Yeovil Pride 2021 FAQs

Please see a number of frequently asked questions about this year’s Yeovil Pride. If your question isn’t listed below, please email hello@yeovilpride.co.uk.


When is Yeovil Pride 2021?
Yeovil Pride takes place on Saturday, 21 August 2021


What’s happening for Yeovil Pride 2021?
We have two activities this year: a parade through the town centre, and; a placard making workshop. Both need advance RSVP’ing so we can manage numbers as best as we can due to Covid.


What’s the Placard Making Workshop?
Every Pride is a moment to capture the attention of the public and of politicians, and send a clear message. Whilst there have been many recent achievements for the LGBT+ community, there is still a long way to go. In Yeovil, earlier this year, a woman in her twenties was attacked in a homophobic hate crime, and in the South West, trans and non-binary people wanting to access a Gender Identity Clinic have to wait over five years to get an initial appointment.

But placards are also a chance to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT+ community too. So whether it’s a confirmation of your own identity, or calling on the Government to do more for LGBT+ people, we’re hosting this workshop to give you space to create your own placard on the day of Yeovil Pride.

There are three sessions, starting at 10am, 11am and 12pm on Saturday 21 August at Yeovil Art Space, and you must RSVP in advance to attend – please click here to RSVP.


What’s the Parade?
The most important moment of any LGBT+ Pride is the parade where we use that moment to capture the attention of the public and of politicians to help send a clear message. That’s why we put all our efforts in making sure that our parade would still go ahead, even if other parts of Pride couldn’t be put on this year.


What is the route of the parade?
This year, we will be meeting at St John’s Churchyard at 1pm, before setting off at around 1.15pm.

You can see the Yeovil Pride 2021 parade route by clicking here. We will cover the following streets:

  • St John’s Churchyard (pedestrianised)
  • Church Street (pedestrianised section)
  • High Street
  • Silver Street
  • Vicarage Walk (privatised and pedestrianised)
  • Vicarage Street (pedestrianised on Saturdays)
  • Middle Street (pedestrianised or pedestrianised on Saturdays)
  • St John’s Churchyard (pedestrianised)

Please note that because to Covid, there are no road closures in place this year, so please stick to the pavement for the duration of this year’s parade and follow the instructions of Marshals on the day. The route will cross High Street using the Zebra Crossing – this has been agreed with Avon & Somerset Police and Somerset Highways to minimise the risk to participants, so please do use it.

If you have any questions, please contact a Volunteer Marshal who will be wearing a hi-vis and ‘Volunteer’ badge.


Is the parade route and rally accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues?
The route of the parade is completely accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues. To be aware, there is a decline as we parade down Vicarage Walk (Quedam) and an incline as we parade up Middle Street.

The rally is due to take place on St John’s Churchyard which has accessible pathways. The grass however, is not accessible as there is a curb. We will make all attempts to direct the rally to include all wheelchair users.

If you have mobility issues and need assistance on the day, please email hello@yeovilpride.co.uk.


Why is the parade route different to Yeovil Pride 2019?
Because of Covid, and the uncertainty around when lockdown restrictions might ease given the 1-month delay from June to July, we were unable to plan an event until quite late notice. Working with Avon & Somerset Police, Somerset Highways and South Somerset District Council, we were unable to facilitate the closure of any roads as this has a minimum of a 15-week lead time. The Police also advised us that this year, we wouldn’t be able to use the ‘rolling road closures’ that we implemented for our 2019 Yeovil Pride parade.

But we thought that Yeovil’s LGBT+ community deserve to have a Pride to celebrate and look forward to after a very difficult 18 months for so many. So, whilst we know this isn’t the perfect Pride parade, we’re really happy that we have the change to all come together and celebrate once again.


What is the Yeovil Pride 2021 Crowdfunder?
Putting on Yeovil’s annual LGBT+ Pride is unfortunately not free, and as a small charity, we rely on the kindness of donations every year to make sure we can continue to operate year-to-year. Since starting the first Yeovil Pride in 2019 to registering as a charity in 2020, we’ve also been hit by the Covid pandemic, limiting our fundraising and sponsorship opportunities too.

Our 2021 Crowdfunder closes on Thursday, 19 August 2021 at around 4.30pm.

Click here if you’d like to donate.