Although I am 18 years of age, I am still a real sucker for all things cuddly, including stuffed toys. So when my boyfriend had these delivered to my door as a surprise, I was over the moon. I have two toy dogs (one called Mitzy, and the other Tewt?) which he had already named before I got them. You get little birth certificates with your toys, which is very cute, or at least it would be if you were a little child. One of the dogs was a miniature, which I believe are not only smaller but cheaper. However, the downside to this is that you cannot by the outfits for them (Or that could be an upside if you aren't wanting to spend a lot!). My 11 year old sister already had some bear factory bear clothes which she had picked up at a car boot sale, so she let me have them (As she didn't have the original bear factory bear anymore). The clothes are very sweet, but after looking at prices on the internet, I would say they are ridiculously overpriced! For a t-shirt you are looking around the £5 mark, and to say there are budget stores in which you can purchase adult t-shirts for that price, it's ridiculous. To say it's also a store aimed at children, there is no way that you could buy anything at 'pocket-money' prices. I still have the two dogs (they are about a year old), and one of them has lost it's fur in patches, however, it has been thrown about quite a lot. I actually discovered that normal baby clothes fit on the bears (sometimes they are a little bit too big so you have to roll them up), and you can pick them up in charity shops and markets much cheaper. Do I like the bear factory? Of course I do. It's a novelty, and it's great if you are looking to buy your son/daughter a special teddy bear for their birthday/christmas. However, from an adults point of view, it is very overpriced, and not the kind of place you could pop in and buy something, without crying whilst handing over your cash. What I will say however, is on the website (Type bear factory into google), is that they do have a 'sale' section, where you can sometimes pick up bits and bobs a lot cheaper. Overall, I would recommend, for a special purchase. Other than that, a little overrated.
When I first heard about The Bear Factory I will be honest, I thought it was too much hype and not enough action. How wrong I was.
My boys were invited to a birthday party at our local store recently. They are nearly 2 and 4 so the right kind of age for teddy bears.
I was a bit dubious how my older son would take to it as he isn't the kind of child to indulge in teddy's, but he seemed excited so I thought why not.
Well it was the most fantastic hour of our lives!!! My older son was absolutely enthralled and loved the idea of making his own teddy.
When you enter the shop it is bright and colourful, with rows of teddy's lining the walls. At the party you get to choose a bear up to a certain price to "make". Once selected, you choose a heart for your bear and give it love and kisses before inserting it into the bear carcas.
The next step involves attaching your bear to a machine which stuffs it with white stuffing. The children get to press the buttons which change the colour lights in the machine which they think is wonderful!
Once stuffed the bear is sewn up by the staff member, and then "washed and brushed" by the child.
The bears can have a birth certificate created with their name, weight, date of birth etc although my boys didn't really understand this. The next step of course is to dress the bear and oh my the choice. There is everything from babygros, ballerina outfits, football kits, army gear - you name it they have it.
My 2 year old didn't really enjoy or take part in the making of the bear, but he has not put the thing down since we got home! It is now his bed time buddy, it goes everywhere with us - pre-school, outings....
I would say honestly the bears are a bit pricey for just the bear, and the clothes are an added extra that some parents may not want to indulge especially if the child then wants new outfits every time they're out, but it is worth it as a special treat or a birthday party.
The Bear Factory
(Bon Accord Centre in Aberdeen)
This review is primarily going to be about my experiences in the Aberdeen shop, but there are over thirty stores in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.
I decided to write this review after visiting The Bear Factory today for about the one hundredth time!! This has got to be one of daughter favorite shops, and mine too if I am honest!!
What is the Bear Factory?
The Bear Factory is a shop where you can stuff your own animal. It then gets sewn up, then you can dress it and even choose accesories for it.
Is there a good choice of teddies?
The simple answer to this is yes!! Each shop usually stocks around twenty to thirty different choices at once. You can choose from ready stuffed animals or the option most children prefer is to stuff your own.
If you shop on the internet however there are over fifty to choose from.
Teddies - These come in different shades of brown and various sizes. You can also choose to take home your very own "Bearemy", The Bear Factory mascot. However if you want something which is a-typical you can have a pink one with white hearts all over it, a cuddly blue or pink one, a blue teddy with multi-cuddly peace signs all over it and a matching peace necklace or even your very own "Pudsey Bear". These are just a few of the different kinds available, there is just too much to mention!!
