Picnic with pride during fringe festival

Pride flag
Pride flag

A Buxton Pride picnic has been organised to celebrate diversity.

The picnic is taking place during the two-week fringe event and will be on the Old Bowling Green in the Pavilion Gardens.

A spokesman for Buxton Fringe said: “The arts, in all their aspects, are a source of entertainment and pleasure of course.

“They can also stimulate, challenge and contribute to social cohesion.

“It is best if our experience of the arts does all of these things and there is plenty happening at this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe that does just that.”

The event on Saturday, July 22 will be bringing together the community’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and queer.

It has been organised by Stone and Water and a spokesman for the group said: “We will be celebrating Queer Buxton (LGBT+ and all our friends) with a picnic of gracefulness, silliness and frivolous strength. Bring your own exquisite nibbles, an umbrella or parasol if appropriate, and join us on the lawn. Add a poem to read, an elegant dress or simply your own wonderful self.

“We may bring more frivolity than grace - and cannot guarantee elegance - but a clutch of poems will be to hand.”

Also on July 22 there will be a fundraiser for the Hummingbird Project at the Palace Hotel to help raise money for refugees across Europe.

A festival spokesman said: “You can have a very busy - and not expensive - day in Buxton. There is some exceptional artwork to be seen - at the Green Man Gallery, the Pavilion Gardens and the Dome throughout the day.”

“See you in the Gardens, or The Palace - sitting down or maybe dancing for diversity and human rights.”

The picnic will take place between 3 and 6pm.