As we are sure you are aware, GTR Thameslink have announced there will be no trains to or from Brighton on Saturday 5 August.
For clarity, All official Pride events are going ahead as planned…
Friday 4 August – Pride Campsite opens
Saturday 5 August – Pride LGBTQ+ Parade
Saturday 5 August – FABULOSO Pride in the Park
Saturday 5 August – Pride Village Party
Sunday 6 August – FABULOSO Pride in the Park
Sunday 6 August – Pride Village Party
Make a plan – travel safely.
This year, getting to Brighton & Hove Pride on 5 August is going to be slightly trickier, but there are options…
- If possible, arrive in Brighton on Friday 4 August when the trains are still running. If you are able, book a hotel or AirBnB which will allow you to check in on Friday and leave on Sunday 6 August.
Many local accommodation providers still have availability, eg. we checked Booking.com and Friday night for 2 people came in at £120 (£60 per person)
MyGetAways/Sussex Holiday Lets have offered a 10% off accommodation for any dates that cover the Pride weekend, (use code PRIDE23 at check out).
- If you have any friends or family in Brighton or the surrounding area, now would be the time to call them up.
- If you are driving already and have a spare seat, maybe offer it through LiftShare.
- The Pride Campsite still has availability.
- If you are able to get to a nearby train station such as Three Bridges (44 minutes from Brighton), consider booking a taxi which you can split with friends.
- National Express Bus company will be running buses between Brighton and London throughout the day.
The LGBTQ+ community is facing the threat of its hard fought for rights being eroded, while we are still a long way from equality. We ask people from near and far to stand up for our community and celebrate with us at Pride this summer.
Brighton & Hove Pride is not-for-profit, with a significant effort put into raising funds for the Brighton Rainbow Fund though the official Pride events. The Fund financially supports numerous essential local LGBTQ+ charities and community organisations across Brighton & Hove. The effects of the GTR decision are far reaching for Pride and those who benefit all year round from the annual Pride fundraising activity.
On this the 50th anniversary of the first Brighton Gay Pride march, now is the time to come out and make our voices heard louder than ever.