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Stalls 2023

Pride Bolton




This year

Protests since the Stonewall riots 28 Jun 1969 – 3 Jul 1969


Thank you for your interest in hosting a stall at Pride Bolton Festival 2023.

This year marks Pride in Bolton's 9th year since it was founded and remarkably '53 years of Pride' since the Stone Wall riots. Since the gloom of COVID we have received unprecedented interest for involvement and anticipate along with the forecast hot weather a fantastic Pride Festival for 2023.


As you may be aware, within the GMCC network Bolton is considered 2nd largest Pride festival and parade next to Manchester city centre in terms of scale and *the biggest town within Europe due to its population and we are more than proud to be the flagship for LGBTQI+ rights helping to normalise acceptance and reduce hate crime through our persistent presence and message.


As such Space within Victoria Square and it's surrounding area is premium so Pride Bolton operate a fair and consistent approach when considering stall holder applications.

There will be a range of information stalls ranging from food and drink, to health and well being, community group, charity and social group stalls, we're looking for a range of stallholders to help celebrate acceptance of the LGBTQ+ Allies community. Continuing to raise awareness and stand out all helps to normalise acceptance of the LGBTQ+ Allies community.


Naturally with rising costs year on year and everything having to be paid for, we have tried to keep the stall fee donation as low as possible and have kept Pride Bolton a free to attend and enjoy event for festival goers. It is recognised and appreciated that without the support of our fabulous stall holders and wider supporters the event just couldn't happen.




We appreciate and recognise that there is a difference between commercial traders, social groups and charities and information services, so we have suggested stall hours below to ensure you are able to balance your overall stall objectives and find time to enjoy the festival too. These times are purely guidance. If you have been accepted as a stall holder you may open and close from the beginning until the end or or use the suggested stall times.



Please note Victoria Square's overall Festival opening and closing hours and the suggested specific stall holder opening hours broken down below.


Friday                  28th July               5pm – 11pm

Saturday             29th July              10am – 11pm

Sunday                30th July              10am -    6pm


*Please expect that as the parade arrives on Saturday at Victoria Square at approximately 12:00pm your stall may have larger interest and number of customers than earlier in the morning and throughout the day as the entertainment gets underway.


The following are suggested to maximise your stall time appropriate to your stall type. However, whilst commercial stalls are invited to be present for longer, all stall holder’s are welcome to attend from the start to end of the festival. This is your choice but you must indicate on the below form what your intentions are.

Please note that the entertainment and stage will close at 10pm with Victoria Square closing at 11pm on Friday and Saturday with 24 hour security taking over. We advise you do not leave valuables behind as Pride cannot take responsibility for any loss, damage and or theft.

Pride festival officially kicks off on Saturday after the parade and opening speeches with higher numbers of people always in Victoria Square from then on so please plan your timings and staff accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE the suggested hours of operation relevant to your stall.

You should arrive early in good time to setup before the suggested hours.

Suggested Stall opening and closing hours.

Commercial stalls (i.e. traders, food and merchandise etc.)

Setup time:  3pm onwards.  Arrive early to setup before Victoria Square opens to the public.

Friday              28th July            5pm – 11pm

Saturday         29th July           10am – 11pm

Sunday            30th July           10am -    6pm

Parking: not available on-site or for un/onloading. Please use the carparks available within close proximity of Victoria Square. Please use the parking payment metres available. Pride does not provide any discounts or free parking.


Non-commercial stalls (i.e. Charities, information service, community groups, educational etc.)

Friday 28th July - UP TO YOU  (If you choose to attend on Friday please arrive at approximately 3pm onwards similarly in tandem with commercial stall holders.  Arrive early to setup before Victoria Square opens to the public.

Saturday 29th July 10am –    6pm (then stay to enjoy the entertainment and fun until late)

Sunday   29th July  10am -    6pm

Parking: not available on-site or for un/onloading. Please use the carparks available within close proximity of Victoria Square. Please use the parking payment metres available. Pride does not provide any discounts or free parking.


To Apply for a stall please  read the detailed stall holder information terms and conditions below and complete the stall holder application form at the bottom of this page.


