It’s Manchester Pride month, and we are kicking it off with the ultimate guide to PRIDE.
We asked Manchester pride, Pride lovers and LGBT employees for the low down on how to prepare for the biggest party of the year… the Manchester Pride Festival!
What to bring on the day
Manchester Pride: Bring yourself and your mates, your best dance moves and big smiles! Don’t forget the essential items; keys, money, lippy!
Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten anything, there are markets and shops on all sites, plus we’re in the city centre so nothing is too far away.
Beth Chapman, TCA: Bring water, sun cream and your phone, with my sensible head on!
What events not to miss!
Manchester Pride: There will be loads going on over the Festival weekend! Check out the Gay Village Party celebrations taking place over four days (23rd – 26th August) – sponsored by Thomas Cook Airlines.
There’s also the brand new Manchester Pride LIVE event @ Mayfield featuring Ariana Granda and Years & Years, as well many others.
There’s also Superbia Weekend the festival’s alcohol-free space offering a weekend of premieres, firsts, new work and LGBT+ celebrations as a culturally rich alternative to the other elements of the festival.
And of course, don’t miss The Parade, it’s truly spectacular and brings the whole city to a standstill!
How to beat the crowds
- Get there early! Particularly to the parade, it’s important to get a good spot as there will be plenty of fantastic freebies up for grabs from our pilots and cabin crew.
- Have your tickets ready! getting tickets on the day will be difficult as many options have already sold out, so pick your event and purchase now to avoid disappointment.
How to purchase tickets
Manchester Pride: Go to manchesterpride.com/tickets and click “Buy Tickets”, easy!
There are several different options to choose from:
The Rainbow Pass – which gives access to all areas of the festive, you can buy a weekend pass, or individual days.
Gay Village Party – which gives you access to just the gay village, you can buy a weekend pass or individual days.
Accommodation tips and travel tips for people outside of Manchester
Manchester Pride: We work with some great hotel partners throughout the city and list them on our site: Manchesterpride.com/where-to-stay
The Festival takes place right in the heart of Manchester city centre, which is easily accessible by road, rail and air!
Bar and club recommendations
Manchester Pride: The Gay Village Party is within Manchester’s Gay Village and they will no doubt be pulling out all the stops, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Bar Pop, 10 Canal Street – Open every day, until the early hours, Bar Pop is home to everything Pop!
G.A.Y Manchester – One of the most famous club franchises in the world
The Molly House – for great food and beer in a relaxed atmosphere
Any other tips you might have to make the weekend go smoothly
Manchester Pride: The weekend is a lot of fun, we have loads of new activities going on this year. We recommend that you have a wander around the Village and experience lots of different things that are going on! Manchester Pride LIVE is going on this year @Mayfield so check that out!
Helen Atkinson, TCA: Dress for the weather! Plus drink lots of water and spend the week before getting as much sleep as possible – that way you can party all night and ensure it’s an unforgettable weekend!