Brighton Pride organisers have shared alternative travel options for visitors in light of the upcoming train disruption. 

From 5 August to 6 August, the highly anticipated Brighton & Hove Pride will be taking place in the seaside city. 

This year’s festivities are set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Brighton Gay Pride march. 

The event will also feature an array of electric performances from some of the industry’s biggest names – including the Black Eyed Peas, Steps, Zara Larsson, Melanie C, Jax Jones, Mae Muller, Honey Dijon, Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne and more. 

While Brighton Pride 2023 is set to be an unforgettable experience, the 5 August overtime ban by Govia Thameslink Railway workers has drastically affected the way visitors can travel to the event. 

In response to the impending train disruptions, Brighton Pride organisers have shared alternative travel tips for attendees.

“If possible, arrive in Brighton on Friday 4 August when the trains are still running. If you are able, book a hotel or Airbnb, which will allow you to check in on Friday and leave on Sunday 6 August,” the group said in a press release. 

Alongside Airbnb, organisers revealed that MyGetAways/Sussex Holiday Lets are offering a 10% discount on accommodations throughout Pride weekend if customers use code PRIDE23 at check out.

Visitors that are driving to Brighton Pride are encouraged to offer available seats through LiftShare, if possible.

Lastly, the organisers stated that the National Express Bus company would be running over the weekend and that the nearby Three Bridges train station will still be in service – which is 44 minutes from Brighton. 

In a statement, Managing Director of Brighton Pride Paul Kemp expressed the importance of showing unity and support amid the train disruption.

“The LGBTQ+ community is facing the threat of its hard fought for rights being eroded, while we are still a long way from equality. We ask people from near and far to stand up for our community and celebrate with us at Pride this summer,” Paul said.

“Brighton & Hove Pride is not-for-profit, with a significant effort put into raising funds for the Brighton Rainbow Fund through the official Pride events. The Fund financially supports numerous essential local LGBTQ+ charities and community organisations across Brighton & Hove.

“The effects of the GTR decision are far reaching for Pride and those who benefit all year round from the annual Pride fundraising activity.” 

For more information about travel alternatives, click here.