ONE of the UK’s leading LGBT festivals will return to Newcastle this summer, thanks to festival sponsor Newcastle’s Business Improvement District company, NE1 Ltd.

Newcastle Pride, organised by regional LGBT charity, Northern Pride, has confirmed the festival will be returning to the city with NE1 sponsoring the event for the fourth year running.

Looking to replicate the success of the 2017 festival – which generated more than £9m for the local economy – the 2018 programme will include a whole host of events in the week running up to main Pride weekend, which will take place from 20 – 22 July.

“Newcastle Pride is all about celebrating the diversity of our city and we are always looking for new ways to make the festival bigger and better,” said Stephen Willis, Festival Director.

“We wouldn’t be able to achieve all of the things we already have planned for this year without the support from NE1 and we are thrilled to have them on board again.”

Sean Bullick, Chief Executive for NE1, said: “Newcastle Pride is a massive, family-friendly celebration and a hugely anticipated date in the city’s event calendar.

“The festival has grown in popularity year on year and this year’s will without doubt be the biggest and best yet.

“Not only is Pride great fun and enjoyed by the people of Newcastle, it attracts thousands of national and international visitors and delivers a major economic boost for the city.

“We are delighted to be headline sponsor once again and are already looking forward to this year’s event.”

NE1 is an international, award-winning Business Improvement District company, representing more than 1400 businesses in Newcastle city centre, with the purpose of driving economic growth in the city.

Among the many highlights of Newcastle Pride 2018 will be a weekend of live music and entertainment at Newcastle Town Moor from 20 to 22 July, with a huge musical line-up to be announced.

Many of the events are free to attend, though a limited number of Gold Circle and VIP tickets are available for those who want to guarantee prime viewing spots at the main stage weekend.

For information about Newcastle Pride visit or search northernprideuk on Facebook and Twitter.

Further details about NE1 and its work around the city centre can be found at