The Bear Garden, in Ipswich, is a magical place where you can make your own soft toy either for yourself or as a special gift – ideal for the festive season approaching

The independent and friendly shop have wonderful stations all around, where you can pick a bear or animal of your choice, add a wish heart and stuff your soft toy either by hand or with a teddy stuffing machine.

Every bear receives their own birth certificate with your chosen name and the date you created your favourite new toy. In addition to bear making, The Bear Garden also offers licenced pre-stuffed plush in store such as Paw Patrol, Trolls and Marvel to name a few. The Bear Garden is also a stockist for Apples to Pears award winning ‘Toys in a tin’.


Christmas at The Bear Garden

Do you or your little ones have a favourite teddy bear? Make your list and check it twice. The Bear Garden have all your favourite bear outfit designs in store this Christmas from traditional festive costumes to party wear and cosy warm pyjamas with slippers. With Santa hats, elf aprons and Christmas knits back in stock, their pocket money options are a favourite when coming to visit Santa.

If you want to give the gift of a soft and cuddly teddy this Christmas, a visit to The Bear Garden is a must. There are lots of plush available including bears, animals and Christmas companions including, elves, husky’s, reindeer, polar bears plus much more.

Santa at The Bear Garden.

Come and help Santa himself make teddy bears in his Teddy Bear Workshop. Each child will get time to speak to Santa and make a full sized Christmas companion. He has some very special new designs this year too! The one and a half hour workshop includes crafts, and finishes with a special story time with Santa before saying farewell to feed his reindeer. The cost is £19.99 per child which must be booked in advance.

Dates: Sunday’s 4th, 11th & 18th December. Call 01473 558994 to book.

As the Teddy Bear Workshops tend to book up quickly, there is also an opportunity to visit Santa in The Bear Garden for free on Saturdays (please note there is no gift). Children are welcome to bring their teddy bears to meet Santa or bring a letter for him.

No need to book. Dates: Saturdays 3rd, 10th & 17th December.

The Bear Garden, Sailmakers Shopping Centre, Tavern Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3BB. Tel: 01473 558994