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Register now for free tickets for UKPride 2018!

Besi Besemar February 23, 2018

Tickets for this years UKPride on the Isle of Wight this summer are now available online.

UKPride is anticipated to be one of the largest free events on the Island in 2018, bringing new visitors with the potential to boost the local economy by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

With the main Pride event being held on Ryde Harbour Beach on Saturday, July 21, plans are already well underway for what promises to be a weekend full of Love, Laughter, Political messages and top class entertainment.

With their theme of #IOWnmydestiny, there is a focus on LGBT+ rights that have been won and those around the world who are still fighting for equality and the right to “Own their destiny”.

Despite being chosen to host UKPride, the organisers do not receive any additional funding or staffing support. Pride is a registered charity and runs with support from sponsors, funding bids, donations and fundraising events throughout the year.

Yve White, IOW Pride Trustee, said: “After our first event in 2017, we were quite literally blown away by the level of support from across the UK. It has been a tiring journey, people say that a second year of Pride is often the hardest and being hosts of UKPride has certainly cranked up the pressure. But we are up for the challenge and we have an incredible and passionate team of volunteers who are working hard to ensure that our Island does a fantastic job at hosting UKPride and that we create an Island legacy for many years to come.”

Matt Bundy, IOW Pride Trustee, added: “Our aim in 2017 was to create a family friendly, fully inclusive event. We achieved our aim and in 2018 we want to be even more inclusive, making sure that anybody who feels isolated, can be a part of the event and feels welcome. We are also working hard at making Pride as accessible as we possibly can. We have some very exciting artists, acts and influential speakers planned for 2018 and we hope that you will come and join us on Saturday, July 21 in Ryde!”

Elspeth Moore, Pride Trustee, concluded: “Being on the beach, ecology is a big feature of Pride this year. We are already working with local groups, including the Scouts and Army Cadets to create recycled site decorations. We will be only allowing eco-friendly non-plastic glitter to be used on Pride site and are working closely with Plastic Aware and the Footprint Trust. If you have any items for recycling that you think would benefit the Pride site, please get in contact with us.”

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