Bourne Free will take place from 30th June till 2nd July 2017
This year Bournemouth’s Pride Festival ‘Bourne Free‘ will take place from 30th June until 2nd July.
Now in it’s 13th year this annual LGBT festival is a celebration of all diversities that live in Bournemouth, attracting thousands of visitors keen to soak up the colourful atmosphere and join in the fun.
One of the big highlights of the festival is the parade which features a range of colourful floats, with music and dancing, and takes place on Saturday 1st July.
The parade starts at East Overcliff Drive at 11.00am, and will go along the East Cliff, past Russell Cotes, along Westover Road and Gervis Place, across Richmond Hill to Bourne Avenue, around the Town Hall, through the Square past the Obscura Café and up to the Triangle.
The fun will then continue at The Triangle which will feature a main stage with some fantastic acts plus there’s free family entertainment with singers and bands in the Lower Gardens Bandstand.
The Triangle arena will be a ticketed event on Saturday. You can get tickets on the door, order them online via their website www.bournefree.co.uk, or buy them in advance from Flirt Café Bar at the Triangle or any of the gay venues in town.
Plus also expect the local gay pubs and clubs to join in the fun with many offering special promotions and special guests.
There will also be entertainment in The Triangle on Friday night from 5.00pm till 11.00pm which is FREE and open to all ages, so bring your family down for the open air showing on the big screen and great entertainment on stage!
And Sunday sees a Sunday service by The Metropolitan Community Church Service followed by Coffee & Cake at Flirt Cafe Bar.
Friday 30th June 2017
Family Fun Night at The Triangle from 5.00pm starting with a live screening of ‘The Incredibles’ family film. (may be subject to change)
Followed by live music in the main arena hosted by Lee Martin including the amazing tribute act “The Irreplaceable Beyonce Tribute”
Meet Micky Mouse and Peppa Pig and get involved in the FREE family rainbow tapestry.
Plus FREE Candy Floss, FREE Popcorn, FREE Bouncy Castle and FREE Face Painting!
Saturday 1st July 2017
Parade starting at 11.00am at East Overcliff Drive and ending at the Triangle at 12.00 noon.
Fantastic live music at the main arena in The Triangle from 12.00pm until 11.00pm hosted by Lucinda Lashes. Acts include Brandon Block, Phats & Small, Miss Jason, Vicky Vivasious, Cassidy Connors and Martha D’arthur. This event is ticketed. Tickets can be purchased online.
From 12.30pm until 4.30pm enjoy a superhero infused afternoon of free family fun and entertainment in the Lower Gardens hosted by the talented Lea Martin & Sheila Tackya.
Acts include stars of the Bourne Free Panto and upcoming BBLOC production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Vileda Moppe, Tracie Redding, Fiona Fox, Skylar Jay, Nicole McNally, Siobhan Macfadyan and more….. Plus face painting by Diamond Faces.
Sunday 2nd July 2017
Join the team for their annual Bourne Free Celebration Worship at 12 noon at the Bourne Free stage in The Triangle, held by the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). It is a special Pride service celebrating God’s lgbt children. Expect congregational singing, community choir, children’s sermons, guest speakers, drag queens and a special thanksgiving for lgbt people, all culminating with the serving of Communion which is open for everyone to receive. Afterwards enjoy coffee and cake at Flirt Cafe.