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Winnie the Pooh Day

Saturday, 18 January, is officially Winnie the Pooh Day, celebrating the day A.A. Milne was born, back in 1882.

We don't normally have much truck with random 'days', but London Zoo is giving us a good reason to. This Saturday, children who come with their own Winnie-the-Pooh toy will get free entry to the zoo, much loved by Milne's son, the real life Christopher Robin.

Winnie the Bear arrived at the Zoo on 9 December 1914, the mascot of a Canadian regiment, the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade, who were in training on Salisbury Plain - she had been purchased earlier that year for $20 by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, from a hunter in White River, Ontario, who named her Winnie after his hometown of Winnipeg.

There are no bears left in London Zoo but the other inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood are well represented with donkeys, pigs, kangaroos and, of course, a tigger.

For many children, Pooh is Disney rather than EH Shepard's realisation. If you are looking for a heritage ted that is going to be passed down the generations, Steiff's Disney Pooh is currently on special offer at £125 (discounted from £139.99).

More affordable, we love Disney's Made with Love knitted Pooh. Available from John Lewis. £19.99.

Heritage teddy bear company, Merrythought, have gone back to the very beginning and recreated 'Edward', Christopher Robin's original teddy bear. He is definitely a collector's item at £239. Click here for details. 

London Zoo is open 10am–4pm. "Children" are aged 3–15. Under 3s are free anyway (so no need for a teddy attached to the buggy, though JoJoMamanBebe have a good range). Click here to book adult tickets.

 

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