Enjoy the Games in Glasgow with XXL. The city will be buzzing with the Commonwealth Games in full swing and if you are travelling to the event check out our Facebook page for suggestions for staying over.
Bears in the West and XXL
Friday 6th June
Underground Bar, Glasgow
We are delighted to be hosting the pre-club party as XXL launches in Glasgow! Join us for drinks, music and banter to get the night going. Then head onto the Arches for some late night dance, chat and partying with the guys from XXL until 3.00 am. For more details about XXL check out their website or Facebook page. There's also a Facebook event.
Proud Bears in the East
Saturday 21st June
Join us behind the BearScots banner as we march through the streets of Edinburgh for Pride. There will be plenty of entertainment post the march and full details will be announced shortly on their website or Faceook page.
Proud Bears in the West
Friday 18th July
Get into the party swing with our pre-pride bear night at Underground Glasgow. There will be music, fun and a few drams to keep you entertained until the wee small hours. Full details of Pride Glasgow can be found on their website or Facebook page.
Believe it or not, planning for BSF2014 is already well underway. As a matter of fact our committee had begun planning it before BSF2013 had even taken place, such is the enormity of the behind-the-scenes operation needed to put together one of Britain's biggest and friendliest bear events! (What? You thought we just phoned round a few venues a week or two in advance then turned up with smiles on our faces and our fingers crossed?!)
We can't give away too much just yet but let's just say, it's gonna be big! Put the dates in your diary now, we can confirm it's all happening on the weekend of Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th October 2014 with the usual "Early Bears" event on the Thursday evening.
The Annual General Meeting of BearScots will be held on Sunday 15th December 2013, from 12.30pm, at the New Town on Dublin Street, Edinburgh EH3 6NN
We are looking for enthusiastic people to join BearScots as committee members and supporters. In particular we are keen for people to take on the role of co-ordinating monthly social gatherings in Glasgow and Edinburgh and organise special events such as Pride.
To register your interest and find out more information please contact us. The closing date for nominations and motions for the AGM is Monday 9th December
Our chosen charity for this year has been Gay Men’s Health. This Scotland based charity involves and empowers gay and bisexual men to promote the health and well-being of all men who have sex with men. BearScots are proud to support the Gay Men’s Health and our fundraiser over the BearScotsFest weekend raised £1,430.00. Thanks for your support!
Check out the work of GMH at gmh.org.uk or facebook.com/gmhscotland.
Wouldn't it be handy if you had the programme for BSF2013 on your phone, along with all the venue details, maps, contact numbers and other info you might need for the weekend?
As you may have noticed, we've completely rebuilt our website this year. We've put a lot of thought into making sure it works just as well on your smartphone as on your computer. We know that most of you boys have iOS, Android, Windows and whatever else in your pockets nowadays (yes, we did notice the sea of Scruff and Grindr screens in The New Town last year!) ... so why not carry the info you need to make the best of your weekend on yours?
If you want to get your phone ready for BearScotFest this year, bookmark our BSF programme or better yet, add it to your home screen (it'll behave just like a purpose-built app). If you're a little more daring you can also add the BearScots shared Google calendar to your phone's own calendar app, this also contains venue locations, maps, numbers and everything else you'd expect.
And for those of you who've decided not to embrace the smartphone revolution (or if you choose not to carry a mobile at all), don't worry! You'll still receive the usual full welcome pack at our registration desk, which includes a good-old-fashioned fold-it-up-and pop-in-in-your-pocket style programme!
We've just heard from our lovely friends Dublin Bears that the next Béar Féile will be held from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March. Check out their website for more info!
Need something new to wear? We are delighted to have Moody Bear joining us for BearScotFest! Andrew will be selling a range of exciting designs including the exclusive BearScots t-shirt which you can pre-order when you register for BearScotFest. Check out themoodybear.com for their full range of products.