Warwickshire Pride is the primary LGBT+ organisation in Warwickshire. We run a number of services and social events for LGBT+ people. Our mission is:
"to ensure that all people feel valued and included in society, regardless of sexuality or gender identity"
We also have the following objectives, that are for the benefit of LGBT+ people:
1.To preserve and protect the physical and mental health of such people, in particular, but not exclusively through:
a. The provision of information, guidance and emotional support;
b. Safe, social meeting spaces where people can explore verbally and express their sexual orientation or gender identity.
2.The promotion of equality and diversity in the Warwickshire area for the public benefit by:
a. The elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity;
b. Working in partnership with other providers and community groups to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues, and the needs of LGBT+ young people and adults;
c. Advancing education and raising awareness in equality and diversity, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The first Warwickshire Pride took place on Saturday 31st August 2013 and was the first event of its kind in Warwickshire. It was organised by local LGBT+ activist and businessman Daniel Browne, who felt that Warwickshire was lagging behind the rest of the country when it came to LGBT+ representation. Daniel had the vision for Warwickshire Pride upon waking up one morning and told himself that he was going to put on a Pride festival in exactly three month's time and that it would be fabulous. People thought Daniel was crazy and that it would never happen. It did happen, and around 2,000 people came out to support the first Warwickshire Pride.
Since then, Warwickshire Pride has continued to go from strength to strength; getting bigger and better each year, while retaining its identity as a grassroots, community Pride event. Warwickshire Pride is now an established festival in Warwickshire's event calendar, welcoming masses of people each year for a celebration of LGBT+ culture.
Warwickshire Pride was part of the offering from Push Projects LGBTQ Youth Support charity. However, as Push Projects developed and started to support adults as well as young people, the board of trustees decided to change the charity name to Warwickshire Pride. The new name fully represents what the charity is about.
Warwickshire Pride is managed by a board of trustees and has a team of fantastic volunteers who help to run the services and activities. Further information can be found on the Charity Commission website.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Warwickshire Pride Festival
What time is Warwickshire Pride on?
The festival will run on Saturday 22nd August 2020 between 11:00am - 6:00pm.
How much does it cost?
Warwickshire Pride is completely FREE to attend. We believe in Pride celebrations being free for all people to enjoy.
Will it be safe for children to take children?
Of course. Warwickshire Pride is something that people of all ages can celebrate. We are a completely family friendly festival and have a dedicated family area.
Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept on a lead and all mess is cleaned up.
Will there be alcohol?
There will be a licensed bars selling a variety of alcoholic drinks. The bar will have a Challenge 25 policy in action on the day, so bring ID with you if you're lucky enough to look under 25. We discourage people from bringing their own alcohol due to the Pump Room Gardens being an alcohol free zone (apart from our licensed bar, of course). Anyone who is heavily under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave the Warwickshire Pride site in order to maintain the family friendly atmosphere.
I'm not LGBT+... Can I still come?
Absolutely. It may be an LGBT+ festival, but we welcome and embrace all people.
Where is Warwickshire Pride happening?
The festival takes place at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa. See the map below for its location.
Where can I park my car?
Parking is available in St Peter's multi-storey car park on Augusta Place (Postcode: CV32 5EL). The car park is a one minute walk from the Pump Room Gardens, where Warwickshire Pride takes place. It costs a maximum of £4.50 for the whole day.
Is there access for disabled people?
Yes. The Pump Room Gardens is fully accessible for disabled people and we work with disability groups to ensure that Warwickshire Pride is accessible for people with physical and learning disabilities.