Bristol Pride Day 2024 is almost upon us. Returning on Saturday (July 13) 40,000 people are expected to grace The Downs to celebrate with live music and performances, following this year’s famed Pride Parade through the city.

We’ve compiled a list of who will be where and when, how you can get to all the Pride Day action, some of the special perks you can expect if you bag yourself a wristband, and what (and who) you can and can’t bring with you.

The only thing left to do is plan your outfit and cross your fingers for good weather…

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What is happening on Bristol Pride Day – and when and where?

Bristol Pride Day takes place on Saturday and consists of the annual Pride Parade/march through the city, before a huge music event on The Downs. The Parade march will see participants gather from 10am at the Bandstand end of Castle Park and depart around 10.45am.

The route is two miles long and will take about an hour to complete, ending in the Amphitheatre, where shuttle buses will be waiting to take you to The Downs. You must register here to join the march, if you are part of a large group, charity or business – you don’t need to register if you’re marching individually or with friends.

The festival at The Downs is expecting around 40,000 people to soak up all the celebrations, with five outdoor stages of live performances – and The Human League will be headlining the Main Stage. There will also be community and family areas, a silent disco, bars, food, markets and more.

Other acts on the line-up include Ladytron, Steps’ Claire Richards, Georgia, and a whole host of guest speakers, hosts, and drag queens. All stage times and Pride Day info is listed on the website’s Festival and Stages and are updated with any changes to scheduling.

Travelling to Bristol Pride Day events – road closures, bus diversions, free travel and parking

From the parade’s finish point at the Amphitheatre, you can catch a shuttle bus to The Downs or catch a First Bus from College Green or The Cenotaph stops. Travel is free on Pride Day if you have a supporter wristband.

While there are no road closures in place for the music event at The Downs, various roads in and around Central Bristol and Broadmead will be closed between around 10am and 2pm on the day, to facilitate the parade. And, as a result, bus diversions have been put in place – this means your route could change temporarily. There is no parking at the festival.

The march is expected to see around 25,000 people involved, with more than 40,000 people expected for the music event on The Downs. You can find a list of FirstBus route diversions here – they may be subject to change but are correct at time of writing. Extra inspectors will be on duty to assist passengers on the day.

The nearest train station to The Downs is Clifton Down, while bus services 1,2,3 and 4 go to The Downs from the city centre. You can find out more information, including where to stay, via the official website here.

Bristol Pride marches through the city centre
Bristol Pride marches through the city centre (Image: Dan Regan/Bristol Pride)

Are tickets still available for Bristol Pride Day?

Organisers say: “Bristol Pride is a donation entry event still, this means people can attend regardless of their situation, and everyone arriving on the day without a wristband will be asked for a £5 donation at the gate if you can and this helps us to keep the event happening. We do however offer a £9 Day Supporter Wristband, which is a great way to support Pride and get fantastic benefits such as free Bus Travel on Pride Day, money off at the Bars onsite and more.”

Supporter wristbands are still available (though stock is low at time of writing) and range in price from £9-£45. There are also separate after party wristbands to purchase too. Different wristbands offer different perks, including fast-track entry, free travel, money off food and drinks at onsite bars, traders and other venues and cocktail offers.

You can find out more and get your tickets here.

What is the weather going to be like?

The weather is always changing – but we’ve put together more information about what the Met Office is forecasting at the moment, here.

What can I bring?

If you need to bring a bag with you, only small bags or totes are permitted (roughly the size of A4). All bags will be searched thoroughly on entry, which may delay queues.

No alcohol can be brought into the festival in order to comply with the organisers’ licence to hold the event. Soft drinks need to be sealed. Food can be brought in with you, though there will be food traders and bars on site. You can bring folding camping chairs, but you must comply if asked to fold them away by security and you cannot sit blocking exits.

Here is a list of items you can’t bring with you:

  • No Chinese lanterns
  • No glass
  • No drugs
  • No soundsystems
  • No BBQs
  • No drones, laser pens or selfie sticks
  • No unofficial high vis jackets
  • No potential weapons of any kind
  • No fireworks, smoke bombs or flares
  • No compressed gas containers
  • No air horns
  • No item that an Authorised Person considers dangerous, hazardous and/or illegal or that may be used as a weapon or a missile or that may compromise or otherwise interfere with the enjoyment, comfort or safety of (or pose a hazard to) any person or security at the Venue.

  • No objects bearing trademarks or other kinds of promotional signs and messages (of whatever nature) which organisers believe are for promotional purposes, except authorised stall holders and sponsors (and any Prohibited Items may be removed, confiscated and/or destroyed even if the item itself is not illegal without compensation at the discretion of any Authorised Person).

Bristol Pride Festival crowds
More than 46,000 people are expected to attend events across the two weeks and on Pride Day this year (Image: Matt Whiteley/Bristol Pride)

Who can I bring with me?

Organisers say: “Bristol Pride is a family friendly event, celebrating LGBT+ parents, children, and all other families too. We have a dedicated family area, with craft play from Junkfish, special workshops, and Drag Queen Story Time will be reading stories at 1,2,3, and 4pm.

“Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children do not need a wristband. Read more about our Family Area. Children do not need a wristband for the festival as our benefits such as free travel they would get anyway, however if you would like to purchase one to support Pride then you may do so, or you can make a donation on the gates for them or donate online.

“Guide dogs and Working dogs are welcome, however for anyone with a pet dog, we would strongly advise not bringing them. It will be very hot, busy and noisy for them so please be aware of this before bringing a dog.

“If you do decide to bring a dog, they must be on a lead and you will also need to make sure they have enough shade, water, and are cleaned up after.”

The official afterparty

Pride’s takeover of the O2 Academy is back, with three rooms of local and international DJs including this year’s headliners Confidence Man DJs with DTYM, 90s & 00s party One More Time and Aether, with Jersey The Devil and Macha Zu. There will also be aerial hoop performances, dance performances, drag go-go dancers, and more.

Tickets cost £12 in advance for an O2 Academy Bristol only ticket or choose the new Pride Day + Night Fastrack wristband for all the Pride Day action and benefits, including fast track entry with entry to The Official Afterparty via dedicated wristband entry lane and Multi Club entry to other official afterparties including the Queenshilling, or discounted entry to partner parties.