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Canterbury Bears

Founded in 1979, this family run business prides itself on their hand-made, characterful English Teddy Bears and animals.

Canterbury Bears Story

When Artist John Blackburn was asked if he could make a traditional teddy bear for a friends grandmother, he didn’t disappoint and, as they say,  the rest is history, with John and his Mum working from home until they became established.

In 2016 John was deservedly awarded an MBE for services to manufacturing and export Although no longer involved in the day to day running of Canterbury Bears, John’s daughter Kerstin and wife Maude are still bringing the magic into our hearts and our homes.

“Canterbury Bears” is a distinguished brand known for creating beautifully handcrafted teddy bears and plush toys. Based in the historic city of Canterbury, England, this family-run business has been producing exceptional soft toys since 1979.

Canterbury Bears are renowned for their timeless designs, classic elegance, and meticulous attention to detail. Each bear is lovingly handmade using the finest materials, including luxurious mohair and plush fabrics, giving them a truly distinctive and high-quality feel.

With a focus on capturing the essence of traditional teddy bears, Canterbury Bears exude a sense of charm and nostalgia that appeals to both collectors and teddy bear enthusiasts. Their endearing expressions and huggable softness make them beloved companions for children and cherished keepsakes for all ages.

The brand’s commitment to excellence and authenticity has earned Canterbury Bears a dedicated following among discerning collectors who appreciate the enduring appeal of these enchanting plush toys. Their limited editions and special releases make them highly sought-after treasures in the world of teddy bear collecting.

Whether as a gift for a loved one or a special addition to your own collection, Canterbury Bears represent a timeless tradition of craftsmanship and artistry. Embrace the magic of Canterbury Bears and experience the joy of owning a classic and timeless teddy bear that will be cherished for generations to come.

Crafted and designed in their workshops in a small village close to the Cathedral City of Canterbury they continue to pride themselves on still creating their hand crafted and designed teddy bears in England.

What are our customers saying?

As ever superb bear from stieff took longer to deliver than expected

natalie regan
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Perfect! I found the perfect stuffed animals for my Grandson's Jungle Themed Nursery! They are high quality and just what I was looking for!!!

Melissa White
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Good service, very pleased with little bears, bought two, will buy again

Diane Davis
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Exactly what I wanted. Beautiful condition & facial expression

Gillian Harber
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The communication is excellent, very friendly and helpful.

Roy Walker
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This is the third Jellycat toy I've bought from World of Bears. They are sooo soft and sooo cute. Well made too. I will definitely buy more of these.

Isobel Benson
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Brillant service, quick and efficient, product beautiful delighted with my purchase

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great choice & fast delivery, jellycat never disappoints

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