A popular seaside resort in Kent, Margate is also home to the famous Hornby company, makers of Hornby Railways, Scalextric motor racing, Airfix construction kits and Corgi die-cast models. Although most production is now done in China, Hornby still have their warehouses and offices here, and it would be a surprise to find a Margate toy shop that doesn’t sell some of their products.
The traditional town centre has an interesting mix of independent shops and chain stores, with a larger than usual number of gifts shops owing to the influx of seasonal summer visitors. Although online only, Soft Toy City have their base in Margate from where they ship their plush and baby products throughout the UK. Fun Thinking in Gloucester Avenue also sells a few toys and gifts.