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The 10,000 Bear
Makers Project
is being rebuilt


29th April 2017 - Joint Announcement:

Exciting news - Hugglets Teddy Bear Festivals and The UK Teddy Bear Guide have someone new at the helm!

A bright future for the projects is assured in the hands of WMM Publishing, the UK company of Sebastian Marquardt and Tom Wellhausen. Their German company WM Medien runs the world's largest teddy bear fair TEDDYBÄR TOTAL and the renowned GOLDEN GEORGE bear artist competition.

"Another of their projects is TEDDYS kreativ magazine so their publishing experience along with their track record in running major international fairs makes them a perfect fit," says Glenn Jackman of Hugglets. "We're confident to hand over the baton of the work we've built up over the past 30 years knowing they will do a brilliant job."

Sebastian Marquardt, a well known visitor to teddy bear fairs all over the world, says "Glenn and Irene have provided a great service to the teddy bear collecting hobby and we are honoured to continue running the Hugglets Festivals and Guide in the same way. Glenn and Irene won't be disappearing because they plan to launch a website called Teddypedia and it's great that they have agreed to remain involved with us in an advisory capacity."

Glenn and Irene will be responsible for running Teddies 2017 on 10th September 2017 - their last official event as organisers - and they are already lining up lots of new talent and interesting creations to delight collectors.

"We've known thousands of collectors and exhibitors over the years," says Irene "and we'd love it if everyone could come along to see us off in September. It may be our 'swansong' but the teddy bear world will be in safe hands and we look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength."

Hugglets contact details:

Teddies 2017 enquiries – please continue to use (which goes direct to Glenn & Irene)

All other enquiries including for the Winter BearFest 2018 and UK Teddy Bear Guide – please use (which goes to Sebastian).

Thousands of
teddy bears on
sale in London on
10th September 2017

This Festival will
take place on
25th February 2018
The exhibitor list
will be available
in September