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Party on! Pride events in Great Britain to add to your 2024 calendar

Aisha Shaibu-Lenoir

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For a small nation, Great Britain sure knows how to throw a big celebration. And importantly, they’re a nation who are proudly inclusive, welcoming absolutely everybody to join the party. Yes, we know Vanessa Amorosi’s queer anthem/absolute banger will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day – you’re welcome.

From fiercely fun festivals celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, to spotlighting historical queer venues, cities across England, Scotland and Wales are abuzz with Pride.

Are you ready to turn up the love? Make 2024 the year you get your glitter on at one of these epic Pride events across Great Britain.

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Pride in London

London Pride

London has been celebrating gay pride for over 50 years, with the first parade taking to the streets in 1972. Now the UK’s biggest Pride event (and one of the largest LGBTQIA+ events in the world), Pride in London brings a funky festival vibe to the streets of central London, with an insanely impressive annual parade, loads of live entertainment, flamboyant parties, and a whole lot more.

Add Pride in London to your calendar: 29 June 2024

UK Black Pride

Another important Pride event in London’s calendar is UK Black Pride, held in August each year. This event is one of Europe’s largest events for the African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQIA+ community. UK Black Pride is a safe space to celebrate diverse sexualities, gender identities, culture, gender expressions and backgrounds, celebrating Black LGBTQIA+ and QTIPOC culture through education, the arts, cultural events and advocacy.

Add UK Black Pride to your calendar: 11 August 2024

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Dyke March

Another amazing grassroots organisation spearheading the queer celebration is Dyke March – hosting a radical march for anyone who identifies with the word ‘dyke’. Their aim is to increase visibility and space for the community, and works to make pride less business-centred and more human-focused. Don’t miss the trailblazing force of the dyke resistance, this summer in London. 

Add the Dyke March to your calendar: 22 June 2024 

London Trans+ Pride

Since 2018, London Trans+ Pride (LTP) have been running the city’s trans pride march – working to grow an inclusive pride celebration run for and by trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. This includes providing a platform to talk about issues the community face, as well an amazing day of trans celebration in London. 

Add London Trans+ Pride to your calendar: 27 July 2024

waving flags at a Pride festival

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If you plan to visit London this year but won’t be around in the summer months for these key events, there is still plenty of LGBTQIA+ love to discover in this iconic city. For an anything-but-average city tour, Dragged Around London will send you sashaying from one dazzling sight to the next in style, following in the glamorous footsteps of Drag Queens as they introduce you to the city through their eyes. 

After something a little more low key (but equally as impactful)? Head to Gay’s The Word, Britain’s oldest LGBTQIA+ bookshop. Beyond being an inclusive place to find a great read, Gay’s The Word has provided the local LGBTQIA+ community with important resources and information during their times of need. Looking for more queer knowledge havens? The Common Press in East London is the city’s first ever queer-intersectional bookshop – shining a much-needed light on the works of LGBTQIA+ individuals from marginalised backgrounds. Alongside book launches, parties, and queer workshops ranging from yoga to vogueing, the Common Press is a must-visit!

And it would be crazy of us to not mention London’s vivacious bar and clubbing scene. From Soho’s world-famous G-A-Y Bar, to Halfway to Heaven or The Karaoke Hole, you’ll be spoilt for choice of queer-friendly hangouts in England’s welcoming capital.

Looking to explore London’s queer nightlife in style, and alongside fellow LGBTQIA+ travellers? Visit Moonlight Experiences – an award-winning events organisation dedicated to uplifting the diversity of queer culture and community through nightlife and travel. Explore London locals’ favourite LGBTQIA+ venues, as well as hidden gems, workshops, and queer parties dotted all around the city. 

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Pride in Liverpool

Liverpool Pride

Since 2010, Pride in Liverpool has cemented itself as one of the UK’s most extravagant Pride events. Kicking off with a colourful march that winds its way through the city centre, the parade attracts over 12,000 participants each year. In addition to the large open-air festival with live music, entertainment and street stalls, the insiders tell us that some more chill events happen on the following day, including sports, arts and cultural events throughout the city.

