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If you're a regular on the high street, you might well have seen The Entertainer's stores before. It has over 100 locations around the country, as well as a couple overseas. But the business started out with just one: a small independent toy shop in Amsersham, Buckinghamshire, which husband-and-wife team Catherine and Cary Grant took over in 1981. A few decades on, the Grants are running a much larger business, including an online store with some nifty shopping tools (we really like the present finder, but we'll get to that later).
So – what was your 'brand' when you were growing up? Maybe you were a LEGO kid, eagerly turning blocks into cars, trains and spaceships; maybe you preferred ready-made kit like Playmobil or Sylvanian Families, which let you ease off on the construction bit and get on with inventing games and stories. All three are favourites at The Entertainer, along with a wide range of other tried-and-tested classics (and some newer crazes such as Fingerlings). There's a Brand section of the site, so you can easily jump straight to the characters and collections your kids love.
While you can get creative with toy sets, there's something to be said for going really hands-on: we're talking clay, paints, glue, beads and more. That's right, the messy stuff. There's a whole Arts and Creative Play section on The Entertainer, with everything from 3D model sets to jewellery-making kits. Obviously some tools and materials aren't suitable for younger children, so the site's age filters come in really handy here; you can jump straight to music and light toys for the youngest tots to science sets and spirographs (remember those?) for older ones.
We've played with LEGO, we've done some crafting… are you ready for some outdoor time? From simple footballs to colourful playhouses, The Entertainer has masses of ideas for making the most of your garden. In fact, there's a whole Outdoor Toys section, broken down into key categories like Sports, Slides and Ride-ons. Look under Blasters for Nerf guns, darts and masks, as well as powerful water pistols; for slightly more sedate fun, head to the Bubbles section for a cool bubble mower, or the Sandpit section for water play tables, complete with buckets, paddles and wheels to help little ones conduct their first physics experiments. And soak each other through, obviously.
When the kids graduate from 'experimenting' with water and sand, give them a shot at doing some real science. There's a Science section under Arts and Creative Play, and it's packed with slime, gadgets and experiment kits. Pick up sets that will teach kids to grow crystals, build working rockets or make their own soap; or give them a junior microscope or telescope so they can get a new perspective on the world around them. It's fun now, but it could be a first step towards a lifelong interest – or even a career. The Electronic and Educational Toys section is worth a look too, with masses of colourful learning tools from the likes of VTech, Fisher-Price and Tomy.
If you're going to be using The Entertainer regularly – and if you have kids, that's pretty likely – it's worth taking the time to register. It makes purchasing slightly quicker, but it also allows you to enjoy some special discounts and create Wishlists, which are great for keeping track of what they want in the run-up to Christmas or birthdays. Sign up for Jack’s Birthday Club when you join and you'll get discount codes for your child's birthday each year, helping you treat them that little bit more. Do check the terms and conditions though, as special offers might not be eligible for cashback.
We've already talked about some of the handy sections and filters on The Entertainer – we think it's a surprisingly easy site to shop when you take into account the size of the range. It's also worth keeping an eye on the Sale section, where you'll find multi-buy offers, 'penny sales' (buy one, get another for a penny) and heavily discounted items. As ever, we'd advise you to check the T&Cs if you buy discounted or sale items, because they aren't always eligible for cashback.
When it comes to getting hold of your toys, that's easy too. The Entertainer has free standard delivery and free Click & Collect on orders over a certain amount – and with Click & Collect your item could be ready at your local branch in as little as 30 minutes. Use the store locator on the website if you're not sure where your local branch is.
You can also pay a little more for other delivery options, including Express (next day) and Custom Day (delivered on a day of your choice).
Many retailers give to charity, but The Entertainer goes all out, supporting worthy causes in a number of ways. A full 50% of The Entertainer's staff contribute through the Payroll Giving scheme, and in stores the Pennies scheme encourages customers to round up their purchase to the nearest pound and give the extra away. Most impressive of all, the business gives a full 10% of its profits to charity every year. Its total annual fundraising frequently tops £1 million. Great toys, great prices, and great values too.
