Sadly we have to cancel BearScotFest this year.
There is unlikely to be any formal announcement from the Scottish Government permitting large indoor gatherings until well into autumn, and there is still no planned date for nightclubs to reopen.
We have been working closely with our venues, and as the rules currently stand any event would have to be fully seated with table service. Each table can be made up of no more than 3 households and table-hopping would have to be rigidly forbidden. This would require the event both to run on significantly reduced numbers, and wouldn’t create the sort of event we want to invite you to.
Logistics aside, hosting an event of this size is also morally against the ethos of the lockdown rules. We care about you and the safety of our community, and with many bears being at a higher risk from COVID, we have taken the sad decision to not proceed with the event.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to celebrate Bearscot’s 21st birthday next year.
See you all soon,
The dates for BearScotFest 2021 are...
Thursday 30 Sep - Sun 3 Oct
We wanted to keep everyone updated on The status of BearScotFest this year.
You will be aware that all large public events planned for the Summer have already been cancelled, and as of yet we have received no guidance from the Scottish government or our venues as to whether events in the autumn or later will be able to go ahead.
While all arrangements are already in place, we will not commence ticket sales until we get confirmation that large events like this can actually happen, and we take into consideration the impact of social distancing will have on both numbers and your experience of the event.
Please keep watching our page for more information, and we will let you know as soon as we do!
BearScotFest Event Manager
Happy New Year, It’s 2019 already...
That means it’s time to start planning BearScotFest again.
Don’t forget the dates are already announced as 10th - 13th October. Tickets go on sale at the start of the summer but loads of guys pick up flight and hotel deals now!
Murray & the BearScots boys
Yes, it's that time again...we are on the hunt for volunteers to help welcome and assist our visitors to BearScotFest in October.
In exchange for a few hours' work over the weekend, we are offering a free pass to the event, a free event T-shirt, as many Tunnocks Teacakes and Scotch Pies as you can eat...and of course the opportunity to meet and flirt with ALL of the bears!
If you are interested, please drop us an email to email@example.com
This year we have all of your favourites, including Saturday night at The Caves; our Fun Brunch with the furry boys at Nom de Plume; Welcome Night at CC Blooms; Sunday afternoon at Electric Circus; Mr BearScotFest Contest; Fundraising Prize draw; and of course the ever-popular Pool Party. Our sightseeing option this year is a visit to the Place of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Scottish residence (with great tearoom and gift-shop, of course!) and we are delighted to welcome a veritable cornucopia of DJ talent to the weekend including Hamburg’s DJ Kai, London’s HOT FUZZ DJ Cactushead, Glasgow’s DJ Jamie, Edinburgh’s DJ Blondie and of course, no BearScotFest would be complete without our very own DJs Mischka and Corkie!
Earlybird Full Weekend Passes cost £26 and are available until the end of August. Full Weekend Passes thereafter will be £30. Saturday Night Only Passes cost £10. Any “on the door” tickets are subject to availability but remember: We SOLD OUT last year, so in order to guarantee your place we recommend you register online early!
Our Welcome and Registration Desk will be found in CC Blooms and you can pick up your dog tags, teacakes and all your needs from us there from 12.30 on Friday. The guys from Moodybear will also will be on-site there offering a full range of beary goodies and you can pick up your pre-ordered limited-edition BSF15 T-shirts there too!
For those of you arriving early, we will also have a casual get-together for food, drinks and music on Thursday evening – more details to follow!!
As always, if you have any questions or need more info, get in touch!
See you in October!
Register for BearScotFest 2015
2-5th October, Edinburgh
We are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces return this and meeting lots of new guys for our 13th annual fest in the beautiful historic city of Edinburgh.
Tickets for the weekend have nearly sold out but we still have some places left and tickets for Saturday night.
If you are arriving early come and join us on Thursday from 9 onwards at the Street on Picardy Place where we will be gathering for drinks and banter. thestreetbaredinburgh.co.uk
Getting the Info
Registration opens up from 12.00 pm at the LGBT centre underneath Nom de Plume on Broughton St. The guys in Nom de Plume serve up a great selection of food and drinks where you relax. Our base bar for the weekend is just across the road. The Barony Bar has a fine selection of real ales for you to taste.
Our website gives you a map of the main venues and by following the link bearscots.org.uk/agenda you can find full details of our weekend programme and add the event to your smartphone. Save the link to your phone's home screen and it will behave just like a handy app!
We are delighted that Andrew Clarke from Moody Bear will be joining us to sell his range of quirky and humorous clothing including exclusive BearScots merchandise. Andrew will be setting up camp at CC Blooms. themoodybear.com
Our chosen charity this year is Gay Men’s Health. They support gay and bisexual men throughout Scotland and we will be raising money for them through our big charity raffle. For more details about GMH check out: gmh.org.uk
Big hugs and see you at BearScotFest!
BearScots is Scotland's group for bears, cubs, chubs and their admirers.
Join us in Edinburgh for BearScotFest 2024 from the 3rd to the 6th of October!