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Do you have to buy a ticket/wristband to enjoy Pride?

You will need to purchase a TICKET/WRISTBAND to enter the Birmingham Pride festival site. Children under five don’t need a wristband but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you don’t have a ticket/wristband you will still be able to enjoy the Carnival Parade completely FREE of charge. 

Do you have to be gay to attend?

No, you don’t! Birmingham Pride is a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community - but everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations.

However, any individuals who’re found to have been homophobic or transphobic will be ejected from the Pride site.

Anti-social or homophobic behaviour?

Birmingham Pride operates ZERO TOLERANCE towards anti-social or homophobic/transphobic behaviour. We reserve the right to eject anybody from the festival site.

Pride at night from 8pm: 18+ ONLY

After 8pm on both Saturday and Sunday, only visitors who’re over 18 will be permitted entry. We operate a Challenge 25 policy - so if you’re lucky enough to look under 25, please ensure that you bring appropriate ID.

Anyone who’s under 18 is welcome to stay on the site after 8pm - but if they leave the site, they will not be able to gain entry after 8pm.

Wristbands will be required for access throughout the night.

Are children welcome?

We encourage families to attend Pride. Children under 14 must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

Children under five get FREE ENTRY so do not require a wristband. (Maximum of two children per parent or guardian).

Wristband Information

If you’ve purchased a ticket prior to the festival, you will need to exchange this ticket for a wristband on the day - please see the Site Map to find out where you should do this.

Wristbands must be securely fastened or may be void.

Wristbands must be intact, in one piece, and worn at all times.

Torn or ripped wristbands will not be accepted for entry.

Lost wristbands will not be replaced under any circumstances - and if you aren’t wearing a valid wristband, you will be asked to leave the festival site.

Wristbands are not transferable between visitors.

Wristbands are required for drink purchases at all venues and outdoor bars within the main festival site.  

Can we take alcohol and drinks into Pride?

No alcohol or glass can be taken on to the festival site.

Sealed plastic bottles of water are allowed. There will be lots of bars and catering within the site.

VIP Tickets

The special VIP Weekend passes entitle the holder to:

  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with selected artists. However, this cannot be guaranteed
  • Fast-track entry into the site
  • VIP bar at The Penthouse
  • VIP main stage viewing area
  • VIP cabaret stage viewing area


Where can we park?

There are three main car parks nearby that you can use over the Birmingham Pride weekend. Please see the map on page 12/13 for their locations. The Arcadian car park and Chinatown car park on Wrottesley  Street - operated by APCOA - have discounted 24-hour parking to £10 (normally £50). A special weekend offer, Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday, has been introduced for only £20 (normally £40). Car park customers would need to visit the kiosk on arrival and show a wristband or event ticket to get the special rate.

Where do any profits go?

Birmingham Pride is a very costly festival to stage each year and has over £150,000 of basic infrastructure costs, which is why we charge an entrance fee for the festival.

However, Pride is a NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation, and profits raised go to local LGBT and HIV/AIDS charities and projects.

Disabled Visitors

The organisers of Birmingham Pride wish to make the festival inclusive for ALL and recognise the need for easy access throughout the event for our disabled community. There are various features in place to cater for those with accessibility needs who are coming to Birmingham Pride. Visit our website below for further information.