Travel to/from Manchester Pride
Manchester Pride is held at Manchester Gay Village. The address of Manchester Gay Village is Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3EZ.
GETTING TO MANCHESTER
National Express provides services from all over the country into Manchester Central Coach station, which is literally on the doorstep of the Gay Village. You can often bag a bargain with the Megabus, which travels frequently from London.
Great services mean getting to Manchester by train easy. For The Big Weekend, hop off at either Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Road.
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With Manchester Airport just 10 miles from the city centre, the whole world has Manchester on its doorstep. Getting from the airport is easy, you can either take a cab, jump on a train to Manchester Piccadilly or a Metrolink Tram to a number of stops in the city centre including Deansgate-Castlefield, the newly refurbished St Peter's Square, Piccadilly Gardens and Manchester Piccadilly - all of which are a stones-throw away from Manchester's Gay Village.
Motorways take you straight into the heart of the city, NCP also has special discounts annually for those attending the festival for their city city-center parks. From the north take the M602 from the M6 which will lead you into the city centre. From the south take the M56 and A5113 into the city. The postcode for the events site is M1 3HE.
Make light work of travelling into Manchester city centre for Pride this bank holiday and pre-book your NCP parking space today.
NCP have car parks throughout the city, so you’ll never be far from the action. The Great Northern 1 & 2 car parks are ideally located for The Parade. And the Piccadilly Gardens and Palace car parks are convenient for The Big weekend.
GETTING AROUND MANCHESTER
Our official travel partner for The Big Weekend 2016, Manchester's light railway system, runs a fast frequent service and is ideal for getting into the city, or perhaps for a day out exploring in Chorlton or Salford Quays. Thanks to our friends at Metrolink, all Pledge Band wearers are entitled to travel around the City Centre Zone for free from Fri 26 August - Mon 29 August 2016.
There is a free bus service that operates around Manchester all through the day. The buses start outside Piccadilly train station and travel to key areas including Oxford Road, Deansgate and Spinningfields.
With a fleet of over 600 buses, around 2,200 staff and a network of over 300 routes serving Greater Manchester, including Bury, Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside we are one of the biggest bus operators in the region. We are part of FirstGroup, the international bus and rail company.
When the sun shines, Manchester is an amazing city to discover. The size of the city centre means that most areas are accessible on foot, stroll through the eclectic Northern Quarter, head down King Street or wander around the contemporary Spinningfields area. You could also join a walking tour in the city and discover the rich heritage.
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Make light work of travelling into Manchester city centre for Pride this bank holiday and pre-book your NCP parking space.
NCP have car parks throughout the city, so you’ll never be far from the action. The Great Northern 1 & 2 car parks are ideally located for The Parade. And the Piccadilly Gardens and Palace car parks are convenient for The Big Weekend.
Train Travel to Manchester Pride
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. These applications will be considered on a case by case basis.