Access at Pride is very important to us. As Pride doesn’t get funding to happen but this year we are very grateful to UWE Bristol for becoming our Access Partner and supporting some of our improvement work. We also recognise ensuring an accessible event that is fun and engaging for all is not always about putting lots of money into things.
We’ve moved to a new site and with that comes some learning, we learnt a lot last year and I am sure there is still a lot to get right! We want to keep getting better and for this we need you help. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us what we need to do to support you, how we can make your Pride a better experience, feedback on the site or to volunteer to help us with this.
This page will tell you what we have done and answer some general questions.
The Pride Day festival is on The Downs. The Downs is a grassed area.
There is no parking site as part of the festival.
We are offering free travel on First Bus with a Pride Supporter Wristband and a free shuttle bus that will pick up from Millennium Square and drop off at the festival.
There are two carparks very close to the Shuttle Bus pick up. Both have lifts and disabled parking bays- Millennium Square and Britannia Parking.
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).
There will be a dedicated Shuttle Bus service running throughout Pride Day from Millennium Square and The Downs.
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 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 off at Castle Park please be aware there are limited stopping spaces but the best postcode for the site is BS1 3XE.
The Downs is a grassed area. All of the site is accessible however some areas of the Downs have slight slopes. We have avoided programming activities in these areas. If you need any help or support with these areas please speak to one of our accessibility champions.
Accessibility Champions are Pride volunteers who are there to help you. They will be wearing bright orange Pride t-shirts which state Access on them. They will be about the site and they are here to help you. Any questions you have please speak to them for any assistance.
We are providing a raised platformed viewing area for the main stage for wheelchair users or those with restricted mobility.
There will be large screen by Main Stage for increased visibility of the performances, with BSL inset onto the screen.
There is a Mobiloo onsite located next to our medic and welfare area near to the entrance to the main stage. A Mobiloo is a mobile accessible toilet with an adult-sized changing bench, a hoist and a friendly attendant.
Every toilet block will have accessible toilets and don’t forget we have a dedicated Mobiloo onsite with support staff for the whole day.
There are no doors or gates to open to enter the site or around the festival apart from the Portaloos.
We have a welfare tent onsite if you need a chill-out zone or shade, this will be run by BDP and is marked on the the map at the centre of the 2019 festival guide.
We have hired in benches for additional seating across the festival.
The Family Area and Community Area will be quieter areas and away from Bars and loud music if you need a break.
There are medical teams onsite as well as an ambulance.
There will not be any strobe lighting at Pride Day.
There will be large screens with live feeds from the Stages for increased visibility of the performances, these will be visible from the priority seating areas.
Free drinking water is available onsite. Please bring an empty refill bottle for usage. The free water available onsite next to most toilet blocks and by our welfare station. These are marked on the map in the centre of the 2019 festival guide, or speak to a volunteer or site team member for assistance.
Service Animals are welcome at Pride. Please bring your own water bowl for service animals. You can refill water from the water points onsite.
There is a dedicated chillout area in our new mindfullness tent at the festival and this is a quieter space and we also have an evening silent disco area.
Gate Lane C can be used for those with access requirements when entering the festival
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.
There are also a number of deaf performances at the festival this year including:
Vikki Ryan, Cabaret Stage: 1205
We’re proud to welcome our first ever deaf drag queen to the stage this year. Showcasing a sassy signed song performance, be sure to get your hands in the air to show your support.
Chris Fonseca, Dance Stage: 1220 & 1420
Made completely deaf (profound) in both ears from meningitis from a very young age Chris discovered dance at a very young age. He developed a passion street dance and lyrical hip hop/
SignKid, Main Stage: 1410
London based hip-hop producer, writer and performer who hasn’t let being deaf get in the way of creating music. Signing his songs his debut EP Music is the Message and he’s already making waves in the industry.
Rosie Pound Clarke, DIVA stage: 1500
The incredible talented Rosie Pound-Clarke is just 19, profoundly deaf and her life is all about rock and roll and will be signing rock and roll tracks onstage.
The Freddies, DIVA Stage: 1540
Two are Deaf, two are interpreters. Performing at SignGigs last year, join them for a hilarious ‘Queen’ performance, watch out for the section they can never get right!
Sloane, DIVA stage: 1630
For Sloane signing songs deepens her connection with the lyrics and adds a whole new layer to the experience.