PRIDES OF SUMMER

JUST TWO YEARS AGO PRIDE LIFE LISTED ALMOST 100 PRIDES IN THE UK – FROM THE HEADLINE-GRABBING  MEGA-BASHES TO BABY PRIDES AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS – AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. 

BLACKPOOL

Pride Day: 05 June 2021

Put on that virtual Kiss Me Quick hat and enjoy Blackpool’s second online Pride. Last year was awesome with over 100,000 people taking part across the various social media channels and the Pride committee promises more of the same seaside sauce this year. 

YORK

Pride Day: 05 June 2021

Yorkshire’s biggest Pride goes on line this year, but they are promising a series of smaller in-person events later in the year – keep your eye on the website. And don’t forget that 2022 will be the best ever as York Pride celebrates its 50th birthday. 

OXFORD PRIDE

From 05 to 06 June 2021

Pride Day: 05 June 2021

Usually one of the highlights for the university city, Oxford Pride will be going virtual this year.

BRISTOL PRIDE

Pride Day: 10 July 2021

Pride Day this year will be held in the Lloyds amphitheatre. After the challenges of the past year the organisers say this is going to be a day focused on bringing people back together. Expect food markets, family and youth areas, and roaming live performances, all delivered with all of Bristol Pride’s flair. The Bristol Pride Festival 2021 will feature a programme of events that will span two weeks from Saturday 03 to Friday 16 July, all across the city.

ROTHERHAM PRIDE

Pride Day: 10 July 2021

Rotherham Pride has been suspended this year but they are promising loads of smaller events and fundraisers throughout the year. Check their website for further details.

TRANS PRIDE BRIGHTON

Pride Day: 17 July 2021

After year’s virtual success, TransPride will be streamed live online this year.

CHESTERFIELD PRIDE

Pride Day: 18 July 2021

At the time of going to press Chesterfield Pride is still going ahead at Stand Road, featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race star Joe Black as well as Kelly Wilde and Booty Love.

NORTHERN (NEWCASTLE) PRIDE

Pride Day: 24 July 2021

Newcastle, home to one of the UK’s biggest free Prides had been chosen as the host city for 2021’s Pride UK event which will now take place in 2022. 

This year, click on to that mouse as Gok Wan and cabaret bar Boulevard’s favourite Miss Rory will be stepping in as hosts at this major online event, showcasing the best of local- grown talent. See the staycation feature elsewhere in this issue.

NOTTINGHAM PRIDE

Pride Day: 31 July 2021 

At the time of writing it looks likely that Nottingham Pride is all set go ahead this year, although with a smaller turnout than usual. For up-to-minute info click on the website and see our article on what Nottingham has to offer elsewhere in this issue.

DURHAM PRIDE

Pride Day: 31 July 2021

Back in 2019 Durham attracted an amazing 25,000 people to its Pride event. At the time of writing Durham Pride is still on but numbers will naturally be limited, and it’s ticket only so check out their website for more details

NORWICH PRIDE

Pride Day: 31 July 2021

There’s no march or in-person or party this year as Norwich goes virtual with their annual Question Time, the Pride Show and much, much more online.

LEEDS PRIDE

Pride Day: 01 August 2021

The major Pride celebration and parade in Leeds have been cancelled for this year, but the committee is promising a number of smaller events during the Pride week – check their website for further details.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE PRIDE

From 06 to 08 August 2021

Brighton Pride has sadly been cancelled in this, its 30th anniversary year but there will be smaller events around the city and especially in Kemp Town. Check their website for more details and they promise they will be back bigger and better next year. 

CHESTER PRIDE

Pride Day: 07 August 2021

Chester Pride is mainly virtual this year kicking off at 2pm on their website. They may also be hosting some smaller in-person events so subscribe to their mailing list for up-to-the-minute details.

SWINDON & WILTSHIRE PRIDE

Pride Day: 07 August 2021 

There won’t be a parade this year but Swindon and Wiltshire are still planning to go ahead with their free event celebrating diversity and inclusion in Swindon Town Gardens.

WAKEFIELD PRIDE

Pride Day: 08 August 2021

Wakefield is getting out the rainbow flags as it gears up for its biggest free event in the year. The Pride Parade will make its way to the main party on Wood Street and lots of other satellite events are planned in and about the city for the day.

BOURNE FREE (BOURNEMOUTH PRIDE)

From 20 to 21 August 2021

Pride Day: 20- August 2021

One of the best Prides in the Southeast Bournemouth Pride is scaled down a little this year. There will no big party in Meyrick Park but the fun will continue in the Triangle area – there will be reduced capacity at these events so get your tickets early.

MANCHESTER PRIDE

From 28 August 2021 to 31 August 2021

One of the highlights of the Prides calendar the Manchester Pride team has worked incredibly hard to come back with a bang. Over the Bank Holiday Weekend take part in the main parade, check out the headliners at the MCR Live event, flex your plastic in the Gay Village, attend many of the youth and family-friendly events, enjoy the culture at the Superbia weekend, and attend the Candlelit Vigil on Monday. Get your tickets now.

CORNWALL PRIDE (NEWQUAY)

Pride Day: 28 August 2021

Cornwall’s fourteenth Pride celebrations is taking place this year with a parade from Towan Beach to a proud Pride picnic in Killacourt, with food, bars, entertainment and community stalls, followed by an evening (ticketed) party featuring local and national talent, celebrating diversity in Cornwall and the Southwest!

SOUTHAMPTON PRIDE

Pride Day: 28 August 2021

The South’s fastest-growing Pride will take place on Guildhall Square this year.

WALSALL PRIDE

Pride Day: 28 August 2021

2021 will see Walsall Pride Celebrate their 10th Anniversary over the August Bank Holiday 

PRIDE CYMRU (CARDIFF)

Pride Day: 01 September 2021

Pride Cymru should be going ahead in Cardiff this year – check the website for more details nearer the time, and see what else there is to do in Cardiff in our Staycations article.

READING PRIDE

Pride Day: 04 September 2021

Love Unites is the theme of this year’s Reading Pride with a parade though the city and free entertainment at King’s Meadow.

PRIDE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Pride Day: 11 September 2021

Kicking off with a parade through the town centre, there will be a free party in Gloucester Park with community stalls and areas, and a stage showcasing the best of local talent.

MILTON KEYNES PRIDE

Pride Day: 11 September 2021

It’s all on target for a celebration in Central Park in Milton Keynes, with local drag and cabaret stars taking to the stage. See the feature on Bletchley Park elsewhere in this issue.

BIRMINGHAM PRIDE

From 25 to 26 September 2021

Pride Day: 25 September

Birmingham may be England’s second city, but its Pride always delivers a first-class party around the gay village on Hurst Street. Pride is later than usual this year but you can still expect top acts on stage along with a dance arena, a women’s area, and a cabaret stage. See what else there is to do in Brum elsewhere in this issue.