playhouses and wheeled toys?


    So let’s start ticking off that list of possible gift ideas shall we?


    For the active, sporty kids we always recommend getting them toys that help them to continue their active pursuits...


    Take this tp Basketball Game Set. This is a great way to keep them on the go and it saves on garden space too. The basketball set fits directly onto a wall or if you purchase a mounting kit with it, it can fit onto any of our giant swing frames or climbing frames. Without overstating the pun; it’s a slam-dunk choice for kids this Christmas.



    Okay, maybe you’re thinking, “We want to keep the kids active but it might be too cold this winter to have them playing in the garden all day long.” So, here’s an alternative idea...


    The Kettler Stockholm Indoor table ideal for table tennis and ping pong matches in the cosy comfort of your home.  This is actually a great gift for the whole family as it offers super value for money and a range games that all ages can get involved with. The Stockholm is equally suitable for clubs and schools too. It’s both rollaway and foldaway efficient so it doesn’t take up any space when not in use. Christmas Day could be a great opportunity for the family to go head-to-head for some serious ping pong matches!

    Wicken Toys knows that some kids just want to have toys that they can play with a la Buzz Lightyear! So we have introduced a range called SIKU Diecast Models, which include toys such as lorries, buses, cranes and farm machinery model toys.


    For more than 50 years SIKU has fascinated children and adults alike with its model toys. The range of SIKU toy farm models is as captivating and varied as the real world of agriculture with many different implements available for the different model tractors. The SIKU Deere tractor and trailer set is a popular seller.



    These are just a few of the Wicken suggestions and options for Christmas toys this year. We’ll be back with more blogs and more Christmas gift ideas for the kids and the whole family. For more information on any of our products or ranges, please Contact Us.

  • Toying with the idea of early Christmas shopping?

    We hear cries from parents from around the country shouting out, "It's too early to think about that!” well, for some it is, but unless you actually enjoy the Christmas rush and getting caught up in the mad dash of people during the two weeks lead-up to old Xmas day, it really is best to start early. At least spare a thought for what you would like to get the kids or what they may have asked for.


    Wicken Toys is very busy around this time of year, for obvious reasons, but the important factor we feel is getting the Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. November is a good time to start and by then it doesn’t feel too early to be taking Christmas matters into your own hands.


    This year Wicken Toys is going all out to make your Christmas shopping easier than ever before! Why queue in the cold when you can shop from the comfort of your own, warm abode? Order online with us and we’ll deliver it to your door.


    Our delivery service takes place on weekends, although smaller items from our catalogue are sent via ParcelForce which operates on a 24 hour service. All orders made receive tracking numbers and receipts via email. You’ll even get the expected day for delivery so you know when to expect the toys!


    So what outdoor toys are set to be our best-sellers this winter? Believe it or not, garden swings and climbing frames tend to get a high volume of interest. Regardless of the low temperatures the kids sense of play lasts all year around.


    The most sought after Christmas toys are playhouses and wheeled toys.


    At the top of Mum and Dad’s lists (or Santa’s) should be the Kettler Wildcat Go-kart, suitable for children aged 3-6 years. It’s an impressive and safe design that makes for a great way for the younger ones of the litter to get around in. It comes with a 3 year warranty and any child who gets one of these will certainly be kept occupied for a long amount of time.

    Kettler Go Kart

    It boasts the following features:

    • A sturdy frame.
    • Easy to adjust seat, no tools required.
    • Front spoiler.
    • Solid wheels.
    • Non slip pedals.
    • Dual action brake.
    • Freewheel facility.  Freewheel means that when the Wildcat is being pushed the pedals will not spin around hitting the riders feet.


    Let’s not forget the best in playhouses either!



    The TP Forest Cabin Wooden Playhouse is a compact playhouse that combines dried European redwood with galvanised steel.  All plastic parts are natural forest green and UV stabilised. All the timber used has smooth rounded edges so no splinters.


    It features a compact lodge with window frames and fabric door. It’s an ideal outdoor toy for the kids and makes a wonderful Christmas present. The biggest problem you’ll find will be wrapping it!


    These are just a couple of our favourites for Christmas gift ideas. Order in advance so you beat the Christmas rush.

    Contact Us for more information on our services and products.

  • Having fun in the outdoors with Wicken's outdoor toys

    Having fun in the outdoors with Wicken Toys

    Playing out in the fresh air with our children is so much fun. With growing health problems in Britain, the more exercise and fresh air they get, the better it is for them to keep them healthy. Wicken Toys has some fun outdoor toys to get children exercising and active from a young age. And that’s what it's all about: showing children that they can have fun in the outdoors away from the TV and games consoles.

    The TP Spiro Hop

    The Spiro Hop can provide endless entertainment and activity for children. This new ‘spin’ on the traditional seesaw will leave your children in a spin.

    If you have children of different ages and sizes, you can counterbalance them by moving the centre bar in the opposite direction.

