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.


Brighton Bear Weekend on the radio

We had a blast at Radio Reverb yesterday, taking over the Out in Brighton show with host Kathy Caton! The Brighton Bear Weekend crew were there, together with lots of special guests who will be supporting us or appearing with us over the big weekend, which is now only a few days away.

You can listen to the podcast here:

DJ profile: Bozzy Bear

In the third of our DJ profiles, we look at DJ Bozzy Bear, who will be spinning the decks at two of our club nights this year:

  • Uproar at Envy (Friday 16 June, 10:30pm-3:00am)
  • Subwoofer at Subline (Saturday 17 June, 11:00pm-6:00am)

For more information about these two club nights, see our programme of events for the big weekend. You’ll get £2 off entry for each of these events, as well as amazing drinks deals, with a Brighton Bear Weekend wristband.

Here’s a free mix by Bozzy Bear to get you in the mood:

DJ Bozzy Bear

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Turn your radio on

We’re taking over Radio Reverb for a special one-hour Brighton Bear Weekend show next Saturday! We’ll be on the air with Kathy Caton (pictured below), host of the Out in Brighton show, together with various guests from the weekend’s festivities, talking all things bearish and playing some cracking tunes.

The show will be broadcast live from Brighton’s Open Market on Saturday 10 June from 11:00am to noon on 97.2 FM in the Brighton area, and live online on the Radio Reverb website (click LISTEN LIVE at the top). The show will also be archived online afterwards, and we’ll be sure to post a link here and on Facebook.

Kathy Caton from Radio Reverb

You can come and watch the chaos through the studio window at the Open Market as it happens – or if you can’t make it, please send your tweets to @RadioReverb during the show!