Painting Nature with Maria Gkinala from the Loughside Art Studio is promising to be an inspiring and fascinating workshop to discover your own creativity. We are delighted to have Maria Gkinala holding her workshop in Bear Essentials colourful garden. Maria is a wonderful artist working with different media. She studied painting, sculpture, History of Art, Architectonic drawing, marble-carving, wood-carving & Byzantine icon-painting in Greece.(1979-81).
This years Taste of Cavan will see famous chefs again cooking up a storm in the Cavan Equestrian Centre. This annual event has become the highlight of the Cavan summer showcasing amazing talents. Besides fantastic tasting and local produced food you will find artists and crafts stalls. To experience hands-on how it feels to be creative we are holding our Build YOUR Bear workshop again.
This Build YOUR Bear Event is a special workshop in support of Bawnboy Festival and St.Luke’s Hospital. Everyone, children & adults can make a Bear or animal. You can also bring your relations or friends to have this craft experience with your kids together.
We invite you and your family, make sure to bring granny and granddad as well, to our traditional Build Your Easter Bunny workshop. This is such a colourful, happy and creative event that all the family likes to enjoy the experience together.
INVITATION TO JOIN US! This year we are holding an open morning to celebrate Charlie Bears Birthday, which is celebrated on this day internationally. We have 12 secret Charlie Bears Birthday packages
What shall we say about our traditional Gingerbread House workshop? You know when I was a child, December was always a special month in our house. Mum and I were doing things in preparation for Christmas like making stars, arranging flowers
Join us for a Family Halloween workshop where everyone from the family is welcome. May be your granny or granddad likes to help or watch you making a hairy scary teddy bear?
Join us for another Beary Scary Halloween Event at Bear Essentials Silver Bear Centre in conjunction with the Cavan Heritage Council. An afternoon of traditional Halloween Games, story telling
We are delighted to announce a fabulous event for Culture Night this September. The Song Sisters will perform musical numbers from their show ‘The Hollywood Canteen’ and bring a nostalgic return to the 1930 and 40’s with a set that includes
We are delighted to be hosting another Heritage Day during Irish Heritage Week this year. Heather Bothwell and Anne-Marie Curley have prepared a Family Fun evening before the kids go back to school.
We are delighted to offer our Build YOUR Bear workshop again at the Taste of Cavan on the 12th & 13th of August. This workshop is for any ages.
Build YOUR Bear at Bawnboy Festival 29th of July 2016, a special workshop in support of Bawnboy Festival and St.Luke’s Hospital.
Are you coming to Charlie Bears 10th Anniversary Party?
Your are invited to celebrate Charlie Bears 10th Anniversary with us on Saturday 14th of November between 10 & 1pm. Charlie Bears birthday party is held internationally and 12 collectors will have the opportunity to purchase a super secret Anniversary Birthday Bear. He is a limited number with a certificate. To have some birthday fun and share some coffee & cake with us please pre book your attendance now using our contact form or email to email@example.com. You also have the opportunity to pre order the special Charlie Bear. (just 12 available) Bear Essentials celebrates 15 years in business this year and we like to offer all our customers a 15% voucher for any purchases over €50 (except the celebration bear) on the Saturday morning. Looking forward meeting you on the day and share some cake and memories with you.
Make someone happy this Christmas.
This could be you taking part in the workshop or you like to invite your mum and dad to come along. Have you got a nice neighbour or friend you like to say “Thank you” too and make him/her a lovely teddy bear? Remember Teddy Bears are MADE FOR MEMORIES
19.12.14 from 3.30pm – 5pm, €25
Our Gingerbread House Workshop Event is a Magical Afternoon for young and older people.
Gingerbread House Making is so much fun. In many countries it has a long tradition and has been created to great perfection.
Saturday 12th of December 2015 from 2-5pm.
Our Gingerbread House Workshop suits children from age 3 to adult. Children age under 6 have to be with an adult. The Workshop costs are €55 per house and €10 for any extra person working on the same house. All materials are included as well as afternoon tea with German Stollen. Please book early because houses have to be prepared before start of workshop. Book now
Halloween Build Your Bear Workshop for children, adults & families
30th of October 11am – 1pm
This year we are going to have fun again at our Halloween Build Your Bear workshop. We are going to make teddy bears and animals and dress them up for Halloween. You can bring your mum or dad, or granny and granddad. We know they would enjoy the workshop too. Halloween is a time for families enjoying time together. Make sure you have booked in advance. The cost of the workshop is €25 and €5 for any extra person not making a bear. Children under 6 years of age have to be accompanied by an adult. Workshop included refreshments for everyone.
