Monday, 11 July 2022 10:26

Photos from Bourne Free Pride Festival 2022

Photos from Bourne Free Pride Festival 2022

Bournemouth's annual pride festival, Bourne Free, was back on the 8th and 9th July 2022.

The popular festival celebrates LGBTQIA+ diversity across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

See photos from the day here.

The main Pride parade took a new route, starting in the Triangle, down to the Square and up past the town hall to end up in Meyrick Park. Thousands of onlookers lined the streets to welcome the parade, this year a simpler walking parade with no floats or vehicles other than emergency service vehicles. 

For the first time since 2001, Bourne Free took place in Meyrick Park. With fun fair rides, info and trade stalls, a great range of food stalls and places to get a drink, Meyrick Park proved to be a great location for the event. Some technical issues delayed wristband entry at the beginning so there was a bit of a slow start, but things got going as around 1,500 people joined the relaxed party atmosphere. There was a main stage at one end and a smaller community stage with much needed cover for the audience - it was a sweltering day. 

See 150 photos from the parade and Meyrick Park in the gallery here