Brighton Bear Weekend

Get ready for Brighton Bear Weekend 2024!

Graham Robson June 18, 2024

The boys at Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) have announced the full programme of events taking place over four-days, which will raise funds for the Sussex Beacon and the Brighton Rainbow Fund.

Celebrating its 14th year, this beloved community event promises a weekend brimming with excitement, camaraderie, and, of course, the crowning of the new Brighton Bear 2024!

Thursday, 11 July: Quiz Night at Camelford Arms from 7pm. Get your thinking caps on for this BBW tradition with £300 cash prize. Cost: £2 entry pp, max of six per team.

You can grab dinner here, booking is advised: 01273 622386.

Friday, 12 July: Welcome Party and Mr Brighton Bear Contest at Dorset Gardens from 5 – 10pm. BBW Marquee with Mr Brighton Bear hosted by Dave Lynn with Samba Band, Dave the Bear and more to start the festivities.


BBW Bar with food served by local HIV charity Lunch Positive. Discounts on food and drink with BBW wristband. Free entry; maximum capacity of 500 people in the park.

Saturday, 13 July (Daytime): The Garden Party at Dorset Gardens from 12 – 7pm.

Packed day! The boys from BBW will announce the winner of Mr Brighton Bear; acts announced so far, include: Candi Rell, Sally Vate, Mary o’Kart, Rainbow Chorus, Davina Sparkle, Pearl & Dean, Carmelle Toe and Jon Bee.

BBW Marquee and drinks at the BBW Bar, plus community organisation and vendor stalls and food served by Lunch Positive. Discounts on food and drink with BBW wristband.

Free entry; maximum capacity of 500 people in the park.

Saturday, 13 July (Evening) is club night at Dust, nestled in the basement of CHALK at Pool Valley, from 11pm – 4am. Costs from £10 – £20 on door. There’s a cloakroom available at this men-only event!

Sunday, 14 July: Sunday Lunch served at Arcobaleno with live jazz band from 12 – 4pm. Booking advised (01273 752143) as this will fill up quickly. BBW suggests £5 donation to the Brighton Rainbow Fund.

Sunday Mini Golf – One Under with fully licensed bar from 11am. Two unique courses of fun filled mini golf. Social play with friends or meet some new ones to play with!

Lunch with the Chair at Burnt Orange from 1 – 4pm. Cost: £75 per person with proceeds going to charity.
Private dining room; very limited space.

Underbears at Manchester Street Art Club from 6 – 11pm, doors close 7pm.

Graham Munday

Graham Munday, Chair of BBW, said: “BBW is a celebration of friendship, love, and unity within the bear community. With a packed schedule of events, including social gatherings, parties, and fundraising activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“Join us as we make memories, forge new connections, and celebrate the bear community in all its glory.”

Tickets and wristbands HERE


Words by Graham Munday, BBW Chair

One of the most anticipated highlights of the weekend is the election of Brighton Bear 2024. This year marks the sixth instalment of this much-loved tradition, where the community comes together to choose a bear who embodies the spirit and energy of BBW. The competition is not just about looks; it’s about celebrating our vibrant bear community’s character, charm, and contribution.

How to Cast Your Vote

Whether you’re a local or an international fan of the bear scene, you can participate in the voting process. Head over to our website and cast your vote for the candidate who you think should wear the sash for the upcoming year. Voting is a breeze – you can vote only once, but if you change your mind, don’t worry. You can revise your choice any time before 12pm on July 13.

Why Your Vote Matters

The election of Brighton Bear 2024 is more than just a title – it’s a symbol of our community’s values and spirit. The chosen bear will represent us throughout the year, promoting inclusivity, pride, and the unique culture that makes BBW so special. Your vote helps highlight the diversity and dynamism of our community.

A Big Bear Thank You to Our Sponsors

We’re thrilled to have the support of Den Loungewear and Bear107, two incredible sponsors that share our commitment to the bear community.

Vote here