Phew. We've given you a lot of information about The Entertainer – now let's get shopping. In this section we'll give you a few ideas on how to earn that cashback…
Time to talk about that present finder we mentioned earlier. It's genuinely handy, delivering suggestions based on the recipient's age and gender, and your budget. Top tip: if you're not keen on the division of boys' and girls' toys, you don't have to choose one or the other – the widget has a Both option too. If you already know you're buying for a fidget-spinner or Hatchimal obsessive, you can plan your buy with a Wishlist, or just benefit from The Entertainer's everyday low prices. There are also gift cards available, but do check T&Cs first, as gift card purchases sometimes aren't eligible for cashback.
Drizzle. Cloud. Gloom. We get our share of it here in the UK, but don't fight it – just make the best of it. Use our cashback deals to stock up on rainy-day games and toys so you can keep everyone happy and entertained next time the weather lets you down. Think jigsaw puzzles, board games and dressing-up sets. The Entertainer has everything from simple foam puzzles for tots to complex 3D jigsaws that'll test the whole family. It's also great for picking up classic tabletop games such as Monopoly, Risk and Trivial Pursuit.
When there's a baby on the way, toys are rarely the first thing on your mind – as a parent you're focused on buying the essentials and preparing for the big day. So if you know an expecting couple, why not help them out with a few little things to brighten the nursery? Mobiles and tactile toys are a great gift idea, and come into their own as baby learns to focus, grab and hold. You'll find them in the Baby and Preschool Toys section, which has more precise age filters than some of the other sections, ranging from Newborn to 4 years old. As little one grows, you can come back and use the category filters to shop for new kinds of toy, from paddling dolphins for bathtime to preschool electronics that teach basic literacy and numeracy.
Costumes aren't just for fancy dress parties. Kids love them at any time – whenever we see little ones at the shops in PJ Masks gear or fairy wings, we internally shout, "Yes! Enjoy it while you can!" Pretending and roleplaying are a big part of development too, so there are loads of reasons to keep adding to that dress-up box. What we like about The Entertainer's costume section is that it includes roleplay toys too; so as well as character costumes, princess dresses and face paint you can pick up mini kitchens, mini Henry hoovers, wooden food sets and more.
You don't need to spend a lot to help kids get into sport. When they're really young, a simple foam football lets them practice kicking and throwing, and bat-and-ball sets get that all-important hand-eye coordination working. The Entertainer has loads of basic equipment like that for well under £10, but it also stocks bigger items that'll help kids improve as they grow into their new hobbies – think complete cricket sets, foldaway football goals and proper training footballs.
We hope that has given you a good introduction to The Entertainer. If you do still have any questions, you might find them covered below…
That's easy. There's a store locator on the website. You can browse by region, by map, or put in your postcode and see a list of your nearest stores.
Opening times vary from store to store. The best way to check is to use the store locator. Its results pages include opening times and contact details for each store.
To give its staff a day off! The brand supports the Keep Sunday Special campaign and encourages staff to spend Sundays with their family and friends.
The original shop opened in Amersham 1981 (where the business is still headquartered today). The brand went through rapid growth in the early 2000s, so many of the current shops are much newer than the original.
The business was started by husband and wife team Catherine and Cary Grant, who still own and run it today.
It's exactly what it sounds like. You get a second item for a penny on selected product lines. It's only an occasional sale, so follow the brand on social media or sign up for its newsletter to find out when the next one is coming.
Yes. You can buy a range of personalised toys, clothes and gifts through Create Your Own, The Entertainer's personalisation partner. That includes merchandise from loads of popular entertainment and sport brands, from Paw Patrol to Manchester City.
Looking for more offers on toys, games and sports equipment? Try Early Learning Centre for classic and educational toys, from VTech to wooden train sets. There's also a good range of games and toys at The Works, who are brilliant at art and craft supplies too. For Disney lovers, there are deals at The Disney Store, and for a special purchase you can use our offers with top-end high street department store Debenhams.
Even though we do our best to keep the information on this page up-to-date, it may be out of date from time to time.