The Picnic concept grew out of the idea that there is still a yearning within the communities DNA re Pride that there should be a free park-setting out-of-doors event, however our feeling was that given the rapidly growing nature of the wider LGBT community, it should be family friendly, promoting cross community cohesion, and broadly based around Sport, Health & Wellbeing, and therefore stand apart from the 'need' to be a club/dance event, it left Pride free to develop something entirely fresh and community based… More akin to Sydney's Fair Day and Brighton Pride's of old.
The theme grew from realising we could take the RVT Sports Day concept and add real sport! ...and so the obvious partner was London 2018 and their bid for the Gay Games along with their delivery partner Out For Sport London and Pride Sports. This was such a phenomenally successful aspect of the day and we are keen to continue this as the primary theme in the day time. This year on the wave of success of last years event we are moving forward with an exciting days activities centred around a day of fun sporting activities ranging from lawn tennis through soccer and volleyball to more exciting activities, notable among them Wheelchair Basketball on the Multi Use Games Arena.
From the mid afternoon we also have some activities for the not so sporting...
2pm to 3pm in the Teahouse Theatre TBC literary event.
2pm to 5pm The Cactus Club will be hosting Line Dancing on Goding Street West Disco Stage.
2pm to 8pm The Pride Carnival Stage with Face Painting provided by our very own Andy Train
3pm The Pride Doggy Walk and Celebrating 40 years of the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard with a Switchboard@40 Cake Bakeoff.
5pm to 9pm 5pm till 6pm Ain Bailey followed by TBC playing summer disco sounds on the Goding Street West Disco Stage.
3pm to 5pm We will be hosting the Women’s stage in Vauxhall Walk outside the Teahouse Theatre with a variety of stage performances delivered by and for the Women of the London LGBT community hosted by Pride in London Director Alison Hand.
5pm to 10pm We will be hosting a variety of unplugged and acoustic sets from singers and performers from across the LGBT and wider communities with a Jazz Slant...
Opened by The Taverns Got Talent competition winner Doctor Woof
Also performing across the various stages Tonnic, Paul Joseph and Jonathan Booth Celebrity Female Impersonator