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Bear Essentials is a designer teddy bear craft and tourism business owned by Anke Morgenroth, located beside Brackley Lake in County Cavan. It is within the area of the Marble Arch Caves Geopark, just 30 minutes from Enniskillen Town.
If you go down to the woods near Bawnboy, County Cavan you are sure of a big surprise, for teddy bear heaven is just beside Brackley Lake on the borders of Fermanagh and Leitrim. Bear Essentials designs and hand makes its own unique bears. The Teddy Bear Gift Shop (open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm or by appointment) displays over 1000 famous brands like Steiff, Charlie Bears, and, of course, Anke's Irish made one off mohair collector Teddy Bears and Baby Essentials.
Groups of 4 or more people can book to Build A Bear. You can also book in for a half or full day in traditional Teddy Bear making and go home with your very own creation. Bear Essentials also offers presentations and demonstrations for tour groups, including talks about the long history of the teddy bear and its everlasting appeal. The Silver Bear Centre has a selection of old teddy bears, including some that have been admitted to the Teddy Bear Hospital. Hospital experience is available every Thursday morning.
Bear Essentials can arrange overnight packages in conjunction with local bed and breakfasts, or the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell. Bear Essentials and the Silver Bear Centre are both wheelchair accessible and there is ample parking space for cars and buses. Playground for children onsite.