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This years free Eagles Flying Visit Heritage Event at Bear Essentials is in conjunction with Cavan County Council Heritage and will host a visit by Eagles Flying from Sligo. We will also have Neil Folkes displaying a wood carving demonstration with old style tools and may be the kids can have a go too. There will be wild birds face painting and some refreshments. This is an open event on the 22nd of August where you can drop in between 14.30 and 17.00. We would still appreciate your registration so we will have an idea regarding numbers.
To register please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text message to 0877610537. Thanks!
Build Your Bear at The Taste of Cavan on the 7th & 8th of August
Last years Build Your Bear workshops have been very much enjoyed by children and adults. Many different teddy bears and lots of animals, like dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and others where made by young and a little bit older folks. We invite you to take part again at this years Taste of Cavan which will be held in the Cavan Equestrian Centre. We will be running workshops on Friday and all day Saturday. Booking is essential. We ask parents with children under 6 to stay with their child. To secure your place please book directly online to avail of the special Taste of Cavan price. When you arrive at the Equestrian Centre please checkin with us to arrange the time of your attendance. Looking forward working with you again this year.
We have the pleasure to get Ronan from Newgrange Willow Design to hold a basket making course for us in May. Willow Design is known for their great craftsmanship in growing their own willow and creating beautiful and useful baskets like our big log basket in the Silver Bear Centre. If you like to make your own basket in just one day than please book now. Places are limited to 12 people only. Cost €70 including Tea/Coffee & afternoon cake, all materials and your finished basket to take home with you. And we will have a great craftsman for the day who shows us all the tricks of the trade. Please bring food to share at lunch time. To book ring Anke on 0877610537 or email to email@example.com
The Ocean FM Home & Motor Show returns to IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena on the 11th and 12th of April and Bear Essentials will be there to run 3 Build Your Bear workshops each day. Workshop times are 12-1pm, 2-3pm and 4-5pm. Make sure you have booked with us in advance. We are going to bring a selection of wonderful bears & bunnies from Bear Essentials Teddy Bear shop. You will find us upstairs in the IT college above the Home Show. Workshop is suitable from 3+, for adults too. Parents have to stay with children under 6 years of age. Looking forward to work with you. So give us a call now on 0877610537 or book directly online before the 10th of April.
This year we are bringing our Teddy Bear Adventure Walk to Ballyconnell. Come and bring the whole family and discover some adventures while walking the Ballyconnell canal and forest. There will be teddy bear goodies, refreshments and monogram face painting. This is a walk for young and older adventurers and make sure to bring your teddy bear (adults too). Please book with us in advance. Ring Anke on 0877610537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date & Time: 3rd of May from 3pm – 5.30pm
Meeting point: Ballyconnell Park opposite the petrol station (use car park at the back of petrol station)
Costs: €10 per family
Build Your own bunny or other teddy bear/ animal and when finished we will all enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt in the playground. This is a family event and we encourage parents with under 6 year old children to stay. Event is suitable for any age, adults included. Tea/Coffee available on request. Snacks and drinks for children are included. For tourists to County Cavan who missed this event we will run another Bunny Workshop on Wednesday 8th of April from 11am – 1pm.
Cost for workshop is €30 per person making a bunny. Booking is essential.
Our event this year is again supported by the Cavan County Council Heritage. Come and join us for an afternoon of Crafts and Games. We will also share some Halloween goodies and a bonfire. Please book early, places are strictly limited this year.
29.10.14 from 3pm – 5.30pm, €10 for Family
Come and join us this Autumn to build a bear or animal with us and get them ready for Halloween.
This is a 11/2 to 2 hour workshop. Refreshments included.
There is no age limited but children under 5 have to be with an adult.
And remember: Granny’s & Granddads like to be creative too. Have some fun with your Mum!
28.10.14 from 11-1pm, €25
Join us for a traditional Teddy Bear Making Class for adults and children. Bring a friend, mum or a grandchild and enjoy the experience together. We will have a Mohair teddy bear or Mohair rabbit already pre-sewn for you. You have the choice of different fabric and the pleasure to stuff your bear, join him together and give him an expressive face. Mohair Bears will last a lifetime and beyond and make a wonderful gift for loved ones.
