'Unforeseen circumstances' leads to postponement of Folkestone Gay Pride on Saturday 18 August

Contributed by editor on Aug 10, 2018 - 09:15 AM


By Ray Duff

Due to some 'unforeseen circumstances' the main Folkestone Gay Pride event has been postponed from Saturday18th August to Saturday 8 September 2018.

Despite this there will still be related music and arts events continuing throughout August and also on the original date providing nearly a month of attractions.


Main event 8 September 2018

The event has been confirmed, despite the change of date, and it is planned to hold the Parade starting from The Stade, in the harbour area, at 1200 for 1230. People are urged to dress up and bring some 'music' with them.

The parade route will take in Radnor Street, Tram Road, Old High Street, Sandgate Road, West Terrace and then along the Leas to the Bandstand.

The free afternoon Festival should start around 2pm and last until the early evening with music, stalls and more at the Leas Bandstand and the Leas Cliff Hall and nearby.

The original After Party on the 18th August is now a fundraiser from 8pm, please see:

Please also note there are other fundraising events due in August.

For latest information and any other updates/changes please see and/or enquire via:


Events for Saturday 18 August

Due to the late change of date other events which had also been planned alongside Pride will continue as arranged

ARTS Events

The 'Visible Pride' arts group has already been launching a series of linked events to Pride for August:
Folkestone Library - Sassoon Gallery Grace Hill. 03-28 August.
'Becoming Constellation'
(Parental Guidance required as this contains some nudity.)

Casement Arts 25 Tontine St. (Window display) 12-25 August
'Victoria Sin' (artist)

The Brewery Tap Gallery, Tontine Street 13-22 August 10am-6pm(Thurs-Suns)
'Casualty' (Exploring the poetry and life of WW1 gay poet 'Wilfred Owen')

Performance Space - 62 Tontine St. 18-25 August
'Anhelo' A photographic exhibition.
(NB: Adults Only 18+)

Folkestone Town Hall: Fri 17 August - Mon 10 September
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
'Local LGBTQ Historical personages exhibition'
There will be a small 'opening reception' on the 18th Aug 1330-1530.

Further details for all the above will be available on

MUSIC and other events:

Space Gallery 7 Old High St 17 -19 August
Afternoons and evenings; including Dolly Doowop on the 17th at 9pm.

Electo Chocolate Café. 12-14 Rendevous Street 18 August
Afternoon to evening.

Bacchus Wine Bar 2 Church Street. 18 August
Afternoon and evening.

East Kent Arms. Sandgate Road -precinct. 18 August
Afternoon and evening. (please check)

The Chambers, Cheriton Place 18 August.
Evening DJ.

Please see individual venue websites or check at the premises for any further information. There may be also events at other venues in and around the town area on the 18th.


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