Any previous expression of interest or by completing the below application does not guarantee acceptance by Pride Bolton to provide you with a stall space. Your application will be reviewed in the order it was received and if accepted you will be contacted on how to make your payment donation to secure your stall space. 

Following receiving your donation you will then be provided with confirmation.

Information Terms & Conditions:

  • There are a limited number of stall spaces and we are often oversubscribed so applications will be considered on a first come first served basis. subject to Pride Bolton terms and conditions.
  • If your application is accepted you will be provided with your stall information, site map and any other appropriate information approximately 1 week before the festival date.
  • Pride Bolton is operating an information point lost and found and missing persons stall located at stall number one and you will also be able to see the Pride Bolton ambassadors (volunteer's) that will be available on the day in high visibility overcoats to assist both the public and stall holders, including Pride Bolton security team.
  • The Pride team and it's ambassadors (volunteer's) are not able to help with carrying or administrative issues. Please ensure any queries you have are address in good time before the festival. Should you have any urgent queries that cannot be dealt with until after the event, a senior member of the Pride Bolton team may be made available, otherwise please contact the team after the event.
  • Pride Bolton operates a 'unified space' policy. This means 2 stall holders will share a space wee next bullet points.
  • If you require more than a shared space i.e. a wholse gazebo to yourself, or more than 1 gazebo space, please indicate this on your expression of interest below. A supplement charge will apply i.e. the space of 2 gazebo's will require 4 stallholder space donation.
  • A reduction may be granted if you bring your own gazebo (up to 3x3 metres) This is at Pride Bolton's discretion, please indicate on the form.
  • Each Gazebo size is 3 metres Wide x 3m deep.
  • Each Gazebo is shared between 2 stallholders, each stallholder is allocated a table and chairs.
  • There may be no reduction in the fee donation if you desire to bring your own gazebo or chairs.
  • Power is strictly not provided.
  • Stall holder allocation and where you are located is strictly subject to allocation by Pride Bolton and you will not be able to choose your preferred space.
  • Allocation of 'premium' space (Zone 1 - Victoria Square) located within the heart of the site and festival 'Victoria Square' may be prioritised for grass root's, community and or charity, Union and educational or public services.
  • Zone 2 stall spaces (outside Victoria Square) may be allocated outside of Victoria Square within close proximity subject to allocation by Pride Bolton.
  • Stall Holder's are reminded that Saturday is often the busiest day, particularly just after the parade arrives at the square. It is advised that all stall holder types plan their staffing and or supply of merchandise and or food and drink appropriately in order to meet public demand and ensure a positive customer experience.
  • Applications are for a 'weekend booking only' and the fee donation will not be adjusted if you only require one day out of two or three etc. Please be sure of the days you require as if you change your mind later, due to administration restrictions and fairness we will not be able to change your preference later or provide any refund or deferral. This means for example if you pay for a stall and advise you will not be there on one of the two days, we may allocate that space to another stall holder in order to give them an opportunity at the Pride Bolton Festival and equally any donation made towards the cost of the stall will be forfeit and treated as a donation towards the rest of the festival.
  • Sharing with a friend or sub-letting of stall space over the weekend between 2 separate organisations is strictly forbidden unless agreed with Pride in writing and this will be monitored by Pride Bolton and upon inspection.
  • Only registered stallholders will be allowed to occupy a gazebo.
  • You will need to provide a copy of your public liability insurance (min £10,000,000 - 10 million pounds) to Pride Bolton before the festival.
  • You may need to supply photographs and sizes or your gazebo (if bringing your own) before the festival.
  • Pride Bolton will try to vary the type stall holders to ensure a good spread and mix of different organisations ranging from information stalls, public sector organisations, local community interest and social groups and trade unions including commercial ventures, so that the festival is as diverse and as fair as possible.
  • Stallholders must not sell food or drink without express written permission from Pride Bolton subject to any local authority requirements including but not limited to any food hygiene compliance and or rating and appropriate documentation. Any additional charges for such certifications required are the responsibility of the stall holder.
  • Please note - failed attendance or cancellations  cannot be accepted and for the avoidance of doubt your stall-holder donation fee is treated as a non refundable donation that helps goes towards to costs of booking the entire space and so you are able have your space in Victoria Square and the administration and work involved in securing Victoria Square and putting on the whole Pride event. Your cohesive support is greatly appreciated. Deferral of dates i.e. to following year's festival will not be allowed.
  • By making a donation for a stall space you are agreeing to be bound by an implied non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement of which you should adhere the GDPR and not disclose any details including any personal and or sensitive data to any third party or without the consent of Pride Bolton or the person(s) consent.
  • We may say thank you online to you for your stall holder supporting Pride Bolton so please let us know if you'd like us to abstain from doing so.
