Only three months to go until Brighton Bear Weekend kicks off! We’re almost ready … are you?
Our annual Brighton Bear Easter Quiz will take place from 9:00pm on Thursday 29 March at the Camelford Arms. Get your heads together and play for a chance to win a £300 cash prize!
You can also win great prizes from Prowler, Choccywoccydoodah, Nice ‘n’ Naughty, and many more in our big Easter Raffle!
The Brighton Bear Weekend online shop is now open!
Blue and red t-shirts featuring our new 2018 logo (designed and modelled by artist Bobo-Bear below) are on sale now. The colours will change when these are sold out, so get these ones while you can! Wristbands are also on sale now.
Items can be posted to you, or you can pick them up for free in the Brighton area – simply select the desired option when checking out. Go on, treat yourself!
In the run-up to this coming weekend’s Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 logo launch at Prowler Brighton (Saturday 27 January, 5:00 to 7:00pm), we chatted with the logo’s designer, the highly talented Bobo-Bear. His amazing bear-themed designs were a huge hit last summer at Brighton Bear Weekend, Brighton Pride and many other events around the world, and he has a whole load of great new stuff in the pipeline!
Our brand new 2018 logo has been designed by the illustrator and designer Bobo-Bear, who is becoming increasingly well-known for his superb bear-themed t-shirts and other items. Here’s the fantastic new logo that he created for us:
We’ll be interviewing Bobo-bear again soon, but in the meantime you can meet him at our official logo launch at Prowler in Brighton on Saturday 27 January, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. He will be there to chat, sign your gear and pose for selfies!
You will be able to buy our brand new t-shirts and the extremely collectible, very limited edition (only three available in each size) hoodies featuring the new logo. We might even throw in a few nibbles and drinks, so come down and join in all the fun of the bears!
Our first A Very Beary Christmas weekend (in association with Bear Patrol) was a rip-roaring success, with three packed events and a fantastic sum of money raised for the Rainbow Fund!
Check out our gallery of photos (below) from our Brighton Bear Christmas Bear-a-oke karaoke evening at Bar Broadway, which took place on Saturday 9 December. Click any photo to make it bigger.
Thank you so much to the wonderful Jon Borthwick and Chris Hibbert for doing such a fantastic job hosting this event, as always, and to everyone else who so generously donated their time!
We’re getting together with Brighton’s very own Bear Patrol this winter for our first joint A Very Beary Christmas festival, to be held at various venues around town on the weekend of 9-10 December 2017. The events will include:
For all the latest information, click the Facebook event links above, and please click Going if you are planning to attend. You can also find more information in this Gscene article about the weekend. See you there!
It’s getting close to that time when we launch our brand new logo for next year, and we are very happy to announce that the Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 logo will be designed by the illustrator Bobo-bear!
His amazing bear-themed t-shirts were a huge hit this year, helped along by his in-store appearance at Prowler Brighton during Brighton Bear Weekend in June, and his t-shirt stall at Brighton Pride in August. We hope to reveal his spanking new logo design during the A Very Beary Christmas weekend in December (see sidebar for details) – check back here soon for details of the time and place!
Night of the Living Zombears is less than a week away! Our annual Halloween night will take place at Subline on Saturday 28 October from 9:00pm to 4:00am.
There will be prizes for the three best costumes of the night (see our photo gallery of last year’s event for inspiration) and free vodka shots at the portal. DJ Screwpulous will make you dance like you’re possessed! Explore those dark corners, where you will hear much moaning and groaning …
Entry is £4 for Subline members and £6 for non-members, with all money raised (from the dead) going to the Rainbow Fund. Check out the Facebook event page. See you there!
We are very proud to announce that Brighton Bear Weekend received a special award for our 2017 fundraising total of £11,855 at the Rainbow Fund Grant Awards this week!
At the ceremony, which took place on the evening of Monday 16 October at the Hilton Brighton Metropole in the presence of the Mayor and other local figures, a total of 14 grants were awarded by the Rainbow Fund to local LGBT/HIV community groups.
The award was presented by comedian Zoe Lyons (below, left), together with Sophie Cook (holding the award) and the evening’s hostess, Lola Lasagne (right).
Thanks once again to everyone who has supported us in whatever way – venue owners and staff, donors of time and resources, crew and volunteers, and of course all you wonderful bears who continue to support us year on year!