News archive: May to June 2017

Photos from Bear-a-oke and Ca-bear-et at this year’s Brighton Bear Weekend are now online! Click through for bigger pics in a slideshow:

BBW Bear-a-oke, 17 June 2017
BBW Ca-bear-et, 18 June 2017

If you couldn’t make it our raffle draw on Sunday, never fear – you can still claim your prize online! The winning raffle ticket numbers are on our raffle page.

Please check your tickets, and if you have a winning number, please send a photo of it to us on Facebook or via e-mail so that we can arrange how to get your prize to you.

Thank you so much to everyone who bought raffle tickets (all for a great cause) and to everyone who donated prizes!

Raffle tickets

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who made Brighton Bear Weekend 2017 such a success and so much fun: the crew and volunteers who gave so much time and effort, the hard-working bar owners and staff, those who donated raffle prizes, the artists and performers who kept us all entertained throughout the weekend, Prowler Brighton who have been so generous, and many more … but most of all to all you wonderful, friendly and handsome BEARS who made the weekend such a blast! Thank you for coming, and we hope to see you all again next year!

Yesterday was another fun-packed day, and it was HOT!!! You can check out the photos from this year’s events on our Facebook page.

Today is the final day of Brighton Bear Weekend, starting with Sunday lunch, followed by cabaret on the sun-drenched terrace at Legends, the raffle draw at the Camelford Arms, more cabaret and bingo at Charles Street, and finally the Underbears party at Subline until the early hours, if you still have any energy left by then!

As always, full details of all events can be found in our programme of events, and we also have detailed venue information and a map.

Sunday Roast


Bear Bust

Ca-bear-et (2nd drag)

Rock'N'Roll Bingo


Thanks to the crowds of bears who came last night and made it such a fun evening! We’re always so happy to see people from all over the world coming together to have a good time.

Loads more events coming up today – check out our programme of events for full details. And don’t forget, you’ll get £2 off entry to Woofer and Subwoofer, plus great drinks deals, with your wristband – we’ll be selling them at the Bear-B-Que in Dorset Gardens, starting at 12:30 today!

Breakfast Bears





Tonight’s the night! Our Welcome Night kicks off at 7:00pm at Bar Revenge, with your host Jon B, cabaret from Spice and tunes from DJ Alex B. Our whole crew will be there with wristbands and t-shirts for you to collect or buy. Your wristband will get you half-price drinks from 7:00 to 9:00, with special £2 and £2.50 drinks deals after 9:00. Come by and say hi to all the bears! Entry is free.

BBW 2017 Welcome Night

The night will continue with our big club night Uproar at Envy (above Charles Street bar) from 10:30pm to 3:00am. Dance the night away with DJs Bozzy Bear and Rob C. Entry is £5 with a wristband, or £7 without. Your wristband will also get you fantastic drink deals (£2 pints of Carling and Strongbow, £2.50 house single spirit and mixer) all night!

Uproar at Envy

24 hours to go until BBW

We were voted best LGBT Community Social/Leisure/Networking Organisation by the public and collected our award at this year’s Golden Handbags Awards ceremony at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Sunday 11 June.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, and to everyone who has worked with us, volunteered for us, attended Brighton Bear Weekend and otherwise supported us over the years!

Our Golden Handbags 2017 award

Brighton’s own Spice (winner of the special Community Fundraising Award at this year’s Golden Handbag Awards) will be bringing his unique “gender-discombobulated” style of cabaret to Brighton Bear Weekend in a few days’ time, performing at our Welcome Night and Bear-B-Que, and making an appearance at our Bear-a-oke evening.

We interviewed Spice to find out more … you can read the interview here.


We had a blast at Radio Reverb yesterday, taking over the Out in Brighton show with host Kathy Caton! The Brighton Bear Weekend crew were there, together with lots of special guests who will be supporting us or appearing with us over the big weekend, which is now only a few days away.

You can listen to the podcast here:


If you come down to Brighton Bear Weekend next week, you’re in for a big treat with local compere Jon Borthwick hosting a number of our events, including Welcome Night and Bear-a-oke. We chatted with him to find out more about what he does, and what to expect over the big weekend. Check out the interview here.

Jon Borthwick

In the third of our DJ profiles, we look at DJ Bozzy Bear who will be performing at Uproar at Envy (Friday 16 June, 10:30pm-3:00am) and Subwoofer at Subline (Saturday 17 June, 11:00pm-6:00am). Read our blog post, including a free dance mix for your delectation!

DJ Bozzy Bear

We’re taking over Radio Reverb for a special one-hour Brighton Bear Weekend show next Saturday! We’ll be on the air with Kathy Caton (pictured below), host of the Out in Brighton show, together with various guests from the weekend’s festivities, talking all things bearish and playing some cracking tunes.

The show will be broadcast live from Brighton’s Open Market on Saturday 10 June from 11:00am to noon on 97.2 FM in the Brighton area, and live online on the Radio Reverb website (click LISTEN LIVE at the top). The show will also be archived online afterwards, and we’ll be sure to post a link here and on Facebook.

Kathy Caton from Radio Reverb

You can come and watch the chaos through the studio window at the Open Market as it happens – or if you can’t make it, please send your tweets to @RadioReverb during the show!

In our latest interview, we chat with London-based illustrator Bobo-Bear, who has designed several posters for this year’s Brighton Bear Weekend. He talks about his upcoming personal appearance at Prowler, Brighton on Saturday 17 June (5:30 to 7:00pm), and some other exciting projects that he has been working on lately. Check out the full interview here.

Bobo and Bear by wall

Check out the latest news about DJ Rob C‘s two appearances at this year’s Brighton Bear Weekend, at our Uproar and Woofer club nights (16 and 17 June), in our new blog post – there’s also a free DJ mix by Rob for you to enjoy!

DJ Rob C

Very limited numbers of red t-shirts and navy blue vests featuring the Brighton Bear Weekend 2017 logo are now on sale at Prowler Brighton (112-113 St. James’s Street). Once they sell out, no more will be produced, so head down there if you want to get your hands on an exclusive item!

Red t-shirt and navy vest at Prowler

Our big Woofer club night on Saturday 17 June (9:00pm-2:00am) will feature two great DJs, Rob C and Josh the Barber, on two floors at Latest Music Bar. Here’s the fantastic new poster for this event, designed by Bobo Bear:

Woofer, 17 June 2017

Check out our latest blog post (including a free mix) about Josh the Barber, who will be playing downstairs at Woofer.

Josh the Barber

4 weeks until BBW 2017

Brighton Bear Weekend 2017 will kick off on Thursday 15 June (see the programme of events) – it’s fast approaching! We hope you can come and join us for a fantastic weekend with the bears by the beach.

Wristbands are optional for the weekend, but at only £6 they will quickly save you loads with amazing drinks deals, discounts on club entry, and other great offers. They are currently on sale at the Camelford Arms, Subline and Prowler (112-113 St. James’s Street) in Brighton, and also in our online shop.

To help plan your trip, check out our pages of travel and accommodation information. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates in real time!

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