Dogs - There is also a wide choice of dogs available. There are various breeds such as the dalmation, the black labrador or the jack russel or even the new Jonas Brothers dog, which can all be pulled on all fours with the attachment of special "Bear Factory" shoes and roller skates. There are other dogs available which like the teddies sit up such as the cuddly scruffy puppy or the adorable brown sugar puppy with it's little floppy ears! Again these are just a few of the many available.
Other Animals - There are many other animals available but the selection is increasing in variety every month. At the moment you can choose from several bunnies, a horse which you can purchase with a saddle and a cute bear which can ride on it's back, an owl which can move it's head, several choices of monkey and you can even take Alvin the Chipmunk home! Again these are only a few of the many animal varieties available.
Asthma Friendly Animals - You can also buy animals which are made of a velvet fur for children with asthma. These are still relatively new and at present are only available in the bear or dog variety.
Hom much do the animals cost?
You can buy a mini animal from as little as £4, but the choice of clothes for these are limited. The larger animals start at £8 and increase to £20. However most are around £12 to £15, such as the "Be Mine Dalmation" for £12.50 or the "Sparkly Snow Leopard" for £15.
What is The Bear Factory experience like?
The Bear Factory experience cannot be experienced in any other shop. As soon as you walk in store there is no mistaking where you are. The staff go out of their way to make your childs purchase extra-special.
First of all you child has to choose which animal they want. The animal looks like the carcus of a teddy with no stuffing in it and some loose threads.
Your child then takes her choice to the stuffing machine where there is always a happy and talkative assistant waiting. What I like is the fact that the assistant doesn't talk to you but engages with your child in a way that makes the experience special to them.
The child then gets to help stuff their own teddy by pressing the special foot pedal while the assistant holds the bear.
Then comes the best bit! Your child gets to choose a free heart for their teddy. The assistant we had today was excellent, he had my daughter kiss the heart, spin around three times and even had her hopping around the shop!! Then you child pushes the heart into their animal. At this time they can also add a beating heart ( which cost £4) or an animal sound (which vary in price starting from £3), or both!
The assistant then sews the animal up. This is done extremely quickly and usually takes less than a minute.
The process does not finish there though as next you can take your teddy over to the fluffer machine which is shaped as a bath! Here you can blow air on your teddy using a special nozzle and foot pedal. Then you can brush it's fur with the brushes provided.
Next you can choose clothes for your teddy and even try them on!
Then it's onto the computer to fill out your bears birth certificate. This is easily done by sliding your animals tag through the machine provide which generates a unique code with your teddy details. You then have to fill in some simple details and parents need to give peermission if their child is under thirteen. My daughter is able to fill in all the details herself but children under seven would probably require help.
Once this is done you proceed to the till where you collect your gift certifcate and your child gets to choose which special bow(free) they want it wraped in. Unfortunately then it's time to pay!!
Is there a good choice of clothes and accessories?
Again the simple answer is yes!! There are a huge choice of girl and boy clothes plus special clothes and leads for the animals on all fours!
The Clothes - You can choose to purchase your clothes as indivual pieces or you can by a set. It is usually better value to buy the set. In all the cattegories that follow I have only included a few examples and there are much more available.
Outfit Sets - Outfits start from £8 up to around £14. Outfits come in a variety of styles for example, for the girls a 2-piece red and white tiered heart set which costs £8, or for the boy a 4-piece Prince set which costs £10. You can even buy football strips, a scottish kilt and shirt with matching accessories or even a fishing outfit complete with hat and fishing rod!!
T-shirts - These start from as little as £2, for a high school musical t-shirt and go up to £4.50 for a navy extreme sports t-shirt.
Skirts and Trouseres - The variety is huge but must items cost around £5. However the range does at strat at £3.50 and goes up to £8. For £3.50 you can have a delightful denim skirt, for £5 you can have a grey school skirt or for the boys, grey school trousers. There is only one item priced at £8 and that is the faded dungarees!
Shoes - You can also buy shoes for your bear. The prices range from £4.50 to £7. You can even buy your teddy a pair of Sketchers, priced at £6! You can also purchase roller skates for £4 a pair. This is where it can become expensive as to wear the roller skates you need to have on shoes, and if your bear is on all fours that means two pears of shoea and two pears of rollerskates!! I usually keep this type of purchase for special occasions only.
