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This year Bournemouth’s Pride Festival ‘Bourne Free’ will take place from 13th until 15th July.
Now in it’s 14th 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.
Every year the organisers choose a different theme with the theme for 2018 is ‘Aloha! – Hawaiian Beach Party’
One of the big highlights of the festival is the parade which features a range of colourful floats, with music and dancing.
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.
Any Dance Groups, Organisations, Charities, Businesses or individuals wishing to join the Parade can do so by completing the relevant application form on the Bourne Free website and returning it to the organisers.
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. Please check back soon for further information.
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 13th July
Family fun night at The Triangle. Enjoy a family-friendly movie, under the stars followed by some great live entertainment on the stage. Face painting, bouncy castle and FREE candy floss & popcorn! Free admission. From 5.00pm.
Saturday 14th July
Starting on the East Cliff at 11.00am watch the parade as it makes its way through the town finishing at the Triangle at 12 noon.
Following the parade there will be an afternoon of free family fun entertainment in the lower gardens from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.
Hosted by Lea Martin & Sheila Tackya, acts set to appear include:
Inspired by Adele
Performance by BBLOC
Golden Pipes Winner (to be announced)
There will also face painting, stalls and activities for everyone.
Meanwhile The Triangle Arena has live entertainment all day from favourite drag artists to celebrities, tribute acts to local entertainers. This is a ticketed event. You can buy wristbands online and collect during the event. Wristbands will NOT be posted to you. You will ONLY be able to collect your wristband(s) from the main entrance of the Triangle Arena between 6pm to 10:30pm on the Friday & again from 12 noon onwards on the Saturday.
Advanced tickets cost £12 or £15 on the day. VIP tickets also available priced at £35. Click here to book online. Over 18’s only for the Triangle Arena. Line up to be confirmed.
Sunday 15th July
There will be the annual Bourne Free Celebration Worship at 11.00am at Brewhouse & Kitchen, Commercial Road on Sunday 15th July 2018 followed by a lunchtime BBQ from 1pm.
Contact / More Info
Event Start Date : 13/07/2018Event End Date : 15/07/2018Ticket Information:
Wristbands required for The Triangle Arena on Saturday 14th. Click here to purchase
All other events are free.The Triangle