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Exhibition, Mon 1 - Wed 31 Jul 2019, £6.37-£12.75

BearGanza at Muncaster Castle

BearGanza at Muncaster Castle

See the Muncaster Lakeland Bears enjoying their splendid new habitat


Over 80 Teddy Bears have successfully stormed Muncaster Castle and are now enjoying living there along with the slightly bearwildered Pennington Family, who have previously held the Castle on their own for well over 800 years.
To celebrate their (mostly amicable) joint occupation of the Castle, the Bears and Pennington family are launching a BearGanza to highlight how they aim to live harmoniously together in the future. This BearGanza will show the Bears enjoying their luxurious new accommodation as they lounge around the ornate Drawing Room in Muncaster Castle for the month of July. No doubt in the future the Bears will decide they wish to use more of the posh rooms as well, exiling the Pennington family, as far as possible, to be contained “Below Stairs” where they now belong…….!
The Muncaster Teddy Bears are a collection of 80+ Lakeland Bears that were lovingly created by husband and wife John and Wendy Phillips in the 1980s and 1990s. Each fully jointed bear has its own personality and are dressed in their own unique handmade outfit.
Muncaster was home to real life Himalayan Moon Bears in the 1970 and 80s. The Lakeland Bears could not wait to move to Muncaster and in April 2019 they became the Castle’s newest residents.
Peter Frost-Pennington, who has lived at Muncaster quite happily for the last 25 years without a teddy bear said:
“We are thrilled to have bears at Muncaster once again, but glad that this time they are a bit smaller and are mostly Castle trained! Mind you it is a bit disconcerting to find them popping up all over the house and often in places where you least expect them. Quite a takeover bid, I must say!”
The BearGanza will be open for the whole of July 2019 with special Teddy Bear themed events running alongside it.
These include:
Teddy Talk with the Teddy Bear Doctor at 12.30 on Wednesday 17th July (ticketed event with limited numbers),
Teddy Bear Markets in the Castle on 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday 14th and 28th July (at no extra charge to general entry ticket holders).
For further information contact or call 01229 717614

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 1 - Wed 31 Jul 2019 12:00 to 16:00
Display available when the Castle is open to the public, Sunday to Friday 12 noon to 4pm (NB USUALLY CLOSED SATURDAY)


BearGanza exhibition available at no extra charge to holders of Muncaster general admission tickets including Castle visit.
General entry prices (incl Castle visit):
- Adult £15 (£12.75 online)
- Child 5-15 (£6.37 online)


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
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  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

We recommend visitors with disabilities contact us before their arrival for advice. Dogs are welcome on site but can't enter the castle or Owl Centre.


CA18 1RQ


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Map reference: SD 103963  Lat: 54.35432 Long: -3.38167

Located 1 mile south of Ravenglass on the A595. Follow signs for the Western Lake District from junction 36 of the M6 motorway. SatNav CA18 1RD.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Ravenglass station

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