Welcome To Haven Bears
A warm welcome to the Mobile and Tablet friendly Haven Bears Website, I do hope that you like it. You can also now follow us on Instagram at havenbearsandhares where we add new bears as we finish them each day and show Haven Bears on Tour as we travel around the country for fairs, just click on the link at the top of the page, so do visit and see our new bears as they are finished.
Quick Update - Our Black Friday Weekend Event which started on Friday 27th how now ended, I hope you enjoyed it. We do still have two online fairs continuing, the latest ebearshow started on Friday and the show finishes on Tuesday morning at 5am. If I can get it finished I will be adding another Christmas Angel to this show tonight so do visit www.ebearshow.com to meet him. In addition we were invited to take part in the first online Bear Fair run by the Teddy Bearzaar team who used to organise the Gateshead fair. This event started at 10am on Saturday 28th November runs for a week which gives you a good chance to browse through the bears available, it is set out like a fair with stalls and you can see a shot of our stall decorated for Christmas. Although quite a few of our bears have been adopted there are still a few left in the Teddy Bearzaar show and so we would be delighted if you would join us. The website for this fair is www.teddybearzaar.weebly.com and if you click on the link from that to their Facebook page and look at the Media or Photos section, you will find all the bears. We have also put a photo of our Stall on our Instagram Page so click on the link above to see the bears. Just get in touch if you would like more details of any of them or would like to order a Christmas Bear.
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE ADOPTING A BEAR- We wanted to let you have a further update on Haven Bears situation in view of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. In March I was classed as vulnerable and therefore had to shield until 1st August. Although shielding is currently suspended, I am still being very careful and not going out very much. This means that neither can Steve, so we still can't take parcels to the post office, however although we have been using a courier service since March which did work well, Royal Mail as you may have seen in the press, have now introduced rather wonderful Parcel Boxes. These are basically post boxes for parcels and it means that we can buy our postage for them online, print out the labels and then take them to a Parcel Box to send them off. The nearest one to us is about 15 minutes away but new ones are being added all the time as the service is rolled out across the country so maybe we will get one a bit closer soon. We are sending the bears 1st Class Standard, we can't send them Signed For using the Parcel Boxes, those still have to be taken to the Post Office which we can't do, but so far the 1st Class service has meant that the bears we have trialled the service with arrived within 2 days which is much quicker than with the courier. Another benefit of this service is that we don't need to wait until we have 6 parcels to send before posting them, so the delay between ordering a bear and dispatch is reduced. We have used the Parcel Boxes three times so far and it's worked really well.
We are still charging £4 per bear for this service and the bears will still be sent in separate boxes as the Parcel Boxes only accept parcels up to a certain size, but they are sent using 1st Class whereas the courier service was 2nd Class and they do include a small amount of insurance up to a value of £20. We have still not reinstated our overseas posting however you can actually use Parcel Boxes to send parcels overseas using the Standard International Service which also includes insurance up to £20 but you cannot track the parcel. If any of our overseas customers wish to try this, please get in touch and we will arrange for the additional delivery charge. As long as we don't have to start shielding again we will continue to use this service, but we still have the courier service as a back up so basically Haven Bears is carrying on regardless! We are already planning our 2020 Christmas Collection and there will be Elves! If you have any queries about our delivery service please get in touch, in the meantime, take care and stay safe.
We are still working hard on new bears and are continuing to show new bears on our website, Instagram and Facebook pages so come back soon and see who else is new. We are in the fortunate position of being used to working from home and so we will continue to make bears as we always do.
I have updated our Fairs Page in view of the current health issues so do visit there to see what is happening with our fair plans for 2020. We will continue to update this page as the situation develops.
Last year we created our Haven Bears Facebook page - I know, it's a shock to us too! We would love it if you would Like and Follow us, you can find us at www.facebook.com/havenbears or just click on the Facebook link at the bottom of the page.
Hello everyone, welcome to the Haven Bears shop. Our names are Alison and Stephen Beal and we have been making our gorgeous Haven Bears for over 17 years. All of our bears are Collectors Bears and are "One of a Kind", they are made using the very highest quality mohair and alpaca with cashmere, Sassy fabric or ultrasuede pads and paws. We use a variety of fillings, steel shot, glass beads, rubber or plastic pellets and polyester to give our bears weight and that extra cuddle factor. During 2013 we also introduced a new range of Plush and semi-plush bears in a range of sizes. The use of this more affordable material enables us to make big bears at a sensible price. We may not always have these bears in stock but they are available to order so if you are interested in one, just let us know. During 2017 we also started to make beautiful Haven Hares in a mixture of plush and mohair and in 2019 we launched our new Freestyle Bears and Hares, a collection of hand painted bears, totally unique and very special, visit the Shop Page for more details.