We’re delighted to announce that this years Northumberland Pride Festival will take place on Saturday 28th August 2021 alongside our amazing LGBT+ 5K & 10K on Friday 27th August 2021. We’ll host the festival in a spectacular part of Ashington, at Peoples Park between 11am -7pm.
Darren Irvine-Duffy, Chair of Northumberland Pride said
“Earlier this year we said we would deliver a physical Pride and today we’re honouring that commitment.. LGBT+ people have suffered greatly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and it is essential to restore visibility and safe physical spaces for our communities. Covid-19 has presented enormous challenges for Pride organisers, and as many physical Pride events aren’t taking place in 2021 we are pleased that we can deliver a Pride this year. Our new home will provide brilliant opportunities to grow Pride for Northumberland and beyond, where LGBT+ communities and our allies can raise awareness and celebrate all of our communities”
You can purchase tickets now by following ‘Buy Your Tickets’ and find a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions is below.
Why is it a ticketed event this year?
This years event will be held in August 2021 during a period of uncertainly. To hold a safe event we are required to control numbers and given that our event has grew year on year it is the only feasible way to do so.
Why are you charging?
We didn’t take this decision lightly and spent many months assessing the impact of such a change. In order to proceed with an event in 2021 we have to control numbers and we can only do this through tickets. We looked at the feasibility of providing a free ticketed event however the costs associated with using a ticketing system meant it would be unviable for us to hold the event due to the costs associated with doing so. The increased costs to Northumberland include (but are not limited to); ticket processing and merchant fees, increased security, increased fencing requirements, increased fees and additional staffing costs to administer ticket administration as well as additional costs associated with health and safety.
How did you decide the price?
We carried out a detailed analysis, alongside market research to work out the increased cost per head to host this years event taking into account the additional costs we face. We also wanted to ensure that we didn’t exclude people by offering a limited amount of free tickets which will be administrated through our partner organisations. We arrived at our £8 early bird ticket price / £12 standard (under 12’s free with paying adult up to a maximum of three children) and £25 VIP as a break even point.
Will the event be Covid safe?
We are working in line with the government’s roadmap which currently shows we do not need to make any additional provision after 21st June 2021 we are however monitoring developments very closely. The safety of our staff, volunteers and attendees is paramount to all of our decisions about the event which undergoes extensive scrutiny from the safety advisory group. For reassurance we have increased our site size significantly to allow for social distancing and we do have the ability to implement changes at short notice providing it is reasonable and practical to do so.
What do I get with a VIP ticket?
First of all, you get access to the exclusive VIP entrance into the festival. You will receive a complimentary drink upon arrival in the contained VIP Area with views of the Main Stage performances. You will also have access to the VIP Bar area and VIP Toilets.
What happens if I am unable to afford the ticket?
We realise that some member of our community may not be able to afford a ticket for our event. We have made a commitment to release a number of free tickets to community groups and our partners in order to make them accessible to as many people as possible. Keep checking our social media pages for details of how to apply for a fully subsidised ticket.
How many tickets are available?
Our event has a public capacity attendance and as such once tickets have gone there will be no additional capacity at the event. There are only 200 VIP tickets available and as such we expect these to go quickly.
Can I bring food?
Unfortunately not, we do not permit bringing your own food onsite due to health, safety and licencing. To allow for quick passage through bag searches, we advise you do not attend with large bags and there is a risk that you will need to dispose of any contents in order to enter the event. With a wide selection of food vendors onsite there should be something for everyone.
Can I bring alcohol?
Unfortunately not, we do not permit bringing your own alcohol onsite due to health, safety and licencing. Bag searches will be in operation, any alcohol will need to be disposed of prior to admittance to the event, any alcohol brought onto site will be confiscated and there is a risk you will be ejected from the event. We do have a wide selection of beverages onsite available so there should be something for everyone.
Can I bring drinks?
The only drinks permitted onto the site is sealed bottled water and also permit any liquids such as milk required for children. If you are unsure please contact us prior to the event.
Can I bring camping chairs?
Unfortunately due to health and safety we are unable to allow camping chairs on site.
Can I bring animals/pets?
We want to make the event as safe as possible for attendees and their animals. Due to the sound and lighting which may cause upset, alarm and distress to some animals we do not permit any animals or pets onsite, at any time.
Where can I park?
We would encourage people to use public transport where possible. The event is easily accessible by bus and situated not far from Ashington Bus Station and also has nearby bus stops with regular buses from the North, South East and West. The nearest train station is Morpeth, with a regular bus service to Ashington. We do not provide parking and remind attendees to be courteous towards residents within the vicinity.
I am a wheelchair user, is it safe?
The event is situated on grass so if there is inclement weather it may be inaccessible. We have accessible toilets on site and most of our indoor marquees are floored. Carers are eligible for a free ticket with a full paying admission, please email us at: email@example.com to request one with evidence of your carer status or if you have any additional requirements that we can help with.
Can I leave the event and come back?
Tickets are only valid to admit one person and no re-admittance is allowed if you leave the site.
What happens if I buy a ticket and the event is postponed?
You will be offered the option to defer your ticket to a future event, have the option to receive a refund or donate your ticket price to the LGBT+ Aspire Fund.
Will Northumberland Pride sell out?
We think so! We have a limited amount of tickets which are sold on a first come first served basis.
When will you announce the artists / line up?
Keep an eye on our social media channels and website for more information. We will be announcing artists in the run up to the event and we think you’ll love the variety.
When and how will I receive my tickets?
You will receive your ticket immediately if you opt to receive by text or email. You can also request your tickets to be posted. Please make sure you keep your QR coded ticket to gain access.
Can I get a discount on tickets?
We are offering a early bird tickets for £8 which is a £4 saving on our standard ticket price.
Weather? Will it be windy/raining etc.?
We hope not but for your safety our Event Team will be closely monitoring the weather.
Will I need to bring ID?
If you are lucky enough to look under 25 years old and are intending on making an alcohol purchase, you should bring ID.
What time does the music start and finish?
The music starts at 11am and will end at 7pm.
What type of footwear / clothing should I wear?
We would encourage people to be practical with their clothing as the event will be held on a field.
Where is Northumberland Pride?
This years Northumberland Pride will be held at Peoples Park, Ashington which is in South-East Northumberland.
Can children attend the event?
Yes, up to three children (12 and under) are permitted free entry with a full paying adult.
Can I play the festival?
We encourage artists from all backgrounds who wish to perform at this years or future years event to email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a trader and would like to be part of Northumberland Pride 2021, Who do I contact?
Check out our webpage http://northumberlandpride.org.uk/stalls/
If you unfortunately loose anything or you find something, then report to event control on the day or email at email@example.com
All identification must photographic and in date.
What facilities will there be on site?
This years pride will include: Main Stage, Market Stalls, Fun Fair, Bar & Food, Health Zones, Family & Youth Zone, VIP Area and LGBT+ 5K & 10K Runs. We may add new areas from time to time so keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.
Are there any lockers for my valuables?
No but we do permit small bags.
Can I buy ticket entry at the event?
Subject to availability we may have a selective amount of tickets for sale on the day.
What time is the parade start?
Unfortunately this year there will be no parade.
How do I make a complaint?
Should you be dissatisfied or wish to provide any feedback please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be BSL interpreters on the stages?
Yes, we will have BSL interpreters on stage.
Are there age restrictions?
If you are 12 or under you must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I sell my tickets?
All tickets are non transferable.
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