Jeyes of Earls Barton is located right in the heart of the village. There is a small amount of parking right outside and it is also a short walk from the co-op, butchers and park.
When you walk into Jeyes you expect just a small shop. However, you will be surprised to know that inside is a coffee shop, gift shop, pharmacy, “jeylato’s” (selling ice cream), play area, toy shop and museum.
the coffee shop…
The Apothocoffee Shop offers 4 different dining areas – the tea room style room, a conservatory which offers a more dining experience, an outdoor area for Summer and a seating area amongst toys. You can enjoy a simple cup of tea and cake, a full breakfast or a homemade lunch.
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the gift shop…
As you enter through the main door of Jeyes of Earls Barton you step into the gift shop. In here you will find beautiful stationery, homewares, scarves, makeup and personal care products. As you head towards the back is a large table full of different types of books and shelves along the walls of chinaware, photo frames and ornaments.
At the back of the shop is Jeylatos – here you can find delicious flavours of ice cream including funky banana, bubblegum, strawberries in clotted cream and birthday cake ice cream!
the play area…
Alongside jeylatos is Tractor Teds activity area. This is a place where you can bring the kids to play with the toys, watch a DVD on the TV or do some drawing while you relax and enjoy a hot drink or snack on the sofas.
In the Summer there is also an outdoor play area with a Wendy house and lots more toys.
the toy shop…
There are a few different toy shop areas at Jeyes of Earls Barton. There is the main shop with its modern toys, board games and jellycat teddies, then there is the Sylvanian Families Den – this always brings back loads of childhood memories for me! There are also beautiful dolls houses and accessories for the older children and the little shop of celebrity bears where you can look through old Rupert the Bear magazines and memorabilia.
Head upstairs within Jeyes of Earls Barton and it’s like entering a different era. There are cabinets and shelves full of pharmacy memorabilia dating back to the 19th century. Learn the complete history of Jeyes pharmacy, look through the old appointments book and see the displays of potions! There is even a little pile of very old parenting advice books which I found quite fun to read!
Alongside this is now the Kinky boots display where you can see the well-known thigh-high red-boots as well as other fascinating shoes and boots.
The museum is free to enter.
If you stop and have lunch, let the kids have a play and then browse around the shops and museum you could easily spend a couple of hours at Jeyes.
Although the museum isn’t something younger kids would be too interested in, it’s small enough that you can take a good look without them getting too restless, especially if you promise them an ice cream from Jeylatos after!
You can find out more by visiting their website here.
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