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LGBT EVENTS GUIDE

Pride parades, film festivals and bear parties: The UK's LGBT 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 queers and film buffs alike, past highlights of the film festival include premieres of James Franco’s Interior Leather Bar, Lilting starring Ben Whishaw, and I Am Divine. Most screenings are held at the BFI’s home in Southbank.

When: 21 - 31 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 fancy dress night, pool party, cabaret, beareoke and much more.

When: 2 - 6 May
Where: Manchester is two hours northwest of London by train.
For more information: www.manbears-manchester.co.uk

 

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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 LGBT+ communities by providing information, education and entertainment. The Oxford Pride Parade takes place on 1 June.

When: 17 May - 2 June
Where: Oxford is just over one hour west of London by train.
For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/oxford-pride.org.uk/pride-2016/

 

Birmingham Pride, Birmingham

The UK’s largest two-day LGBT festival. The streets of Birmingham’s gay village pulsate with a carnival parade, live music, and dance arena with big name DJs, cabaret stage, women’s arena and a community village.

When: 25 - 26 May
Where: Birmingham is 90 minutes northwest of London by train.
For more information, visit www.birminghampride.com

 

 

JUNE

Brighton Bear Weekend, Brighton

Britain’s bear community comes out to play for Brighton Bear Weekend. This increasingly popular date for bears and cubs comprises a range of pub events, picnics and parties.

When: 13 - 16 June
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

Pride Edinburgh is Scotland’s national LGBTI festival. 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: 16 June
Where: Edinburgh is in Scotland, 4hrs 30mins north of London by train.
For more information, visit www.prideedinburgh.org.uk

 

Pride in London, London

A month long event celebrating all things LGBTQ, the Pride in London festival encompasses theatre shows, comedy gigs, exhibitions and most importantly, the annual Pride in London parade and street party on 6 July. The parade winds its way by London landmarks while a huge stage in Trafalgar Square hosts live performances and speeches. Soho takes over at night with performances and parties in many of the pubs and clubs.

When: TBC June - 6 July
Where: Parade starts on Baker Street in Central London. Nearest tube station: Bond Street or Baker Street.
For more information, visit www.prideinlondon.org

 

JULY

Brighton Pride

Bristol Pride, Bristol

Voted one of the UK’s best Pride events, Bristol Pride’s 14 day festival schedule includes an award-winning film festival, theatre, comedy, parade and massive music festival. The main day starts with a parade through the centre of town, leading to a massive outdoor music festival featuring amzing local and international acts.

When: Pride Festival runs 1 - 14 July, Pride parade Saturday 13 July
Where: Bristol is just under two hours west of London by train.
For more information, visit www.pridebristol.co.uk

 

UK Black Pride, London

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens is the venue for this year’s UK Black Pride festival – one of Europe’s largest events for the African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean-heritage LGBT community. Blending live music, politics and poetry with a carnival atmosphere, the free event will be a fantastic day out for the whole community.

When: TBC July
Where: Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in south London. Nearest tube station: Vauxhall
For more information, visit www.ukblackpride.org.uk

 

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 transgenger community as well as friends and families. Since 2005’s one-day inaugural event, it’s expanded into a 3-day schedule of culture, music, comedy, film, sport and debate.

When: 12 - 14 July
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.

When: 19 - 21 July
Where: Bodafon Farm in Llandudno, North Wales; just under four hours northwest of London by train.
For more information, visit www.lfest.co.uk

 

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Pride Glasgow, Glasgow

Scotland’s largest LGBT 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. Taking place at Kelingrove Park, the party has in previous years welcomed gay pop star Joe McElderry and lesbian musician and actress Heather Peace.

When: TBC July
Where: Glasgow is in Scotland, four hours north of London by train.
For more information, visit http://festival.pride.scot/

 

Northern Pride, Newcastle

Celebrating pride in Northeast England, Northern Pride is a 3-day event in Newcastle. More than 12,000 people join the parade, plus there’s a main stage featuring a-list talent, community market stalls, a youth zone, fun fair, cabaret tent and dance tent. There’s even a tea tent for those who appreciate a moment of calm with a cuppa!

When: 19 - 21 July
Where: Newcastle is just over three hours north of London by train.
For more information, visit www.northern-pride.com

 

IW Pride, Isle of Wight

As the 2018 official UK Pride event, IW Pride is looking to outdo itself in 2019. Expect plenty of top class entertainment at this fully inclusive and diverse Pride celebration, taking place on the sandy beach of Ryde. 

When: 20 July
Where: The Isle of Wight is an island off the south coast of England, two hours from London by train and ferry. 
For more information, visit www.iwpride.org

 

Belfast Pride, Belfast

Northern Ireland’s largest LGBT festival, Belfast Pride attracts more than 50,000 people for a week of celebrations. The highlight is Saturday’s Pride Parade, extending from the gay neighbourhood around Union Street and Donegall Street, all the way to City Hall, then back again for a massive street party.

When: 26 July - 4 August, Pride day is 3 August
Where: Belfast is in Northern Ireland, 80 minutes by plane from London.
For more information, www.belfastpride.com

 

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 Fairytales and last year’s Liverpool Icons, you can expect a buzzing weekend of celebrations in 2019.

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

 

AUGUST

Edinburgh International and Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s vibrant gay scene 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 – the largest arts festival in the world.

When: 2 - 26 August
Where: Edinburgh is in Scotland, four and a half hours north of London by train.
For more information, visit www.edinburghfestivalcity.com

 

Brighton & Hove Pride, Brighton

UK’s most popular international Pride Festival, Brighton & Hove Pride attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The main day sees a huge parade through the city, followed by a massive party in with a main stage, dance tents and a community village. The seafront road Marine Parade is transformed into a fabulous Pride Village Party complete with entertainment zones dedicated to cabaret, bears and disco.

When: 2 - 4 August
Where: Brighton is one hour south of London by train.
For more information, visit www.brighton-pride.org

 

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: 4 August
Where: Leeds is just over two hours north of London by train.
For more information, visit www.leedspride.com.

 

 

Brighton Bear Weekend

Pride Cymru, Cardiff

Pride Cymru is Wales' largest annual celebration of equality and diversity. Every year, thousands of revellers take to the streets for a festival of colour, fun, entertainment and friendship.

When: 23-25 August
Where: Cardiff is in Wales, two hours west of London by train.
For more information, visit www.pridecymru.co.uk

 

Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride, Manchester

In August, Manchester’s Gay Village plays host to one of the biggest dates in the gay calendar: Manchester Pride. The event celebrates the diversity of LGBT life, including art, culture and sport, and culminates with a massive Pride Parade.

When: 23-26 August
Where: Manchester is two hours northwest of London by train.
For more information, visit www.manchesterpride.com

 

Walsall Pride, Walsall, England

This community-run event celebrates the diverse LGBT community in and around Walsall. Walsall Pride festival aims to dispel myths, break down barriers, address homophobia, and achieve community cohesion.

When: 24 August
Where: Walsall is two hours northwest of London by train.
For more information, visit www.walsallpride.org

 

 

OCTOBER

Iris Prize Festival, Cardiff

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

When: 8-13 October
Where: Cardiff is in Wales, two hours west of London by train.
For more information, visit www.irisprize.org

EXPLORE OUR LGBT 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 gay 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 LGBT 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 LGBT bars, venues and saunas.

Edinburgh

Boasting the largest gay 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 gay 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 LGBT travelers.