Access at Pride is very important to us. As Pride doesn’t get funding to happen we can struggle to do as much as we would like to do but we also recognise ensuring an accessible event that is fun and engaging for all is not always about putting lots of money into things.
Last year was our first year in our new site – we learnt a lot and I am sure there is still a lot to get right! We want to be better and for this we need you help. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com to tell us what we need to do to support you, how we can make your Pride a better experience, feedback on the new site or to volunteer to help us with this.
This page is designed to try and tell you what we have done and to answer some general questions.
Travel to Pride
The Pride Day festival is on the harbourside – Bristol’s Millennium Square and Bristol Amphitheatre. There is two very close carparks with lifts and disabled parking bays. Millennium Sqaure and Britannia Parking. With the main festival entrance on Millennium Square you couldn’t get any closer!
There are several buses that stop on nearby Anchor Road – use the At-Bristol Stop or Millennium Square to get off at the right stop. You can also get off at Baldwin Street (0.3 miles) or College Green (0.2 miles) both a short distance to the site (Due to the metrobus works there is currently no stop a the Hippodrome/fountains area of the city) Check out the First Bus Route Maps to plan your journey.
Remember you get free bus travel to Pride with First bus if you have a Pride Supporter Wristband and you can pick up the bus from Bristol Temple Meads.
If you are being dropped off then there is space for this and best postcode is BS1 5LL.
This year we gather in Castle Park before heading off to our new home in the Bristol Amphiteatre and atBristol’s Millennium Sq. Our planned route may be subject to minor last minute changes due to the Metro Bus Works in the city. Which may also mean there are roadworks in place.
The route is 2 miles long and will take about 1 hour to complete. We have tried to reduce the amount of hills we take (not easy in Bristol) but those with restricted mobility or wheelchair users may struggle with the first loop around Cabot Circus due to a steep hill on union street so feel free to simply join us as we pass Castle Park again if you don’t fancy the hill.
There will not be water provided on the route
If you want to be dropped of at Castle Park please be aware there is limited stopping spaces but best postcode for the site is BS1 3XE.
Entry to Pride is by donation. We ask for £3 which all goes to help put the event on. We are a registered charity and we do not get core funding to make Pride happen. Please give what you can but we keep Pride donation entry so that those on low income and come and celebrate with us still. Please don’t be put off coming because you may not be able to afford a donation.
All of the site is accessible however some areas of the Amphitheatre, mainly the food court, has cobbled stones. If you need any help or support with these cobbled area please speak to one of our accessibility champions.
We have accessibility champions onsite. These are Pride volunteers and will be wearing bright orange Pride tshirts. They will be about the site and they are here to help you. Any questions you have please speak to them for any assistance. They also know the location of a ‘hidden’ accessible toilet if you would prefer to use these or cannot access the ones in the main toilet blocks. Just ask them for the location.
There are no doors or gates to open to enter the site or around the festival apart from the Portaloos.
Our Medical, welfare and ambulance are located at the entrance to the Bristol Amphitheatre. Click HERE for our programme site map on Page 32/33.
There will not be any strobe lighting at Pride Day.
There will be rows of seating which will be allocated as priority seating for those who need it, these are marked on the map. There will also be space for wheelchair users in these areas.
Please bring your own bowl for service animals but there is free water available onsite next to the main bar, again marked on the map.
There are several accessible toilets onsite. These are portaloos. They are available in every block of toilets and if you feel people are in the queue for these and don’t need them then please feel free to ask to skip ahead. We will provide signage for the toilets to support this. We also have 1 hidden accessible toilet onsite. Please speak to an onsite accessibility champion (bright orange Pride Tshirt) on the location of this.
We have a welfare tent onsite if you need a chill out zone or shade
The Family Area and Community Area on Millennium Square will be quieter areas and away from Bars and loud music if you need a break.
We are working with volunteers to come forward to offer BSL Interpreters and again please contact our accessibility champions if you need any BSL assistance.
If we have missed something – please ask! firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you have an enjoying and fun Pride event.