Pride in London is announcing the return of its Family Area this year as part of a new partnership with the Scouts. The tie-up sees the Family Area move to a new home at St Giles-in-the-Fields by Tottenham Court Road station.
As always, the Family Area will provide a fun, relaxing space where LGBT+ youth and families can come together to celebrate Pride. As well as escaping the crowds, families can enjoy fun and exciting activities curated in partnership with some of Pride in London’s community groups.
The Scouts will have three activity spaces in a shaded marquee. Those visiting this area can have a go at producing giant bubbles, rainbow bracelets and have a go at making their own crowns. If it’s a wet and cold day they can warm up by a “rainbow campfire”
Lego will also have a space in the Family Area, with Duplo bricks for younger children and a mini parade where older children can create customised Lego minifigures to join in the “march”.
In addition to these fun activities, there will also be stalls with books and face-painting - as well as plenty of soft blankets and cushions for families looking to rest and recuperate throughout the afternoon. The stage in the Family Area will be host to family favourites such as Mama G and Olly Pike, plus acts from Chanel No.5, Miss Disney, Drag storytime and Pride's Got Talent.
Christopher Joell-Deshields, Director of Community Engagement at Pride in London, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back the Family Area for yet another year as a place where families and young LGBT+ people can unwind and have fun away from the bustle of the Parade. The Scouts have lined up some great activities for all age groups, and it’s fantastic to be working with them on creating a safe, welcoming space for families from all parts of the community.
“We are committed to providing more opportunities for young LGBT+ people to get involved with Pride, and part of this has involved creating more events and other activities this year specifically aimed at young people, working in collaboration with our partners and youth organisations.”
Kester Sharpe, Deputy UK Commissioner at the Scouts, said: “We are proud to support Pride in London by providing a Family Area where the whole family can enjoy the Pride experience. The Family Area gives young people the chance to try out new activities, have fun and learn some new skills. Each week we provide activities for over 460,000 young people in Scout groups across the UK so we are confident those visiting the Family Area will have a great time”
“The Scouts will have three activity spaces in a shaded marquee. Those visiting this area can have a go at producing giant bubbles, rainbow bracelets and have a go at making their own crowns. If it’s a wet and cold day they can warm up by a “rainbow campfire”.
The Family Area will be open from 12:00 until 19:30.