  • The stalls and whole site build will be carried out in advance on Thursday 27th July 2023 meaning that your stall should be ready for occupation and setup by Friday 28th July 2023 by 5pm or Saturday at 10:00am depending on your stall type and stall operating time's preference as outlined above. So it is advised that arrive early. we suggest you arrive around 8:00am if you are starting on Saturday or arriving at 3pm if operating your stall earlier on Friday, this will afford you good time to bring your stall things with you and setup.
  • Victoria Square may be cordoned off with Heras tall and shorter pedestrian fencing with a security teem in place to help manage site set-up and crowd control including the stage and safety.
  • Bags checks by security may be in operation.
  • Photograph's and or video recording both by Pride Bolton and or the public and or media may take place and used online or by media companies.
  • There will be Pride Bolton security Team and ambassador's (volunteer's) also on site to assist with security and information and engage with the public recognisable by their high visibility overcoat's and the Pride Bolton ambassadors will be identifiable in their high viability overcoat's and identification lanyards.
  • Portaloo toilets including disable portaloo toilets will be provided on-site.
  • There is no parking on-site but there are available parking spaces adjacent to Victoria Square on a first come first served basis and parking meters in place. There is also parking available at the car park 'Le Manns' crescent a few meters walk away. In addition there are various other car parks located in close proximity to Victoria Square. Pride Bolton will take no responsibility for parking and or car parking notices and or parking tickets and stall holders are expected to comply with local car parking signage and rules.
  • Pride Bolton suggest stall holders utilise for example, google maps that may assist you with local parking. Please contact us if you require more localised knowledge or direction.
  • The Square will be opened to the public at approximately 5:00pm on Friday 28th July. Entertainment will commence and finish at 10:0ppm with Victoria Square closing at 11pm. Victoria Square will open on Saturday 29th July and 10:00am and close at 11:00pm similar to Friday. Victoria Square will open on Sunday 30th July 2023 at 10:00am and close at 6:00pm.
  • Stall holders should not leave any personal or merchandise on their stall over night and Pride Bolton will accept no responsibility for lost and or stolen items so please take all reasonable steps to protect your items.
  • Stall holders are required to remove their own general rubbish and take it to the bins provided (not including big or waste cardboard from storage boxes and or bags - please take these back with you and dispose of them at your own convenience). You must keep you area, inviting, clean, safe and tidy.
  • Pride Bolton ambassadors (volunteer's) and the security team have been briefed to be vigilant and observe tidiness, waste build up and or litter for health and safety. Any i.e. spillages within your stall and or damage to the chairs, table or stall deemed to be caused by the stall holder and any associated costs will be passed onto the stall holder thereafter.
  • Pride Bolton will inspect stalls and take photographs both before and after of the stall area for the avoidance of doubt.
  • You must adhere to the reasonable requests of the Pride Bolton Team including security. Any nuisance or misconduct will not be tolerated and anyone found to be causing nuisance or a breaching the peaceful enjoyment of the festival may be asked to leave and their donation forfeit.
  • Alcohol may be available to purchase onsite. Please drink moderately and safely.
  • Stall holders agree that Pride Bolton will not use or share their personal data other than with the local authority i.e. Police if requested to do so. Pride Bolton will have regard for GDPR.
  • Pride Bolton suggests that stall holders keep an eye on FB, social media and news for any upcoming updates about the entertainment line up on the day and any changes. Pride Bolton will take all reasonable steps to update booked in stall holders of any changes in good time.
  • Stall holders understand that Pride Bolton has no control over the weather of matters of fore majeure.
  • Booked in stall holders understand that should a matter arise pertaining to fore majeure for example but unlimited to, an earthquake, natural disaster or hurricane and the festival has to be stopped, donations will be treated as such and no refunds will be given as Pride Bolton will also have had to stop the entire festival to the detriment of everybody included not just stall holders.
  • Bookings cannot be transferred to another event or stall holder.
  • Subletting stalls is not permitted and will be monitored.
  • Stall holders understand and agree that the fee for the stall space constitutes a donation and is non refundable.
  • If you wish to participate in the parade you must register separately following the link on Pride Bolton website. It is advised that you watch the parade safety video.
  • There may an additional charge for organisations and commercial entity's that would like to walk and or have a vehicle present in the parade. Please indicate your interest on the form. Please advise on the form.
  • You will be expected to take all reasonable steps and precautions to ensure your stall is safe and tidy with a view to the public interest and peaceful enjoyment of the festival.
  • Water will not be provided to stalls. Stall holders are advised to bring bottle water for the anticipated hot weather and you will be able to ask the bar provider onsite in the square for water and or seek refreshment.
  • By making your donation you agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Pride Bolton may update these terms and conditions at any time for example to ensure adherence to any local regulatory or internal policy changes and requirements from which Pride Bolton will take reasonable steps to update booked stall holders in a timely manner.
  • Pride Bolton has taken all reasonable steps to cover the majority of items pertaining to stall holders as is reasonable possible within these terms and information. It is agreed and accepted by the stall holder that these terms may be updated later if required subject to any further requirement i.e. set out by the local authority and or specific needs of Pride Bolton in order to ensure and fair, fun, peaceful and safe Pride Bolton Festival.