Nightwear and Underwear - Yes you can even buy little frilly pants or boxershorts for your little friend!! All underwear is priced at £3. The nightwear start at £6 and increases to £10. You can even buy your teddy a bathrobe for £6!!
Accessories - These come in all forms and range vastly in price. For as little as £1 you can treat your teddy to some hair bobbles in various colours, or you can splash out and by a rolling pet carrier for £12.50.
A new item which I found today and thought was excellent was a wheelchair for your animal. This would be delightful for a child in a wheelchair, so their bear could be just like them.
My Bear Factory Experience
I have been shopping at The Bear Factory since it opened and have actually gotten to know certain members of the staff. They are extremely helpful and kind and will try to meet any request you may have.
I had not had any problems until December. I had gone in to buy a fully dressed Holly Moose for my daughter's christmas priced at £28. When it came to put it through the till there was such a carry on. The assistant insisted on putting every item through individually even though his co-worker told him it was a package. He then insisted that the shoes were not included but instead a mini Holly was included. I replied that it was no problem and just to charge me, but he said they were the last pair and he would now have to go find a price. I ended up walking out with nothing, for the first time ever and being entirely dis-satisfied.
During our visit today I seen a regular member of staff who had not been there that day and explained what had happened. He appologised profusely and told me that this man had been sacked. He had been taken on as temporary christmas staff and it had not worked out, which is fair enough! However he then handed me a £5 gift voucher and again appologised.
I think this just goes to show how excellent their customer service really is and I would highly recommend this store to anyone, especially for families.
This is a bit of magic for the kids (and the big soft adults like me). Children these days I find grow up too quickly and this place does keep the child in them and is well worth it for all sexes under the age of 5, over the age of 5 the boys don't want to believe in this magic and teddy nonsence.
When you walk into this shop you are greated by a selection of skins in all different colours and textures for your child to choose from. Then you get to pick a heart that is to be placed in your bear and kiss it (this does really make it special in my opinion) Your bear is then to be stuffed and an outfit to be picked to make it that little bit more special. It is the presented with its own birth certificate that makes it that very special bear for yourself.
My son was taken here when he was 2 with his nursery and he came back with a lovely bear dressed in an England shirt with a flag this one even whisled, my sister bought my daughter one of these it was a bunny that had glitter on it and dressed in a tutu which was wonderful.
They are not cheap bears by all means but they are worth it just to see the amazement on a childs face and how happy they are when they have made this bear in their eyes, they seem to cherish this toy for a long time. People buy teddies so often for your children but these ones are the special ones too keep.
I think that they are wonderful and the staff in this store are brilliant too they are helpful and explain things very well to the children which helps them feel that they are playing a major part in the making of it.
To be perfectly frank with you the Bear Factory is not a shop I ever thought I'd be stepping inside. I'm not a huge bear fan, and I don't have kids so really why would I want to go there?! Well it all came about when my niece and nephew decided they'd like to come and stay with us at Easter without mum or dad, this was a new thing for them, and at 9 and 11 we thought we could probably handle it.
Having been given a whopping £25 each by their mum to spend while they were staying with us, like most kids the money started burning a hole in their pockets the moment they got in the car to come visit with us. My nephew decided he'd like a new computer game for whichever console it is he's got (I'm really not good at console stuff!), and my niece was itching to get to the Bear Factory so she could make a bear to take to bed with her while she visited with us. Knowing I was happy to spend a bit of money on them during their visit if we did anything else, I was quite happy to oblige them and let them spend their cash.
The particular store we visited is in the Centre MK but from what I've been told of other stores they're all laid out in very much the same way. You enter the store and are immediately started on your journey to make a bear. At one side of you are trays with bear skins in them - empty cuddly toys looking all sad and lonely as my niece put it. She took her time and chose carefully and picked a pink monkey. The next step on the journey is to have your bear stuffed. I was being led round quite confidently by my niece who I hate to say it has visited this store on as many occasions as she could con someone to take her there I think! A staff member stands and fills the bear with stuffing - there's this sort of pipe that they pop the bear on to which is controlled by a foot pedal so that the bear can be stuffed. Ahh before I forget, this is also the point where you pick a heart for your bear, and before it's put into the bear you have to kiss it and make a wish (yes of course I had to kiss the heart too ;-) you wouldn't think I'd get away without that bit would you?!). The heart is placed in the partly filled bear, and the rest of the stuffing added. There's a choice of how firm you want the bear to be, so you can have it really soft and floppy or really firm and unmoveable or somewhere in between, you can also choose a voice for your bear and even record a message for him/her/it to say if you want to, but we didn't do this bit. Once the bear is filled and the whip stitching which is ready to be done is pulled tight and finished off, the bear needs a bath. No water - well you wouldn't want a soggy bear would you! - this is an air bath to get rid of any loose bits of stuffing that may have adhered to his skin.
