PRIDE DAY IS ON THE HARBOURSIDE NOT CASTLE PARK
(Though the parade does leave Castle Park at 11am)
YOU CAN BUY A DAY SUPPORTER TICKET ON THE GATE
These will be on sale from the Info Stall by main gates whilst they last.
Are all in the programme HERE
We know there’s always questions so we compiled a few FAQs to save you time (and our inbox!)
It’s British Summertime, so please do check the weather before heading out, bring plenty of water, sunscreen or layers and brolly!
Where is Bristol Pride 2017?
As you may have seen Bristol Pride has moved the past couple of years, the festival on the 8 July will take place in the Amphitheatre and At-Bristol’s Millennium Square. Entrance to the site will be from Millennium Square by At-Bristol. The Festival opens at 12pm and runs through to 9.30pm.
What Time does the Parade Start?
The parade gathers from 10.30am in Castle Park (by St Peters Church), leaving at 11:00am Sharp!
Is the Parade free?
The parade is free for you to take part in yes. We ask all large organisations or businesses to make a donation to Pride if they want to come take part in the parade and have not booked a stall or supported Pride in some way already. email us.
What is the policy for re-entry?
We again expect record numbers at Bristol Pride 2017, though this year we are in a larger site than previous events it can still get busy. If the site reaches capacity we will implement a 1-in-1-out policy to ensure the safety of all our attendees.
What is the alcohol policy on site?
There is no bringing alcohol onsite without a supporter wristband. To comply with our licence the restrictions on what you can then bring in are:
1L (Tetra Pack) of Wine or
4x Cans or
6x Cans of spirit and mixer
NO WRISTBAND NO CARRY ON – You need a Pride supporter wristband to bring alcohol onsite.
Strictly No Glass Onsite.
Please note that the Pride Bars give the money to the festival and help keep Pride going. With the Pride supporter wristband our bar’s super chilled pints are only £3.50, or £4 without a wristband. We have three bars onsite as well as another in the VIP area.
There is a strict zero tolerance policy on illegal substances and “legal highs” onsite including NOS: Check out our Food & Drink section
Can I bring my own food?
Yes you can, but we will have several wonderful food outlets onsite who have all supported Pride by attending the day to sell you some yummy food. Pride Supporter wristbands will get you discounts or extras from Burger Joint, Sausage Fest, Desy Thai, Yellow Turban Curry, VX Vegan Junk Food, Cowshed and One Love Kitchen. Check out our Food & Drink section. If you bring your own food please clean up after yourself and do not leave litter, which our volunteer then have to clean up.
How do I get the free bus travel on Pride Day?
First Bus in Bristol offer free travel to everyone with a Pride Supporter Wristband in the Bristol Inner Zone on Pride Day. All you need to do is show your wristband OR ticket to the driver.
Where can I see the Stage Times?
Timings for all artists are in the Bristol Pride Programme, you can get copies from the Pride Info tent on Pride Day or view it online here.
Is Pride free to attend?
Pride is a donation entry, everyone will be asked for £3 on entry if they can afford to pay it, however we remain committed to making it accessible for all so if you cannot pay you are still able to come and enjoy Pride. Why not get a supporter wristband for £5 and you will save money all day, there are also £15 Day +Night wristbands available for the Pride Afterparties! Buy them online from Bristol Ticket Shop *booking fees apply or from the Pride Hub ahead of the day
Wristbands – Tell Me MORE!
There are two wristbands:
£5 supporter – discounts at bar and food on site as well as Free bus travel with First Bus Inner Zone on Pride Day.
£15 Day+Night – supporter benefits and includes entry to the 02 Academy Afterparty headlined by Horse Meat Disco and Alison Limerick, you also get free entry to the Queenshilling and the Hush women’s party.
Super Supporter (VIP) have sold out.
How do I pick up my wristband / exchange my ticket / buy one.
You can buy your wristbands online through Bristol Ticket Shop or drop in to their shop on High Street near St Nicks Market / Castle Park.
You can exchange your tickets for wristbands with us or buy direct from our Pride Hub which is in SPACE in Old Market until the 2 July and then from the 3 July in the City Hall Vestibules. We will be in SPACE 12-7 and City Hall 12-6 every day YOU CAN exchange and buy Tickets on the gate on Pride Day
How do I get to Pride?
