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What’s on at Ouseburn Family Pride 2023

Newcastle’s favourite LGBTQIA+ family festival returns to the Ouseburn Valley on Sunday 28th May – here’s what not to miss.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 20.05.2023

Ouseburn Family Pride 2023: 12pm–6pm, Sunday 28th May

When chatting within and about the LGBTQIA+ community, a lot of the discourse tends to be around individuals.

But what about the families of those within the LGBTQIA+ community?

For young people recognising that they belong within the community, or for children being brought up by LGBTQIA+ parents, there’s not often a lot of representation to be found in the school yard.

And as much as they can love and support us, our parents and siblings don’t always have the best tools or the most up-to-date vocabulary at their disposal when it comes to talking about gender and sexuality.

That’s why events like Ouseburn Family Pride are so important.

A celebration of the North East’s LGBTQIA+ community, Ouseburn Family Pride has been a real feather in the cap of Northern Pride Director Ste Dunn – who told us, when we interviewed him last year, that seeing more than 4,000 people come down to the valley for the first Ouseburn Family Pride was one of his all-time career highlights.

Taking over Newcastle’s cultural quarter for the day, Ouseburn Family Pride 2023 is open to everyone and suitable for all ages, with a host of creative venues already on board.

If you’ve ever been to any of Northern Pride’s events before, you’ll already know you’re guaranteed a great turnout and an even better atmosphere. So, why not head down to the valley at the end of May – meet other LGBTQIA+ friends and allies, learn a little more about your own family, and celebrate just how inclusive and fabulous the community is by having a bloody good time. Ouseburn Family Pride is the perfect opportunity for a family day out to remember.

Here’s what’ll be happening across the valley at the end of the month…

PICNIC UNDER THE BRIDGE

LGBT+ Northern Social Group are all about promoting social inclusion and bringing people together in settings that aren’t necessarily alcohol orientated.

Join them under the bridge during Ouseburn Family Pride for a family picnic, suitable for all ages, where you can rest up and take five while chatting to other LGBT+ families.

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OUSEBURN FARM

Ouseburn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PA

Meet the animals that make this special urban farm their home, take part in some crafts with True Dreams Inclusive Parties and Events, and enjoy some storytelling from Unfolding Theatre.

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THE MARKET

Stepney Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PZ

Calling all fans of bakers, makers and creatives – get your shop on at Ouseburn Family Pride’s market on Stepney Road, which will be filled with innovative LBGTQIA+ traders, along with some delicious hot food vendors.

THE VILLAGE GREEN

Green space just off Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

Celebrate everything that’s unique and wonderful about families at Mini Pride!

Suitable for ages 3–7 years and their families, head along to the Village Green, get messy and take part in some fun, creative activities – from colourful arts and crafts to an interactive story time with the artists at Curious Arts.

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THE SHIP

Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PW  

One of the oldest pubs in the area, The Ship is a bona fide HLN fave thanks to its vegan kitchen and epic beer garden.

In between shopping, petting farm animals and watching family drag shows, why not take the weight off here and catch up with other families enjoying the festival?

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THE CLUNY

36 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

The Cluny have pulled out all the stops for Ouseburn Family Pride this year, with a packed agenda that includes everything from a family drag show to Makaton signing, zine making and interactive meet-and-greet shows with some Disney heroes.

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THE CLUNY 2

36 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

The Cluny’s second venue is also getting in on the act, with Tai & Tom, Itching Powder, Fiona Liquid and Curious Arts Youth Music group creating the soundtrack to Ouseburn Family Pride with their live performances. DJ Sally T will then be closing the event with a teen disco.

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THE OUSEBURN TRUST

53–55 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

While you’re at Ouseburn Family Pride, pop into Ouseburn Trust and check out all the things they’ve got planned across the valley this summer, while getting creative with their arts and crafts challenges.

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SEVEN STORIES

30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

Curious Arts and their unique storytelling character, Dinner Lady Pam, will be at Seven Stories throughout Ouseburn Family Pride 2023, along with special guest authors, to reinvigorate the joy of reading within your little ones with inclusive stories that are suitable for all ages.

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VICTORIA TUNNEL

Ouse Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PF

If history’s your vibe, then you’ll love a trip down the Victoria Tunnel. This preserved 19th century wagonway, stretching from the Town Moor to the River Tyne, was converted into an air raid shelter during the Second World War.

Its rich history is brough to life with free, guided taster tours during Ouseburn Family Pride 2023.

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To find out more about Ouseburn Family Pride 2023, visit Northern Pride’s website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram

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