    The feet of the Spiro Hop are padded and the seesaw can be moved indoors if the weather starts to get too severe for them to play outside. Spiro Hop has padded seats, which means that the kids can bounce up and down or spin around until they're too dizzy to continue. (Which will probably never happen!)

    This award-winning outdoor toy is a must-have for children that love frantic, crazy fun. Avoid if your children get motion-sickness.



    TP Super Goal with Trainer

    Goooooal! The TP Super Goal with Trainer is the outdoor toy to buy if your son or daughter is football mad and wants to get better and better. It’s a new model and comes with the Trainer to help them improve their aim and coordination for playing football. They can use it for target practice to improve their aim for the next big game at school; the Super Goal with Trainer also comes with nets behind the trainer holes to hold the balls in place when you score.

    TP Super Goal with Trainer is perfectly sized for the garden and comes with a guarantee against rust-causing failure that can impair some other outdoor toys. The nylon nets are also resistant to rot, meaning that your TP Super Goal with Trainer will score a hatrick on the longevity front.

    It comes with ground stakes for extra stability when your children are scoring super goals. Get this one if your children are footy-obsessed!

    TP Ballooppa

    Back on the football games for the great outdoors, the TP Ballooppa will have your children exercising and healthy without them even realising it. As an outdoor toy, this focuses on high-energy football practice, coordination and improving the players’ aim.

    TP Ballooppa is also a tethered sports toy. An adjustable 6m tether keeps the player from breaking your windows or garden furniture as they go for goals. The tether also stops the ball from flying off into the neighbours’ gardens or into the road near your house. It gives you complete peace of mind whenever your child is playing in the garden and that’s so important these days.

    Whatever your children love doing, Wicken Toys has some fantastically good outdoor toys that will keep them active and happy playing outdoors.

  • Get on your bike for the wheel deal


    As one of the biggest outdoor toy retailers in the country, we at Wicken Toys specialise in some of the most fun outdoor toys to get children fit and active all year round. Apart from the impending arrival of Halloween and Bonfire Night, October can mean only one thing: that Christmas is inching nearer and nearer with every passing second. Christmas is the time for getting your children their first bike.


    Learning to ride a bike is one of the most fun milestones of childhood. The moment you start to learn to ride a bike is the moment you experience your first taste of independence in the wide old world; it’s the moment where a child feels liberated and grown-up for the first time as they pedal off under their own steam (or feet).


    It’s not without its tears and recriminations, of course. No matter how fast a learner the child is, there are always falls and tears and us, the doting parents, telling the bikes off to make our children feel better when they come tumbling off onto the concrete. Well, Wicken Toys has a range of balance bikes and trikes to ease children into the great outdoors and the trials and tribulations of learning to ride.


    Trikes are the easiest way into getting kids excited about riding from a young age. They give your children stability while encouraging them to start to ride for themselves. The Kettler Supertrike from Wicken Toys is fantastic value for money as toddler’s first trike. It comes with a parent pole for parents to keep control of the bike around busy areas; it also features a sturdy tubular steel frame that brings important durability to the trike. The red and yellow colour-combo also makes it a great unisex trike for boys and girls alike.



    If your child is slightly older and looking to establish themselves as a bike pro, our range of balance bikes help to teach children the importance of balancing in riding a bike successfully. They help to build a child’s confidence and prepare them for the more difficult step of balancing, pedalling and steering all in one go. (A daunting task for anyone learning outdoors for the first time!)


    The Kettler Run Air Fly balance bike makes learning to ride a bike outdoors an absolute breeze for eager children. This easy-to-assemble balance bike would make a great gift for kids who might be nervous about riding. It comes with air tyres for maximum comfort, an ergonomic and comfortable seat and a scratch-resistant coating on the frame. The handlebars are cushioned with foam padding and there is a durable parking stand to prop the bike up between use. Balance bikes teach children the basics and help to develop their coordination for when they take up the real thing.



    If you’re unsure of the right choice for your child this Christmas and you live locally, you can pop down to Wicken Toys to see our outdoor toys display, where we have a huge range of balance bikes, trikes, garden swings, climbing frames and other exciting outdoor toys to get children energised  for the great outdoors.

  • Beat the Rush - Why Now's the Time to get a Sledge


    While snow used to be quite an infrequent occurrence in the UK, the past few years have brought with them more extreme Winters than we've seen in a ages, with flurries falling on a regular basis. This has meant many more lucky children have got to enjoy the fun of playing in the snow than in previous decades, especially appreciating the chance to experience the thrills of sledging.


    Of course, with such unanticipated weather, most people will leave it until the last minute to buy their very own speedy sledge from Wicken Toys. Unfortunately, this means we often sell out leaving some children without the sledges they so desperately want. Not just that, but sometimes by the time you've bought your little one their sledge, the snow is already starting to melt.


    If you ever enjoyed the fast-paced fun of sledging yourself as a child, you'll be able to understand just how disappointed kids can be at having missed out on the opportunity to make the most of the cold weather. That's why it pays to place an order for the sledge of your choice before the snow starts falling and everyone starts rushing to buy the last sledge on the shelves at Wicken Toys.


