Access at Pride is very important to us.
Along with funding from the Bristol City Council Imagination Fund, we’ve partnered with UWE to support our commitment to accessibility at Pride
Moving to a new site in 2019 presented some challenges and we’ve been working on improving and will keep working to make Pride Day accessible for all.
Pride Day is held on Durdham Downs which is a grassed area of parkland in Clifton. This year we’ve added a new viewing platforms plus trackway matting to reach these areas from our new access gate. You can find more information about the measure we have put in place to make the event as accessible as possible below.
Any questions, specific access requirements, concerns or general feedback email us on firstname.lastname@example.org we aim to get back to you within 5 working days.
Accessibility Champions are Pride volunteers who are there to help you. They will be wearing bright pink hi-vis vests which states ACCESS CHAMPION on them.They will located at the main gate, accessibility gate, the access platform at Main Stage and Cabaret Stage as well as at the info point and roaming around the festival. They are here to help you.
The Downs is a grassed area of parkland.
The whole site is accessible, however, some areas of the Downs have slight slopes, ruts and bumps. If you need any help or support with these areas please speak to one of our accessibility champions.
We have an access gate that is closer to the Main Stage and has a trackway road which leads to the main stage viewing platform and round to the Community tent and the Cabaret Stage viewing platform.
There are no doors or gates to open to enter the site or around the festival apart from the portaloos.
Benches for additional seating will be available across the festival.
We are providing raised platformed viewing areas for the Main Stage and Cabaret Stage for wheelchair users or those with restricted mobility.
There will be a large screen by Main Stage for increased visibility of the performances, with BSL inset onto the screen.
An accessible toilet is located at each viewing platform.
Viewing platforms are managed by our Access Champions and supported by our security team.
There is no on-site parking on The Downs, but all the roads around the downs offer free parking.
Blue badge holders can park on Parrys Lane, if you intend to park there, please email email@example.com so we can collate a list for the traffic team.
For the Parade March, there are two car parks very close to the shuttle bus pick up point at the Amphitheatre, both have lifts and disabled parking bays – Millennium Square and Britannia Parking. Our Shuttle busses are fully accessible and there are teams on the ground to support you.
There will be a dedicated Shuttle Bus service running throughout Pride Day from Millennium Square and The Downs.
Shuttle buses are fully accessible, there will be teams available on the ground that will be able to assist.
We are offering free travel on First Bus with a Pride Supporter Wristband.
You can take the numbers 1,2, 3 or 4 bus to Pride on The Downs. The best stops to use are College Green (P1) or The Cenotaph in City Centre (C10). For the 1 and 2 route map and times click here. For the 3 and 4 route map and times click here.
You can also catch the 3 or the 4 from Union street if you want to watch the Parade head off and then catch the bus. If you want to go straight from the train station to The Downs, catch the 1 or 2 from Temple Gate, the road outside Temple Meads station entrance (T4).
You can also catch buses 1,2,3 or 4 from outside Clifton Down Shopping centre if you have taken the train to Clifton Down Station.
The main train station to come into is Bristol Temple Meads and the closest train station to the festival is Clifton Down (a line runs from Bristol Temple Meads).
The site will be open from midday.
We have a new access gate just off Saville Road, that is closer to the accessible parking on Parrys lane than the main gate. This gate has a trackway road to the main stage viewing platform and round to the Community tent and the Cabaret Stage viewing platform.
Access Champions will be located at the gates, the access platforms and at the info point. These volunteers can help with questions that you might have or information about the festival.
Pride is a donation entry event so you do not need a ticket for your PA or carer. you will be able to donate on either the access gate or the main gate. If you have purchased a supporter wristband you can also have this scanned for entry at either gate.
There is a Mobiloo onsite located on the trackway route close to the Community tent. A Mobiloo is a mobile accessible toilet with an adult-sized changing bench, a hoist and a friendly attendant.
Every toilet block around the site and both viewing platforms have accessible toilets.
We have a welfare tent onsite if you need a chill-out zone or shade. It will be clearly marked on the site maps that will be erected around the site. The map will also be in the centre of the Festival Guide.
There are medical teams onsite as well as an ambulance.
There will be large screens with live feeds from the main stage and cabaret stage for increased visibility of the performances, as well as BSL interpreters inset, these will be visible from the viewing platforms.
The rest of the stages are smaller and will have BSL interpreters.
Service animals are welcome at Pride Day, please bring your own food and water bowl for them.
There will be free water refill points onsite.
There will be no strobe lighting at Pride Day.
All stages will have BSL interpreters on throughout the day.
There will be support volunteers who know BSL at the main gates, access platform in the main stage arena and the internal Pride info stall near the medics. These volunteers can help with questions that you might have or information about the festival. Our volunteers who know BSL will be in Pink Bristol Pride Tshirts.
As requested we have marked a designated deaf meeting point near the info point by the main gates to help meet others.
Wheelchair charging will be available at the Information tent next to the main gate.
This year we gather in Castle Park before heading off to Bristol Amphitheatre and We the Curious’ Millennium Square.
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 by the other side of Castle Park, by Wine Street, if you don’t fancy the hill.
There will not be water provided on the route.
If you want to be dropped off at Castle Park please be aware there are limited stopping spaces but the best postcode for the site is BS1 3XE.