News archive: January to April 2017

Our Underbears night at Subline on Sunday 10 April raised a lovely £135.99 (quick – does anyone have a spare penny to round it up?!) for the Rainbow Fund. Thank you so much to the lovely staff at Subline, and to everyone who came in their pants!

There was a full house for our big Easter Quiz at the Camelford Arms last Thursday. Between the quiz and the big raffle, a tremendous £416 was raised for the Rainbow Fund.

Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported us, and to the Camelford for hosting this fun event and providing sandwiches. Thanks also to those who donated two fabulous raffle prizes: Choccywoccydoodah for a huge Easter chocolate cake, and Co-Op Funeral Care for a gigantic hamper of goodies!

Check out the photo gallery of the quiz, or click the picture below:

Easter Quiz 2017

Our first ever Bear-a-oke evening at Bar Broadway on Saturday 2 April was a blast, with a busy crowd and many great singers belting out showtunes and other karaoke classics. The collection buckets raised a wonderful £143.46 for the Rainbow Fund. Thanks to everyone who came and supported us!

Click the photo below to see the entire photo gallery from the evening:

Want to round the weekend off with a bang? Tomorrow (Sunday 2 April) from 5:00pm, we’ll be hosting Showtunes Bear-a-oke at Bar Broadway (10 Steine Street, Brighton, BN2 1TE).

Admission is free, so drop by and enjoy the show – and if you’re brave (or tipsy) enough, get up on the stage and belt one out! Hosts Chris and John Bee will be overseeing the proceedings. See you there! (Check out this event’s Facebook page.)

In the first of our interviews with bears and friends this year, we chatted with Tony Elias (pictured below), a hugely talented freelance artist based in the New Forest. (If you’ve been to Brighton Bear Weekend in previous years, you’ll probably recognise him.) Check out the interview and be sure to follow the links to his website and Instagram!

Tony Elias

We’re happy to announce that our new range of t-shirts and polo shirts are now on sale at the Brighton Prowler store (112-113 St. James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1TH). The navy blue t-shirts with our logo are still great value at £12, and polo shirts are a bargain at £15.

Brighton Bear Weekend 2017 gear at Prowler
Our model Bruce with the BBW 2017 gear at Prowler

Our 2017 wristbands will also be available at Prowler and other venues around Brighton soon. We’ll keep you posted!

We will be hosting an official launch party for this year’s Brighton Bear Weekend at the Camelford Arms (30-31 Camelford Street, Brighton, BN2 1TQ) on Saturday 25 March.

The party will start at 7:00pm, and the Brighton Bear Weekend team will be there to answer your questions about this year’s events. You will also have a chance to buy our new t-shirts, polo shirts and wristbands for the big weekend (15-19 June).

Brighton Bear Weekend 2017 t-shirt
Our t-shirt model Bruce at the Camelford Arms

We will be making some exciting announcements, and the Camelford will kindly provide food. Come along and say hi, and please visit this event’s Facebook page to let us know you’re coming!

The programme of events for this year’s Brighton Bear Weekend is now up on this site! You can click the name of each venue for more information, including its street address and a map. Check it out here!

Our online shop is also up and running, selling this year’s t-shirts, polo shirts and wristbands. The designs have changed – the clothing items feature our brand new logo for 2017 – but our prices haven’t! T-shirts are still £12, polo shirts are £15, and wristbands are a real bargain at £5, bringing you huge discounts on event entry and drinks. (Wristbands will be £6 each after 16 April, so grab yours at the early bird price now!) For more information and to order online for delivery or collection, visit the shop here.

Brighton Bear Weekend 2017 t-shirt
Brighton Bear Weekend 2017 t-shirt

Get ready for the Big 3 Come Together weekend, three consecutive nights of fun at Subline in Brighton. It kicks off on Friday 10 February with the Big Scrum sports kit night (10:00pm-4:00am), continues on Saturday night with Leathermen South (10:00pm-4:00am), and climaxes on the afternoon of Sunday 12 February with our Brighton Bear Black Valentine party (3:00-7:00pm).

For full details of the events, visit the Subline website. You can also check out these Gscene articles about the Big 3 Come Together weekend and the Brighton Bear Black Valentine party.

Big 3 Come Together weekend 2017

We’re looking for your feedback about potential extra events for Brighton Bear Weekend 2017. These would be optional, fun events for our bear visitors to experience other great things in Brighton: walking tours, cream teas, pool parties, a trip to the pier, and so on.

To let us know what you think, please complete our very brief (really!) anonymous survey here. Thanks so much in advance for your feedback!

Brighton Bear Weekend 2017

The logo for Brighton Bear Weekend 2017 was created by graphic designer Eoin Norton. You can read more about Eoin in this Gscene article,

Look out for the logo on our range of t-shirts and other items, coming soon!

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