A Guide to Brighton Pride

A Guide to Brighton Pride

Brighton & Hove Pride is one of the biggest and best LGBTQ+ pride events in the whole UK.

The first weekend of August is undoubtedly the most exciting time of the year for everyone in and around Brighton – it’s Pride weekend!

Brighton and Hove Pride began with a gay demonstration in Brighton in 1972 by The Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF), and a full pride march in July of 1973. It then returned to the city in 1991, and has been gaining popularity and attracting locals and tourists alike since then.

These days, you can expect around 500,000 people in Brighton over the pride weekend. Whether you choose to watch the colourful parade, see pop superstars at the festival in Preston Park, or wander around town and join the street parties – all of Brighton is celebrating its diversity and its fantastic LGBTQ+ community.
Get your most colourful, fabulous, or scandalous outfit ready and read on to find out everything there is to know about Brighton Pride and this year’s events!

Brighton Pride Parade

The famous Pride Parade starts off at 11am at Hove Lawns. It will move along the seafront, through the city center, past St Peters Church, along London Road and ends at Preston Park around 4pm. This year’s parade will be taking place on Saturday 6 August 2022. The theme: Love, Protest & Unity.

Join the Travel Gay Newsletter

Expect colourful floats, lots of balloons, your favourite pop divas’ songs blasting, fantastic outfits and costumes and much more!

Brighton Pride Parade

The Best Spots to Watch the Parade

If you are an early bird, then definitely make the most of the start of the parade along Hove Lawns. It’s a nice long stretch along the seafront with plenty of space to see everything. This is also where you will encounter the least drunk party animals at that point.

The further along you choose to watch the parade, the busier (and wilder) the crowd will be. There is quite a bit of space in the area around St Peter’s Church, where lots of people will remain to celebrate and dance for the rest of the day.

Another good spot to watch the parade is Preston Circus. This is just before Preston Park, where the parade finishes and the festival takes place. This is also where the crowd will have had most of the day to get in the mood, and the party is in full swing.

Brighton & Hove Pride Parade

Pride Festival at Preston Park

Just like the parade, Brighton’s pride festival has been one of the biggest and best ones in all of the UK. With previous headliners such as Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Sister Sledge, Pet Shop Boys, Jessie J (and technically Mariah Carey and The Pussycat Dolls who were confirmed for 2020), this festival is promising to become better every year.

The festival takes place in Preston Park, where the parade comes to an end. It usually takes place over two days – Saturday and Sunday – and has various tents, stages, rides, and immersive experiences.

This year, Christina Aguilera will headline on Saturday. The festival starts at 12pm (the parade won’t reach Preston Park until 4pm though), and will end at 10.30pm. Paloma Faith will headline on Sunday, and the festival will be open from 1pm to 9.30pm.

Brighton Pride Festival

Pride Village Party

Not in the mood for a huge festival, but still want to party? Well, fortunately there are street parties happening all over town!
Join the Pride Village Party in Kemptown on Saturday and Sunday, stretching across St James Street and Marine Parade. Local businesses such as pubs, bars and restaurants are coming together to celebrate Pride, and raise extra funds for the Brighton Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund. You can expect live entertainment including Djs, drag artists, singers, and more.

The 2022 Village Party will be taking place on Saturday 6 August from 5pm to 11pm, and on Sunday 7 August from 3pm to 9pm.

Pubs and Bars to check out for Pride 2022

You can always hit up the usual LGBTQ+ haunts in Brighton for club nights over the pride weekend. There will be plenty of preparties, pride parties, and afterparties. But there are so many more exciting events and places to go just off the main track. Here are some of our favourite places in Kemptown:

Arcobaleno in Kemptown has some fantastic events on over the Pride weekend – if you are thinking of going to Polyglamorous at Chalk on Friday 5 August, hit up Arcobaleno for their official Polyglam pre-party that will also give you a cheeky queue jump (you must have your own pre-paid ticket already)! Not sure who to go with? Come join Arcobaleno’s pre-party and meet like-minded people to hit up the main event with! Don’t miss their all-day Pride event on Saturday 6 August – featuring contortionists, singers, burlesque performers, pole dances, drag queens and DJs!

Friday the 5th will also see Ironworks Studios host a special edition of Party Bag, a queer dance party hosted by Drag Race UK star Anubis Finch. The event will feature a variety of games, shows, and guests, ensuring your 2022 pride gets off to a great start. Ironworks is all about pride, and the venue hosts and organizes queer events throughout the year, including workshops, festivals and gigs.

Head off of the beaten track and discover any of the amazing events being held at smaller venues across the weekend. Taking place at Brighton landmark Komedia, Gal Pals is a dance party for women, trans and non-binary people, promising queer anthems, an inclusive atmosphere, and special guests. The special Queer Pride event will take place on Saturday the 6th at Komedia.

If you’re in Kemptown for the Pride Village Party, be sure to visit Charles Street Tap. One of the gay district’s most popular venues, there are a number of events taking place to celebrate Brighton’s queer community this pride. Firm favorite DILF returns to the bar on Saturday the 6th with a focus on bears, daddies, and their admirers. Doors open at 9 pm and you can expect an impressive roster of queer DJs and live acts.

Further along in Kemptown, you will find The Curzon, a gay pub and cabaret venue with a lovely beer garden and lots of live entertainment throughout the week. Come here to see drag acts, DJ and karaoke nights, as well as cabaret shows. Spread over 3 floors, this is one of Brighton’s most unique LGBTQ+ venues. The Curzon has a very special guest for Pride – Sugababes’ superstar Mutya Buena! Limited tickets are left for the event on Saturday 6 August 2022!

Brighton Pride Village

Where to Stay during Brighton Pride

Planning to come stay the weekend in Brighton so you can make the most of all the events and celebrations across town? Staying in a hotel can be quite expensive, especially if you are trying to get a room last minute, so a B&B might be the right option for you!

Airhost For You are a Brighton-based short stay rental service, that have luxurious and beautifully designed flats and apartments available all year round. Whether you are looking for a small and cozy studio for a romantic getaway, or a whole house for you and your friends – Airhost has the best places for you. Their team lives, works and plays in Brighton, so they are perfectly placed to answer all your queries about your stay. Pop in to their central Brighton shop, on hand to support you 7 days a week.

Be quick – there are still some properties available for the Brighton Pride Weekend! You get a 10% discount if you book directly via Airhost For You.

Published: 28-Jul-2022 by Sarah Langenmayr   |   Last Updated: 01-Aug-2022
On: Gay BrightonGay London

Brighton Tours and Experiences

Browse our handpicked selection of tours in Brighton from our partners with free cancellation 24 hours before your tour starts.

Featured Brighton Hotels