    Clever forward-planning parents have many different options to choose from where sledges are concerned, with a model to suit every budget. Prices for the basic yet sturdy My First Sledge model start at just £14.95 at Wicken Toys, offering you a saving of £9 under the recommended retail price.

    Slightly further up the range is the reasonably priced £30 Snow Star, available in many different colours. This model, which is suitable for all children up to young teens, includes hand-operated brakes for increased safety plus a pulley strap for taking the sledge up the slopes.

    Moving on from the smaller sledges, we come to the Super Twin Sledge; a sit-in toboggan style sledge made from toughened plastic in an array of colours, built slightly longer to accommodate older teenagers and adults. This design features hand operated brakes which also aid steering, plus the fun addition of snowball holders for daring fights on-the-go.

    For those that prefer a sit-on classic style sledge, there's the 2 seat Snow Shuttle, a toughened plastic design suitable for 2 riders which is fitted with steel runners for enhanced speed. An attachable seat can be added to this design to improve safety for younger riders or just increase comfort levels.

    Finally, we come to the daddy of all sledges, the Mountain Sled 115 Wooden Sled, a traditional and sturdy sit-on sledge hand-built from solid Beechwood with added steel runners for a smoother slide across the snow. This larger design is perfect for 2 adults or up to 3 children, meaning all the family can have a go.

    Of course, whether you opt for the bargain-price My First Sledge or the gleaming wooden Mountain Sled, your kids are bound to be the envy of all their friends once the snow starts falling. What's more, the Wicken Toys seal of quality means they'll be able to re-use their new toy year after year.


    We hope you enjoy your new sledge and look forward to seeing you back when the sun starts shining again and the kids are clamouring for a climbing frame!

  • A Toy For All Seasons from Wicken Toys – Summer Fun





    Wicken Toys has a toy for all seasons – even though we’re at the tail end of the British summer, don’t count out the outdoor activities just yet! Traditionally outdoor play equipment such as climbing frames and garden swing sets are the standard choices, but there are so many other options available.


    We have to be realistic too. This is the UK and no season is ever consistent. You never know what the sun is going to do until it reveals its smiling face.


    Regardless of weather conditions the kids are never shy when it comes to playing outside! Rain or shine, high winds or heat waves, they can pretty much endure any extreme for a bit of escapist adventure and imaginative play.


    So in this new series of blogs let Wicken Toys take you through the seasons starting with:


    The Summer


    This is every child’s favourite time of year with no school on the schedule and a limitless potential for games, adventure and fun ahead.


    However, back gardens can be desolate wastelands of dry mud and overgrown weeds during the warmth of a summer season. For the children of the house that’s just no place to play in...


    If you’re enjoying the sunshine, find a way for your kids to experience some of that fun too. Wicken Toys has put together this “Toy for all seasons” package as an idea of what can be accomplished in that back garden that can be enjoyed by the whole family.


    To begin with you need to capitalise on your space. Use some of the free areas to accommodate some new features:


    Meet the ultimate 2-in-1 multipurpose outdoor toy! It’s a picnic bench perfect for parties and games that transforms into a plum sand table. The little ones can build sandcastles in the morning and then in the afternoon put the lid back on to use the bench as a drawing desk.



    On the other side of the garden consider raising the flag for Frontier Fun Fort. The painted steel climbing frame has two hideaway dens, two garden swings and a 6ft slide. It’s adventure for the kids all the way. As far as climbing frames go, it’s a perfect match for the active kids out there.



    Alternatively, why not splash out on an Intex Swimming Pool that the whole family, and even friends, can enjoy? This is the sturdiest ground pool on the market and can be assembled in 30 minutes with a choice option of extras from ladder to heater. It’s a swimmingly good idea for any sun-kissed garden.



    And that’s Wicken Toys’ top summer season outdoor play equipment picks. There are many more toys available in our range. Browse our collections for some other ideas or alternatively, Contact Us for further information.

  • Welcome to the Wicken Toys Blog


    Hello there and welcome to the brand new Wicken Toys blog where we will be keeping you up-to-date on what’s going on in our toy universe!


    Wicken Toys Ltd. has been established since 1992 and is a family run business. “Family” being the operative word – we understand what families need to keep the kids entertained.



    Over the years we have concentrated our efforts on developing amazing ranges of quality, value for money outdoor toys. If you’re looking for an outdoor trampoline to give some bounce to the garden or a garden swing set to help you swing through the seasons – we’ve got plenty in-stock!


    If you haven’t heard, Wicken Toys have the biggest display of outdoor toys in the entire country and for kids it’s probably the most awesome sight they could ever hope to see in their young lives!


    Our toy specialties include climbing frames, garden swings, trampolines and garden toys. Our essential goal is to provide safe but exciting toys for the kids to play with and enjoy outside in the sunshine.


    If you like, feel free to browse our site for toys galore from wooden climbing frames to outdoor trampolines, we have it all!


    We look forward to blogging for you. For information on our products and services please Contact Us.

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