World of Bears
In 1999 we opened our first shop - The Gorge Bear Co. in Cheddar Gorge, as just a seasonal summer business. Little did we know then, what a giant it would turn…
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Just recently in tidying up our expansive stock room, we have discovered in the realms over 40 not recently listed (until now) Limited Edition Steiff Pieces, Some ranging from as far back as 1983! These pieces are highly sought after & very collectable as they are & have been previously unavailable. Pictured is a 1999 L/E release of miniature British Collectors Bears from 1994 up to & including 1998. Surely any dedicated arctophiles dream!
The World of Bears supports the 'Railway Children' charity & is proud to announce that our donation of a Steiff L/E British Collectors Bear was auctioned off and raised a substantial £300 at the Railway Ball that in total raised over £375,000 for the Railway Children. The Railway Children is a worthwhile charity that aims to help 'Homeless Children Forever' by removing them from the streets & giving them a future. Check out www.railwaychildren.org.uk and learn what it's all about!
Special on-line offer! If you visit our website & purchase any instock plush toy from the much loved JellyCat Range we are offering a fabulous 15% discount (deducted at checkout). Available for a limited time only April 2013. Pictured Bashful Mouse from JellyCats most popular silky soft Bashful Collection. Choose from over 45 different JellyCat Collections within the Range..
We have received a most wonderful accolade! Unbeknown to us on Saturday December 9th 2012, The Guardian Newspaper listed the "World of Bears" in Taunton as one of their favourite independent stores in the UK, for everything you want for Christmas and beyond. It was fantastic that they decided to support the high street alongside small retailers, independent businesses and small boutiques. We pride ourselves on the fabulous quality of our products and our commitment to customer satisfaction.
Our Steiff Event is a wonderful, informal occasion, hosted by the World of Bears in Taunton. This date has now become a much anticipated annual event, amongst those of you out there in the know. Here you will learn all about Steiff, the history,and the craftsmanship, of the company that created the first soft toy, and then the much loved teddy bear. You will meet other collectors, making new friends, as well as being privy to some of the newest designs by Steiff and other manufacturers.
Not only are we home to some fabulous bears & animals, by great manufacturers including Hermann, Hansa, JellyCat, Merrythought, Deans & Kaycee Bears, we specialise in products that are suitable for baby & have undergone stringent safety checks. Steiff do a fantastic range in many styles, Gund produce some great bears & ragdolls, Jellycat are responsible for some of the most popular comforters, bear rattlers & teds, whilst Kaloo are all about texture & sensory experience with their products.
As well as being a distributor for Steiff, we host a variety of brands available for purchase. Charlie Bears are the bears of the moment, with their enchanting friendly appeal & charm. Wonderfully designed, fully jointed bears with their characteristic wobbly heads. All in different sizes & made from a variety of woven styled plush, each with their own name. The Isabelle Collection is the much coverted mohair & alpaca range, creating beautiful limited edition masterpieces. One is never enough!