Bear Essential’s story began back in the early 1980’sIrishHouse

when Nico and Anke, both from Germany, visited Ireland for the first time and fell in love with the beautiful countryside and welcoming people of Co. Cavan. In 1984 they settled in the lovely countryside of Bawnboy to raise their family.
The strong Teddy Bear tradition in Germany had influenced Anke’s designs of handcrafted Mohair Bears. The Teddy Bear is usually the first gift we receive as a child and are treasured through out their lives. It is much more than a toy, it is a collectible item, increasing in value over the years and eventually becoming an heirloom, but most of all it is a friend for life.

Bear Essentials is passionate about bears and we would like to share this passion with you.

Bear Essential was established in 2000 when we opened up a showroom which has developed over the years into a spacious Teddy Bear gift shop displaying famous brands such as Steiff, Charlie Bears, Bukowski Bear, Legler toys and of course Bear Essentials own Irish brand of Anke’s one off limited edition Teddy Bears. In the last years, we have introduced a new product line of Irish made Baby Essentials which include “My First Teddy”, cosy baby rugs, changing mats and snugly comforters.
In 2007 Bear Essentials launched the Silver Bear Centre, a visitor attraction beside the Teddy Bear Gift Shop. A great space for facilitation of Heritage Events and School Tours.
The Silver Bear Centre is a magical and spacious place for you to take part in many activities such as workshops, events, crafts and parties. The Silver Bear Centre also showcases old and famous Teddy Bears, Irish artifacts, and is home to the many bears who stay with us in the Teddy Bear Hospital. To hire and make the Silver Bear Centre your own, click here.

Bear Essentials is dedicated to preserving crafts, heritage and our natural environment and to empower people to embrace them. Our aim is to make people feel special and ensure they enjoy a memorable experience when they visit us.

Come and join us for a family Teddy Bear making event, birthday party or just to visit our shop and explore our garden houses or even picnic with the kids on our playground. While entry to Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre is free and can be visited at opening hours, workshops and attendance at events always have to be booked in advance. You can also obtain workshop vouchers online Looking forward meeting you.

About Us” in German for our German Visitors.