South Bristol Toy Library

New home for South Bristol Toy Library

The toy library has moved to a new home at

St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Vivian Street, Bristol, BS3 4LW.

The next session (a grand reopening) will be on 16th March, 10am to 12pm.

After that, sessions will be fortnightly on Saturdays

South Bristol Toy Library is based at St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Vivian Street, Bristol, BS3 4LW and is supported by Windmill Hill City Farm.

Sessions are fortnightly on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon.

For the next date, please see the toy library’s Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you. Loans and returns and new members welcome.

Stay and play sessions for members are now running during all toy library sessions, come and play!

South Bristol Toy Library is a small, volunteer-run, local project. It’s a brilliant resource for children, parents and carers in South Bristol, encouraging play and the sharing and reuse of toys for children of all backgrounds. Windmill Hill City Farm supports South Bristol Toy Library as part of its Community Initiative.

Where is South Bristol Toy Library?

The Toy Library is based at St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Vivian Street, Bristol, BS3 4LW.


How does the Toy Library work?

Stay and play

Members are welcome to stay and play with the library toys while the library is open.

Become a member

If you want to take toys home, you must become a member of the Toy Library. Membership for 12 months costs:

  • £15 – standard rate
  • £7.50 – for anyone on universal credit (just let us know)
  • Thanks to donations from members we also have FREE memberships on referral or if you are on a low income and the fee is a barrier – just email us and ask.

You can then hire five toys per child (max 10 toys per member) for two weeks. Toy hire fees are 20p, 50p, £1 or £2 depending on the toy. All money goes into keeping the library running including paying rent and buying toys. All people involved are volunteers.

We do not accept new membership applications online. To join you need to come along to a session – please bring some photo ID with your address on it.


The Toy Library is constantly adding to a great selection of toys that are available to hire. From sensory boxes, wooden toys, board games, outdoor play, role play and baby toys, the list goes on. There are toys for children aged 0-12 years. Large items are available too. You can cook up a storm in a toy kitchen, build a wall from a massive bag of foam building blocks or whizz around the garden in a toy car.

Soft play party hire items are also available.

We also don’t accept reservations for toys online. We had issues with people reserving toys and then not showing up so other people were unable to hire toys. We accept reservations for soft play items and pikler triangles – just ask at a session.



The Toy Library is run entirely by volunteers who run the sessions and work behind the scenes to keep the library going. The project is only able to continue if people get involved for as little as three hours a month. Get in touch if you are interested in being involved by emailing


The Toy Library is open to toy donations but ask for you to contact them first rather than take toys to a session.

Get in touch

You can follow South Bristol Toy Library on Facebook or contact

Become a member of South Bristol Toy Library to borrow from a wide variety of toys, saving money, saving space and reducing waste.

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