So now you have a complete bear and all is finished - except of course it's not! Now the monkey needs clothes aunty you don't want him to be naked do you? (well of course he does silly me! How could I possibly think otherwise!). So off we go round the back of the store where all the clothes and accessories are. There is SO much to choose from here it's ridiculous, from simple t-shirts for your bear (or monkey), to stuff emblazoned with the latest fashionable film logos. There are bags and sunglasses, hair bands, tops, dresses, trousers, shoes, skateboards, and well imagine a posh kids clothes shop, and then reduce it in size to fit a bear and you're pretty much going to have the right image in your mind. We (my niece) chose some clothes and accessories - a bag, top, and hair band all nicely clashing with the pink of his fur as she chose high school reunion stuff which is mostly red and sparkly and then I moved forward ready to pay.
Aunty we've got to do this bit first! (Whaaaa???)... Before you pay, you have to make your bear (monkey) a birth certificate. There are these little computer stations - they're nice and brightly coloured to appeal to kids again and fairly sturdily built. I thought here we go this is where I need to help, but noooo my niece was in like Flynn. Sat down and filled everything in carefully - her name, the monkey's name, her address, etc. and all I had to do was read her the number from his bar coded tag. The reason you put this in is twofold I think. Firstly when you do (finally) get to the till, they scan the code and it prints off the certificate for them to give you. Secondly if your bear gets lost ever then if he's returned to any Bear Factory store, they will scan him and get him safely home to you. I have to say I rather liked this idea of a well loved bear making his way safely home after having been lost by his loving little girl (or boy), how often it happens though I don't know.
We did finally reach the till after this. The process had taken maybe half an hour, and by this time my husband and nephew were sat outside the shop waiting for us (men do definitely shop faster don't they!). Unfortunately for them, my niece was given a £5 gift voucher at the till for spending over a certain amount and she just had to go and spend it there and then of course! (Well if you were 9 wouldn't you!). So back we went to look for something else. She chose some sunshades for monkey, and something else which to be honest I'm afraid I've forgotten now. That was an extra £1 on top of the £5 voucher though, so in total with the Monkey and all his accessories, she spent £28 on the thing.
I have to say, Although my niece did have a lot of fun (and if I'm honest so did I - very secretly of course), I do think it's a rip off - not so much the bear, as all the accessories that they sell you to go with it. The bear isn't too much more than a decent bear would be that you haven't had the fun of stuffing yourself (around £9-15 depending on which you pick), It really is adding all those extra bits that brings the cost up so high and of course when you make your bear you really are drawn round the shop in a fairly precise way so that you can't bypass that bit.
My daughter is 7 years old and has become obsessed with this place. I took her there last week to see what all the fuss was about and it was quite an eye opener. There is a routine you go through in there which for a 7 year old girl is magical but for a 39 year old is torturous and embarassing. First you choose your teddy from a host of pelts which would make Davey Crockett proud. Once chosen, the Americanised assistant who is actually an overweight teenager from Hounslow asked which heart you want to put in it. This heart has to be kissed before being placed into the hollow skin. They also ask if you would like your toy to have a voice. You then choose from a series of irritating screeches and, in my daughter's case, end up with an animal that sings like Hannah Montanna. The toy is then stretched over something resembling a sex toy and is stuffed. Just like a sex toy you can choose whether you want it hard, squeezable or limp. Once complete, the animal is stitched up and then the process of accessorising takes place. Here you can buy clothes, superhero outfits, shoes, sportswear and anything else you can imagine. Interestingly, these items, measuring no more than 6 inches square, cost more than my own clothes which are designed to fit a 6'3", 15 stone frame. Finally, you sit at a computer and complete a birth certificate. This entire process lasts about 8 minutes and will set you back more than the entire GDP of Zimbabwe.
My little sister is mad about stuffed toys so for her birthday I went to the bear factory after reading about it on here to get her a bear that was especially for her.
