We have experienced some technical difficulties which have taken longer than expected to resolve! But not to worry in the next few days our online booking system will be up and running. The early bird special will be extended offering you discount for the weekend package! We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Big hugs from all at BearScots
UPDATE: Problem solved, you can book now!
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.
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!
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.
We know you've all been waiting patiently, so we're very excited to tell you that registration for BearScotFest 2013 is now open! For more information about the weekend and to sign up, please visit the registration page.
See you there boys!
BearScots is Scotland's group for bears, cubs, chubs and their admirers.