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The Pink Monkey Factory (The Bear Factory shop)

AdvantagesFun for kids, excellent for special treats.

DisadvantagesCrazy prices on the accessories you can choose.

"...perfectly frank with you the Bear Factory is not a shop I ever thought I'd be stepping inside. I'm not a huge bear fan, and I don't have kids so really why would I want to go there?! Well it all came about when my niece and nephew decided they'd like to come and stay with us at Easter a couple of years ago without mum or dad, this was a new thing for them, and at 10 and 12 we thought we could probably handle them, and them us. Having been given ..." Read review
06.05.2011

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The Bear Necessities! Review with images

AdvantagesA cute cuddly friend, a great shopping experience

DisadvantagesIt can be expensive

"...Yes, it is the unmistakable Bear Factory, which puts the fun back into buying stuffed toys! "It's just for kids" I can hear you scream, but you would be pleasantly surprised… *** The Store *** The first Bear Factory opened inside Hamley's in London, and they are now nationwide available on most large high streets. It's not like Clintons, or other retailers where you buy a bear 'off the rack', The Bear Factory offers a truly unique experience ..." Read review
05.02.2006

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Community Level 8SusanLesley

SusanLesley

A custom made furry friend

AdvantagesHave just what you want made up there and then

DisadvantagesExpensive

"...the weekend – only the Bear Factory at the Merry Hill Shopping Centre that’s where! I did manage not to buy anything, as I do have a houseful of bears and they were quite expensive, but I just had to tell you about them! This is an amazing shop where you get your very own bear made and dressed just for you. There are eight stages to this procedure so here we go…… Stage one – Choose your furry friend. ---------------------------------------------- Although ..." Read review
18.09.2001

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Community Level 5cabsookie

cabsookie

Mammy bear,Daddy bear and gypsy the cow!! Review with images

AdvantagesLovely personal gift!

DisadvantagesNone that I can think of..

"...The Bear Factory.. ******************** My own experience of this amazing shop.. My daughter and I were visiting my mam one day and my auntie was there too.. She was telling us of her other niece who had been given a gift of a bear factory teddy bear, she went on to describe the various items of clothing you could get for the bear to wear, and also how you choose the bear and actually have It "stuffed" while you are at the shop. Well ..." Read review
03.10.2005

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Community Level 3Fishbulb

Fishbulb

It's too orangey for crows....

AdvantagesNovel, great ranges of clothing & bears, Genuinely sweet

DisadvantagesExpensive, Stores are few and far between, Girl bears look like Trannies!!!

"...you've never heard of the Bear Factory, then you're fortunate, as it's a very addictive thing. Although we had a store open in my local shopping centre a couple of years ago, I'd never really had occasion to purchase a teddy bear. Until my parents-in-law decided to leave the country to live in Spain and I wanted to get them something 'British' to take with them as a reminder of us - preferably something that looked like it cost a lot so they wouldn't ..." Read review
02.06.2003

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Create Your Very Own Bear

AdvantagesYou are able to create the soft toy of you dreams

DisadvantagesNo Elephants

"...the chance. Just visit the Bear Factory. It allows the customer to create their very own bears or cat or dog... oh just come along for a look. The shop in Peterborough Queens Gate Centre is fun. This is my local store. The assistants are friendly and helpful and there is even a guest book by the door, so you can even write your own opinion! The Bear Factory is a unique shop, which allows the customer to create his or her own soft toy. The ..." Read review
23.05.2001

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Community Level 7MandyMinx

MandyMinx

Time to bear all

AdvantagesGreat gifts that will never be forgotten

DisadvantagesMight be a little pricey.

"...me I live in Nottingham. The bear factory......A speciality store where you can buy all kinds of teddybears and soft toys.....Oh, but it is so much more than that.Let me give you a guided tour. I have to tell you first of all that I collect teddybears and so this store is a delight for me, but even if these furry little cuddlies are not your thing there is plenty of fun to be had in this shop. In the doorway to the shop is a huge great ..." Read review
17.04.2003

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Community Level 8Louise90

Louise90

Watch your very own bear being born

AdvantagesIt's a wonderful, magical shop!

