Bourne Free Pride Festival

Bourne Free Pride Festival
 
Bourne Free - Parade
The Bourne Free parade is a celebration of equality and diversity in the Bournemouth community. Each year the parade gets bigger and bigger with many local and national companies now taking part. Joining in with our parade is free and only takes a couple of minutes to register. All
Bourne Free - Hawaiian Beach Party in The Triangle
The Triangle Arena is where it all happens. This year Bournemouth has live entertainment on stage all day from your favourite drag artists to celebrities, tribute acts to local entertainers there’s something for everyone. Headlining is Big Brother and Drag Race star Courtney Act. Wristbands
Bourne Free - The Bandstand
The Bandstand is where it all started, Bourne Free’s first ever event was held in the Lower Gardens in 2004. Since then Bourne Free has continued to provide a fun, exciting packed afternoon filling with entertainment, stalls and activities for everyone. The entertainment is for absolutely
Bourne Free Family Fun Night
Enjoy a family-friendly movie, under the stars, appropriate for all ages or sing along with our great entertainment live on stage. Bourne Free’s Family Fun Night is a night for the entire family. This fun filled evening kicks off at 5pm in The Triangle Arena, food stands and a fully stocked

 


See what Bournemouth got up to in 2017

66 photos from the Pride Parade 2017

45 photos from the Bandstand, Stalls in the Gardens


 


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.

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