Croydon PrideFest is open and free for everyone to attend and enjoy so we want to make sure our festival is as accessible and inclusive as possible, including those with disabilities. You can read more about our access provisions on this page but if you have a specific accessibility question or requirements, please contact us by emailing [email protected].
The parade starting point is outside Marks & Spencer on North End which is flat and step-free access is provided from nearby streets, including from East and West Croydon stations. The starting point has several public benches which paraders are welcome to use whilst waiting for the parade to start.
The parade route is approximately 1.4 kilometres long and is expected to take 45 minutes to complete. The route is relatively flat with a downward incline for part of the route that follows the tram tracks at Church Street. If you are a wheelchair user, please take extra care along this part of the route to avoid any potential damage or incidents involving wheels becoming trapped in the tram tracks.
Paraders are invited to bring banners, flags and decorations but any exceeding height restrictions must be lowered at parts where there are overhead tram line cables. Please note that stewards and volunteers are unable to assist with carrying any banners.
A significant proportion of the parade will be very noisy with spectators clapping and cheering as the parade passes. The parade quietens as the parade leaves the retail heart of Croydon Town Centre and approaches Wandle Park where the main festival takes place.
Please also note that there are stairs to climb to cross a pedestrian bridge as the parade approaches Wandle Park. If you are unable to manage stairs or feel you cannot complete the walking route, you can board a tram towards Wimbledon from Church Street tram stop for one stop to Wandle Park. Unfortunately, Croydon Pride is unable to reimburse travel costs but details of the latest single tram fare can be found on the Transport for London website.
Accessible toilets will be available at Croydon PrideFest. Stewards and security guards will be able to assist you in locating the toilets and escorting you through the crowd should you require any assistance. We will also be providing a viewing platform and a wheelchair charging point for users requiring these facilities.
British Sign Language interpreters will be available on our main stage throughout the event. Take a look at our BSL summary of PrideFest 2019 below:
Guide dogs are welcome at Croydon PrideFest and we will provide a rest area for service animals if required.
If you have sensory sensitivities, a quiet rest tent away from the crowds will be available, if required.
We have some parking on site for blue badge holders. Please note that parking is very limited and we request that spaces are booked in advance on a first come, first served basis by emailing [email protected].
Travelling to Croydon PrideFest
You can travel to Croydon PrideFest easily through a number of different ways:
- By train – nearest rail stations are West Croydon (Southern and London Overground) and East Croydon (Southern and Thameslink)
- By bus – a number of bus services pass through Croydon Town Centre, with most stopping at West Croydon bus station or along Wellesley Road
- By tram – West Croydon tram stop is the closest tram stop to the parade starting point. Wandle Park tram stop provides step-free access to the main PrideFest venue
- By car – there are a number of car parks in Croydon Town Centre close to the parade starting point and PrideFest venue including Centrale Car Park, NCP Whitgift Centre Croydon, Q-Park Surrey Street and Jubilee Bridge Car Park.