Skipton celebrates Pride with four days of events
A wide variety of acts and entertainment culminating in a street party will make a triumphant return as Skipton Pride welcomes people in unity and solidarity.
Set to take place from Thursday, 6 July, to Sunday, 9 July, Skipton Pride promises to be a vibrant and family-friendly event that embraces the spirit of diversity, equality, community, love and friendship.
Organised by our cultural services team at Skipton Town Hall in collaboration with Skipton Town Council, Skipton BID, Skipton library, North Yorkshire Youth Voice, SELFA Children's Charity, Craven College, and North Yorkshire Youth Charity, the four-day celebration aims to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
Celebrations begin on the Thursday with Drag Queen Story Hour UK at Skipton library. Also on Thursday is an opportunity to see Confetti, a comedy theatre show from award-winning Quick Duck Theatre.
On Friday, people can get involved with a family story time and craft activity at Skipton library, and for the grown-ups only there will be a Pride edition of Skipton Comedy Live at the Town Hall.
Saturday promises more interactive and engaging events, with Skipton library hosting a Lego Club and a zine-making workshop, while the Town Hall, Craven Museum will offer Pride Make and Take family crafts.
On Sunday, the Pride Street Party promises food, drink and shopping opportunities, with community stalls to explore. Indoor and outdoor entertainment and activities, sponsored by Albion Place retail hub, will be provided. It will be held at the Skipton Town Hall complex, with additional activity at Skipton library.
The Pride Street Party day begins with a “Get Ready for pride” event for young people at the Town Hall. Glitter and face paints will be provided for those who would like to use them.
Free entertainment will include a performance from Choriza May, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as Amanda Lovett from BBC show The Traitors, electro pop duo Neon Town, Connor Fisher, Craven College Performing Arts students, Fifth Apollo, Skipton Ukulele Club, Alannah Rose, FusionXtreme, and DJ Michael Upson. There will be outdoor entertainment throughout the day, including The Big Gay Disco Bike.
Activities include a Yarndale Pride Workshop in the Town Hall, rapping workshops at Albion Place Amphitheatre, a Youth Pride, Loudly Proud! workshop and a Create and Animate workshop at the library.