When you go on a Binky Bear adventure trail you will meet many of the characters in the Binky Bear books because the characters are real. When you go on the London Binky Bear Trail you are very likely to meet Thunder or one of his colleagues and you are guaranteed to meet lots of squirrels. When you visit Alresford in Hampshire you will definitely meet the ducks. To find out more about all our characters and read about our history, scroll down and to see Binky Bear himself in action, watch our video.
Where did Binky Bear come from? In Moira and Liz’s own words…
When people first hear about Binky Bear books they describe them as books about a teddy but what brings our fans back time and time again to buy more books and to share Binky with family and friends is what lies at the heart of each story.
Getting out and exploring…
We are passionate about getting children outdoors and helping adults have really positive shared experiences with the children in their lives. Each Binky book tells a local story about Binky in a real geographic location. In times when it is easy to get lost in screens we want to inspire families to get out, using the cute, take-out activity maps and the maps which are in the books, to have a great time together without spending a lot of money. So the magic from the day is the shared experience and the memories will last a lifetime.
Liz explains: “When my daughter was young, screens were coming in big time. As an only child it was not easy to persuade her that a country walk was better than watching another cartoon and many an outing was abandoned early with a bored child protesting loudly. Then I hit on an idea, if I made a trail of things to find when we were out, I only had to mention that I had a new trail planned and my daughter was ready with her wellies on and standing by the door.”
So it was in 2010 when we set about creating Binky Bear, we knew that by setting the books in real places, with photographic illustrations and maps to follow, we could create a fabulous story which was also the plan for a great family outing.
We both have close family overseas and we know personally that families and friends who live far apart love to feel that they share something in common. By knowing well a story about where their grandparents or family and friends live, with a map to trace with their finger, as they are read the story at bedtime, children understand more about other people’s lives and they feel connected with their wider family. This is how our families feel and we want other families to feel this connection too.