Bourne Free is Bournemouth's annual LGBT Pride celebration and it's back for 2017 - but earlier in the year than previous years. There's a Superheroes theme for 2017 and everyone is invited to come along, dress up and get involved.
The dates for your diary are Friday 30th June to 2nd July 2017.
Friday 30th June 2017
Free Family Fun Night - Entry to The Triangle Arena on Friday is FREE and open to all ages, bring your family down for the open air showing on the big screen and great entertainment on stage.
The Big Screen - An open air showing of a family friendly film in line with our pride theme. Why not bring your family down for some good old fashioned fun.
Come and enjoy the family entertainment with an evening filled with tribute acts.
Plus, starting after the open air movie, come along and meet Micky Mouse and Peppa Pig, enjoy FREEcandy floss & popcorn, have a go on our FREE bouncy castle or get your face painted for FREE. You can also get involved in ourFREE family rainbow tapestry.
Saturday 1sy July 2017
Town Centre Parade - route details to follow
After the Parade the celebration continues at the main event in the Triangle Arena, from 12pm to 11pm, all day entertainment, past headline acts included Bucks Fizz, Artful Dodger, Shola Ama, Misha B, The Risk, Damage, Kimberley Wyatt, Brandon Block.
Sunday 2nd July 2017
Join us for a Sunday Service by The Metropolitan Community Church Service followed by Coffee & Cake at Flirt Cafe Bar.
SUNDAY ALSO SEES THE RETURN OF THE POPULAR TRIANGLE TOUR
Why did Bourne Free start?
Bourne Free was originally set up in 2004 when a far right organisation was due to come to Bournemouth and preach that homosexuality was wrong. Many prominent figures and active members of the gay communities in the area came together to organise an event in the Lower Gardens to protect the gay communities from the bigots and keep them together for a day of celebration, rather than of hostility.
The event included entertainers performing at The Bandstand to support diversity, a balloon release with a 2 minute silence for victims of hate crime and Bournemouth’s first Gay Pride march. By the end of the day those that had come together just a few weeks before the preachers came to Bournemouth, the Bourne Free Committee, felt that they could have done even more if they had more time.
It was decided that the committee would get back together and repeat the event every year, but as an official charity with designated roles. Bourne Free would become an annual celebration in the heart of Bournemouth for everyone to see the diversities in the community and to enjoy a variety of entertainment. In 2006, the title of the event was changed to the Bourne Free Pride Festival.
Who is Bourne Free?
The Bourne Free committee consists trustees and volunteers plus a large number of contributors from the LGBT community across Bournemouth and Dorset. Bourne Free is a registered charity and has no paid staff.
For the latest Bourne Free information see the news section here.