These are the costs to book a stall:

With limited funding we have worked hard to be able to keep the festival free to enter for private citizens, and we will strive to continue to do this and keep costs and minimum donations as low as possible for the future. Pride Bolton relies on it's supporters to help pay for the cost of delivering a fun and happy festival for everyone. All donations are welcome and go towards delivering the entirety of the event.

Thank you for your support.

One simple overall weekend rate (for *3 days) donation:  *commercial traders - based on face value otherwise approximately 5 'trading days at 6 hours per average trading day plus 1 hour left over.

Commercial / Trader i.e. LTD company / Partnership / Sole Trader (covers - Friday, Saturday & Sunday) Please see suggested stall opening hours above. Please note peak times and adjust your staff / stock accordingly. £173.20 
Charity / Trade Union / General Public Sector / NHS (Please see suggested stall opening hours above. If you are not selling anything, you may prefer not to open your stall on the Friday or late evening's or adjust your stall staff requirements accordingly - Up to you - Donation covers  Friday, Saturday & Sunday) £163.20
Unregistered Community or social group (Please see suggested stall opening hours above. If you are not selling anything, you may prefer not to open your stall on the Friday or late evening's or adjust your stall staff requirements accordingly - Up to you - Donation covers  Friday, Saturday & Sunday) £87.00
CIC (Please see suggested stall opening hours above. If you are not selling anything, you may prefer not to open your stall on the Friday or late evening's or adjust your stall staff requirements accordingly - Up to you - Donation covers  Friday, Saturday & Sunday) £87.00
Limited by guarantee NFP (Please see suggested stall opening hours above. If you are not selling anything, you may prefer not to open your stall on the Friday or late evening's or adjust your stall staff requirements accordingly - Up to you - Donation covers  Friday, Saturday & Sunday) £87.00
Social Group (Please see suggested stall opening hours above. If you are not selling anything, you may prefer not to open your stall on the Friday or late evening's or adjust your stall staff requirements accordingly - Up to you - Donation covers  Friday, Saturday & Sunday) £87.00
Educational institution (Please see suggested stall opening hours above. If you are not selling anything, you may prefer not to open your stall on the Friday or late evening's or adjust your stall staff requirements accordingly - Up to you - Donation covers  Friday, Saturday & Sunday) £87.00
*Parade Vehicle -  *FREE for private citizens & small community groups (Saturday)


Commercial entity's or medium / Large organisations -Please contact us

Please Register / Contact us

Stall Application

If you are uclear of have any questions please e-mail contact@pridebolton.co.uk or via FaceBook messenger.

See you at Pride Bolton 2023


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