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Take to the streets with Pride this summer

Want to get your Pride on this year? You won’t be short of opportunities. Of the major Pride festivals taking place in the UK this year, three deserve a special mention: London, Brighton and Manchester. London Pride is the most famous, but Brighton Pride and Manchester Pride more than hold their own in comparison, and all three promise to have a vibrant atmosphere, amazing performances and some serious must-see moments.

London Pride

When: 6 - 7 July 2019

Catching London Pride couldn’t be easier; camp at our Experience Freedom Abbey Wood or Crystal Palace sites and take the Tube to the centre of town, where the magic happens.

The one key event you have to experience while you’re in the city is the Pride Parade, which will take place on Saturday 6 July and pass by some of London’s finest attractions. Thousands of floats, performers and marchers join together to form a parade several miles long, and spectators get to see the finest in LGBTQ pride; watch out for marriage proposals en route!

The parade finishes at historic Trafalgar Square, which is packed with people and stages. Music, spoken word and outrageous costumes are the order of the day. It’s free to watch, so find a good spot on the parade route and cheer your heart out.

This year’s London Pride is a special one: it marks 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, where people in the Stonewall pub in New York protested against police crackdowns. It marked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, and there’s sure to be plenty to learn about it during Pride Weekend. There’s also a great deal going on across the city, including drag performances, comedy, dancing, pub quizzes and parties; keep an eye on the official London Pride website to pick what you want to see.

 

Watch the Pride Parade on 6 July 2019

Brighton Pride

When: 2 - 4 August 2019

Brighton Pride has attracted some incredible performers in the past, including Britney Spears herself. In 2019 it’s being held at the height of summer when the seaside at Brighton looks its best. Book a space at our Experience Freedom Brighton site, grab a Pride ticket, and come into town to see Kylie Minogue perform, catch a drag cabaret, or just chow down on amazing food; the Preston Park location is filled with many different options to shape your day.

There’s also a Family Diversity area for children to enjoy, with crafts, workshops and dress-up. Find some ice cream and lap up the atmosphere in the Brighton sunshine.

 

Why not visit the Brighton Palace Pier when you're in town

Manchester Pride

When: 24 - 25 August 2019

The riotous energy of Manchester Pride can be combined with the serenity of our Experience Freedom Chester Fairoaks campsite. Held on this year’s August Bank Holiday, Manchester Pride promises to be an energetic weekend, with giant stages erected near Piccadilly Station for performances by headliners Ariana Grande and Years & Years.

There is also a street food market, a funfair, and a huge parade snaking through the town on Saturday 24 August. Drink it all in, then travel back to Chester Fairoaks for some well-deserved rest before doing it all again the next day.

There are separate stages at the Gay Village Party, which is held in Sackville Gardens and features food stalls, family-friendly events and parties. If you want to attend Manchester Pride itself, there are three ticket options, each of which also offer entrance to the Gay Village Party; if the Gay Village Party’s more your speed, you can buy a ticket just for that.

2019 promises to be a magnificent year for Pride festivals across the UK — so get your glitter out and prepare your dancing shoes for the party.

 

Flags at the ready - it's time to celebrate

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