26 April 2017 Location Guides
LGBT Pride festivals and parades have grown massively in strength and size in the UK over the past few decades. Since the first official UK Gay Pride Rally held in London in July 1972 that involved around 2,000 people, Pride events have drawn millions together to celebrate the LGBT+ community and unite people in love, strength and the commitment to achieving equality and respect for all. Today, there are over 100 Pride events held across the UK every year, with millions of people gathering to show their solidarity and support.
2017 will see the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, and what better reason do you need to celebrate and get involved in the festivities? We’ve put together a list of the biggest and brightest Pride events in the country to help you decide where to join in and show your support.
Save your money for donations to the various organisations who help organise and fundraise at these events, and book cheap accommodation at the nearest easyHotel.
24th June – 9th July, with the main Parade taking place on Saturday 8th July
Pride in London attracts over one million visitors to London every year, and is the 7th largest LGBT+ parade in the world!
Over two weeks, there will be a huge number of exciting and interesting activities and events, kicking off with the official launch on Saturday the 24th at the Tate Britain. The day, titled ‘Queer & Now’, will see a day and night of activity for everyone from across the LGBT+ community. In the daytime there will be stalls, food and different activities for the family, as well as talks and performances within the gallery relating to collection works and contemporary displays. This will be followed by an evening of music & performance, and discussion with some of the key contemporary voices and perspectives from across the LGBT+ community.
The following week will include Pride’s Got Talent, the Pride Festival and UK Black Pride, along with hundreds and hundreds off other incredible events. Last year saw events and talks such as Secret Soho Saucy Tours: a tour of Soho's underbelly; Pride Concert with London Gay Symphony Orchestra; Pride LGBT Youth Prom; LGBT+ Self Defence Classes; and the Pride Ride, among many, many more!
The event culminates in the unbelievable Parade through central London, with over 40 000 people from over 300 organisations marching. In 2016 the Red Arrow flew past for the march for the first time, with the rainbow flag flying at Parliament and Joanna Lumley & Jennifer Saunders marching with the parade.
Many of you will remember the heart-warming photo of a Met officer proposing to his partner during last year’s parade.
f you’re looking for a cheap hotel room, stay at one of the easyHotel locations close to the parade route, and get as close to the festivities as possible! Book your room at easyHotel London Paddington, easyHotel London Victoria, easyHotel London Old Street, easyHotel London South Kensington, or easyHotel London Earls Court!
27th & 28th May
Birmingham’s Gay Village will play host to around 75 000 people all coming together to celebrate Pride. With a huge market and stalls, the main attraction is the banging line up across all of the festival’s stages, with Dua Lipa, Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle and Sigala playing with many others. Watch a series of incredible shows in the Cabaret Marquee or getting moving to your favourite tunes in the Dance Arena – there’s something for whatever mood you’re in.
25th - 28th August
The Big Weekend is Manchester Pride’s main event, taking place in the city’s world famous Gay Village (an easy 10-minute walk from easyHotel Manchester) over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, where tens of thousands of people come together to celebrate some of the biggest names in music. Faithless, Danny Howards, Jodie Harsh, Melanie C will all be performing this year alongside a massive expo, and the famed parade with over 3000 people participating.
The weekend officially ends on Monday with the incredibly beautiful and moving Candlelit Vigil held at Sackville Gardens, where tribute is paid to those who have lost their lives to the HIV virus and re-affirmation made to the promise to join together to fight the epidemic worldwide and the stigma that still exists.
Weekend tickets are priced at £22.50 for four days to The Big Weekend, with day tickets for Friday, Saturday & Sunday priced at £16.50 and Monday priced at £10.50.
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29th & 30th July
Now in its 8th year, The Liverpool Pride Festival began as a community response to the death of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life in 2008. The festival was created in 2010 in Michael’s memory to celebrate his life and empower the LGBT communities.
The festival saw 32000 people in 2016, with this year set to be even bigger. 2017’s theme is ‘International Love’ to fit in with the city-wide season of events and performances to mark the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, running from May to August 2017.
Agenda and performances are yet to be announced, but no doubt they’ll be worth a visit.
Stay in the heart of the city-centre at easyHotel Liverpool, an easy 3-minute walk from James Street station.
19th & 20th August
Pride Glasgow is held at Glasgow Green, and includes a Community Expo, Pride Market, Family Area, Youth Space, Dog Show, Fairground and Food Village. It, of course, also includes a huge annual parade with 5000 people taking part each year, watched by over 50000 people as it makes it way through Glasgow City Centre.
The 2017 festival line up includes B*Witched, Saara Aalto, and Kelly Lorrenna.
Stay at easyHotel Glasgow City and get to the festival in under 30 minutes by a short bus or tram.
So show your support and love (and get a great party in!) at one of these incredible events, all while enjoying great, cheap accommodation at easyHotel.
It doesn’t get more quintessentially British than central London – Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament - iconic buildings that define London are around every corner. The city is always buzzing, packed with excited tourists taking in the sights and sounds of London, and the rich sense of history and culture that defines the area.
Shoreditch is one of the most popular areas in London, and with good reason too! A never-ending line-up of great bars, pubs, markets, street-food, restaurants, street art, and more – there is something for everyone.
Camden Town is one of the most exciting, eccentric and eclectic areas of London. Home to the iconic Camden Market, it is regarded as one of the most diverse and welcoming areas in the capital, playing host not only to locals of all different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds, but millions of tourists every year.