Brighton Bears roar back into life!

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Brighton Bear Weekend 2022 is firmly back on the Brighton calendar, with this year’s Bear Weekend dates announced as 14th thru 17th July 2022.

Building on last year’s success, the main welcome event will commence in Dorset Gardens on the Friday evening at 5pm.

The legendary Garden Party will commence at mid-day on the Saturday, again in Dorset Gardens, and both events will feature a full bar, with Lunch Positive serving food on both the Friday and the Saturday for the first time. There’ll also be plenty of entertainment – more details to follow, but we are particularly excited about our first-of-a-kind international comedy cabaret we hope to be announcing shortly!

The Mr Brighton Bear competition will also be back, sponsored once again by Bear107 ( so keep an eye out for announcements on how to enter!

Volunteer Meeting Saturday 12th March  

As usual, all our events are run entirely by volunteers, and marshaling and managing a small army of them falls to our volunteer manager Robbie. If you’d like to volunteer this year, you can complete the brief web form by visiting or just email Robbie at

We’ll be holding our 2022 Volunteer kick-off meeting at Centre Stage on Saturday 12th March at 4.30pm.  All volunteers or potential volunteers are welcome, so please come along, meet the team, and find out how much fun volunteering can be!

If you’ve attended a Brighton Bear Weekend before, you’ll know it’s always great fun. As well as bears, cubs and even a stray otter or two, we welcome all friends of the community. The event always attracts furry (and not so furry) men and their friends from around the world so pop it in your diary now and don’t miss out!

Proceeds raised from the entire weekend (including profits from the sale of exclusive BBW merchandise) go to The Brighton Rainbow Fund, a charity that in turn channels funds to a range of local charities benefiting the LGBT+ community.

Graham Munday, Chair of Brighton Bear Weekend, said “We’re thrilled to be back, staging another live Brighton Bear Weekend hopefully without the sword of Covid hanging over us!  As always, the priority this year will be getting people out, having some fun in the sun, supporting each other, our venues, and the talent. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone to what we hope will be a wonderful, safe, celebratory Brighton Bear Weekend!”

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