What to Know About Brighton Pride WeekendEvery year, the festival takes place early- to mid-August (check this years dateshere.) No matter where youre arriving from, heres everything you need to know before setting foot in Brighton for Pride.
FestivalsUnlike other festivals, Brighton Pride is not just one ticketed event. There are many individual experiences to check out! Here are the highlights for 2019 you dont want to miss out on:
- Brighton Pride Community Paradehappens on the Saturday morning every year, where locals and visitors alike can apply to join the parade or bring a float. Expect colourful costumes, loud music and loads of fun. Watching the Parade is free! Turn up early to secure a good spot!
- Pride in the Park, held on the Saturday, annually brings international artists for an eclectic music festival in Preston Park. Individual tickets for the event will be needed, and price varies each year. With past performers including Britney Spears, and Kylie announced for 2019, this event isnt to be missed.
- LoveBN1Festis a family friendly all-day-Sunday festival focusing on the Brighton and Hove communities and all they have to offer. Expect amazing food, vendors, and main stage performers Chic were the headliners in 2018. Children 12 and under go free, whereas adults will need a ticket. Punters can buy Pride in the Park and LoveBN1Fest tickets as a bundle for a discount.
- Pride Village Party, held on St. Jamess Street, is another renowned ticketed event held each year with events, music and entertainment happening all day and night! The event raises money for the Rainbow Fund.
Where to StayThere are many options for accommodations throughout Brighton and Hove for Pride Weekend. Keep in mind that the sooner you book, the better. Pride is the citys busiest weekend. With so many international travellers entering Brighton, reservations go fast.
- Pride Campsite:A popular choice for young adults, the Pride Campsite is available for groups to camp together under the Brighton stars. This is one of the least expensive and most fun options. You get to camp out with your friends while still close to the city and amenities. For around 15 per night (varying year-on-year), admission includes transportation to the festival grounds. On-site catering is even included.
- Hilton Brighton Metropole:This historic hotel is a popular destination for festival attendees. Overlooking the ocean, this hotel offers balcony guest rooms with a great view of the parade below.
- Legends Hotel:This gay-friendly hotel is also located on the seafront. Its in close distance to the festival grounds, as well as nearby nightlife in Brighton. The views from this hotel are picturesque, but hurry, as reservations run out quickly.
- Kipps Hostel:This hostel offers clean and affordable rooms with an ideal location near the Brighton Pier.
- Airbnb:Local renters anticipate making space for the influx of tourists heading to Brighton each August. Many options will be located on the ocean boulevard and near to the festival grounds.
What Else to Do in BrightonOnce the festival ends at night, youre going to want to know where the party is heading after hours. Or perhaps youre eager to extend your stay to make time to explore Brightons attractions.
- Brighton Pier:This famous beachside boardwalk brings fun for the whole family. Its a perfect spot for a leisurely break from the festival schedule. Hop on the many rides or grab a famous Brighton stick-of-rock!
- The Basement Club:Brighton is home to many gay bars and clubs, but one of the most unique experiences youll find is The Basement Club. Located below the famous Legends Bar and Hotel, this underground neon-lit club is where everyone will be dancing after the festivities.