When visiting Beale Wildlife Park, do pop into Treasured Toys, which re-kindles visitors’ love for their forgotten toys, while introducing the next generation to the marvels of playtimes past, with a toy exhibition which features toys from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
The brain child and creation of Bob Leggett, a toy enthusiast, the exhibition officially opened its doors on Wednesday 15th August 2012, welcomed by former Park Director, Nick Bailey and our late Chairman of the Trustees, Richard Howard, who had worked closely with Bob to create a village scene with a row of shop windows, one from each decade, which transport you back in time.
Bob says “My aim is to give visitors a glimpse of the past. Many of the parents and grandparents accompanying children into the Park today will be the very children who had hours of endless fun playing with the toys which are now on display.”
He continued, “By creating this display we are encouraging people to share their fond memories and to show their children the items they used to play with. I really want them to say,’ I had one of those’! Most of the toys on display are best sellers, so the majority of people will recognize something from their childhood.”
Toys have changed considerably over the years, as has our attitude and approach to them. In the 50s and 60s most children only received toys as birthday or Christmas presents. So, it is no surprise that yesterday’s children “treasured” their toys – hence the exhbition’s name – ‘Treasured Toys’.
Those visiting the exhibition will come face-to-face with some classics, including: miniature household items such as washing machines and Hoovers from the 50s, Sindy – the stunning brunette – accompanied by Action Man from the 60s, and, of course, there is the train set and the Scalextric which featured on every boy’s Christmas list!
Popular games are also on show with Magical Robot, Monopoly, Blow Football, Table Tennis, Risk Cluedo, Railroader Mousie Mousie, Escalado and Totopoly; not to mention the TV related games such as: Supercar, Thunderbirds and Watch with Mother, and there are construction toys too – Meccano from the 50s and LEGO from the early 60s.
Nick Bailey, former Park Director, said, “The exhibition is a great addition to the Park and will add another dimension to people’s visits. We all love to reminisce and this is a great way to encourage people to share stories and experiences amongst families and friends.”
Entrance to the exhibition is included within the normal ticket price to Beale Wildlife Park which is open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm (Low Season) or 10.00am to 6.00pm (High Season).
Please note that all our attractions are ‘subject to availability’. Technical issues and/or essential maintenance repairs means that The Trustees reserve the right to withdraw a facility without prior notice. In this instance, refunds will not be given.