Record numbers expected for Brighton Bear Weekend 2018

Organisers of the Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) secure biggest prize fund yet, worth over £2,500 for this years fundraising raffle.

Zoe and her Bears

Zoe and her Bears

RAFFLE prizes include a money can’t buy one-off piece of art worth over £1,700 from The Strange Case Company called Master Tom, and ten party packages from the Boiler Room Sauna in Hove, worth over £700.

Other prizes up for grabs include an overnight stay at the New Steine Hotel in Brighton, tickets for Bent Double at the Komedia, cinema tickets at Dukes, haircuts, afternoon teas in the best hotels in town and gift cards totalling over £200.

Star raffle prize, 'Master Tom' print donated by The Strange Case Company worth over £1,700

Star raffle prize, ‘Master Tom’ donated by The Strange Case Company worth over £1,700

Whether you want to be drinking Brighton Gin, shopping at Gresham & Blake, jumping off a zip wire or partying with Dublin bears there are prizes for everyone.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at all events over the BBW weekend. Money raised will be donated to The Rainbow Fund who give grants to LGBT/HIV organisations delivering effective front line services to LGBT+ people in the city.

The draw will take place at The Camelford Arms on Sunday, June 17 at 6pm. All winning tickets will be posted on the Brighton Bear Weekend Facebook group and website where you will also see a full list of prizes to be won.

Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 takes place from Thursday, June 14 – Sunday, June 17 kicking off with a quiz night at the Camelford Arms on Thursday, June 14 at 9pm, followed by a welcome party at Bar Revenge on Friday, May 15 from 7-11pm where you can meet visiting bears and pick up wristbands that you have ordered online.

Wristbands costing just £6, can be ordered from BBW’s online shop or purchased at Prowler,  St James Street, Camelford Arms, Subline and at the welcome party at Bar Revenge. A wristband gives you great deals during the weekend, including reduced entry to events, drink deals, and store discounts. You don’t have to buy one to enjoy the weekend, but you’ll find that it pays for itself very quickly!

Zoe Lyons, Patron of The Rainbow Fund and a great supporter of Brighton Bear Weekend, said: “June 14 marks the start of Brighton’s brilliant Bear weekend. Four days full of fantastic events guaranteed to keep every fun-loving Bear entertained. The weekend has been a huge supporter of the Rainbow Fund over the years. Helping to raise much-needed funds for local LGBT/HIV support groups. At a time when government funding for such projects is much reduced communities really do have to look after each other, so thank you gorgeous Bears. Wishing you all a fun, happy and safe weekend.”

For the full line-up of events over the BBW, click here:  

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