Thursday , 20 January 2022

Bear paradise in Scotland, BearScotsFest

BearScotsFest: Come and join the party!
BearScotsFest: Come and join the party!

We catch up with Graham Malcolm, president of Bear Scots, as he bears all about BearScotsFest, promising bear paradise in Edinburgh, Scotland, and grrr… everyone’s invited!

KaleidoScot: BearScots Fest? Tell us more… What’s it all about?

Bear partying at BearScotsFest
Bear partying at BearScotsFest

Graham: BearScotFest is the annual big (in so many ways!) October party hosted by BearScots in the historic city of Edinburgh. The three day extravaganza is aimed at gay bears, cubs, chubs and their admirers. It has been running for 13 years and is now one of the major bear events in the UK.

We attract people from close by to and all across the world. It aims to allow people to socialise and connect with each other. For many it is a good time to catch up with old friends and a chance to meet some new ones. The event runs with support from the local gay community and has a host of volunteers who give up their time to make it happen.

KaleidoScot: So, go on…  Give us a run up of all the events

Graham: The weekend has a range of club and party nights mixed with chilled brunches (always handy for hungry bears) and opportunities to see the city and places close by.

Mr. BearScots
Mr. BearScots

Our brave bear team takes over the whole of CC Blooms on Friday night and on Saturday the bears will play in their den, the atmospheric Caves on Niddry Street.

And don’t you worry about food, bears will be well fed with delicious brunches at Nom de Plume and CC Blooms.

Then for chilling out the Saturday afternoon we offer the bear’s afternoon tea at the Bakehouse or the distillery tour at Glenkinchie.

If you thought dens is the main place for bears, then I’ve got news, there is a swimming session at Glenogle Baths, although its sold out due to high demand.

After brunch on Sunday the bears head to Electric Circus for afternoon entertainment and the Mr. BearScots competition.

KaleidoScot: Sounds amazing, we can’t bear waiting, so, when and where is it happening?

Graham: BearScotFest happens from the 3rd -5th October and we still have limited weekend passes and tickets for Saturday night only at the Caves. It is easy to register for the weekend by following the link at . Our website gives a full listing of venues and

Bears in their caves
Bears in their caves

information about the city of Edinburgh including accommodation.

We start off with pre-fest drinks on the Thursday night downstairs at the Street on Picardy Place. Registration opens from 12.30 pm on the Friday at the LGBT Centre underneath Nom de Plume. The guys can then head to the Barony Bar across the road, which is our host pub for the weekend.

KaleidoScot: Really cool, anything else?

Graham: We are delighted that Andrew Clarke from Moody Bear will be joining us again selling his range of quirky and humorous bear inspired clothing. This includes exclusive designs for BearScots. Andrew will be setting up camp at CC Blooms over the weekend.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at BearScotsFest
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at BearScotsFest

Each year BearScots supports a gay charity and for the last few years we have supported Gay Men’s Health which works with gay and bisexual men in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Over the last few years we have raised over £4,000 for the charity. On Sunday we have our big prize raffle with the money going to GMH. We are always grateful for any donations.


About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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