Bristol Pride is set to return in 2023

Bristol Pride is set to return in 2023

Posted on: 12 Dec 2022

The annual event, celebrating and showcasing Bristol’s LGBT+ community, will be returning to The Downs once more next year.


Bristol Pride Day Festival will take place on Saturday 8 July 2023 before the festival itself from Saturday 24 June until Sunday 9 July with plenty of special events scheduled to take place across the city.


To find out more about what’s planned and to keep up to date with Bristol Pride news, visit the website.



Record numbers once more attended Bristol Pride last year with more than 19,000 embarking on the march through Bristol city centre and the main festival on The Downs (home of the Day Festival since 2019) saw 40,000 people attend with more than 100 artists performing – most notably internationally acclaimed pop star Carly Rae Jepsen.


In addition to the 2023 dates, Bristol Pride have announced that, for the first time, Supporter Wristbands are available to purchase from the festival website. This will allow more active charity support as well as helping to alleviate queues on the day of the festival.


The Bristol edition of Pride is one of the UK’s largest, returning in 2022 for the first time in 2 years of hybrid activity due to the pandemic. Pride Day is still a donation entry event so that those who need it most can still gain access, however, costs are continuing to rise, and organisers are urging attendees to pay for tickets if they are able to.

Pride Supporter Wristbands start at just £7 and offer rewards that have the potential to save you money including free bus travel on the day of the festival and money off all drinks at the onsite bars. 


Bristol Pride is the only Pride event of its size that donates all proceeds to keeping the event going year on year. Speaking about the 2023 celebrations, Daryn Carter (Bristol Pride Director):


“Pride is about community at its core, we never want to make attending the parade or festival financially exclusive or inaccessible. I remember how important my first Pride was to me and I hold that close to my heart when planning the festival each year. Pride is something special and sadly many people still need the support and magic that Pride has to offer…


“Although the lineup for 2023 is still firmly under wraps, the Bristol Pride team have promised they will be building on the continued growth of the festival with some really exciting headliners joining Main Stage on The Downs alongside incredible local artists and performers and stars from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and USA along with an incredible headline DJ set for the official afterparty at the O2 Academy.”

Before the actual festival, the team have announced their 2-week run of events across the city, again featuring highlights including the Pride Dog Show, theatre performances, Pride Comedy Night, meet-ups, workshops and much more.


The 2023 march will take place on Saturday 8 July with bookings for businesses, groups and charities open now. Head to the Bristol Pride website now to find out more.


Main Image: Dan Regan; Carly Rae Jepson Image: Matt Whiteley; Pride Flag Image: Bhagesh Sachania

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.