The country’s most popular LGBTQ+ event returns to Brighton this summer with a ‘Colour my World’ theme and Britney Spears headlining its festival.
Last year Brighton Pride drew in 400,000 people, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.
With so many great events across the Pride Weekend, kicking off on Friday, August 3 and closing on Sunday, August 5, we’ve put together a short and sweet guide of all you need to know about this year’s event.
What: The Pride festival will see performances from Pixie Lott, Ella Eyre, MINEK and Louise, with Britney Spears headlining the event with her full Vegas show. As well as this colourful line up there will be the Pride Dance Tent, hosted by Little Gay Brother, Diva Girls Dance Tent, BRÜT Men’s Dance Tent, and the sequinned sensation that is the Legends Cabaret Big Top. New this year is QueerTown, a boutique area of the festival curated by Paul Diello showcasing an array of live cabaret, comedy, burlesque and drag acts. A map and set times have been released, here.
Where: Preston Park, Brighton
When: Saturday, August 4. Gates open at 12pm, last entry is at 8pm.
How much: Between £12.50 and £37.50, but now sold out.
What: The parade is made up of floats, marching bands and community groups and attracts a crowd of more than 300,000 spectators throughout the city.
Where: Starts at Hove Lawns and travels down Kings Road, before turning into West Street towards the clock tower and then descending down North Street. It then makes it way past the Royal Pavilion on Old Steine and to York Place and London Road to eventually reach its destination at Preston Park.
When: Saturday, August 4, starting at 11am.
How much: Free!
The Pride Village Street Party
What: The street party takes over Kemptown with two days of festivities and parties. There’ll be DJs and entertainment zones, as well as services from surrounding businesses.
Where: St James’s Street and Marine Parade, Brighton.
When: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5.
How much: Tickets are still available at £15 for the weekend and £12.50 for the Sunday on Pride’s website.
What: A new event: LoveBN1Fest, takes place on Sunday helping raise extra funds for the Pride Social Impact Fund. The festival will be headlined by Nile Rodgers & Chic, with supporting acts Jess Glynne, Raye, Gabrielle, House Gospel Choir, Rowetta and Arianna and the Rose.
Where: Preston Park, Brighton
When: Sunday, August 5. Gates open at 1.30pm and close at 9.30pm
How much: Tickets are still available at £37.50 on the website, and children under 14 can go for free.
Pride Pleasure Gardens
What: Pride Pleasure Gardens will transform Old Steine into a mini hub of entertainment, with bars, live performances, DJs, clubbing and a Queer TakeOver.
Where: Old Steine, Brighton
When: Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5.
How much: Free, but some events inside tents are ticketed.
Pride Dog Show
What: Bring your four-legged friends to this special event the weekend before Pride, with awards for waggiest tail and dog most like owner. There will also be a glamorous catwalk doggy fashion show, a bar and refreshments. The online entry form for the dog show is now closed but you can register your dog in person from 11.30am on the day.
Where: Preston Park
When: Sunday, July 29, 12pm until 5pm.
How much: Free to watch.
And the rest...
There’s also plenty of official Pride parties and fringe events going on throughout the weekend. To see them all, click here.
The Pride Box Office will be at Victoria Gardens, Brighton. Here you can exchange your e-tickets for wristbands and find out more about all things Pride. It is recommended that if you live in Brighton or arrive before the weekend that you exchange tickets in advance.
The office opens in advance of the festival and operating times are:
Tuesday, July 31: 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday, Aug 1: 11am to 8pm
Thursday, Aug 2: 10pm to 8pm
Friday, Aug 3: 10am to 10pm
Saturday, Aug, 4: 9am to 10pm
Sunday, Aug 5: Old Steine 1pm to 8pm / Preston Park (LoveBN1 Fest) 1pm to 8pm
HOW TO GET THERE
Southern Rail said its services are set to be ‘extremely busy’ over the Brighton Pride weekend, and urged people to plan their journeys in advance.
It said queueing systems would be in place and there may be long queues to purchase tickets.
Preston Park station, the closest station to the Pride Festival, will close on Saturday and Sunday.
Nearby London Road station will also close from midday on Saturday for the weekend.
The last late-night trains from Brighton Station will be:
23:13 – Brighton to London Victoria
23:32 – Brighton to Eastbourne
00:04 – Brighton to London St Pancras
00:04 – Brighton to Worthing
National Express runs services into the city from many destinations throughout the UK, including an hourly service from London Victoria bus station.
Brighton & Hove Buses expects disruption due to road closures, but there are many services still routinely running.
There will be multiple road closures throughout the weekend. This is to give space to the parade on Saturday, August 4, and the Pride Village Party in Kemptown on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5, August. During the parade, key roads to take into consideration is the closure of North Street and London Road. All roads affected due to the parade will be closed from 9am to 4pm.
Most of Kemptown will be affected by the street party between 7pm on Friday, August 3, and 4am on Monday, August 6.
There will be no parking at Preston Park or its surrounding on the day of the main Pride Festival. For a detailed listing of all road closures during the weekend and parking suspensions, visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking/pride-2018-road-closures-and-travel-advice
If you’ve opted for the full festival experience and managed to get a ticket for the Brighton Pride Camp before it sold out, then here is a little information for you. The camping site is situated at Waterhall, north of the city. There will be on-site catering, including breakfast. Children under 12 are welcome as long as they are under constant supervision of a responsible adult over the age of 21. There will be a special Pride bus service between the campsite and the city throughout the weekend, and there is plenty of parking on-site.
For more information about Brighton Pride, visit: www.brighton-pride.org