Pride Week On The Rainbow Riviera

Pride Torbay kicks off on the Rainbow Riviera!  Organisers are forecasting an outrageous weekend packed with more than a dozen diverse events kicking off with a boat party on Friday 11th June, complete with a DJ, 175 revellers and a generously stocked bar.

The fun continues at the Official Pride Torbay Launch Party which takes place in Candyfloss Nightclub, featuring a feast of top cabaret entertainment and three floors of schmoozing, cruising and boozing fun.

There’s a Pink Boot Sale at the Rainbow Café event on Saturday morning, which also features free breakfasts and newspapers to read. That should set everyone nicely up for what is without doubt one of the most unusual LGBT events ever to take place in the southwest…

Cirque du so Gay is rightly being billed at the “Campest Show On Earth” taking place in a full sized pink big top on Torre Abbey Meadows. The specially developed show mixes incredible international circus acts with live tribute acts, amazing singers, an outrageous ring master and some incredibly colourful dancers. There will be more live entertainment outside later on the Ring Master Stage, as well as fairground rides to enjoy and a reasonably priced charity bar.

The fun continues later in the evening, when the circus will be converted into a truly stunning club venue, for one of the biggest LGBT parties ever held in the southwest. The Big Bang stars the UK’s leading Lady Gaga tribute and an incredible firework display at 10pm, sponsored by Port Salut and Sonic Fireworks. Further club event are also available right into the early hours, including a ‘bear’ event at Key West resort and a VIP party at Candyfloss Nightclub.

Sunday kicks off with a football tournament aimed at tackling homophobia in sport. Perfectly timed to coincide with the start of the World Cup over in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, the 6-a-side tournament is being organised by the Intercom Trust and spectators will be warmly welcome.

Also on Sunday morning, Walk With Pride is a specially developed history and heritage walk, that will guide people through Torquay’s fascinating and colourful gay past. Packed with specially researched anecdotes, the walk takes in pubs, clubs, historic sites and some places of notoriety and is without doubt one of the highlights of the weekend.

Later in the afternoon, there will be a gay picnic and garden party at Torre Abbey and people are encouraged to bring blankets, food and drinks for a relaxed afternoon of live music. This event will also be perfect for families and friends, including the younger ones. Alternatively Key West Resort are holding a pool party and barbecue for the fellas during the afternoon.

The big event of Sunday evening is the Meadfoot Inn Cabaret Street Party, which looks like being spectacular. The event stars Hazell Dean and Nicki French, as well as a colourful line-up of singers and drag performers. Wristbands are available from the venue and also include entry to the Candyfloss Pride Torbay Closing Party hosted by Miss Crystal Candyfloss.

Pride Torbay is a charity event raising funds for Eddystone Trust and Rowcroft Hospice.

Tickets for the circus and boat trip are available from the Torquay Tourist Information Centre and selected gay venues. There is also a credit card hotline on 01803 211211.

Download the official events guide here

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  1. Tinkerbell says:

    Its a shame there is so many negative comments on the Herald Express forum about this weekend, as it was a fantastic weekend. So I thought THIS is the site that so far has no comments so let the first be a good’un!!
    It’s only the 2nd year that we have had Pride down here and there was no trouble this or last year. It was well supported, well run and everyone I spoke to were not subjected to the abuse that had been supposedly reported. Thank you Matt, Sarah & the team for a great Pride.

  2. Ian says:

    I was born and raised in Torquay and now live in London. I came down last weekend for pride as I heard so many positive things about it. Can I just say it was FANTASTIC!! I did not feel like I was home but on holiday somewhere else. You could tell that there was so much hard work gone into this. We went to a few places and everyone were so friendly. The Keywest Hotel was fantastic with such friendly staff.

    I hope next year gets bigger and better so people from all around the country will come and put Torquay back on the map which has unfortunately been lost over the last ten years.

  3. Nick Ellison says:

    Excellent news guys, glad you enjoyed it. Great to see some more positive reaction to the event after all the hard work that clearly went into it. I’ve just been through all the comments on the Herald Express website and added my 10 pence worth. You can find it here:


    It really is a shame to see the negativity and narrow-mindedness of the few. To repeat one of the comments left though ‘the majority of the people of Torbay are of a live and let live mentality’. There will always be that minority, but the minority they will remain.

    I left this quote over at the herald aswell, but its worth repeating!

    If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. (Bertrand Russell)

  4. Nick Ellison says:

    being that the comments on the Herald Express site have been removed due to the abuse of the minority, here was the comment that I left…..

    OMG. Too many issues to put into one comment …. but here’s my 10 pence worth….

    To the Gay community: Most of these comments are generated by the minority of bigoted idiots we are all forced to live with, its not just a gay issue, its an attitude issue, difficult not to be offended, but hey, if you were not different from them, you would be the same as them..!!

    To the bigots: Wake up and smell the coffee, put yourself in someone else’s shoes just for one minute and think how you would feel if you were subjected to abuse and rejections because of the person that you are…not gay, just the person you are today…..take a minute…..maybe take two….you may need it.

    Society in general is very accepting and welcomes all walks of life, surely it makes for a better, more diverse and interesting world for us all to live in?

    I leave you with this…

    If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. (Bertrand Russell)

  5. Nick Ellison says:

    I’ve just been back over to the herald on another post that I wrote, I’ve been deleted! Ha Ha. On the first post everyone was deleted, and probably rightly so, but on this occasion only I was deleted (probably to my website link) but I was only suggesting that because comments had been deleted that people who wanting to talk about the Pride Festival could come to TalkTorbay and do so….. Guess the freedom of speech is not so free at the Herald!!!

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