Special Summer Offer of €120 including course fee, material, lunch and the promise of a great experience.
22nd of August 10am – 2.30 pm
Did you know that the Teddy Bear History goes back over 100 years? Appealing to children and to adult collectors worldwide the trusted teddy bear has never lost his charm and ability to comfort us.
Come and join us for an afternoon tea and talk/demonstration about teddy bears from 1902 – 2014. You will find out that there is so much more to know about our furry friend. Children and also adults will have the opportunity to “Build a Bear” on the day. €10 for family of up to 4, additional costs €15 if you like to make a bear.
Pre booking is essential.
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Taste of Cavan 2014 – Build a Bear workshops
We will be at the “Taste of Cavan” on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of August in the Cavan Institute.
Our Build a Bear workshops are just one hour workshops and are suitable for children and adults. Kids under 5 have to be accompanied by an adult. Special Taste of Cavan 2014 offer of €15 per person.
Workshop Times: Friday 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 o’clock and Saturday 12-1, 2-3 and 4-5
Make sure to book an advance, we not take bookings on the day if workshops are full. Ring or text Anke on 0877610537 or
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Our Summer School is called ” Skills for Life” because we do encourage children (girls & boys) age 5 to 14 to experience a morning of sewing, cooking, gardening and another craft, all which might come useful in life. Beside the aspect of learning we will have lots of fun and outside activity too. All materials included.
Besides all their achievement, kids will have lots to bring home by the end of the week.
Dates for 2015 are out soon.
Come and join us this summer to build your own teddy bear or animal with us. This is a 2 hour workshop and when your bear is finished you can climb up our Lookout Tower and try out our new teddy bear zip.
Dates for the Build a Bear Workshop 17th and 25th of July and 1st and 22nd of August at 11am at Bear Essentials. Also 8th and 9th at the Taste of Cavan in Cavan Institute.
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Teddy Bear Adventure Walk
Discover some adventures while walking through the beautiful surroundings of Bawnboy forest. This is a family event. If you bring small kids, this walk is suitable for off road buggies.
Anyone please bring your favourite Teddy Bear!!!
Refreshments provided up the mountain.
Meeting place is just outside of Bawnboy on the Swanlinbar Road at the area map.
This event is organised in conjunction with Cavan Heritage Office as part of Cavan Walking Festival and cost €10 per family.
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The Museum of Childhood has a touring exhibition at the Ark in Temple Bar from the 8 Feb – 6 Apr and during that time The Ark is offering lots of teddy bear related workshop that tell the Teddy Bear Story.
We are going to offer 5 Teddy Bear Making workshops and love to meet you.
To book your place please contact The Ark.
Dates & Times
Sat 22 Feb @10am, 12.30pm & 3pm
Sun 23 Feb @ 12pm & 2pm
Age Range & Duration
Ages 4+ / 90 mins
Cavan Easter workshop for children, boys & girls at Bear Essentials
Let’s celebrate Easter, a time of spring, happiness and enjoyment. And what better way then to create and make the things yourself. Bear Essentials one day workshop is filled with build a bear sewing, baking, decorating and of course celebrating and enjoying our achievements. Age 5-16, [button link=”https://www.bearessentials.ie/shop/vouchers/easter-workshop-2/” color=”#99b5ce” border=”#be1e2d” text=”dark”]Book Now[/button]
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We have 60 crafts and food stalls for you and with every purchase you will receive a free entry to 2 fabulous raffles held on the day. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some Pre Christmas feelings. You might want to stay for a cup of coffee in the Kilmore Hotel to relax and unwind. We are looking forward meeting you. Thanks for shopping local.
This teddy bear/animal workshop is for adults and children. We are going to have 2 hours of fun to make our own teddy bear/animal and cutomise them for Halloween. Refreshments served.
[box type=”info”]30.10.13 at 11am, €25 per child[/box]
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Traditional Puppet Show with Conor Lambert’s Custard Pie Puppet Company. Suitable for all ages. We will have face painting before the show, so there is no need for costumes. We will also have games, stories and refreshments. This is a family event and booking is essentials because places are limited.
[box type=”info”]27.10.13 at 4pm, €5 per child[/box]
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This 1 day summer school is for adults and for children age 6 years+
This workshop is about creating your own fully jointed, mohair,designer teddy bear – a teddy bear that will accompany you throughout your life. Your bear will be like no other, just one of a kind!
