Scotland's First Story-Telling Bear Makes His Edinburgh Festival Debut

Baxterbear® Checks-in To The Caledonian Hilton Just In Time For Tea

This information originated in UK English.

July 24, 2009

EDINBURGH, UK -  Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh welcomed 1000 Baxterbears® this week in preparation for a month long teddy bear's tea party as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

1000 Baxterbears® arrived at the hotel for check-in to the delight of staff members and guests who had the chance to meet the bear and hear a selection of his tales first before his International Festival debut.

Baxterbear® will be holding readings for all ages of his famous bear memoirs from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. daily at Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh in August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Venue 325.

Based on the real-life story of Baxterbear's adventures since his beginnings in 1928 the series of short stories charts his narrow-escape as co-pilot of an RAF Hurricane, helping the army by flying photo reconnaissance missions during WWII, through to modern day tales including taking afternoon tea at the Caledonian Hilton.

Readings will be from a selection of stories including ‘Whatsoever you may do. Do', the story of Baxterbear's injuries and his rescue from Burma by the Ghurkas. The story of one of Baxterbear's favourite places, ‘Edinburgh Castle: Where it all Began' and ‘Loop the Loop', the tale of Baxterbear's very first flight. Earlier titles, including ‘A Birthday Treat at the Castle', ‘Hurry Home for Hogmanay' and ‘A Friend Indeed for Those in Need' have already proved to be a huge hit with a global audience.

Baxterbear® will now join the likes of Marlon Brando, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Joan Collins, Elton John, Sir Sean Connery and Rod Stewart by taking up residence at the hotel.

Willy Blattner, General Manager of the Caledonian Hilton, said: "Baxterbear® is set to secure a massive following at the hotel and beyond. We hosted a trial session at the hotel in the run up to Christmas and the demand for Baxterbear® and his stories was phenomenal. Our doorman Billy features in some of the stories and is already starting to gather a small Baxterbear® fan base."

Since the website launched on 24th December Baxterbear® has been inundated with letters of thanks from parents, medical teams and children; Baxterbear® has really grabbed their imagination.

Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh will also be offering a special Baxterbear® Afternoon Tea in the Pompadour Restaurant after every reading. Fans will be treated to a mouth watering menu of sophisticated sandwiches such as Isle of Skye Smoked Salmon, Peeled Cucumber and Peppered Cream Cheese and sweet treats such as Pistachio Cream Cake and Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam.

The Baxterbear afternoon tea is £19.95 per person and the Celebration Baxterbear Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of champagne is £24.95. Kids Afternoon Tea is £7.50. One free Baxterbear for parties of up to four is included. Baxterbear Afternoon Tea is served from 3rd until 31st of August from 3pm to 5:30pm.

To book call 0131 222 8888

Tickets for Baxterbear's readings are exclusively available from the Edinburgh Fringe Ticket Office, 180 high St, Edinburgh. Ticket office booking number: 0131 2260000 or online at

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