Reviews of Manchester Pride
Manchester Pride is an award-winning festival by, and for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. The festival is officially the best LGBT event in the UK, as voted for by readers of the Pink Paper for five consecutive years.
Disabled Access Information
There are a number of payable accessible car parking facilities around the Big Weekend Site. Please note that Manchester City Council parking charges are payable for on-street parking. If you are parking in a privately owned car park (such as NCP) please ensure you have paid and displayed the correct fee. Please click here to find a car park suitable to your needs. Manchester Pride cannot take responsibility for any parking penalties incurred whilst visitors are attending The Big Weekend.
Please note that Sackville Street NCP, Abingdon Street NCP and Bloom Street NCP are unavailable for parking over The Big Weekend as these car parks are used for our performance areas.
WRISTBAND EXCHANGE POINTS
There are three wristband exchange points around the site. These are located at Gate 2 & Gate 5 which are open Friday and Saturday 10:00 to midnight and Gate 6 which is open 24 hours from Friday 10:00 - Monday 17:00.
RECOMMENDED GATES FOR WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
We recommend accessing the Big Weekend event site from Gates 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. The closest gate to Chorlton Street Car Park is Gate 5 and Bloom Street (Britannia Car Park) is Gate 4. Fees are payable at these car parks. Please note that gates do get busy at peak times, especially straight after the Parade.
ACCESSIBLE VIEWING PLATFORMS
There are accessible viewing platforms located in the Main Stage Arena and Sackville Gardens primarily for wheelchair users to allow an elevated view over the crowds. These have strict capacity conditions due to the temporary nature of the Viewing Platform structure. Once capacity has been reached, access will be based on a first-come-first-served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please note that priority will be given to wheelchair users.
ACCESSIBLE TOILET FACILITIES
Across the event site, there are a number of accessible toilets, including those located on Bloom Street opposite the Dance Arena, in the Main Stage Arena, Sackville Gardens and the Dance Arena itself.
British Sign Language interpreters are present on the Main Stage and Sackville Gardens throughout the event. They are usually located on the left of the stages.
Manchester Pride understand that it is important that everyone who attends The Manchester Pride Festival can feel comfortable and enjoy the event. Customers that require additional support are entitled to one carer/companion ticket free of charge. The companion ticket issued will be the same as the purchased ticket, i.e. a weekend ticket holder will get one free weekend ticket or a day ticket holder will receive a free day ticket for that day. Unfortunately we are unable to issue free Elite tickets.
Only one free ticket per ticket purchased will be issued. Should additional carer tickets be required, then they will need to be purchased at full price through our website.
Prior to dispatching your tickets, our official ticketing agent will request proof of disability.
You will automatically qualify for a ticket if you are able to supply any of the following documentation; dated within the past 12 months or with valid date covering the event:
- Front page of DWP letter with PIP letter - Front page of Disability Living Allowance / Attendance Allowance letter - Blue badge accompanied by driver’s license photo card and/or passport photo page - Evidence of being registered as severely sight impaired (blind) - Nimbus Access Card (http://www.nimbusdisability.com/) - Recognised Assistance Dog ID card
However, we recognise the documentation above is not definitive. If you do not have any of the above evidence but wish to apply for particular access facilities, please provide a statement and supporting evidence to email@example.com. These applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
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