The best UK Pride festivals to visit in summer 2022

It's official: Pride festivals are back and better than ever, following a two-year, Covid-enforced hiatus that left us all desperately craving face paint, multicolour outfits, and an excuse to party in the streets.

Although June is the official Pride Month, celebrations last all summer long. So grab your mates and head over to the following UK pride festivals to support the LGBTQ+ community and soak up the rainbow vibes.

 

London Pride

London Pride - 2 July

First up, the festival to kick off the season: Pride In London. And it's an extra-special one, since this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first march. In honour of the occasion, the parade will be retracing its original route from Hyde Park to Whitehall. 

If you’d like to watch what’s guaranteed to be an incredible spectacle, official seating is available from £50 at the Grandstand, one of the prime locations along the parade route. However, you’ll also be able to catch a great glimpse from several areas along the way, including Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square.

Four stages scattered along the parade route will host entertainers including Emeli Sandé, Ava Max, and Eurovision winner Netta, as well as Drag Race UK winners The Vivienne and Lawrence Chaney.

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Brighton Pride

Brighton Pride - 5-7 August

It's arguably the city's most iconic event of the year: Brighton & Hove Pride. There's plenty to do and see, with an event to suit every age group. The main parade offers fun for all, with an all-singing, all-dancing carnival procession of over thirty-thousand individuals from local charities, businesses, and community groups.  

Then there's the parties: namely the Village Party, which takes place in Kemptown, a neighbourhood rich in LGBT history and packed with buzzy bars, clubs, and pubs. Meanwhile, We Are Fabuloso offers the perfect chance to let your hair loose, with headline acts including Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith, Ella Henderson, and more.

There's fun for your four-legged friends, too. Head over to Preston Park to spot some of Brighton's most well-pampered pooches parading in the Pride Dog Show

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Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride - 26-29 August

Next up on our list, Manchester Pride is the perfect place to be if you're looking to both protest and party. This year's theme is 'March For Peace', so expect that sentiment to be echoed within the main parade as it marches loud and proud from Liverpool Street to Fairfield Street.

The festival will be hosting several rallies this year, including events for Youth Pride and Family Pride, making it an exciting (and educational) day out for everyone. You'll also want to head over to The Human Rights Forum, where activists and thought leaders will be discussing issues currently facing the LGBTQ+ community.

Finally, Superbia Weekend is an alcohol-free, two-day event celebrating LGBTQ+ arts and culture, with poets, singers, dancers, artists, and more all coming together to display their talents.

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