Frequently Asked Questions
Never been to Pride before? Wondering what to expect? What you can and can't bring with you? Hopefully we will answer all your questions -
Is the event still taking place in light of COVID-19?
The Chair and Trustees of Reading Pride have taken the decision not to proceed with the Love Unites festival hosted by Reading Pride, in its normal form in Kings Meadow, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, 5th September 2020.
The safety of our attendees and volunteers is our primary concern. Running a large festival and implementing social distancing measures in an open space was not considered safe nor feasible.
Discussions are ongoing to assess the feasibility for different types of events, to take place this year, and based on the outcome of these assessments, further information will be shared in due course.
We understand that this will be disappointing to many people, but we ask for your understanding in the current circumstances and hope that everyone is looking after themselves and staying safe.
How does my company or organisation sponsor Reading Pride?
We are always interested in meeting potential new sponsors and supporters. Whilst we require significant financial support, we are always open to local businesses who can offer their products of services for free or at a heavily discounted rate.
To discuss opportunities, please contact us.
How can I volunteer?
Please see our volunteer page for information on opportunities or contact us.
How can I perform on your stage at Pride?
We are keen to support local talent on our stage - please contact us.
What do you get in the PridePlus Enclosure?
Our PridePlus Enclosure offers covered seating, dedicated bar service, unrivalled views of the stage and much more - look our for more details in the run-up to Pride.
When I can book tickets for the PridePlus Enclosure?
Tickets for the PridePlus Enclosure will be available for sale in the run-up to the event, sign-up for our newsletter and check back as the big day approaches.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome on site. However, the event can be noisy and there is limited shelter, so discretion is advised.
Are there any age restricted areas?
The sale of alcohol is strictly over 18s and we operate a think 25 policy.
In the past we have considered age restricted areas so if this is something you are interested in running, then please get in contact with us.
Can I bring my children?
Yes, we are a family friendly event and encourage everyone to come along. We do ask that young children are supervised at all times.
Please note that whilst every effort is made to keep language on the Main Stage as clean as possible before 5pm after this time it is only suitable for over 15's.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes you can bring personal supplies of food and soft drinks in sealed [unopened] containers. Due to licensing restrictions alcoholic drinks cannot be brought on to the site although we offer a reasonably priced bar service. We perform checks on entrance to the site and reserve the right to confiscate any bottles we consider to contain alcohol or drugs.
What should I wear?
It is important that you do wear something, as this is a family event but otherwise wear what you like! It is difficult to predict the weather, but we suggest comfortable clothing and if you wish to dress according to our theme then this is encouraged.
How do I have book a space for the market stall?
Bookings for our marketplace opens at the beginning of May right-through until the day before the festival, please note that any bookings with outstanding payments must be paid upon entry to the event, for more information contact us.
How do I take part in the parade?
The Parade starts inside Broad Street Mall meeting at 10.30am aiming to set off at 11.30am.
To register your group or organisation for our Parade visit our Parade page for more information.
How much does it cost to enter?
Reading Pride is pleased to be a FREE Pride event. Our volunteers fundraise throughout the year to help the people of Thames Valley celebrate diversity. If you enjoy your time at the event, then please donate what you can.
Are there any other Reading Pride events throughout the year?
Reading Pride tries to run as many fundraising and awareness events throughout the year. If you wish to receive notification of future events then please sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest information.
Please contact us if you would like to run a fundraiser or an event during Pride-Week.
When is the event?
This year's event takes place on 5th September 2020.
Where does the event take place?
Reading Pride takes place at Kings Meadow in Reading, which is off of Napier Road. It is a short walk from the train station.