There are hundreds of stuffed toys, bears animals etc on display for you to choose from and are available in a few different sizes, once you have chosen which one you want and in which size you get given a bear skin, the material of the out side with no stuffing, you then go to get him a heart if you wish, this can be a light up heart that you will be able to see in his chest, one with a recorded message or you can have one and take it to a booth to record your own message, I opted for two of these, one that sang happy birthday and one I could record my birthday message on myself.
These are added to your bears chest then he is stuffed and they sew him up, then you can choose clothes for your bear and there are lots of outfits to choose from, I chose a ballett dress and shoes for this bear as my little sister is ballett mad.
They then put your bear in a beautiful box with a carry handle on the top to take him home.
All in all this bear cost me £40, I know it is a little more than you would pay for a teddy from a shop but it has such a personal feel about it and is something my sister will have for years, she loved it so it was money well spend for me.
I have a younger sister and a nephew so The Bear Factory is an ideal place for me to find a nice gift for them. The Bear Factory sells cuddly toys (that's probably obvious from the store name), the cuddly toys are different animals, for example, bear, rabbit, monkey, cat, dog, plus many, many more. The prices are variable depending on which cuddly toy you select.
Whilst going to the store (my local one is the Birmingham store located in the Bullring) the members of staff are very friendly and ask if you need help with anything, last year for Christmas gifts I bought my little sister a pink bear (this was £17) and my nephew a monkey (which was £15).
The toys come unstuffed so you actually get to see the bear being made right in front of you in store. If you're taking any children along with you then they can very much be a part of this process, putting their foot on the pedal whilst it's being stuffed, selecting a heart to put inside the cuddly toy (you can get various, normal red shaped heart, light up, talking etc). The staff of the Bear Factory then sews the toy and presents it with a birth certificate describing the bear's name (you choose), birthday, height, weight etc, can be a fun and very much enjoyable experience for the little ones. Your toy then goes into a well presented gift box ready for you to take home. I also bought a pink fairy outfit (£10) for my sister's bear and a pair of Christmas shorts (£4) for my nephew's monkey.
This year I ordered my sister a fluffy rabbit (£18) and a school uniform dress and hair bands (£8) but I ordered it from their website: http://www.buildabear.co.uk/ as I had a discount voucher that I could use to get a certain percentage off. Their customer service was brilliant and I had my item delivered just a few days afterwards. Before ordering always search into Google for discount codes as these can often be found.
The store sells plenty of clothes to fit your bear, underwear, socks, trousers, jeans, skirts, dresses, tops, uniforms, fancy dress outfits, shoes, pj's, dressing gowns, hats, bags, plus many, many more accessories; their sizing is one size so whichever bear you select you'll find that they fit. It's just like having your own little person to look after!!!
These toys may seem a little expensive but they are fantastic value for money. They look more special than normal cuddly toys, the feel and touch is luxurious and the quality is fantastic, the ones I bought last Christmas still look brand new.
Shall definitely be shopping here time and time again.
Me and my dad went to the bear factory to have a look for something special for my daughters first birthday.
We didnt realise untill we got there that you can have a bear made how ever you want.
Firstly we had to pick what teddy we wanted and seen as my dauhter was cat mad we chose a cat.
Then we got to choose from about 10 different colours for the cat, we chose a ginger and white striped cat.
You then get to choose an out fit for your teddy, there are quite literaly thousands to choose from, we chose a pink balarina outfit fot our cat.
You can then choose to leave your teddy like this or you can have a recorded message put into the cats tummy.
We chose to have the cat meaw the happy birthday song and at the end of this they got my dad to say happy birthday
We then went shopping wholst they stisched our cat all together and collected him a couple of hours later.
my daughter loves him, these are not cheep it cost £50 but it is a lovely keep sake for my daughter.
Since then we have had a rotty puppy made for my other daughters first birthday.
The funniest part about all this was as my daughter reached about 18 months old she realised it was grandad talking at the end and tried to talk back to him, she realy thought grandad was in her cats tummy, it was so funny.
I recently purchased a biker outfit from Bear Stores www.bearstores.co.uk an internet only web site specialising in Bear Factory and Build a Bear compatible clothes.
The item arrived the very next day. Much cheaper than build a bear and Bear Factory. Top quality product and service, I was very impressed.
The site stocks hundreds of items and my daughter is now a big fan she and I will be buying from Bear Stores again, top value and quality from a UK supplier.
