A Very Beary Christmas!

It’s that time of year again – the great big A Very Beary Christmas weekend, proudly presented by us together with Bear Patrol, is upon us once more! Three fun events await you:

A Very Bear Christmas 2019

As always, the profits from all events will benefit the Rainbow Fund. So get your worst Christmas jumper on and join the festivities!

Master Tom sells for £2100 at auction

A wonderful time was had by all at Dine With The Stars last night (Thursday 18 October), culminating with the auction of our unclaimed top raffle prize from Brighton Bear Weekend, Master Tom. This beautiful art piece, based on the work of Tom of Finland, went for an astonishing £2100 after a frenzy of bidding. This sum will benefit Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum. Congratulations to Diane Horan Hill of Heart & Soul for her most generous winning bid!

We would once again like to thank Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company, who created Master Tom, for his exceptionally kind donation. We also thank David PollikettBillie Lewis, everyone else who helped to organise the event, the many stars of entertainment who donated their time, and the generous guests who donated so much money.

Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company and his Master Tom artwork
Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company (left) and his Master Tom artwork (right)

Brighton Bear Weekend present Rainbow Fund grant award

On the evening of 15 October 2018, at this year’s Rainbow Fund grant awards ceremony at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, we presented a grant of £18,500 to Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard. This grant will allow their continued support of the Rainbow Café for LGBTQ people with dementia or memory loss, as well as a new service for LGBTQ people experiencing bereavement.

Afterwards, we sat down with Brighton and Hove’s Mayor Dee Simson, who works tirelessly to support many local charities and other causes. She’s pictured below with most of the Brighton Bear Weekend committee, including several new members.

BBW committee with Brighton and Hove's Mayor Dee Simson at the Rainbow Fund 2018 grant awards

We have always proudly supported the Rainbow Fund, with all profits from our events going to them and other local charities. Last year, our fundraising total from all our events was £10,060. So when you’re having fun at Brighton Bear Weekend, you’re doing it for a good cause too!

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Night of the Living Zombears 2

The annual Brighton Bear Halloween party returns with Night of The Living Zombears 2 at Subline on Saturday 27 October. The frightening fun will start at 10:00pm and continue until the coffin lids shut!

Night of the Living Zombears 2 poster

This spook-tacular night is always busy with many coming in costume, from the mad to the wonderful, so let your imagination go wild! We will be giving away prizes for the best dressed, including a £50 Moodybear gift card, a £20 Nice ‘n’ Naughty gift card, and brunch for two with bubbles at Trading Post Coffee Roasters.

DJ Screwpulous will give you his monster beats to fling yourself around the bear pit to. Explore the catacombs, where mysterious moaning and groaning will give you the willies! We will be giving away free shots of spirits and treats to all those who brave the stairs down into the creepy crypt of Subline.

As always, we will be proudly supporting the Rainbow Fund, which gives out grants to small community groups for frontline services and to local HIV/AIDS charities. Entry is £5 for Subline members and £7 for non-members.

If you’re planning to be there, please check out this event’s Facebook event page Facebook page and indicate that you are attending. Thanks, and see you there!

Brighton Bear Weekend 2019 dates

We are excited to announce that next year’s Brighton Bear Weekend will run from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 June 2019.

Brighton Bear Weekend: 13-16 June 2019

We will once again have a full programme of fun events, which will be announced here soon. As always, we are proudly supporting the Rainbow Fund, which gives grants to small local LGBTQ+ community groups and local HIV/AIDS charities. So now is the time to book your hotels, flights and trains – and most importantly, book Monday 17 June off work!

Check out the Facebook event page Facebook event page, and please click Going if you’re planning to attend. We can’t wait to see you!

Master Tom artwork auction

We are excited to announce that the Master Tom artwork (pictured below) by the Strange Case Company will be auctioned at this year’s Dine with the Stars on Thursday 18 October.

Master Tom print by the Strange Case Company

Master Tom is a one-off piece of art which has been kindly donated by Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company. It is based on a selection of Tom of Finland’s illustrations, with the subject wearing the iconic “uniform” of a clone: black leather jacket, black cap and chains. This framed piece measures 72.5cm by 72.5cm, and is finished with Swarovski Crystals representing the constellations that would have appeared on the night that Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland) died, 7 November 1991. This limited edition of one is printed on aluminium and has an estimated worth of £2000. It has to be seen to be truly appreciated, and can be viewed at Prowler in Brighton.

The auction will take place at the annual Dine with the Stars at Jury’s Inn Brighton Waterfront on Thursday 18 October, from 6.30pm to 12.30am. Tickets are £29 each, and include a three-course gala dinner. You can also choose which table of the 14 Brighton and London cabaret stars you wish to be on. All of them will be performing throughout the night. For tickets to this incredible event, please call 01273 725331.

The whole event and this auction will raise money for the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum who provide essential services across the city.

Those unable to attend on the night can still bid by phone. For more information about this, please contact us.

Stars on the night will include Davina Sparkle (host), Miss JasonDave LynnMiss Lola LasagneJason Lee, Miss Disney, SpiceKara Van-Park, Matt Rodd (Mr Gay Europe and UK), Mrs Moore, Maisie Trollette, Sally VateHeart & SoulSuspiciously Elvis and Jennie Castell.

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Our 2018 fundraising total

You helped Brighton Bear Weekend raise £10,060 for wonderful causes in Brighton and Hove

We hosted a thank you party at the Camelford Arms on Thursday 10 July for the performers, volunteers, venue owners and staff, and other supporters who helped make Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 such a blast.

We also announced our fundraising total for the year ending June 2018: a grand total of £10,060 for LGBT causes in Brighton and Hove! This consists of £8,460 raised at the weekend and our other events during the year for the Rainbow Fund, £750 raised by Lunch Positive at our Bear-B-Que on 16 June, and £850 raised by Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum at the same event. This brings our all-time fundraising total to over £35,000! You can read more about this here.

We couldn’t do any of this without you, the wonderful bears and friends who come to Brighton every year and give so generously. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, and we can’t wait to see you again soon!

Cheque presentation to the Rainbow Fund
Graham Munday, chair of Brighton Bear Weekend, presents a cheque to Steve Beaumont from the Rainbow Fund

Our online shop is open again!

Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 t-shirts and vests, with our logo designed by Bobo-Bear (bottom left below), are back on sale in our online shop! We’ve reorganised our stock after the big weekend, and we’ve also added black t-shirts with our 2018 logo in white (top left). We also have only two of our very limited edition grey hoodies (top right) left in stock.

All items are available in limited quantities until supplies run out, so check in the online shop to see if we have your colour/size combination and place your order soon!

Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 merchandise

Thanks, bears!

Brighton Bear Weekend is over for another year – and it was a total blast! We want to send a huge THANK YOU to all the bears and friends who came to our events and made them so much fun. We love you all!!!

Here at Brighton Bear Weekend headquarters, we’re recomposing ourselves and will be back soon with photos from the weekend and other news. We will also be revealing the grand total raised over the weekend when everything has been finalised. We’ll always keep you posted here and on our Facebook page. Thanks again, and stay beary!

Thanks, bears!