News release

Bring Your Teddy Bear to the Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Benares Historic House

Entertainment and activities | July 24, 2014

On Sunday, July 27, children, parents, grandparents and teddy bears are invited to enjoy an afternoon at Benares Historic House for its annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic. This year the picnic celebrates its twentieth anniversary and features family-friendly games, crafts, live entertainment, tours and activities.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic includes:
• children’s crafts
• cookie decorating
• scavenger hunts
• live performances
• tours of Benares Historic House

Don’t forget to bring your stuffed animal for a check-up at the special Teddy Bear Clinic with the medical staff from Credit Valley Hospital.

Sunday, July 27 from noon to 4 p.m.

Benares Historic House
1507 Clarkson Road North
Mississauga, ON


Admission fee + plus tax
• $15/family (two parents and two children)
• $6/adults
• $4.80/child or student
• Free – children under three years old

This event is generously supported by La Villa Bakery, Meridian Credit Union, Holcim Canada Limited, The Port Credit Community Foundation and the Volunteers of the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga. The Museums of Mississauga are owned and operated by the Culture Division, City of Mississauga.

Background about the picnic

Teddy Bears have been a traditional childhood toy for more than a century. The first Benares Teddy Bears’ Picnic was held in 1995. It was inspired by “Teddy”, a little stuffed bear given to Geoffrey Harris Sayers his first Christmas, in 1907. Geoffrey was the grandson of Mary and Arthur Harris of Benares Historic House. Geoffrey’s “Teddy” was loved by several generations of the family.

Now his fur is well worn and he has a lovely jacket hand-made for him by Mary Harris. He and Grampa Bear (dates to 1947) have their picnic tea party set up in the Sitting Room at Benares, ready to greet the people and bears who visit them at  the 20th Annual Benares Teddy Bears’ Picnic

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