Rear view of group of men wearing kilts walking arm in arm along Thistle Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

LGBTQ+ EVENTS GUIDE 2020

Pride parades, film festivals and bear parties: the UK's LGBTQ+ calendar is jam-packed with fun and flamboyant events. Explore our pick of this year’s most exciting dates for your diary, here.

MARCH

Rear view of same sex male couple standing on Millennium Bridge, London, England.

BFI Flare, London

A major cultural event for members of the LGBTQ+ community and film buffs alike, past highlights of the film festival include premieres of James Franco’s Interior Leather Bar, Lilting starring Ben Whishaw, and JT LEROY, featuring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern. Most screenings are held at the BFI’s home in Southbank.

When: 18 - 29 March
Where: BFI Southbank, south London. Nearest tube station: Waterloo.
For more information, visit https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/flare/Online/

 

MAY

Great British Bear Bash, Manchester

The Great British Bear Bash returns to Manchester’s Gay Village with a weekend full of social events including pool party, cabaret, 'super-beareoke', a history of Manchester walking tour and much more.

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Manchester is two hours northwest of London by train.
For more information: www.manbears-manchester.co.uk

 

View from a height over the rooftops of Oxford city, the historic buildings and the landmarks of the university city. Night. Buildings lit up.

Oxford Pride Festival, Oxford

Oxford Pride is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer life in Oxfordshire. The festival aims to promote awareness of the diversity of LGBTQ+ communities by providing information, education and entertainment. The Oxford Pride Parade takes place on 30 May.

When: Postponed until autumn 2020 (TBC)
Where: Oxford is just over one hour west of London by train.
For more information, visit https://www.oxford-pride.org.uk/ 

 

JUNE

Brighton Bear Weekend, Brighton

Celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2020, Britain’s bear community are sure to come out to play for this extra special Brighton Bear Weekend. This increasingly popular date for bears and cubs comprises a range of events, including a garden party, a club night, a Sunday roast and bear-a-oke. 

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Brighton is one hour south of London by train.
For more information, visit www.brightonbearweekend.com

 

Rear view of group of men wearing kilts walking arm in arm along Thistle Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Pride Edinburgh, Edinburgh

This year Pride Edinburgh, Scotland’s national LGBTQ+ festival, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an inclusive 'let it be' theme, so get ready to feel the love! Combining a colourful march through the city with a health and community fair and live music, the event brings together politicians, activist and individuals to support diversity and personal identity. 

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Edinburgh is in Scotland, four and a half hours north of London by train.
For more information, visit www.prideedinburgh.org.uk

 

Pride in London, London

The Pride in London festival will be virtual this year, partnering with Global Pride 2020. Global Pride, hosted by Todrick Hall, is going to be the world’s biggest ever LGBTQ+ celebration, streaming 24 hours of content from Pride organisations, activists, civil society groups, politicians and world leaders.

When: 27 June
Where: Watch live on YouTube starting at 7am EST / 12pm BST (UK content begins at 1pm EST / 6pm BST)
For more information, visit www.prideinlondon.org

 

 

Belfast Pride, Belfast

Northern Ireland’s largest LGBTQ+ festival, Belfast Pride The Pride in London festival will be virtual this year, partnering with Global Pride 2020. Global Pride, hosted by Todrick Hall, is going to be the world’s biggest ever LGBTQ+ celebration, streaming 24 hours of content from Pride organisations, activists, civil society groups, politicians and world leaders.

When: 27 June
Where: Watch live on YouTube starting at 7am EST / 12pm BST (UK content begins at 1pm EST / 6pm BST)
For more information, visit www.belfastpride.com

 

 

UK Black Pride, London

The UK Black Pride is one of Europe’s largest events for the African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQ+ community. Previous years have blended live music, politics and poetry with a carnival atmosphere. This year, UK Black Pride is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign's Pride Inside celebration - a virtual series of performances, talks and workshops featuring artists, musicians, DJs, comedians, and activists. 

