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GearBlast has always been a welcoming, inclusive event - and this year we're shouting about it!
It is GearBlast's mission to provide a safe environment for all people who share an interest in gear to meet, socialize, and learn from each other.
GearBlast is all about celebrating and appreciating the diversity and uniqueness that each of us brings to this community, and we recognise that those who share a common interest in gear are not all the same (nor would we want them to be!).
Everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, body type, or economic status will always be welcome at GearBlast.
This year the theme is #gearsexual - celebrating the diversity of our community and recognising that being into gear is all about you, and isn't owned by a particular group or identity.
First time at GearBlast:UK?
The atmosphere is like family so you don't have to feel like an outsider when you're with us!
What happens at GearBlast:UK?
All GearBlast events are about enabling people to be their authentic selves.
GearBlast:UK can provide a safe space for you to wear your gear amongst like minded individuals. It's a relaxed social event with communal eating times, markets to buy and sell gear, games and workshops, all while we try to look after each other and make sure no one feels left out.
This is the environment we encourage at our GearBlast event.
Friendships and Relationships grow when barriers are broken down. We also have some play spaces to take things to the next level where you can enjoy discovering more about your gearsexuality.
And when the weekend is over, you can continue to be part of the online community through social media.
Where and When?
Friday 18th August 2023We open on Friday 18th August for a social evening.
Gear is a good idea but not compulsory. We will be providing food at our barbecue from 18:00. Playrooms will be open for a variety of fun, to be confirmed closer to the time.
Saturday 19thWe will open for the evening at starting with another barbecue at 18:00, a quick housekeeping speech followed by some prize giving. Playrooms will then be open for all to enjoy until the early hours.
Sunday 20thSunday Brunch is available for an additional fee (see below) - spend some time chilling out and chatting with your fellow gearheads.
In the evening, we are hosting an optional eat-in where you have the option to buy your own food from a local take-away and eat it at the venue on the Sunday.
Once food is complete we will host a quick thank you speech and open the Playrooms for the final time. Playrooms will remain open until the early hours of Monday morning.
We've yet to confirm which day the rideout will be on this yeat, but we can confirm that it will be to Matlock. Be sure to add the 'rideout' opt-in to your ticket so we know you're interested!
More details on this will be available closer to the event - keep an eye on the Telegram channels to hear about it first.
Coach - St Paul's bus station is 5, 4 and 11 minutes walk respectively
Car - from M6 junction 10, A454 to Walsall town centre. Left onto green lane, long acre street is on the right. Parking in street at the Crown inn or Rock Steady Eddies.
There is space for a limited number of bikes, and if you have a blue badge we are happy to make arrangements for you to park on site. In either case please contact us at email@example.com to arrange
Please do not just turn up with a vehicle - you will not be permitted to park on site without a prior arrangement.
Some ideas for materials or themes include; Rubber, lycra, leather, PVC, uniforms, sports gear, costumes/cosplay, fursuits, mx, cycling, etc
Code of Conduct
No illegal activities, no drugs and no smoking within 50ft of either entrances.
All play must be safe, sane and consensual.
Play spaces are provided for general use from opening times to 2am on Saturday and Sunday only.
You agree to clean up the equipment after you have used it and leave it ready for other guests.
Treat each other with respect and stay out of other people's play unless invited to do so
Please do not hog the equipment as others may be waiting - try to limit use to an hour max.
Water is provided in every play space. No other drinks to be brought into the play areas and all litter to be put into the bins provided.
Do not leave someone tied up unattended, even for a minute.
Where possible features are duplicated on the ground floor. Staff are happy to help accomodate any specific access requirements you may have - get in touch with us and we'll be happy to assist.
Food, Drink and Alcohol
We are providing two barbecue meals on the Friday and Saturday evenings, with an included soft drink or water.
For Sunday this year we have an optional eat-in where you may bring your own food from a local takeaway and eat it at the venue.
Water is provided by GearBlast:UK but all other drinks must be brought in as we have no alcohol license. Alcohol is permitted in the social areas only.
We insist everyone who is playing is held to the intoxication standards for driving a car (ie not over the limit). Play and excessive alcohol do not go together!
We have some very special rewards for those who spend the time to help out and this time it's a reward that money can't buy!