Northern Pride is continuing with its commitment to be a family friendly event, with the promise of a full programme of activities at this year’s Family and Youth zone.
This year’s Pride will take place over the weekend of 22-23 July at Newcastle’s Town Moor and a huge emphasis has been placed on ensuring there are plenty of activities to keep youngsters of all ages informed and entertained.
The zone is sponsored by construction company, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, which delivers some of the UK’s most complex and critical infrastructure, who will be hosting a construction zone and offering a range of fun activities to inspire future builders and makers, while IKEA Gateshead is also supporting the event once again and will be creating a chillout and sensor space for families to enjoy.
A number of stalls representing local children’s and family-related charities will also be included in this area, giving people the opportunity to discover more about groups which may be relevant to them.
Community organisation, Unfolding Theatre – which specialises in bringing people together to produce creative experiences – is loaning its upcycled stage across the weekend, where it will host performances aimed at children, young people and their families.
Both days will have a different programme of entertainment, with activities all aimed at the under 16s.
On Saturday 22 July, visitors can enjoy a first for the festival – a family drag show performed by Drag Castle.
There’ll be a further show featuring North East-based Drag King, Gender Chaos and the Alternative Drag Collective, all aimed at a younger audience.
Visitors will get to meet True Colour Theatre and have the opportunity to try their hand at drag, as well as the chance to take part in the Northern Butterflies arts and craft workshop.
The activities, run by the Northumberland-based social inclusion charity, will be offering sessions throughout the day with activities such as dreamcatcher making and stone painting.
The programme continues on Sunday, where Olly Pike of Pop n Olly will be taking to the main stage to talk about his inclusion work in schools on LGBTQ+ issues before he then runs a story time session in the Family and Youth Zone.
Other sessions on the Sunday include storytime with local author, Mike Nelson and a graphic drawing workshop with Debbi’s Doodles and Neil Cole from the Museum of Classic Sci-Fi in Allendale.
Nimerta Virdee, Northern Pride Family and Youth Manager, is delighted with the programme.
“We have always been a family friendly event so we’re thrilled to have put together a really exciting and diverse range of entertainment, made possible by our sponsors, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure,” she said.
“We’ve got the return of some popular favourites and a whole host of new activities which we believe everyone will love.”
Chris Dransfield, social value manager at Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, said the company was delighted to be involved with Pride for the first time.
“We are thrilled to be supporting Northern Pride and to be bringing a new element to the event,” he said.
“The construction zone will not only be fun but hopefully will also inspire young people to consider a career in the industry.
“As the main contractor on the six new stations which will be created as part of the reintroduced Northumberland line, connecting communities is at the heart of what we do – which is why working with Northern Pride is so important to us.”
The Family and Youth Zone is only one of aspect of a packed Pride programme, which will include live music, entertainment, market stalls, fairground rides and food and drink throughout the weekend.