Cornwall Pride 2023

Bubbles and rainbows at Cornwall Pride 2022. Image courtesy of Kai Greet Photography

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In Brief

Name: Cornwall Pride 2023
Dates: From Saturday 29 April 2023 to Wednesday 20 September 2023. All events are listed below…
Type: LGBTQ+ Pride events and parades in Cornwall
Suitable for: Anyone and everyone. That’s the point
Locations: Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance, Saltash, St Ives, Truro, Bude, Camborne, St Austell, Bodmin, Redruth and more
Price: Free. That’s also the point


Over the past 15 years, Cornwall Pride has flourished in all the colours of the rainbow. But Cornwall Pride 2022 scaled new heights. To mark the 50th anniversary of Pride in the UK, there were 11 community events across the Duchy rather than just the traditional single event in Newquay. It was a move that was made to ensure that far more towns were able to get involved and support both the LGBTQ+ community and all marginalised people in Cornish society.

But now we’re looking at the Cornwall Pride 2023 parades and events. And it’s set to be even bigger, more colourful and all-round better than those epics events of ’22. The Cornwall Pride Bus got into gear in February to promote the parades and events that are happening in the summer. So much to see and do. And so many ways that you can support Cornwall’s LGBTQ+ community along the way.

Each event in 2022 took place on a Saturday. There were parades and all sorts of other associated events, each adding a splash of colour to the participating town. There were also specific themes depending upon the town, with the opening event on 7 May in Falmouth carrying ‘the Launch of Pride 50’ theme right up to the final Saturday of the lot in Redruth on 23 July, where the theme was ‘Celtic’. Notable days included Saturday 14 May in Newquay (theme: Human Rights and Trans Pride), Saturday 18 June in Truro (theme: History and Adult Education) and Saturday 9 July: St Austell (theme: Wellbeing).

Anyway, that was 2022 and now we look forward to Cornwall Pride 2023 across the Duchy. And here are the headline events that have been so far announced:

Saturday 29 April 2023Falmouth Pride 2023. Pride takes over Falmouth and launches the whole Cornwall Pride 2023 campaign. This event also ‘stands in solidarity with the housing crisis and homelessness’.

Saturday 20 May 2023Camborne Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Raising awareness of all intersectionalities’.

Saturday 27 May 2023St Austell Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Supporting wellbeing’.

Saturday 3 June 2023Saltash Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Celebrating the LGBTQ+ creative culture’.

Saturday 10 June 2023St Ives and Hayle Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Standing in solidarity with climate action’.

Saturday 17 June 2023Bodmin Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Supporting LGBTQ+ people in indoor and outdoor sports’.

Saturday 1 July 2023Bude Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Improving younger education’.

Saturday 8 July 2023Penzance Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Celebrating alternative people’.

Saturday 15 July 2023Redruth Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Celebrating Celtic culture’.

Saturday 22 July 2023Newquay Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘Supporting human rights and trans Pride’.

Saturday 26 August 2023Truro Pride 2023. Special theme: ‘LGBTQ+ history and improving adult education’. 

Wednesday 20 September 2023Cornwall Pride Conference 2023. Venue TBC.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Pride tells Proper Cornwall that over the next decade, the organisers are aiming to create ‘a hate-free Cornwall’. The spokesperson says: “We aim to stand in solidarity with anyone who has faced discrimination at any point. We are also continuing to move forward in 2023 with our dedicated wellbeing programme, ‘Penguin Soup’, with the aim of reducing mental ill health and suicide rates among our adult LGBTQ+ community in Cornwall.”

As soon as we have further details on the 2023 events, we will let you know here. Check out the organisation’s official website to find out more as well. And then pledge your support to the LGBTQ+ community and all marginalised people during a fabulous Cornwall Pride 2023!