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Our Top Twelve Christmas Toy Predictions For 2018!

Our Top Twelve Christmas Toy Predictions For 2018!

We really enjoy selecting our range of toys for the Autumn/Winter season.  While the heat was blistering, we were assembling, testing, playing with and giving the Mulberry Bush stamp of approval to our new range.  As we specialise in traditional and innovative toys, gifts and games our Top 12 For Christmas List is a little different to other retailers and is full of items that will give lasting value.  Do let us know what you think, we’re always pleased to…

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Mulberry Bush and Mobile Phones Direct collaborate on Parental Controls Campaign

Mulberry Bush and Mobile Phones Direct collaborate on Parental Controls Campaign

In a digital world, online child safety is more important than ever. The rise in technology has seen a new generation of children grow up staring at tech toys, and gadgets – not to mention looking at smartphones from a young age. While these children may have more knowledge of technology than previous generations, they are still vulnerable to online dangers and should be monitored. Here at Mulberry Bush, we prioritise online safety for children. Our toys and games are…

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Turn off the TV and get outside!

Turn off the TV and get outside!

A news article in The Times shows a worrying trend that children under 12 spend less than 2 hours a day outside – even in summer – and cannot recognise conkers or insects! Many children prefer to stay inside watching TV and playing computer games which does not bode well for a healthy lifestyle or future development. Our advice? Switch off the TV and computers and take them out to play in the fresh air in the garden or park….

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Bloggers wanted

Bloggers wanted

Having recently taken over the Letterbox brand we are looking at all of our promotional activities to further raise our profile and spread the news about our thriving company. We are a British independent family run company and our guiding principle is to select the type of toy and gift that parents remember with fondness from their own childhood or that Grandparents will want to buy for their grandchildren. You can read more about us here. We currently do everything…

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Are your toys made in Britain?

Are your toys made in Britain?

Some months ago we saw a couple from Kent, the Bradshaws, interviewed on TV as they had determined to buy only British made products.  We were reminded of the “I’m Backing Britain” campaign of the late 1960s (which shows our age) and wished them luck with their quest. We sent them a message to this effect but did warn them that finding British made toys might prove difficult.  Our only suppliers that produce everything in the UK are Orchard Toys,…

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Letterbox joins Mulberry Bush

Letterbox joins Mulberry Bush

We are delighted to announce that we have acquired the Letterbox brand and website www.letterbox.co.uk from the Tobar Group, with effect from 31st October 2013, and will be incorporating Letterbox into Mulberry Bush.  Letterbox was founded 25 years ago in Cornwall and offered a range of traditional toys and childrens’ toys and gifts very similar to our own, with a specialisation in personalised children’s gifts. Mulberry Bush already includes many of the Letterbox favourites in our own range and, whilst…

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Can your child swim a length?

Can your child swim a length?

Interesting news today from the the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) warning, according to the BBC, that more children may drown if they are don’t have the recommended annual number of hours of swimming lessons at school.   This is the sort of news that Breakfast TV like to report on, showing children – who must have got up at an unearthly hour to have their moment on TV – practising swimming, jumping in and diving.   In the report they did make…

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Warehouse Sale – Update – 2nd Day cancelled

Warehouse Sale – Update – 2nd Day cancelled

We’re sorry to disappoint anyone who was planning on coming on Thursday 23rd May but we have had to take the decision not to open our warehouse sale for a second day.   Today, the first day, was a great success – to the extent that most of the items had sold by the end of the morning.  We have so few sale items left that we think you’d have a wasted journey tomorrow. This was our first ever sale at…

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Toys Made in Britain??

Toys Made in Britain??

The BBC Breakfast programme is featuring a family who are trying to buy only British made goods.  How good to see that idea back I thought as I watched, reminded of the We’re Backing Britain campaign of the late 60s.   Then I choked on my cornflakes when I reflected that, if they were looking to buy toys for the couple’s young children they might be hard pressed, remembering what we sell ourselves that is made in the UK which, I’m…

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National Trust – 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾

National Trust – 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾

Some of my best memories of childhood are of the adventurous things I did, many of them as a Boy Scout.  Some of them were daft, and some of them were definitely dangerous.  Climbing the chalk scarp slope at Boxhill in plimsolls and no rope.   Fighting a major fire on Headley Heath armed only with tree branches, until the fire brigade arrived.  And cycling 50 miles to Brighton (and back again) on a whim, without a map, just half a…

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