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The online shop is now closed. Thank you for your custom in 2016!

All remaining stock (t-shirts, vests and mugs) is now on sale at the Prowler store at 12-113 St. James’s Street, Brighton. With each purchase of Brighton Bear Weekend merchandise, Prowler will give you a 20% discount card which can be used on your next purchase. For more information, see this Gscene article.

BBW 2016 t-shirts

The sums have been tallied, and we are extremely happy to announce that Brighton Bear Weekend 2016 has raised the following amount for the Rainbow Fund:

£7,752

We knew the weekend was busy, but this has exceeded all our expectations. We couldn’t have done it without the help of all our volunteers and partners around Brighton and beyond … and above all, we couldn’t have done it without you, the marvellous bears and friends who came to our events, bought raffle tickets and t-shirts, and brought so much fun and energy with you! We cannot thank you enough, and we hope to see you all again next year!

We presented the cheque to the Rainbow Fund on 11 July at the Camelford Arms. Read all about it here.

Presenting a cheque for £7752 to the Rainbow Fund

We are excited to announce the dates for next year’s Brighton Bear Weekend … get your calendars out and remember to book your accommodation early!

BBW 2017 dates

We’re also excited to announce that our online shop is open again, selling our remaining stock in limited sizes. We do, however, have two items that have not been available online before: our black vest and our royal blue t-shirt (which you may have spotted over the big weekend).

Vest and blue t-shirt

Shipping is still a bargain at £3 anywhere by post, or you can collect your items in person from us for free!

Check out this video from Latest TV about Brighton Bear Weekend:

There are also two fresh news items from Gscene magazine on the Press page:

Brighton Bear Weekend quiz 2016

Well, what a weekend that was! Brighton Bear Weekend 2016 was a total blast, with hundreds of visitors from the UK and around the world enjoying a great weekend of parties, food and drinks, music and dancing. We’re still recovering after all that fun, but check back here soon for loads of updates. In the meantime, look at our Facebook page for the latest news and photos!

Also, please note that our online shop is down for maintenance while we restock, but limited quantities of our t-shirts, polo shirts and (new!) vests will be available there soon. We’ll let you know when!

In the last of our blog series before the big weekend, we interviewed three of the Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents rugby players (Ian Chaplin, Byron Todd and Ian Shepherd) about rugby, bears, and their plans for the weekend. You can read their interviews here.

Sea Serpents

We also talked to Wayne Shires, who runs the popular Brüt club night in London, about their co-hosting the men’s zone and tent at Brighton Pride in August. Read the interview here.

Wayne Shires

Brighton Bear Weekend won a special Community Fundraiser Award at the city’s annual Golden Handbag awards on Sunday 12 June. We really had no idea it was coming, and were stunned but very happy when it was announced!

The award was presented by James Ledward, founder of Gscene magazine and long-time LGBT campaigner in Brighton and Hove. We asked James about his life, his work, and his thoughts on Brighton Bear Weekend … you can read the full interview here.

Brighton Bear Weekend receive Golden Handbag award

You can still order wristbands and clothing items from our online shop for collection at Brighton Bear Weekend (16-19 June), but postal delivery is now unavailable. There is no additional charge when you order online for collection, so it’s a great way to reserve your wristbands and make sure that you can get all of the amazing discounts!

We were on Radio Reverb again on Thursday, together with Gary from Lunch Positive who will be providing the food at the Bear-B-Q Picnic. We talked with host Kathy Caton about our final preparations for Brighton Bear Weekend, food, drink, and more food! You can listen to the podcast here.

If you like to dance, you’ll love our line-up of club nights at Brighton Bear Weekend! We fired a few questions at our three DJs: Josh the Barber, Rob C and DJ Bozzy Bear. Click the links to find out what to expect from them over the big weekend!

Three DJs

Many of you will know the Yorkshire Bears from our own and other bear events around the country (and even further afield, to Spain!). Geoff from Yorkshire Bears has written a marvellous review of last year’s weekend, when he and a group of friends hit Brighton for three nights of beer, bears and bad behaviour … you can read it right here.

Yorkshire Bears in Benidorm

Gin & Bear It‘s drinks menu for the Bear-B-Q Picnic on Saturday 18 June is here!

Gin And Bear It

The libations on offer will include the brand new Bear’s Knees cocktail (gin, honey and beer), the effervescent Sloe Gin-ger Fizz, the delicious Long Island Iced Tea, and the classic Cheeky Gin (or Vodka) and Tonic. Beers and soft drinks will also be available. Check out the full menu (PDF 208KB) and get your drinking chops ready!

We can’t wait for the Bear-B-Q Picnic on Saturday 18 June! Barbecue and other delicious food will be available from Lunch Positive, who do great work in our local community. We talked with Gary Pargeter to find out what they do and what to expect at the picnic … read the full interview here.

Lunch Positive

We’re on the cover of this month’s Gscene magazine! The cover photo, taken by local photographer Peter McEachern, features members of Brighton’s gay and inclusive rugby team, the Sea Serpents, who will be at the Bear-B-Q and other events over the big weekend (16-19 June).

Gscene, June 2016

Check out the full rundown of events of page 9. You can read the full June issue of Gscene online here, or download it as a PDF here.

Talking of the rugby lads, we’re looking forward to their Sea Serpents in the Garden of Envy variety show at Envy (above Charles Street bar) on Saturday 11 June. Doors open at 7:00pm, with the show starting an hour later. Dave Lynn and Kara Van Park will be hosting, with special guest appearances from Sally Vate, Davina Sparkle, Mysterry, Trudi Styles and the Pianoman, and Laura Nixon as Marilyn Monroe, as well as appearances from members of the Sea Serpents. After the show, the night will continue with tunes from DJ Ant Nichols.

Sea Serpents in the Garden of Envy

The night will raise funds for the rugby club to compete in the Union Cup 2017, Europe’s gay and inclusive rugby tournament. The club will donate up to £1,000 of the profit made to help the renewal of the Sussex Beacon Summer House, which brings much joy to users of the charity’s clients and their families.

Check out the event page and the Sea Serpents page on Facebook. Tickets are on sale here.

 

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