About Us

Canterbury Bears is an independent family business with family values totally committed to the pursuit of excellence.

Canterbury Bears was founded in 1979 and for over 30 years, the company has been excelling in the design and creation of fine collectable bears. During that time, we have worked with some of the best and most creative companies including Disney, Orient Express, Harrods, Victoria and Albert Museum and Liberty.

We have created bears for HM Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee celebrations, HM The Queen Mother’s 80th Birthday and most recently, we have designed the only English made Paddington bear to coincide with the 2014 Paddington film premiere

Our workshops are situated in a small village close to Canterbury in Kent. In 1987 we were granted the right to use the coats of arms of the City of Canterbury as our logo; this was a huge privilege. This ancient coat of arms is registered by the Garter King of Arms and is circa 11th Century.

As bear specialists, Canterbury Bears has created one of the largest bear collections in the world. Your bear is designed and hand-made to last a lifetime.