Add Pride in Liverpool to your calendar: 27 July 2024

A man in a brown jacket is making a peace sign at a Pride event.

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Pride in Cardiff

Iris Prize Festival

Cardiff, the capital of Wales (and only a sneaky 2.5 hours from London), is certainly deserving of a place on the Pride map, with two major annual events and an endless list of queer-friendly businesses to add to your itinerary.

Held in October each year, the Iris Prize Festival could be compared to a Queer version of the famed Cannes Film Festival. On top of an eclectic line-up of LGBTQIA+ short films, insightful Q&A’s with filmmakers, and topical panel discussions, a visit to the Iris Prize Fest would not complete without getting your groove on at one of the absolutely legendary parties thrown throughout the programme.

Add the Iris Prize Festival to your calendar: 8-13 October 2024

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Pride Cymru

For a weekend full of celebrations, where locals and travellers alike come together to celebrate diversity, Pride Cymru is the event for you. As Wales’ largest Pride event, in 2024 Pride Cymru will move to Cardiff Castle, where the festival’s epic entertainment schedule covers 3 stages over 2 days of jam-packed performances from both big names and local talent. A colourful parade + live music + drag stars + comedy shows… Sounds like an unmissable event to us!

Add Pride Cymru to your calendar: 22 & 23 June 2024

Others

Can’t make it to Cardiff for either Pride Cymru or the Iris Prize Festival? While we will say, damnnnn you’re missing out, we will also add that there is plenty to see and do in Cardiff during your next visit (whenever that may be, but we hope it’s soon). Cardiff’s queer scene may be small and compact but there is something for everyone – from popular hangout The Golden Cross, to the city’s Queer nightclub Pulse, or a trip to Mary’s for a live cabaret performance, you’ll discover plenty of LGBTQIA+ friendly experiences in Cardiff.

group of people at Common Press in London

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Pride in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Pride

In a huge celebration of LGBTQIA+ love, Scotland’s national Pride festival, Pride Edinburgh, begins with a vibrant parade and continues the party with a full programme of entertainment including a wellbeing fair and ceilidh dancing.

While you’re in town, take a wander through Edinburgh’s vibrant ‘Pink Triangle’ for a splash of flair and flamboyance in the form of lively clubs, bars and bistros. As Edinburgh’s oldest gay venue, CC Blooms really knows how to bring the party, with drag queens, creative cocktails and dancing late into the evening.

Add Pride Edinburgh to your calendar: 22 June 2024

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

When listing events in Great Britain that celebrate diversity and inclusivity, it would be amiss of us not to mention the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where for three glorious weeks the Scottish capital becomes an explosion of colour and music, with performers, artists and creatives taking to stages around the city. If you’re travelling around Great Britain during August, you absolutely must prioritise visiting Edinburgh for this memorable event.

Add Edinburgh International and Fringe Festival to your calendar: 2-26 August 2024

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Pride in Brighton

Brighton and Hove Pride

Now, last but certainly not least, this wouldn’t be a wrap up of Great Britain’s greatest Pride events if we were to skip Brighton, would it? As an almost far too convenient destination for travellers looking to venture outside of London (it’s only 40 minutes away – winning!) Brighton is a must-add stop to your England itinerary.

As Britain’s unofficial LGBTQIA+ capital, a highlight of the city’s event calendar is the annual two-day Pride festival, Brighton and Hove Pride. With an unbelievable line-up of musicians at FABULOSO in the Park (last year’s headliner was Christina Aguilera?!), 2024’s event is sure to be a spectacular celebration.

Add Brighton Pride to your calendar: 2 – 5 August 2024

Bear Weekend

Garden parties. Bear-a-oke. Club nights. A Sunday roast. Brighton’s Bear Weekend sounds like one unmissable celebration for Bears and Cubs alike, with four days of fur and fun in the sun!

Add Brighton Bear Weekend to your calendar: 11-14 July 2024

Insider tip: For a vivacious LGBTQIA+ café and bar scene, head to St James Street in the Kemptown neighbourhood, where rainbow flags adorn many of the street’s establishments

So, whoever you are, and whatever you’re looking for, Britain is bursting with places to turn up the love in 2024. 

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