Top 10 Events to Celebrate Britain’s Diversity

Monday 06 June 2022
Parade goers during Pride in London in July 2019

2022 is an important year for the Pride movement and the LGBT+ community. The first ever Pride in the United Kingdom was celebrated 50 years ago in London. This year’s LGBTQ+ calendar is jam packed with fabulous events, from two days of extravaganza at Pride Brighton to Iris Prize Festival – an LGBTQ+ version of Cannes film festival. Whether visitors are looking to party, be inspired or just meet like-minded people, we’ve picked the best dates for their diary.


Pride Glasgow

25 June 2022

‘Let’s get back together’ is this year’s theme of Scotland’s largest LGBTQI+ Pride Festival, Pride Glasgow, at the end of June. The parade is a colourful rainbow display which inevitably includes some kilt-clad Scotsmen.


Pride’s Got Talent – The Final

26 June 2022

A sensational night of live music and cabaret is guaranteed at the final of ‘Pride’s Got Talent’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The event will be even bigger than those previously, as they are celebrating 10 years of elevating LGBTQ+ talent in the UK.


The Sparkle Weekend, Manchester

08 - 10 July 2022

The world’s largest free-to-attend celebration of gender diversity welcomes all members of the transgender community, their friends and families. The Sparkle Weekend is a festival-style family event, featuring live music and entertainment, talks and workshops.


Bristol Pride

25 June – 10 July 2022

Voted one of the UK’s best Pride events, Bristol Pride’s festival is happening over two weeks bringing the city alive with Pride. The schedule includes an award-winning film festival, theatre, comedy, parade and massive music festival.


Pride in Liverpool

30 July 2022

Since its beginning 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, one can expect a buzzing weekend of celebrations when it returns this summer.


Brighton & Hove Pride  

5 - 7 August 2022

Brighton & Hove Pride is UK’s most popular international pride festival which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer under the theme ‘Love, Protest & Unity’. The huge parade through the city is one not to miss.


UK Black Pride, London

14 August 2022

UK Black Pride organises Europe’s largest event for the African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQI+ community in Haggerston Park. The annual event features performances from dancers, singers, DJs and speakers.


Manchester Pride

26 - 29 August 2022

The theme for 2022's Parade is March for Peace, with the importance of peace in a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love, without prejudice, at its heart. Showcasing art, culture and sport, the four-day festival is an unmissable event.


Birmingham Pride

24 - 25 September 2022

Birmingham Pride is one of the UK’s largest two-day LGBTQI+ festivals, during which the streets of the city's gay village pulsate with a carnival parade and live music. The event showcases international recording artists but also supports local upcoming talent on the three stages in the city.


Iris Prize Festival, Cardiff

11 - 16 October 2022

Held every October, the annual Iris Prize Festival is known to be Cardiff’s LGBTQI+ alternative to Cannes. The world’s best LGBT+ short films and features are presented to visitors. The panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A’s and legendary parties should not be missed out on.


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