Manchester Pride has this year introduced a brand new Family Zone taking place on the Saturday of the huge festival.
The family zone will not only be a place for LGBT+ families to get together but also a safe space for encouraging learning, family friendly activities, a picnic area, craft workshops, sport sessions and talks.
The Family Zone at Manchester Pride will run from 12pm to 5pm in Sackville Gardens. At the heart of the festival in the Gay Village Party, the zone will welcome families and children under 14 and will coincide with the Manchester Pride Parade screening in the park.
Hosted in a big top style circus tent will be Junk Orchestra and Queen Vs Bowie Disco with Born To Be Wild Child. The Junk Orchestra features a supersonic recycled collection of objects, rescued and re-invented from the urban sprawl! Within each individual jam session, participants will get to play and compose on tuned junk instruments; covering percussion, wind and string – flipflopaphones, scaffoldaphones, tuned tanks and wheels, logaphones, fire extinguisherphone, tincan drums, storm sheets and more!
The picnic area will welcome the incredibly popular Drag Queen Story Time and Proud To Be Parents: One stop shop. Proud To Be Parents will be offering advice for any LGBT+ person/people that would like to start a family, offering information and advice on each of the various avenues.
Plus there will be Pride flag making, spaceship design, giant games, face painting, no mess crafts and a soft play area.
image from Manchester Pride courtesy Gemma Parker