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30th Sep 2010

School's out and money is too tight to mention, especially with Christmas fast approaching but it doesn't have to be gloom and doom this half term holiday. Travelodge has done the homework for you and developed a toy-tastic adventure for all the family to enjoy this half term break. Listed below are details of the UK's best toy and childhood memorabilia museums

To ease the cost of taking a half term break Travelodge is offering 10,000 rooms for 19 across the UK leaving you plenty of change to spend on visiting attractions, shopping and eating out. To book a 19 Travelodge room just visit

A Travelodge family room caters for two adults and two children under the age of 16. Each room has a luxury king size bed, sofa bed, ensuite facilities, flat screen TV with 18 free digital channels, free tea / coffee making facilities and WIFI. (You only pay for the room and not for number of people staying per room)

Travelodge hotels that have a Bar Cafe offer an 'eat as much as you like' breakfast buffet for 7.50 per guest and for each paying adult two children under the age of 16 eat for free. You can make a 20% saving on breakfast by ordering online and you can order a two course evening online for just 6.00 per person too - just book at

This summer has seen Toy Story 3 smash all box office records. It has become the UK's highest grossing animated film of all time, confirming adults and childrens obsession with toys. This half term why not take a fun filled toytastic short break and visit one of the UK's top toy museums. Listed below are details of the UK's top seven museums.

Name: Pollocks Toy Museum
Location: 1 Scala Street, London, W1T 2HL
Pollocks Toy Museum claims it has every kind of toy from all over the world, from all different time periods. Located in the heart if of the capital, it is definitely worth a step off the usual tourist trail to see many fascinating exhibitions of toy theatres, teddy bears, wax and china dolls and many more all under one roof.
Prices: Free of charge.
Website: httpwww.pollockstoymuseum.comindex.html
Nearest Travelodge: London Euston, 111 Grafton Place, London, NW1 1DJ. Rooms available from 19 at

Name: The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum
Location: Eastgate, Corner of High East St Salisbury St, Dorchester, Dorset. DT1 1JU
The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is awash with teddies of all sizes and ages, and is home to some of the earliest known antique teddy bears. Whilst youre there make sure to visit the museums period shop which stocks top brands like Steiff Teddy Bear, Merrythought, Deans and Gund for you to purchase.
Prices: Adults 5.75 and Children 4.00
Nearest Travelodge: Bournemouth Seafront, West Hill Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5EG. Rooms available from 19 at

Name: Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Location: 5255 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 4EB
The Brighton Toy and Model Museum houses over 10,000 toys and models. Their proudest exhibition is the priceless model train collection and many of the period antique toys on display. In an apt location under Brighton Railway Station you can find a thousand of square foot of exhibits suitable for all ages.
Prices: Adults - 4.00 and Child - 3.00
Nearest Travelodge: Brighton Seafront, West Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2RQ. Rooms available from 19 at

Name: The Vina Cooke Museum of Dolls
Location: The Old Rectory, Great North Road, Cromwell, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6JE
Vina Cooke is the proud owner of this museum, which claims to have one of the largest collections of childhood memorabilia in the UK. During your visit Vina will give you a personal tour, and is happy to share her expert advice on all dollmatters. You will also get the chance to see Vinas handmade portrait dolls which include Robin Hood, members of Royalty, and stage and screen stars.
Prices: Check website for prices when visiting
Nearest Travelodge: Newark North Muskham, A1 Southbound, North Muskham, Nr. Newark
Nottinghamshire, NG23 6HT. Rooms available from 19 at

Name: Tynemouth Toy Museum
Location: Palace Building, Grand Parade, Tynemouth Tyne and Wear, NE30 4JH
Tynemouth Toy Museum houses over 7,000 toys on display and is the only toy museum in the North East of England. The museum exhibits huge variety, from clockwork and mechanical toys, to dolls and prams, puzzles and games all manner of childhood memorabilia. Tynemouth Toy Museum also has a specialist doll hospital, whatever the injury, whichever toy they are never turned away
Prices: Free of charge
Nearest Travelodge: Newcastle Silverlink, Silverlink Park, Coast Road, NewcastleuponTyne, NE28 9ND. Rooms available from 19 at

Name: West Wales Museum of Childhood.
Location: Penffynnon, Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5EY
West Wales Museum of Childhood proudly presents its unique timeline which shows over a hundred years of exhibits where you will, most definitely, find your childhood favourites. In addition, the museum has recently added a specific TV and film section with a vast spectrum of memorabilia from childrens film and television over the last 60 years.
Prices: Adult - 5.00 and Child - 3.50
Nearest Travelodge: St. Clears Carmarthen, A40A4066 Roundabout, Tenby Road, St. Clears
Carmarthen, SA33 4JN. Rooms available from 19 at

Name: The Lilliput Antique Doll and Toy Museum.
Location: The Lilliput Antique Doll Toy Museum, Brading, Isle of Wight, PO36 0DJ
This museum is the only one of its kind on the Isle of Wight and is home to over 2000 exhibits, some which date back to 1950 AD. On your visit you can see examples of almost every collectable doll, together with a number of dolls houses, rocking horses, tin plate toys, trains, bears and soft toys on display.
Prices: Adults- 2.50 and Children Under 14 - 1.25
Nearest Travelodge: Newport Isle of Wight Hotel, Lugley Street, Newport, PO30 5ET. Rooms available from 19 at

For further information please contact
Shakila Ahmed

Notes to editors
19 rooms must be booked at www.travelodge and 21 days in advance of stay

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