Our amazing fundraising total!

BBW 2017 fundraising total

We have just announced our fundraising total for this year: a staggering £11,855 for local charities! This beats last year’s total by over £4,000, which is beyond our wildest dreams.

We presented a cheque for £9,050 to the Rainbow Fund at the Camelford Arms on Monday 10 July (see picture below). In addition, the following amounts were raised at our Bear-B-Que on Saturday 17 June: £1,247 for Lunch Positive, and £1,558 for the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum.

Rainbow Fund cheque presentation 2017

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who helped us raise this magnificent amount: the fantastic owners and staff of the venues and shops, our tireless volunteers, the generous sponsors and raffle prize donors, the amazing local media, the fabulously talented performers and artists, and most of all the wonderful bears who travelled from all over the UK and the world to spend a brilliant weekend with us. You know who you all are … and we hope to see you all again next year!

Raffle news

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

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!

Final day of Brighton Bear Weekend 2017

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


Saturday’s events at Brighton Bear Weekend

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





Welcome Night

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

Golden Handbags Awards 2017

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

Interview with Spice

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.