Supporting pride parades across the network

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets in celebration of LGBT+ achievements, acceptance and legal right. Find your nearest parade and join in the revelry at one these fun and important events, just a train journey away.

Last June, GWR launched its specially designed ‘trainbow’ – a train sporting a colourful rainbow in celebration of LGBT+ pride. If you spot our #trainbow train out and about on the network this summer, or attend a pride on the GWR network, share a picture using #trainbow on Twitter or Instagram and we’ll pick a winner every month throughout the summer (June, July, August and September) to receive a pair of First Class Return tickets for travel on GWR services.

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1 June
Starting at midday from Radcliffe Square, the parade travels through the city to an event at Oxford Castle Quarter. Join in or show your support from the side-lines on this important day.


22 June
Take part in the celebrations in Manor Gardens this June for the fifth annual Exmouth Pride. There will be live music from local talent and activities for all ages.


6 July
The capital’s parade – one of the country’s biggest – will set off from Portland Place at 12pm, before moving down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and then Trafalgar Square, before finishing on Whitehall.


13 July
Organisers plan on a two-mile route from Castle Park, through the city centre, ending the parade at Millennium Square. There will be at least four stages, offering a wide range of entertainment, as well as food stalls and a family area.

Weston-super Mare

27 July
Thousands of people pour onto the streets for what is perhaps the town’s brightest event. Starting from the Knightstone island, the parade goes to the main Pride festival site at Grove Park.


10 August
After a year’s hiatus, the Swindon parade returns, and organisers are asking everyone to make it a particularly bold event. It starts at 11:15am on Springfield Road, Old Town.


10 August
Supporting diversity, loud and proud, Plymouth Pride sets off from Jigsaw Garden at 11am, with pre parade activities starting at 10am. The Parade will make its way through the city centre to Plymouth Hoe for the main festival, complete with live music.


24 August
Let’s see if the Pride Cymru’s organisers can top last year’s 15,000 participants, stretching over a mile and a half through the streets of Cardiff. There will be a new route this year, with details still to come, and four live stages, cabaret acts and funfair rides.


24 August
Join in on the fun as the parade wends its way through the streets of Newquay. Starting at Beach Road Car Park at midday, the march will make its way to Killacourt for around 1pm.


31 August
Since the first Reading Pride in 2004, the event has gone from strength to strength. Beginning at 11am, the parade will make its way to King’s Meadow for 12pm, where there will be a full line-up of entertainment throughout the day, along with a funfair, youth area and a range of food, drink and market stalls.


14 September
Details have yet to be announced for this annual extravaganza, but make sure you put the date in your diary for this free and fun event.