Dates: 12th of August 2013 from 10am – 3pm
Please enrol now email email@example.com
or ring us at 0877610537
Neil Foulkes will undertake a wood carving demonstration using old style tools with unseasoned green wood.
In his own words “I was planning to show how I make my wooden spoons. This would include selecting suitable green (unseasoned) branch wood, splitting it, rough shaping it using an axe and drawknife (on a shaving horse), sawing it to shape using a homemade hand saw, then carving it with traditional carving knives and hooks.
I will also bring along a few other unusual woodcraft tools such as rounding planes and tine cutters and any youngsters (and oldsters) can have a go at making teeth for a wooden rake.” Refreshments be served…
As part of Heritage Week we are going for a teddy bear hike. Let’s discover our natural heritage on the way up and rest with a cup of tea/coffee and cake before we take you on a little round walk. On the way down the teddy bears will have a little adventure of their own…This is a moderate walk. Please wear comfortable shoes. For parents with small children, this walk is just suitable for “off road” buggies.
We are going to meet at the signpost outside the village of Bawnboy on the Swanlinbar road. BOOKING is essential so make sure you are registered with name, contact number and age of children.
We had lots of fun – just see for yourself.
We just like to apologise to families who were on the waiting list but couldn’t take part because we were overbooked. Just watch out for our next events and please enroll in advance. Next event – Easter Workshop for kids and Earth Day for families on the 21st of April.
More event images on our facebook page. From a family who took part…
Spring into action on Saturday February 25th and join the Heritage Office of Cavan County Council in kicking off nature’s wintery blanket!
Join Heather Bothwell, Wildlife Enthusiast and Geopark Local Tour Guide and participate in a range of organised activities to help us identify signs of spring.
Heather will encourage families to nature ” hunt and gather”, listen to the Spring symphony, smell nature’s scents and spot rainbow flowers.
Afterwards join Anke Morgenroth of Bear Essentials in constructing food for birds and creating a spring flower display for ourselves. Afternoon tea provided. Event takes place on Saturday February 25th in Bear Essentials, Bawnboy from 2:00-5:00pm
To book your place: contact Anne-Marie Ward, Heritage Officer, Cavan County Council (049) 4378600 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively contact Bear Essentials 0877610537 or Email email@example.com
Booking is essential as places are limited!
Next workshop on the 18th of February 2012
from 2pm – 5.30pm.
This workshop is for boys and girls from age 6 up. An afternoon of creative, sewing and stitching fun. These Monsters are great for hiding little secret messages into their pockets. We like to use them also for making monster promises to other siblings or mum and dad. Here are some images of our last monster workshop. Enroll now and contact Anke on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring on 0877610537 or contact us on Facebook
Mohair Teddy Bear Craft Course for adults, mum & daughter/son
Or indeed grandma & mum & daughter/son
On Saturday July 10th at 1pm or alternatively Friday 16th of July at 1 pm – all materials and afternoon tea included. Read more>>>
A great workshop to do together with friends & family to create your own heirloom. Booking is essential – email email@example.com
Mohair Teddy Bear Making from 12th – 15th of July from 10 am – 1 pm for children age 6 – 16 for more information follow this link
This summer school is the only one in Ireland – where children can make their own fully jointed Mohair Teddy – a keepsake for years to come.
Crafts & Cookery Summer School from 19th – 22nd of July from 10 am – 1 pm for children age 6 – 16 for more information click here
To design teddy bears and creating their own characters is just one way of expressing our creativity. Like an artist painting a picture or a potter building a vase it gives us the opportunity to invent, to form, to produce something new and unique. The innovative product is our reward and for me as a teddy bear artist the prize is that people like my creations and buy and collect them.
But a real thrill for me is when other people can experience the same then I do.
It is great when you can pass on your skills to people and it is exciting if they give you fine feed back on their experience.
A mum who took part in a course with her daughter wrote back to us with words like “We were impressed with our efforts” – “We were trilled and chuffed and didn’t think we had the confidence and skills to do such a great job.” Isn’t life to be there to experience it in full? To be able to do so we have to learn all the time and at all stages of our life.
This little girls is not even 6 years of age and embroidering her newly made teddy bears nose. And the boys get really enthusiastic about sewing. The ladies in the button picture show off their bears at a course I delivered in An Grianan in Co.Louth this August 2009.