Under the colourful banner of the rainbow flag and with a wonderfully inclusive atmosphere, LGBT events are a fantastic way to spend a few days this summer. While pride events elsewhere may be more famous, those in Kent still have plenty to offer.
Gather your friends together and hire a coach to take you to one of the following extravaganzas in the coming months.
On June 9th, the streets of Canterbury will come alive with a carnival atmosphere as samba bands and costumed performers put on a great show. Making its way along the High Street and continuing the party in Dane John Gardens, there will be plenty to enjoy.
The after-party will be held at The Venue from 10pm, where drag acts, music and dancing will continue the celebrations into the early hours.
Faversham is to host its first ever pride event this summer, with the festivities taking place on June 23rd. The action will be focused on the community centre, with a family pride event from 1pm until 4pm, featuring live music, a barbecue and a climbing wall.
Later on, drag queens will take to the stage from 8pm, as the entertainment keeps going into the evening. If this first event is a success, then it’s hoped Faversham Pride will grow bigger in the years that follow.
Margate is the perfect seaside location to mark LGBT pride and its annual spectacle is growing with each edition. Make your way to Walpole Bay on August 11th for the beginning of the parade, where new floats for 2018 will include one for buggies bedecked in rainbow flags and another for pet dogs.
Finish the evening at the iconic Dreamland theme park, as Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters is set to take to the decks for a DJ set.
Tunbridge Wells Pride
Head to Tunbridge Wells on August 18th and you will undoubtedly see the now-annual pride parade making its way through the city centre. It will culminate in entertainment and stalls at The Pantiles, allowing visitors to make the most of the day.
If you’re still not partied out by the evening, then get yourself a ticket to The Forum, where the LGBT shenanigans will continue.
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