9 Pride events to sail to this summer

Ferry travel is one of the most inclusive forms of travel, providing access to events, areas and attractions that suit everyone’s hobbies, interests and lifestyles.

Ahead of Pride month 2024, our operators have shared the most exciting LGBTQ+ events. While many are familiar with the big festivals, these events will appeal to first timers and seasoned celebrators looking for a slightly different Pride experience. And the best part – they can all be reached by water!

Wear a tartan rainbow

31 May – 2 June, Isle of Arran

Kick off pride month with a trip to this relative newcomer to the Pride Event calendar. The event warms up with drag bingo and cabaret on Friday night before a parade, picnic in the park and a celebration ceilidh – the ultimate Scottish party experience – on Saturday 1 June. Revellers can enjoy a “recovery dook”, a refreshing dip in the water that will clear even the foggiest of heads. Follow with a Full Scottish Breakfast for plenty of energy to explore the island’s diverse landscapes.

Sail with Caledonian MacBrayne.  

More than just one day

19 – 28 July, Belfast

One of the biggest festivals in Northern Ireland, Belfast Pride has more than 150 events over a 10-day programme. The centrepiece is Pride Day and the Pride Parade, which takes place on Saturday 27 July. The family-friendly Pride Village has live music, children’s entertainment and a bouncy castle as well as stalls selling refreshments. There are even quiet spaces for people that want to take a break from the crowds. With great nightlife venues, including Ireland’s biggest gay club, Kremlin, and bars such as the Maverick, there is plenty to do after dark too.

Sail to Belfast with Stena Line from Liverpool or Cairnryan, or from Cairnryan to Larne with P&O Ferries.

Celebrate with French flair

27-30 June, Paris

Described as a major demonstration, cultural celebration and party, Marche des Fiertés LGBTQIA+ welcomes around 700,000 spectators and marchers every year. France’s largest Pride Parade, Paris Pride comprises 50+ events, which have previously included exhibitions, concerts, dance and sports demonstrations, seminars and roller skating. The parade finishes at Place de la République for a free party.

Travel to France with Brittany Ferries, DFDS, Irish Ferries and P&O Ferries.

Commemorate 50 years of Dublin Pride

29 June, Dublin

This free-to-attend festival is centred at the Pride Village in Merrion Square Park. Established in 1974, this year’s event will feel even more festive as it celebrates its golden anniversary. Revellers will enjoy the Mother Pride Block Party at the National Museum of Ireland, which boasts a line-up of DJs and Drag as well as events including Drag Aerobics, a Sing-along Social and Ping Pong Disco.

Looking for a more rural feeling Irish Pride? Mayo, Cork and Foyle all organise their own LGBTGIA+ community events starting with Mayo’s festival on 31 May, which features hiking and sea swimming alongside a parade.

Sail to Dublin with Irish Ferries and Stena Line.

The UK’s largest Pride event

29 June 2024, London

Pride in London unites the capital with a parade and stalls run by small and large businesses alike. Located in the heart of the city, stalls run by businesses of all sizes are set in Trafalgar Square, Soho, Leicester Square and St Giles and are open from midday to 8pm. The annual parade celebrates inclusivity and is powered by volunteers. The event is not ticketed but can be busy so visitors can book a seat in the grandstand on Haymarket.

Avoid the crowded tube and travel with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, the year-round city bus service helps make the city accessible to everyone. Disembark at Embankment for Pride in London events.

A charming event with a side of crafts

7 July, St Marys, Isles of Scilly

The islands held their first Pride event in 2022 and has become known for its community feel and colourful crafts – perfect for anyone who wants to move away from crowded and more commercial events. Free to attend and open to everyone the inclusive event has a procession, family-friendly activities, live music and stalls selling crafts and tasty treats. Everyone is invited to wear bright clothing.

Sail from Penzance on the Scillonian III with Isles of Scilly Travel

The only British Pride event on the beach

19-21 July in Ryde, Isle of Wight

Looking to combine festivities with flip flops? The Isle of Wight hosts the UK’s only Pride event on a beach. This unique backdrop combines sun, sea and sand to give festivities a holiday vibe, which has helped popularity grow since it began in 2015. This year’s event has had a makeover so expect more rainbow colours than you can shake a stick (of rock) at. With a Friday night launch party that goes into the early hours, Saturday’s free-to attend parade and Sunday’s entertainment featuring Symphonix Orchestra, this Pride is guaranteed to be a Ryde!  

Fly across the Solent on a hovercraft with Hovertravel or sail with Red Funnel or Wightlink.

Europe’s biggest canal boat parade

27 July – 4 August, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This year’s celebrations honour the 2,000 protesters who peacefully participated in city’s first Pride march in June 1977. Expect colourful floats, pulsing beats and dance as the crowds move towards the Vondelpark for the official opening party. For three days, Amsterdam Pride moves to the coast giving this festival a true holiday vibe. Pride at the Beach will return to Zandvoort People from all over the world come to celebrate at more than 800 events including street parties, cultural exhibitions and outdoor cinemas, so this is a truly international celebration that embodies 2024’s theme: Together.

Reach the Netherlands with DFDS, P&O Ferries or Stena Line.

Late summer celebrations

7 September, Guernsey

Each year the Channel Islands alternates between holding Pride events in Jersey and Guernsey, 2024’s festival will be held in Candie Gardens on Guernsey. Designed for people of all ages, there are activities to suit everyone from live music performances on the main stage to talent acts and specific areas for families. Wear something bright for the parade! Guernsey is the sunniest place in the British Isles and while good weather isn’t guaranteed, the parade is always an explosion of colour. A stone’s throw from the ferry terminal at St Peter’s Port, visitors can easily catch Condor Ferries from Poole or Portsmouth.

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