Thanks to our volunteers

It was great to meet all of you who came to our Volunteers’ Meeting at the Black Horse pub in Brighton! As always, we rely on extra hands during the big weekend itself to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

Volunteers' Meeting at the Black Horse, 4 March 2019

We’re always looking for more volunteers in a variety of roles, such as meeting and greeting visitors, helping out at our merchandise stall, setting up and breaking down events, or shaking buckets – whatever you feel comfortable doing!

If you’re interested, please fill out our volunteer form and we’ll get back to you. Thank you!

Welcome to Brighton Bear Weekend!

Brighton Bear Weekend 2019

Brighton Bear Weekend 2019 will run from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 June.

Check out the weekend’s programme of events and venues. Most events will be free to enter, but some will require a modest entry fee or a ticket bought in advance. You can also buy an optional wristband giving 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 peruse our travel information. See photos from past events, and read press articles and interviews. Visit our online shop to buy tickets (from 31 March), wristbands and t-shirts.

Subscribe to our mailing list to get regular news and updates, and contact us if you have any questions. You can also find loads more information on our Facebook page.

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

Your Bear Weekend needs you!

Brighton Bear Weekend is coming in June, and we need some good men to help us! You can lend a hand at events like our Welcome Night, club nights, Bear-B-Que and more. You can help us with setting up, manning the doors, shaking buckets … it all helps. In exchange for your time, you’ll get a free wristband which will give you discounts and deals all weekend, and our undying gratitude!

If you’re interested in helping or just want to find out more, come along to our Volunteer Meeting at the Black Horse pub (opposite the Corn Exchange/Dome in the North Laine) on Monday 4th March from 7:30pm. You can chat with the Brighton Bear Weekend crew and enjoy a complimentary finger buffet!

YOU ARE THE BEARS I WANT

The proceeds from all our events go to the Rainbow Fund and other charitable causes, so we and they really appreciate all your help!

Check out the Facebook page for this event and please let us know if you are coming, or ask us questions there. If you’d like to volunteer but can’t make the meeting, fill out our volunteer form and we’ll get back to you.

Christmas Quiz photos

Here are the photos from our Christmas Quiz at the Camelford Arms on 20 December 2018. A number of lucky attendees won fantastic prizes in our festive raffle, including a large bouquet of goodies kindly donated by Chris Sarson. The winning quiz team, Three Unwise Men, sadly missed out on the £300 star prize, but went home with a big box of chocolate bars instead!

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Jingle Bears photos

Here are the photos from our Jingle Bears night on Saturday 8 December 2018. This event raised a marvellous £370.00 for the Rainbow Fund.

Many thanks to Steve and the hard-working crew at Subline, to Jack Lynn for taking the photos, and to everyone who came and had a wonderful time!

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Our Christmas fundraising total

We are overjoyed to announce that the grand total raised by our three Christmas events in December 2018 is £1054.77. As always, this amount will count towards our annual total donation to the Rainbow Fund.

Our Christmas 2018 fundraising total

The three events were Bear-a-oke at Bar Broadway on 8 December (£330.94 raised), Jingle Bears at Subline on the same night (£370.00), and our Christmas Quiz at the Camelford Arms on 20 December (£353.83).

Many, many thanks to everyone who made this possible: all of you who came to our events and kindly donated so much; to the bar owners and staff who worked so hard and made such generous donations; to Jon B and Candi Rell who hosted Bear-a-oke with great talent and enthusiasm; and to all of the raffle prize donors, especially Chris Sarson who gave us the amazing star prize of a gift basket.

You have all been wonderful, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2019!

A Very Beary Christmas!

It’s that time of year again – the great big A Very Beary Christmas weekend, proudly presented by us together with Bear Patrol, is upon us once more! Three fun events await you:

A Very Bear Christmas 2019

As always, the profits from all events will benefit the Rainbow Fund. So get your worst Christmas jumper on and join the festivities!

Master Tom sells for £2100 at auction

A wonderful time was had by all at Dine With The Stars last night (Thursday 18 October), culminating with the auction of our unclaimed top raffle prize from Brighton Bear Weekend, Master Tom. This beautiful art piece, based on the work of Tom of Finland, went for an astonishing £2100 after a frenzy of bidding. This sum will benefit Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum. Congratulations to Diane Horan Hill of Heart & Soul for her most generous winning bid!

We would once again like to thank Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company, who created Master Tom, for his exceptionally kind donation. We also thank David PollikettBillie Lewis, everyone else who helped to organise the event, the many stars of entertainment who donated their time, and the generous guests who donated so much money.

Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company and his Master Tom artwork
Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company (left) and his Master Tom artwork (right)