About The Picnic
The Pink Picnic is our main project, first started in 2011. It was first put on with the assistance of Salix Homes working in partnership with their Customer LGBT focus group.
The group thought it would be good to hold an event to bring people together for a fun afternoon and so the idea of the picnic was agreed. It was envisaged that around 15 or so people might come to the event but it attracted around 120 people on the day.
Following the success of the Picnic, the planning committee agreed that it should look to deliver The Pink Picnic as an annual event. In 2012 we invited various partners to the event as well as some acts to entertain people, all on a very small budget. We thought we might get around 200 visitors on the day but had in excess of 400 people attend the picnic.
After the success of 2012 the event grew to include a main stage, a bar and food tent and a partner agency marquee. People were kept entertained by a variety of live acts on the main stage as well as a falconry display, sporting activities, a climbing wall and a bouncy castle. Over 1000 people turned out for the event from all over the North West, making it an enjoyable day for all.
In 2014, there was in the region of 1,700-2,000 people attending the event. Despite the bad weather at the 2015 event people came armed with umbrella's and poncho's and had an enjoyable day in the park. Due to redevelopment of Peel Park the Pink Picnic 2016 was cancelled. The event returned in 2017 turning the meadow pink. The day was a huge success despite bad weather, that didn't stop guests partying in the park. After a successful year in 2017 the event returned to Peel Park in 2018 after 2 years away. The event attracted over 3000 people who enjoyed the sun and the entertainment throughout the day celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion in Salford. We have recognised that there is a need for the Picnic and now in our 8th year we hope to make the Picnic even more special.
The picnic builds community cohesion, strengthen communities and encourages social interaction, by bringing people together regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion ect, to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion in Salford. When asked in previous years how the event makes a difference to guests, people have said that it's an opportunity for them to meet new people, make new friends, the event breaks down boundaries, people don't feel alone and feel part of the wider community. The event promotes and raises the visibility of the growing LGBT+ community living working and studying in Salford, it encourages and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion for all in Salford.
About the team
Our organisation was first formed in 2011 after the first Pink Picnic, after 8 years of organising Salford’s annual Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Trans, plus (LGBT)+ pride celebration, the group changed the organisations name to Salford Pride in 2018. As our organisation grows we are planning more events throughout the year. The Pink Picnic is our main project, however the team also organise and deliver smaller fundraising, awareness and educational projects throughout the year. The Salford Pride team is made up of volunteers from the LGBT= community in and around Salford.