Cheshire East Council’s first ever Pride in the Park Picnic event is taking place at Tatton Park this Sunday.
Special guests Brazilian carnival drum and dance act Juba do Leão, jazz saxophonist Alex Clarke – alongside an Abba tribute set from ‘The Twins’ and performances from Proud Mary’s Choir and Rock Choir Cheshire – will feature at the event.
It all takes place in the spectacular gardens of Tatton Park in Knutsford to celebrate and support the LGBT+ community in Cheshire East. The event is open to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment.
Cheshire East Council will also be giving away a picnic hamper of goodies for two lucky Pride attendees. There are more details on the council’s social media channels.
Visitors are being invited to bring their own picnic on Sunday (from 10am, when the event starts) and will be able to explore the gardens of Tatton Park as part of the day.
A broad selection of Pride in the Park merchandise will also be available.
The colourful, fun-filled, celebratory event will feature a health and wellbeing marketplace for guests to receive 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 be attending.
Cllr Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council champion for equality and diversity, said: “All the many hours of planning are coming to fruition and there is a real sense of excitement amongst all those involved.
“Everyone is looking forward to the big day and we’re all so pleased at the support we’ve had from colleagues across the council.”
Cllr Gardiner added: “We have more than 50 volunteers, who have agreed to help on the day, as well as colleagues at Tatton lending a hand and I know that the whole event is going to be a fabulous celebration for everyone and a great opportunity for the whole community to have a fun day together.”
Cllr Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “Pride events are simply brilliant. They are such friendly and happy occasions and I know this will be no different.
“I’d just like to urge anyone who’s free to come along and join in the festivities. I’m going on Sunday – and I can’t wait!”
The Pride in the Park Picnic is a free event for all visitors, although the standard £7 entry fee for vehicles will still apply. The event starts at 10am and ends at 6pm.
A shuttle bus, supplied by Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned company Transport Service Solutions, will be available on the day to ferry 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.
To find out more about this event, please visit: www.prideinthepark.com