We can’t wait for the Bear-B-Q Picnic on Saturday 18 June! Barbecue and other delicious food will be available from Lunch Positive, who do great work in our local community. We talked with Gary Pargeter to find out what they do and what to expect at the picnic … read the full interview here.
We’re on the cover of this month’s Gscene magazine! The cover photo, taken by local photographer Peter McEachern, features members of Brighton’s gay and inclusive rugby team, the Sea Serpents, who will be at the Bear-B-Q and other events over the big weekend (16-19 June).
We’re looking forward to our local inclusive rugby team’s Sea Serpents in the Garden of Envy variety show at Envy (above Charles Street bar) on Saturday 11 June. Doors open at 7:00pm, with the show starting an hour later. Dave Lynn and Kara Van Park will be hosting, with special guest appearances from Sally Vate, Davina Sparkle, Mysterry, Trudi Styles and the Pianoman, and Laura Nixon as Marilyn Monroe, as well as appearances from members of the Sea Serpents. After the show, the night will continue with tunes from DJ Ant Nichols.
The night will raise funds for the rugby club to compete in the Union Cup 2017, Europe’s gay and inclusive rugby tournament. The club will donate up to £1,000 of the profit made to help the renewal of the Sussex Beacon Summer House, which brings much joy to users of the charity’s clients and their families.
We can’t wait to try the drinks at Gin & Bear It‘s artisan gin bar at the Bear-B-Q Picnic on Saturday 18 June. We wanted to know what to expect on the day, so we talked to Aaron and John … you can read the full interview here.
Check out our new poster for the Bear-B-Q picnic on Saturday 18 June, designed by local illustrator James Brooks:
The lunch menu from Lunch Positive will include:
- BBQ & griddled food with sweet potato wedges or Mexican rice, all for £5.00:
- Home-made beef burger in a bun
- Lamb meatball kebab in a sub
- BBQ pork sausage in a sub
- Chicken thighs and legs in BBQ marinade
- Home-made veggie burger in a bun
- Courgette, roasted pepper & halloumi kebabs in pita bread
- Salads – all side bowls, mix and match for £2.50:
- Potato salad in crème fraîche and chive dressing
- Home-made coleslaw
- Greek salad
- Pasta salad in pesto dressing
- Tea or coffee for £1
- Cakes for £1.50
There will also be gin-based cocktails and other amazing drinks from Gin & Bear It.
You’ll find more information about this event on its Facebook page – please click Going if you are planning to be there! (Please note the location of this event will be Dorset Gardens in Brighton, not Queen’s Park!)
With less than four weeks to go now until Brighton Bear Weekend, the city’s LGBT news and listings magazine Gscene has a good run-down of the weekend’s events. (But don’t worry – on the weekend itself, we’ll have handouts of the programme of events to give to you, and all upcoming events will be announced on Facebook in plenty of time!)
You may have seen comedian Zoe Lyons on TV shows such as Mock the Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow … and here she is wearing our very own t-shirt!
Zoe is a Brighton resident and a Patron of the Rainbow Fund, our designated charity. She says:
Wishing all you lovely Bears a fabulous weekend in Brighton this June. Have a truck load of fun and thanks to each and every one of you for supporting the Rainbow Fund and all the great causes it helps in Brighton And Hove.
You can read the full article in Gscene.
Word is certainly getting around about Brighton Bear Weekend – posters for the event are now up in Bar Peppermint in Benidorm, Spain!
Tony and Jimmy are your friendly hosts at Benidorm’s most fun men’s bar, open every night from 11:00 until 4:30. Check out their Facebook page and website, and be sure to drop by and say hello when you’re in Benidorm!
We were on the radio on Thursday 7 April, talking with Kathy Caton on her Out in Brighton show on RadioReverb. Aaron from Gin And Bear It was with us, and we discussed gin, the Brighton Bear Weekend event lineup, and our plans for the big Bear-B-Q picnic in June.
If you want to listen online, here’s the Out in Brighton podcast.
We are extremely happy to announce that Brighton Bear Weekend will be co-hosting the men’s zone (where the bears congregate!) at this year’s Brighton Pride on Saturday 6 August.
For more information, check out this Gscene article. We look forward to seeing you there!