A town on the coast is preparing to host its first ever Pride festival.  

The Gorleston Pavilion Theatre and Bandstand is hosting the inaugural event on Sunday, September 10, from 12pm to 6pm.  

‘Pride at the Pavilion’ will host a range of local musicians and drag acts while also providing backstage tours, free dance workshop opportunities with three different choreographers and technical workshops exploring stage, sound and lights for visitors throughout the day.  

First Buses is donating the use of its pride buses to provide free transport all day between Great Yarmouth’s bus terminal with some free bus tickets available from the theatre for those travelling from further afield. 

Bosses at the Pavilion are excited to be launching the venue as an LGBTQ+ safe space under the new management of the Gorleston Pavilion Trust, chaired by Alex Youngs.

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Mr Youngs said: “Growing up in the theatre, the Pavilion was always a safe space for me and this is a fantastic opportunity to open the venue to the wider LGBTQ+ community to hopefully pay that forward.”  

‘Pride at the Pavilion’ has been created as part of the Heritage Open Days Festival’s ‘New Wave’ project, which has seen 18-25 year old volunteers workshop ideas to create an event targeting the same age demographic.

For a day of entertainment suitable for all the family, using all the theatre’s spaces and bandstand, head down for 12pm and celebrate with the staff, volunteers and performers.  

For full details, follow the Pavilion Theatre and Bandstand on social media and visit pavtheatre.com/pride and to register for your free wristband.