Bear Stores is a UK based Internet retailer of high quality Bear Factory and Build a Bear Compatible Teddy Bear Clothing. The Site can be found at www.bearstores.co.uk
The Site Stocks over 160 product lines with one of the largest choices in the UK. Prices are cheaper than Bear Factory and Build a Bear Workshop but quality is not compromised.
All products on the the site are stocked in the UK with most items arriving next day. The Site is designed for ease of use. Highly recommend checking out the store. www.bearstores.co.uk
I have seen the Charlie Bear web site and it's brill. Great selection and cheaper than Build-a-Bear. I bought some party packs for my youngest daughter's party and the kids loved them. I also bought several outfits for Xmas.Highly recommended site and very fast delivery.
Why not visit www.charliebear.co.uk which is an on-line teddy bear clothing store.
We have over 100 outfits, shoes and accessories that will fit the 15" bears from Bear Factory and Build-a-Bear.
We also have bears and other animals for sale.
New stock arriving soon which will include new lines exclusive to us.
8" teddy bear party packs available and 8" bear clothing. A great alternative to the usual party pack and a lovely keepsake to take home at the end of the party.
Our very own Charlie Bear will also be arriving soon!
My son went to the Bear Factory for his sixth birthday. It was excellent. He chose a bear, stuffed it, made a wish on a heart before it was finally put inside his bear. He even got to dress the bear as batman and give it a name. I cannot recommend the bear factory highly enough. Supurb value for money and memories that will last a lifetime. My older son now wants to go for his birthday.
The Reason i am writing this review is because this shop (Build a bear) Has taken over all stores from the Bear Factory and i felt i should point this out in case anyone was wondering where the Bear factory had gone or not gone if you know what i mean.
Build a bear is similar to The bear factory which sold Bears that you could buy in the shop, stuff and dress. Bear a bear shops now have a wider selection of bears/Animals to buy these include Teddy's, Pooh Bear, Hello Kitty, puppies, cats, koala, bunny's, monkeys, cow giraffe (These are all the ones i remember seeing on my visit last week). Build a bear is always bringing out new ones so keep an eye out. You can also get some limited editions. Our collection includes limited edition pudsey bear, Giraffe, Dog and Teddy. I am waiting to see if they will get a piggy one, going to make an e-mail request on this.
You can get the Bears already made up or you can get the outside of the bear and with the help of assistants stuff it yourself. You can choice if you want the bear hard or soft. You then take it over to another person who will ask you to pick out a heart which you kiss and place inside. The person will then sew up the bear. If you want a voice box (See below), you must get this before the stitching process.
Build a bear shops also include clothes for your bear, accessories, birth certificates, beds, wardrobes and so on. You can really make your bear the coolest in town. The good thing about the clothes is you can personally customise these bears as gifts for family and friends. My sons one came in a martial arts outfit as this is what he does. You could get a doctors outfit for a doctor pal, Football out fit for a footballer and so on.
How much does it cost? Well to be honest they are not cheap. A bear on its own can cost between £7.99 to £14.99, most are around the £12.99 mark but they do have sales on which is the best time to buy. Now when you start buying the extras it soon adds up. A full outfit can cost about £9.99 or more. Single items cost around £3.99 to £7 approx. My daughter brought a pair of shoes for her teddy which cost £4.99 and a bag £3 (She just loves her teddy). Bears already made up including clothes can just be brought off the shelf for £14.99 upwards depending on the teddy and clothes.
Now onto a special touch for £2.99 you can add a voice box to your build a bear, this could be A birthday song, snoring, Lullaby, happy Christmas and so on. OR the other option is to record your own message on one of the voice box's, this isn't easy to do and is best to ask an assistant for help like we did on my mother-in-laws birthday bear which now has my children saying happy birthday Nanny.(She just loved it).
You will find Build a bear shops in the following locations:
Norwich (My local), Aberdeen, London, Birmingham, Bristol, bromley, Chester, Cardiff, Colchester, Glasgow, Manchester, Reading, Sheffield, West thurrock. PLUS SOME IN OTHER LOCATION. Also 3 stores in the UK a still called the BEAR FACTORY. New locations are appearing on a regular basis, look out for these on the shops website or on your travels.
Have a build a bear birthday party - Yes this is true for £8 per person + You can have a party at build a bear, see website for more details or in store. I am thinking about this for my daughter for next year depending on finances.
On a whole we love Build a bear and visit often, it can get very addictive so be warned.
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