August becomes a busy time for LGBT activities in the West of England with the return of Swindon & Wiltshire Pride day, and the first outing of a week long programme of events for the first Bristol Pride.
Firstly, The third Swindon and Wiltshire Pride festival is being held in the Town Gardens on Saturday, August 14 when a colourful rainbow parade will start the day off, leaving from the Westcot Road entrance at 11.30am. The main stage, sponsored by Nationwide, whose headquarters are located on the outskirts of Old Twon, is packed with acts from midday including TLi and Jo Francis, along with the headline act, 80’s Star – Toyah.
The Community Stage will be run 1pm to 6pm featuring up and coming young local bands and entertainers.
The park itself will have various zones to visit including the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind zone, sponsored by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, NHS Trust and Swindon Primary Care Trust. The first 500 people will receive a free goody bag. There will also be free taster Indian head massage sessions and reiki can be received in this zone.
The Information Zone will allow visitors to meet and talk to a number of organisations including Swindon College, Out of the Can LGBT and Youth Action Group.
Meanwhile, following straight after, this year’s Bristol’s Pride Week is shaping up to be the biggest, most ambitious yet. Running from Saturday August 14 until Monday August 22, plans include a large free festival in Castle Park on August 21, as well as theatre, films, events and a sports day.
Bristol Pride Week will culminate in Pride Day – a huge free Festival in Castle Park on Saturday August 21. Pride Day includes a walk from Bristol City Centre to Castle Park at noon where the LGBT people of Bristol and beyond can express their Pride, like other cities such as London, Brighton and Birmingham have been for many years. Activities on the main stage commence at 1pm , with speeches, live music from great international and local artists, dance, comedy, DJs, drag queens, stalls and fine food and drink galore.
You can find out more about the week’s events on our special feature page.
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