When: 28 June - 6 July
Where: Online - For details visit https://www.hrc.org/campaigns/prideinside

For more information, visit www.ukblackpride.org.uk

 

JULY

Sparkle Weekend, Manchester

Britain’s transgender community comes together to celebrate and shine at Manchester’s Sparkle Weekend and Sparkle Ball. This is the world’s largest free-to-attend celebration of gender diversity, welcoming all members of the transgender community as well as friends and families. Since 2005’s one-day inaugural event, it’s expanded into a three-day schedule of culture, music, comedy, film, sport and debate.

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Manchester is two hours by train northwest of London.
For more info, visit www.sparkle.org.uk

 

L fest

L Fest, Llandudno

Britain’s award-winning L Fest brings lesbian music, arts, comedy and cabaret to Llandudno in Wales. In addition to entertainment on the numerous stages, there are workshops, family activities, sports and games, a cinema and club nights. Free camping is included in the weekend ticket and children under 16 go free. 2020 is L Fest’s final year, although smaller events will continue to run. Tickets for this year sold out within hours, but you can add your name to their waiting list for the chance to experience this fantastic event for the very last time.

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Bodafon Farm in Llandudno, North Wales; just under four hours northwest of London by train.
For more information, visit www.lfest.co.uk

 

Same sex male couple walking down Ashton Lane in Glasgow

Pride Glasgow, Glasgow

Scotland’s largest LGBTQ+ Pride Festival, Pride Glasgow is a two-day event held annually in summer. The parade is a colourful rainbow display, and inevitably includes some kilt-clad Scotsmen. Usually held at Kelvingrove Park, the party has in previous years welcomed gay pop star Joe McElderry and lesbian musician and actress Heather Peace.

When: TBC 
Where: Glasgow is in Scotland, four and a half hours north of London by train.
For more information, visit https://prideglasgow.com/

 

Northern Pride, Newcastle

Celebrating pride in northeast England, Northern Pride is usually a three-day event in Newcastle. More than 12,000 people have joined the parade in previous years, plus there has been a main stage featuring great acts, community market stalls, a youth zone, fun fair, cabaret tent and dance tent. This year, the event will be taking place online with a special day of content celebrating the history, identity, and future of the LGBTQ+ community in Northern England, plus a virtual march.

When: 18 July
Where: Streaming on Facebook and YouTube
For more information, visit www.northern-pride.com

 

IW Pride, Isle of Wight

Expect plenty of top class entertainment at this fully inclusive and diverse Pride celebration, taking place on the sandy beach of Ryde. The parade will see dazzling floats, music and dancing along the streets – don’t miss this fabulous beach party celebration!

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: The Isle of Wight is an island off the south coast of England, a little over two hours from London by train and ferry. 
For more information, visit www.iwpride.org

 

Liverpool Pride, Liverpool

Since its beginnings in 2010, Liverpool's festival has been one of the UK's most flamboyant Pride events. With fun and fabulous themes like Rainbow Circus, Glam Fairy Tales and Liverpool Icons, you can expect a buzzing weekend of celebrations in 2021.

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Liverpool is just over two hours northwest of London by train.
For more information, visit www.liverpoolpride.co.uk

 

 

Brighton & Hove Pride, Brighton

UK’s most popular international Pride Festival, Brighton & Hove Pride attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, with a huge parade through the city, an unmissable festival, dance tents and a community village. 2020 celebrates the 30th anniversary of the event with Fabuloso – Pride in the Park as a weekend of virtual performances featuring archive footage, musicians, singers, speakers, activists, drag artists and performers of all kinds.

When: 31 July - 2 August 
Where: Streaming on YouTube
For more information, visit www.brighton-pride.org

 

AUGUST

Performers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, posing in the city centre.

Edinburgh International and Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

Edinburgh welcomes hundreds of new guests in the summer, drawing visitors and world class performers from across the globe for the festival season. The Scottish capital becomes an explosion of colour and music, events, performances, comedy dance and more for the annual Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival – which together make up the largest arts festival in the world.

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Edinburgh is in Scotland, four and a half hours north of London by train.
For more information, visit www.edinburghfestivalcity.com

 

Leeds Pride, Leeds

Yorkshire’s gay community comes together for Leeds Pride every August. Expect a pride parade and hours of entertainment including keynote speakers, local LGBT talent and famous pop acts.