Pride is held in the centre of Bristol, easily accessible by foot or public transport and only a short walk from Temple Meads train station, we encourage everyone who is able to use these methods to reduce traffic trying to reach the festival. With all supporter wristbands you get Free Inner zone bus travel with First Bus, just show your wristband or ticket on Pride Day. There will be reduced fares on Bristol Ferrys as well. You can view a map here
Is Pride family friendly?
Totally! Pride welcomes all families and there is a dedicated Family Area full of activities from our sponsors Irwin Mitchell and activities sponsor At-Bristol. We have also teamed up with the Kite Festival to bring you Kite Making in the area. We are proud to have great activities such as Drag Queen Story Time and Super Pirates leading activities all day. There’s also family orientated groups in the community area and a dedicated youth area for older young people. We aim to provide a space for LGBT+ parents or parents of LGBT+ children but recognise Pride is also a chance to show the next generation how diversity is a great thing.
The water attractions next to Pride will be partially accessible from the family area, please do not let children play in them unattended, or leave children unattended anywhere in the festival.
Are Dogs Allowed?
Whether your dog is LGBT or straight they are welcome to join in, they must be on a lead and obviously you must clean up after them! Do remember to bring water for your dogs and to avoid taking them through crowds. Pride does get very busy so please consider this before bringing your dog to Pride.
What are the accessibility options?
Why not read our accessibility page HERE
Bristol Pride has moved to the Amphitheatre and Millennium Square, this means that we have a much more accessible site than previous years, entry to the site is completely flat and there is a ramp down into the main arena in the Amphitheatre for those with mobility requirements. However there is some cobbled stoned areas, if you need asistance please speak to one of our access volunteers in bright orange t-shirts or contact the info stall.
We have also introduced a priority viewing space, to find these please ask a member of staff at the info desk on the day or refer to the map inside the Pride Programme. We ask everyone to help with this area and please give up your seating if you do not require it and someone asks for it when seated in this area.
We are working on offering signers for our stages. We still need people to come forward who feel they could sign on a stage to an artist who is performing. Please email us if you can help
Where and when is the Pride afterparty?
Pride are taking over the 02 Academy on Frogmore Street, it kicks off from 10pm and features 3 rooms of fantastic music, headlined by Horse Meat Disco and Alison Limerick. There is a Facebook event here or visit our website. All the money from this party goes to keep Pride Day free.
If I don’t want to go to the official afterparty what other nights are supporting Pride?
The Queenshilling is giving those with the Pride Day + Night Wristband free entry and donating to Pride all the door money they take on the door. (What good eggs), Pride Day + Night wristbands also gets you into the Hush Women’s Party at Basement 45. Please consider supporting a venue and event that supports Pride happen but do also get out and support the scene who are here all year round. Check out our scene pages for the other bars and venues in Bristol.
I want to come and flyer with my business, can I?
If you have not registered with us you will be moved on, Pride is a free event and we need the support of the businesses that have paid to come and flyer or have a stall. We have to do all the litter picking ourselves so to reiterate anyone who has not registered with us to flyer will be moved on. If you want to benefit from Pride you have to support it. email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
What can I do to support Pride?
By attending you are showing your support for all that Pride stands for, however we cannot run without your donations, by getting a supporter wristband, using the on-site bar and donating to our volunteers you help pride to happen.
How does Pride raise the money / where doe the money go?
We work hard to bring in the sponsorship and fundraise to make Pride happen. We work year round to bring in sponsorship – some if this is in kind support i.e. free printing or hotel rooms, we apply for grants and these are specific project work that Pride does. We do not get funding to put our main Pride Day event on. Pride Day costs over £120,000 and whilst we could easily charge to cover this cost we are committed to keeping Pride a free to enter event – important for vulnerable members of our community.
The money comes from your donations, supporter wristband sales, sponsors and the majority is from the afterparty – all the money from the O2 goes to Pride Day. Bristol Pride is a registered charity (no. 1166817) all money raised goes straight back into making Pride happen, supporting Pride Week events and our year round work that includes lobbying and campaigning, education and outreach programmes.