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!

The Bear-B-Que is one week from today!

It’s exactly one week until our great big Bear-B-Que and Picnic! Starting at 12:30 in the afternoon on Saturday 16 June, this fun-packed event in Dorset Gardens is the highlight of the weekend for many, with free entertainment on the Prowler stage all afternoon, great food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) available, market stalls, games, a tombola, and a barber offering beard and fur trims!

Dorset Gardens is close to the other Bear Weekend venues in Kemptown (see our map). The gardens are accessible, and an accessible toilet will be provided.

For full details of the entertainment, food and drink options and more, see the Bear-B-Que event page.

Bear-B-Que poster

Many thanks to Prowler for sponsoring this event. Their continuing generosity lets us keep making this event bigger and better each year!

We’re taking over RadioReverb!

This morning (Saturday 2nd June) we’ll be taking over the entire Out in Brighton show on RadioReverb with Kathy Caton! We have a plethora of guests who are involved in the big weekend, including Billie Lewis from Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, Gary Pargeter from Lunch Positive, Aaron Lawrence (Spice), Jason ThorpeJon B, Neil Borrett (DJ Bozzy Bear), James Ledward and more. We might need a bigger studio!

You can listen to the live broadcast on 97.2 FM in the Brighton area, on DAB+ and online from 11:00 to 12:00 this morning. We’ll also post a link to the archived podcast when it becomes available. Thanks for listening!

Radio Reverb 97.2 FM