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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?

our daughter loved it and so did we!!

Verified Customer

One item was out of stock, but contacted by seller who was very helpful & knowledgeable in regards to an alternative. Delivery nice & quick & good prices.

Tom Glass
Verified Customer

Fabulous range of gifts and all stemming from a grandchild wanting a kangaroo with a joey. As there are 3 grandchildren I had to get 2 more gifts and World of Bears catered for all three. Exceptional service and I would recommend visiting the website (shop if you're in the area) the delivery was very quick. I shall be buying from here again thank you

Mandy Hartley
Verified Customer

Yet again, prompt and efficient service from the team at World of Bears.

Ron Munro
Verified Customer

Excellent service. Arrived on time for Christmas even with all post problems. Thank you.

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Being established since 1999 in Somersets Cheddar Gorge and County Town of Taunton. The Gorge Bear Co and World of Bears are renowned for being the worlds best and biggest teddy bear shop most people will have ever visited.

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Jennie Harper
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This bear was for my grandaughter born a few days after my purchase

Maureen Richardson
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Bought this for my new. Granddaughter

Susan Franklin
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Beautiful bear, delivered on time. Excellent service. Highly recommended

Gillian Hick
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What i wanted and arrived in excellent condition.

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