Nationwide Building Society is again main Pride sponsor

By Barrie Hudson - 1 June 2023

  • The 2022 Pride Picnic was a great success

    The 2022 Pride Picnic was a great success

Swindon & Wiltshire Pride have announced the return of Nationwide Building Society main sponsor for the 2023 event.

This year Pride is heading back to Queens Park on Saturday, 12 August for

what organisers are promising will be even bigger and better than last year's popular

Pride Picnic.

Pride Sponsorship Manager Lee Hare said: “We have developed an amazing relationship with

Nationwide Building Society over the past 15 years and are so grateful for their

continued support. 

"It’s so exciting to welcome them onboard again as an organisation

who shares our values and is proud to be different. We hope our relationship will

continue to grow for many more years to come”

Community Engagement Officer Phoenix Stewart said: "We are excited to be returning

to Queen's Park on the back of last year's successful event where over 3000 people

attended throughout the day. 

We have lots of exciting plans ready for this summer and it is partnerships with Nationwide and our other sponsors that allow us to create these

events that are really important for the whole community.”

Swindon & Wiltshire Pride celebrates its 15th anniversary, this year, and to mark the occasion the organisation will be hosting a week of Pride

activities from Monday 7 to Sunday 13 August. The main Pride event will take place on Saturday 12 August, and more details can be found at

The day will kick off with a bright, vibrant and loud Pride march through Swindon's town centre, starting outside H&M and heading towards Regent Circus. The

march will then lead to the main event in Queens Park for noon.

Lou Flaviani, People Director and co-sponsor of Nationwide Building Society’s Proud

Network, said: “We are hugely passionate about making Nationwide a more inclusive

place for our colleagues and our customers. 

"As co-sponsor of Nationwide’s LGBTQ+

Network I’m delighted to continue our support of Swindon & Wiltshire Pride, as this

year’s headline sponsors. Swindon is our home, and we are proud to be a part of this

important event.”

Organisers promise there will be lots to enjoy such as stalls, food and drink, live music as well as some

special guests yet to be announced.

An addition to the festival has been announced with the return of the Family

Circus Zone which will be operated by local company Fandangos. 

This year will also see

the addition of a chill out zone, which will be a quiet space for those that need a moment

away from the main event.

To help make the event as inclusive as possible, the main stage will include sign

language interpreters. RevoLOOtion, an accessible toilet and changing facility, will

be on site.

The official after party venue this year is Boom Battle Bar at Regents Circus. The after party kicks off at 7pm with venue decor, activities and live


The event isn't possible without the support of the sponsors and volunteers who give up

their time to support the event over the weekend, and anybody able to help is asked to email [email protected]

To help manage capacity, organisers are asking all attending to get their free tickets for

the march, picnic and after party from

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