Bristol Leather Weekend

One City – One Weekend – One Passsion

Bristol was the setting for a fantastic weekend of leather fun designed to celebrate the gay leathermen’s community in the region. A range of events were available to guys including social and workshops, aimed to entertain, educate and engage all leathermen. The combination of Bristol’s friendliness and its love of leather meant that the weekend was one to remember. Relive the weekend through this page of archived material.

The first Leather Weekend for Bristol was an amazing event and our thanks to all that came along and enjoyed a very special weekend. Once we’ve caught our breath, we’ll be updating this page with a look back at a unique and inspiring weekend. In the meantime, see people’s reactions on Twitter and Facebook and search for the hashtags #BristolLeatherWeekend, #BLW2014 or just search Bristol Leather! Take a look at the pictures from the weekend by Neil Page Creative and scroll down to hear interviews with people that were there.

Shout Out Awards BadgeWe were delighted that the weekend was nominated as Best Event for Gay Men in the 2015 Shout Out Listener Awards and very proud to be placed. Thank you to all those that voted for the event.

We were overwhelmed by the reaction of guys to the weekend and are very pleased to be able to announce that the weekend will return next year as:

UK Leather Pride

6th – 8th November 2015

Listen to Sberg and Tim on the west’s local community radio station, Shout Out first broadcast on 16/10/2014

The Weekend’s Programme

Friday

Bristol Bear Bar from 5pm-8pm

Swing by the Welcome Desk to receive all the information you need for the weekend and to meet with representatives of Avon and Somerset Police who will help us in our aim to stop hate crimes and to keep our community safe.

Bristol Bear Bar  & The Palace from 8pm-late

The weekend kicks off officially with opening night drinks where leathermen can meet old friends and new. It is a chance to socialise in an attitude free environment and help strengthen the bonds of our community. So, it’s time to raise those leather curtains and kick-off this weekend!

The Bristol Bear Bar’s and “leathermen of the West” warm welcome awaits you. Meanwhile, across the road at The Palace, a unique style of entertainment will be offered serving you some leather realness. Free feel to bar hop between the two to find your snug.

The Retreat Bar & Grill  from 9pm-10.30pm

For those leathermen who are BLUF members, we have arranged an exclusive evening meal. Members will enjoy a freshly prepared dinner and it’s the perfect precursor to the evening’s BLUF Bristol meet. Places are limited and must be booked via BLUF.com

UNDERGROUND at The Retreat from 10pm-2am

BLUF Bristol returns for its seventh outing. This classic event sees uniformed leathermen gather for a horny evening of fun and chat. BLUF Bristol has an international reputation for its friendliness and welcoming atmosphere. Pre-booking essential. Please visit BLUF.com to book your place.

Saturday

The Palace from 1pm – 3pm

For those arriving today, please visit the Welcome desk to receive all the latest updates, news, offers and information and to pick up your guides for the weekend as well as saying hello.

Old Market Tavern  from 1pm-4pm
Following the success of the Book Stall at our last Leather Market, we are running a special Book Stall – “Black Books” as part of the weekend’s festivities. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some classic leather literature and update your leather library!
UNDERGROUND at The Retreat from 1pm
At LeatherWest we aim to educate as well as entertain and so we are delighted to offer two workshops. We will be hosting men who are experts in their field to help leathermen understand and develop essential skills. Both workshops are ticketed events with 100 per cent of revenue being allocated to the Good Causes Fund for distribution later in 2014.

On-line ticket sales now open. Advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Pup Training: Attend on all fours or stand tall as a Master and learn all about pup play with Bootbrush and Master Nigel – he’ll teach you how you should handle your pup! Event details here and a background article over on our blog.

Boot Maintenance , Worship & Erotic Play:  Come along to this comprehensive workshop with the talented Wolvesperv. The thud of your boots will never quite sound the same again. Due to popular demand there will now be two sessions starting at 1pm and 3pm respectively. Duration 1 hour. More details here.

Old Market Tavern 1pm-4pm
We are delighted to be able to include a unique opportunity to give local talented visual artists a chance to showcase their creative gifts. Combining exhibition with live demonstrations, our artists will express their love of leather culture and all things masculine through sketches, paintings and other artwork. The talented Kike and the Hartzak team will be attending – check out their website.
Phoenix Freehouse 7pm-8pm

Spotted a leather guy you fancy a bit of one-on-one time with? Well now’s your chance! Leather Speed Dating grants you time to get to know other leather guys in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. And if you find someone you click with, who knows what the rest of the weekend will bring?!

The Retreat Bar & Grill from 9pm-10pm

We are very proud to announce that Bristol Leather Weekend will be host to the inaugural Mr LeatherWest competition. This event will set a new standard for regional title contents and help to establish a credible and meaningful role for leathermen to be ambassadors for our community. More information, rules and entry forms are available on the Mr. LeatherWest page.

UNDERGROUND at The Retreat from 10pm-late

Following the crowning of Mr LeatherWest 2014, it’s time for our big weekend social. UNION is LeatherWest’s night for all leathermen to get together and celebrate their fetish. UNION is quickly establishing itself as the quality night for guys into leather and it’s a great first time event for those new to the community. Tickets available in advance.

Sunda

The Retreat Bar & Grill 9.30 assemble, 10am departure, return to Bristol around 1pm.

Another first! LeatherWest Ride Out will see leather bikers assemble before they ride out to watch the start of the spectacular Hoggin’ The Bridge event. This sees thousands of bikers assemble to ride across the old Severn Bridge to Chepstow in a celebration of biking culture. After the run, LeatherWest bikers will return for a well earned drink and Sunday Lunch

The Retreat Bar & Grill, Old Market Tavern & Phoenix Freehouse all from 12 noon.

We believe in supporting our community bars and businesses. So, we’d suggest that you can join fellow leathermen for a relaxed Sunday Lunch in venues that are supporting and hosting the Bristol Leather Weekend. Good food and good company will ensure that you continue to make new friends and strengthen our community bonds.

Phoenix Freehouse 1.30pm-2.30pm

No weekend would be complete without a quiz! Test you and your team’s knowledge of all things leather in a fun and light hearted quiz. Money raised during the quiz will go towards support Bristol Pride 2015 –  a recipient of the Good Causes Fund. The winning team will get to share bag of goodies to the value of £150 generously donated by Fetish Freak.

Phoenix Freehouse  3pm onwards

And so the weekend draws to a close and we bid farewell (for now) to old friends but also to many new ones. LeatherWest will ensure that you go away from this first Bristol Leather Weekend with many happy and horny memories and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!