DisadvantagesExpensive

"...have often walking passed the Bear Factory store in the shopping mall. I've been in there a couple of times to have a look round. But - until today - could never really afford to buy a bear of my own. I really wanted a bear from there. You see, it's not just any old bear that you're buying. The bears you buy are different. They're not stuffed. So, you go about choosing your bear, and bringing it to life! THE STORE ~~~~~~~~ The store in Norwich ..." Read review
26.04.2003

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Community Level 6alliecat

alliecat

Bear faced chic

AdvantagesA magical experience for children (and their Mum)

DisadvantagesPricey

"...– a trip to the Bear Factory. I decided we would go on Daisy’s birthday, so that the bear would be “born” on the same day as her (they give you a birth certificate). And I thought it would be great if I invited Daisy’s cousin and auntie, and nanny and granddad (and his video camera) to witness the “birth” of our new friend and family member. Daisy was bursting with excitement the whole day of her birthday ..." Read review
25.09.2002

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Beary special, innocent eyes. Review with images

AdvantagesGreat present, A treasured memory & gift, fun fantastic, great value.A pure truth.

DisadvantagesNone not enough in the whole world.

"...the other day to the bear factory in Telford, now this was not my first visit, however for my son it was.( 5 months on today) We took our time as we had all afternoon, and spent over an hour in the bear factory where we were well looked after. The staff were excellent and very friendly; well you might say it's their job to be friendly! Well there was more to it than that. ~~~~~~~~~~ Upon entering the store, I was greeted by one of the bear factory ..." Read review
12.04.2006

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Community Level 2iamthebest

iamthebest

Make tracks to Bear Factory

Advantagesgood staff

DisadvantagesA bit pricey

"...I first heard about Bear factory from my local radio station. I acutally won a competition for a free bear and outfit. So basicly the bear factory is about making and customising your own teddy bear, or cat, dog, rabbit, tiger and many other animals. They are quite expensive though, the bear is £14.99, which includes the stuffing, a heart, and a birth certificate. What you do is pick a bear from the many selections. This bear will only be stuffed ..." Read review
25.06.2001

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Community Level 2j_wozza

j_wozza

Build-a-bear builds good memories !!

AdvantagesGreat fun, lots of choice/different priced bears, loads of extras avaliable, friendly staff

DisadvantagesCan be VERY expensive, may be busy at times and involve waiting.

"...where you get your empty bear 'skin' from various baskets. They are clearly priced and range from £8 to over £15. Some of the options were rabbits, dogs, Hello Kitty, Bears and tigers. All were cute. When you have chosen, you go to have your bear stuffed. You can buy a sound, if you like, to go in at this point. Noises can be music, barking or a message like 'I love you', and range from £2. The stuffing machine is operated by staff and you help ..." Read review
26.06.2006

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A bear with a heart

AdvantagesNice to be able to customise your own furry friend

Disadvantagesthere only seemed to be one size, and a bit expensive.

"...year we came across the Bear Factory. There was a wide range of different animals to choose from and a wide range of different fur designs. There are also countless outfits including bridal outfits, raincoats, jeans and jumpers and uniforms. You can either choose a ready stuffed animal or they will stuff it and sew it while you wait. We opted to have one stuffed for us as my niece has a liking for "floppy" teddies. We choose our "skin" and ..." Read review
03.04.2003

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Community Level 3bowdeni

bowdeni

Make your own teddy! Review with images

AdvantagesGreat day out, great for children (teens and adults)

Disadvantagescould prove addictive

"...just how much fun the Bear Factory Workshop is. Also known as 'build a bear factory', if you haven't heard of the stores before, you make your own teddy bears. Taking about 20 minutes, it is very fun. I went and made a bear with my girlfriend on valentines day. Was perfect. The bear factory are a nationwide company, so there should be a store near by. When you walk into the store, first impressions are that its a very small clothes shop! When you ..." Read review
30.03.2005

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Come And See Me Bear

Advantageseverything!

Disadvantagesonly the cost

"...paying a visit to The Bear Factory. In the end, as well as my daughter getting a cat, my Mum (56) and I (32) ended up with unique bears of our own too. This is definitely a shop for kids of all ages ;-) When you walk in the shop, you are greeted by piles of different cuddly animals – dogs, cats, bears, rabbits, pigs, spiders, elephants, monkeys, sheep… - but they are unstuffed, so look a bit flat and lifeless at this stage. You choose ..." Read review
03.03.2002

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