Countdown to Brighton Bear Weekend 2019

Brighton Bear Weekend 2019 will run from 13 to 16 June. Click an event’s name in the schedule below for more information:

Thursday 13 June7:00 pmBrighton Bear Quiz
Friday 14 June7:00 pmWelcome Night and Cabaret
11:00 pmMr Brighton Bear Competition
Saturday 15 June11:00 amBear Breakfast and
Bearspace focus group
11:30 amRoyal Pavilion Tour
12:00 pmBrighton Bear Weekend’s Garden Party
5:30 pmBear-a-oke
10:00 pmBeefMince
Sunday 16 June11:30 amLGBT Walking Tour of Brighton
12:00 pmSunday Roast Lunch
3:00 pmCabaret with Dave the Bear
7:30 pmBear Cabaret
8:30 pmSally Vate’s Bear Bingo
10:00 pmUnderbears

Most events will be free to enter, but some will require a modest entry fee or a ticket bought in advance. You can buy a wristband to receive great discounts on club entry, drinks and more. For more information about tickets and wristbands, see our FAQ.

Read our blog starting below this post, and find information about travel and accommodation. See photos from past events, and read press articles and interviews. Visit our online shop to buy tickets, wristbands and t-shirts.

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Brighton Bear Weekend 2019

We can’t wait to see you in June for four days of fur and fun in the sun!

The fabulous Bearycorn

The bearycorn – half bear, half unicorn – is a rare creature, but you can get your hands on one! We’ll be auctioning this beauty during Brighton Bear Weekend in June, with the sum raised going to support the Brighton Rainbow Fund as always.

Bearycorn by Nigelknits

This delightful creature was lovingly hand-knitted by Nigel of Nigelknits in West Yorkshire. He makes and sells a range of beautiful bears, hats and other items, and very kindly donated this unique one-off to us. Thank you, Nigel!

Nigel of Nigelknits
Nigel of Nigelknits

Check out the Nigelknits page on Facebook.

Meet Danny!

Will you be heading to Subline, Brighton’s biggest men-only club, for one of our official events there at Brighton Bear Weekend in June? If so, you’re bound to meet the very lovely Danny, pictured below, who will be behind the bar! (Click a picture to enlarge it.)

Our first event at Subline on the weekend will be the Mr Brighton Bear competition on Friday 14 June from 11:00 pm. Watch the contest and vote for your favourite! The winner will receive the Mr Brighton Bear 2019 title and a £200 cash prize. (If you’d like to enter, please complete this form.) The club will stay open until 4:00 am for drinking, dancing and cruising.

Our other official event will be Underbears on Sunday 16 June from 10:00 pm. After a hot and hectic weekend, it’s time to cool off by stripping down to your finest boxers, briefs, jock or anything else – there’s no dress code, but getting ’em off is always encouraged! Subline will again be open until 4:00 am for all kinds of shenanigans.

Entry for each event is £7, or only £5 with a wristband. Lockers to stow your clothes are available for a small fee. So get down there and say hi to Danny – he’s very friendly!

Join our cultural tours!

This year, for the first time at Brighton Bear Weekend, we’re offering you the chance to join us on two cultural tours of Brighton!

First, on Saturday 15 June, we’ll be visiting the Royal Pavilion for a tour of this fascinating and unique building – Queen Victoria’s palace by the sea, resplendent with Indian and Chinese-influenced decoration inside and out. If you haven’t been before, this is a must see! Read more about this tour.

On Sunday 16 June, we’ll head off on foot for the LGBT Walking Tour of Brighton, exploring the incredible history of the UK’s gayest city. Experience parts of the city you’ve never seen before as the guide talks you through queer history of famous buildings and unknown nooks and crannies! Read more about this tour.

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Numbers for both tours are strictly limited and tickets are already selling fast, so if you’d like to come along, you can buy tickets in our online shop. See you there!

Brighton Bears go to Gran Canaria!

Some of the Brighton Bear Weekend committee were in Gran Canaria for Maspalomas Gay Pride last week – if you were there too, you may have noticed our posters around the bars and shops!

Here’s the muy guapo Mario, who (together with Paco) runs the fantastic MIAU Bar for bears in the Yumbo Centre, modelling our t-shirt:

Mario from MIAU Bar, Gran Canaria

Next time you’re there, drop by for an amazingly friendly welcome and (reportedly) the best gin and tonics and mojitos in Maspalomas!

Mario from MIAU Bar, Gran Canaria, with Matt from Brighton Bear Weekend
Mario from MIAU Bar, Gran Canaria, with Matt from Brighton Bear Weekend