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Leeds is just over two hours north of London by train.
For more information, visit www.leedspride.com

 

Pride Cymru in Cardiff

Pride Cymru, Cardiff

Pride Cymru is Wales' largest annual celebration of equality and diversity. Marking its 21st anniversary this year, the event will move online with a week of content, performances and events with an emphasis on the need to achieve equality and tolerance.

When: 24 - 30 August
Where: Online - Details TBC
For more information, visit www.pridecymru.co.uk

 

Manchester Pride, Manchester

Manchester’s Gay Village plays host to one of the biggest dates in the LGBTQ+ calendar: Manchester Pride. In 2019 the impressive festivities hosted a fab new format focusing on key events - Manchester Pride Live, the Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Party, the Candlelit Vigil, Manchester Pride Parade and the Youth Parade. Showcasing art, culture and sport and with superstar performers as the headline acts, this unmissable event is a joyful toast to the diversity of LGBTQ+ life.

When: Postponed until 2021
Where: Manchester is two hours northwest of London by train.
For more information, visit www.manchesterpride.com

 

Walsall Pride, Walsall, England

This community-run (now virtual) event celebrates the diverse LGBTQ+ community in and around Walsall, and aims to raise awareness, promote inclusivity and break down barriers through music, messages and tributes.

When: 29 August
Where: Streaming on Facebook
For more information, visit www.walsallpride.org

 

SEPTEMBER

Brighton Pride

Bristol Pride, Bristol

Voted one of the UK’s best Pride events, Bristol Pride’s festival schedule has included an award-winning film festival, theatre, comedy, parade and massive music festival. This year, the festival will take place online celebrating the strength of this diverse community and coming together (virtually) to show LGBTQ+ Bristolians that they are not alone.

When: 1 - 12 September
Where: Online - Details TBC
For more information, visit www.pridebristol.co.uk

 

Birmingham Pride, Birmingham

Birmingham Pride is one of the UK’s largest two-day LGBTQ+ festivals, during which the streets of the city's gay village pulsate with a carnival parade and live music. Don't miss the dance arena with big name DJs, a cabaret marquee, a women’s area and a lip-sync stage, too. 

When: 5 - 6 September
Where: Birmingham is 90 minutes northwest of London by train.
For more information, visit www.birminghampride.com

 

OCTOBER

Iris Prize Festival, Cardiff

Held every October, the annual Iris Prize Festival is Cardiff’s LGBTQ+ alternative to Cannes. Join in six days of international film screenings, panel sessions and parties, as 30 short films by or about LGBTQ+ people compete to win the top accolade.

When: 6-11 October
Where: Cardiff is in Wales, two hours west of London by train.
For more information, visit www.irisprize.org

EXPLORE OUR LGBTQ+ CITY GUIDES

London

Soak up the buzzing atmosphere of Soho – the original heartland of London’s gay community - or checkout Vauxhall’s legendary nightclub scene.

Brighton

Considered by many to be the LGBTQ capital of the UK, Brighton is packed with possibilities, from outrageous drag nights to an annual Bear Festival.

Manchester

Centred around the pedestrianised cobbles of Canal Street, Manchester’s gay village is one of the biggest and best-known in Britain.

Birmingham

Home to the biggest 2 day LGBTQ festival in the UK, Birmingham’s burgeoning gay scene is vibrant and multi-cultural.

Glasgow

The regenerated Merchant City district is one of the prettiest in the city and packed full of fantastic LGBTQ bars, venues and saunas.

Edinburgh

Boasting the largest LGBTQ scene in Scotland, Edinburgh’s vibrant ‘Pink Triangle’ is the place to visit for low-key pubs, lively clubs, and delicious British grub.

Newcastle

Packed with bars, bistros, and late-night clubs, Newcastle boasts one of the most thriving LGBTQ scenes in the UK.

Bristol

Home to stylish hotels, lively bars, and the largest free Pride in the UK, Bristol is a dream destination for LGBTQ travelers.