Holding rainbow flag

Less than one month to go until council’s first LGBT+ Pride event

23 August 2018 

The countdown is on for Cheshire East Council’s first ever Pride in the Park Picnic event.

Jazz saxophonist Alex Clarke has joined an already impressive range of musicians performing at the event, which will celebrate and support the LGBT+ community.

The event takes place on Sunday 16 September in the spectacular gardens of Tatton Park, in Knutsford, and will be open to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment on the day.

Other special guests include Brazilian carnival drum and dance act Juba do Leão, an Abba tribute performance from ‘The Twins’ and  performances from Proud Mary’s Choir, Rock Choir Cheshire and Sandbach High School Jazz Band and Choir.

Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic from 10am and will also be able to explore the picturesque gardens of Tatton Park.

This colourful, fun-filled, celebratory event will feature a health and wellbeing zone for guests to receive key help and support from organisations such as Body Positive, Transforum Manchester and Diversity Role Models. Cheshire East partner agencies, including Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, will also attend.

Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council cabinet member champion for equality and diversity, said: “This is going to be a fantastic event and the plans are really starting to come together. I was out and about in Knutsford a couple of weeks ago talking to local businesses about Pride and everybody I spoke to was very keen to do their bit to support the event, I have already seen the posters in the shop windows.

“This is just the first of many Pride events we are hoping to host in the future and I am really pleased that this year, our celebration will take place in the beautiful gardens of Tatton Park, given that I represent Knutsford.”

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “Pride events are a real privilege to be involved in. They are such friendly and happy occasions and I know this will be no different.

“Everyone is welcome to our fabulous event. I’ll be going and I can’t wait!” 

The Pride in the Park Picnic will be a free event to all visitors, although a standard £7 entry fee to the park will apply for vehicle parking. A shuttle bus, supplied by Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned company Transport Service Solutions, will be available on the day to transport people from Knutsford bus station to the park free of charge. The first bus will leave at 9.45am and the service will run approximately every 15 minutes throughout the day.