Pride Festival in Preston Park

Brighton Pride is taking place on Saturday 5 August in Preston Park. The Saturday in the park is part of a much larger weekend of events across the city including the Village Party and Pleasure Gardens. 

Over the years, Brighton Pride, has grown to become the biggest and best UK Pride with over 200,000 people attending events over the weekend. In 2015 £18 million was generated in the city and over £100,00 was raised for local groups via the Rainbow Fund.

In 2015 we started to fence off the park in stages as we built the site. We realise this isn’t a popular decision for a number of park users and wanted to explain why this happens.

In previous years the Pride Festival site would be built whilst the park was completely open, this became dangerous with children running around vehicles and people playing football whilst large structures were being built. Pride take safety very seriously so we worked with the council and our safety team to develop a staggered closure which created safe areas for park users and safe working areas.

preston-park-closures-2016Monday 31st July : the fence line will start to go up around the park. During this time the whole park is accessible but we do advise caution as there will be lots of vehicle movement.

Tuesday 1st Aug : Fence line complete. GREY area is closed to public. As local residents ourselves we know people cut across the park to get to work. You will be able to go through the park from north (GATE Y) to south (GATE W) every morning between 06:00 – 08:00 Tuesday 2 August – Friday 5 August

Wednesday 2nd Aug : 18:00 GREEN area closed to public. 

The south east end of the park including the basketball courts, Children’s Playground, tennis courts, bowling green, rose garden is open. There will be fencing going up but you will still be able to use these areas.

Thursday 3rd Aug : 18:00 The Basketball court (orange) closed.

Friday 4th Aug : 18:00 The Children’s Playground, tennis courts and bowling greens (pink) will close. 

There will be fencing around the rose garden to protect the flowers and you will be able to access the cafe throughout Pride.

After the event the team work really hard to get the park open and back to full use as soon as possible and we reverse the phases opening the Children’s playground first ready for use on Sunday morning with the GREEN area being open by Monday morning.

We have a dedicated resident helpline number to receive reports and, wherever possible, address the concerns of local residents. This line will be staffed between 9am-5pm Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August and 9am-11pm on Saturday 5th August. The number will be published ahead of time.

We anticipate the majority of visitors to have cleared Preston Park by 10.30pm and will endeavor to ensure that residents experience minimum disruption. Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation and understanding.

You can see the dates and times of restricted park access during Pride week on the above map.
For email updates please join our Preston Park Residents list here and we will also circulate information through ‘Friends of Preston Park’.

For road closure information, click here.

Residents may also contact us at residents@brighton-pride.org 

Pride Village Party

The Pride Village Party (PVP) 2017 is once again being run and managed by Brighton Pride Community Interest Company (CIC) with the full support of Brighton & Hove City Council. Thanks to strong support from the whole community and local businesses, we are delighted to say that this years PVP will take place on Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th August.

Anyone wanting to attend the PVP will require a wristband.

Our aim, as always, is to produce a safe well managed event and to minimise, as much as possible, any inconvenience and impact on local residents and businesses. Our main priority is to ensure that all residents have access to and from their homes during the time that the event is taking place.

As in 2016 Pride will distribute residents’ wristbands in advance of the event taking place. More details as to how this will be done and distribution dates to follow.

We may still need to ask for some form of proof of residency when issuing wristbands and would ask that you have this to hand when receiving your wristband This is to ensure that those residents who live in the affected streets get the wristbands to which they are entitled to enable them freedom of movement within the Pride Village Party area.

We will also have a dedicated box office manager to issue wristbands to residents If collecting from the box office please bring ID when collecting wristbands at the box office to help us to speed up the process. Box Office details here.

We also appreciate that Pride weekend is a popular time to host guests and hold house parties. To this end we will assist as much as possible, and we are able to offer an exclusive residents’ discount rate for the purchase of additional wristbands for the Pride Village Party at £5 each for your guests or Pride will provide you with special invites for you to give to your party guests in advance so that they can get to your home easily. Discount cards can be exchanged for wristbands at the reduced price at the box office located on Victoria Gardens

Wristband sales help us to cover the significant costs of staging the event, cleaning up afterwards and putting in place the statutory infrastructure required to ensure the utmost safety of the public.

If you have any questions, or perhaps have concerns over any aspect of the Pride Village Party, then please do not hesitate to contact us by email PVP@brighton-pride.org or our residents email residents@brighton-pride.org

A residents phone number will also be published nearer the Pride weekend.