New toy shop for Knaresborough

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A new Toy Shop called ‘Knaresborough Toy Shop’, has just opened in the Castle courtyard in Knaresborough.

Mayor Carole Reid cut the ribbon and officially opened the new shop in the heart of Knaresborough on Friday 21st June 2013.

The new owners of the shop are best friends, Sarah Claydon and Scott Butcher.


Sarah Claydon, Scott Butcher with the Mayor of Knaresborough, Carole Reid
Sarah Claydon, Scott Butcher with the Mayor of Knaresborough, Carole Reid


Scott, aged 37, has turned his back on 16 years in the motor trade industry. Sarah, aged 30, is a mum of one, previously working as a teaching assistant/ mid-time meal supervisor and an assistant at an after club.

Sarah said:

We both are originally from Kent and relocated to Knaresborough just four weeks ago after visiting the town.

We had planned to move to for better schooling, but after visiting Knaresborugh we fell in love with its friendly community feel, charm and scenery.
We opened the toy shop because we wanted to run a business that suits us both.
Above all,  we are both big kids!
Don’t forget to say hello to Poppy the Jackahuahua when you visit though.

They stock a range of toys from birth upwards which includes popular and  as lesser-known brands. The ranges include skate boards, scooters, Furbys and Skylanders Giants

Scott said:

We are looking forward to getting involved with the local community and events. This is starting with Knaresborough’s Medieval fair on Sunday 30th June 2013.

We have a special one-day-only sale of swords and shields in honour of this so the kids (and adults!!!) can become a knight for the day.

The inside of Castle Courtyard is also home to Bonney’s in the courtyard, Shake ‘Em, Fayre Trader, Hallieva Mexicana, Affinity and The Tourist Information Centre.

See the Knaresborough Castle’s medieval living history day


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