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Christchurch, New Zealand

Big Bear Weekend 2018

Bears Christchurch, Rainbow Lifestyle Protection, and Menfriends AltSexCafe are proud to present Big Bears Weekend 2018!


Bears Christchurch Big Bear Weekend is always the highlight of the bears social calendar, and we invite all bears far and wide, and bears supporters and members of our wider community to join us in a weekend of fun activities and opportunities to mingle, make new friends, and celebrate what it is to be part of our diverse and inclusive community!


We have a few new events on the calendar this year, plus some different locations for the events, so it promises to be a great time for all involved.


We are fortunate to have Rainbow Lifestyle Protection and Menfriends Altsexcafe as our major sponsors for this weekend, and we thank them for their support and commitment to our social group and to the community they are part of. Thanks fellas!


Looking forward to the best Big Bear Weekend ever! Roll on BBW 2018!!


Earlybird tickets now on sale. 


Check out our great events below…



Opening Drinks – Thursday 15th Nov 7:30pm – FREE event – at Arcadia


Come along to our opening night at Arcadia for a casual Thursday night of Burgers beers and retro games. We’ll have the last of the discount tickets to the Bears Party.  This is your last chance to go into the earlybird draw for prepurchased tickets. There’ll be a $50 bar tab at the Bears Party for the winner.



Hanmer Springs Day Trip (20 seats only) – Friday 16th Nov – $55


Join the beary bus to Hanmer. We’ve got a charter bus to transport us from Christchurch to Hanmer and back. We’ll depart Christchurch at 9:30 and arrive Hanmer about 11. Coffee or Brunch is at Fire & Ice (your ticket includes a $10 credit at Fire & Ice).


The rest of the day is yours to choose an activity that you prefer. Maybe soak up the hot pools, Conical Hill, Mountain Biking, or just do the bars and shops.


The bus will leave Hanmer at 4:00pm with a short refreshment stop at Brew Moon in Amberley and we’ll arrive back in Christchurch around 6:00pm


9:30am depart Christchurch – Pickup near the corner of Latimer Square and Worcester Street (west side)
11:00am approx arrival at Hanmer Springs village
11:15am coffee brunch at Fire & Ice
12:00pm enjoy the sights and amenities in Hanmer (own cost)
4:00pm depart Hanmer Village
4.45pm stop at Brew Moon, Amberley for a pint (own cost)
6:00pm arrive Christchurch drop off in cbd at pickup point.


Earlybird tickets now on sale. 



Bears Laser Strike  – Great fun night out! – Friday 16th Nov 8pm – $13.59 – at 250 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch


Enter into an unknown realm of dark mystery, anticipation and adrenalin. Does victory or peril await you? Want to enjoy shooting someone without the pain and bruises of Paintball?


The movie event at Ferrymead has always been a sell out, but this year we are changing things up! So, get ready… and be prepared to have a lot of fun charging around like a teenager!


The cost for Laser Strike is $13.50 and will be paid by each person at the venue.


So go on, step outside your comfort zone and get into the laser zone! We look forward to seeing you there.



Bears in the Gardens – Sat 17th Nov 12:00pm till 2:00pm – FREE event – at Archery Lawn, Christchurch Botanical Gardens


Come have an al fresco lunch in the Christchurch botanic gardens. Bring a picnic lunch, something to drink… heck, even a takeaway pizza and a blanket to sit on will do!


Relax and spend time in the sun with some friendly fellas, even join us for a game of cricket!


There is an option to do the highly regarded Caterpillar Tour of the gardens. This is a paid extra. You will be driven around the gardens in the open air shuttle and given a guided tour of the gardens, their history and some of the features you may not know about.



The Bears Party – Sat 17th Nov 9:30pm till 3:00am – $20 presales – $25 on the door – at A Rolling Stone


The Bears Party is always a night not to be missed. We have the annual Mr Bear Canterbury competition with a fantastic prize sponsored by Rainbow Lifestyle Protection and Menfriends Altsexcafe.


Nominate someone you know who could be persuaded to enter Mr Bear Canterbury. It’ll be fun and it comes with a great prize of a weekend in Auckland including airfares, accommodation and some spending money for Aucklands Bear Week as the grand prize.


Look forward to a night of furry fun with friends. The Bears Party and the Mr Bear Canterbury competition is a relaxed night where all ages and orientations come together to celebrate being hairy, beary, accepting and proud.


This years venue is A Rolling Stone on Colombo. Its spacious with something for everyone. Why not come early and enjoy a good meal beforehand. From 9:30 the place is ours and the Bears Party commences. There’ll be a dj, there’s a pool table and plenty of room. We’re licensed till 3am and the DJ will keep the music pumping.


Earlybird tickets now on sale. 



Coffee Bears – Sun 18th Nov 10:00 – 12:00 – PYO (pay your own) – at Under The Red Verandah.


Coffee Bears at Under The Red Verandah. Come finish off a great weekend and wind down with a relaxing coffee, great food and great company.


Earlybird tickets now on sale.