Durham Pride UK Access Information 2021 

Important note: This information is not a full access guide but it is intended to provide some basic details to help visitors to plan their visit to Durham Pride UK. We recognise that everyone has a different need so we have provided factual information and have not made any suggestions about suitability.  

This is information on potential access routes to the Sands area, as there is no Parade planned for this year’s event.  

General information to consider

Transport – Parking and road closures – this information will be available on the Durham County Council website to help you plan your journey. There are accessible bays for Blue Badge holders at existing car parks and park and ride sites. There are no road closures planned in connection with the Pride event this year.   

Light levels – The event takes place outdoors between 12 noon and 10pm we therefore anticipate light levels will be good until the late evening with sun set at 9:10pm  

Weather conditions – very wet weather could make some of the cobbled areas, pathways and grassed areas slippery. We know it sounds obvious but it is something to consider as some parts of the city are steep. The area around the Sands field is not cobbled however and access from Walkergate is via tarmacked pavement of adequate width. 

Street furniture – there is fixed street furniture such as litter bins, seating and traffic bollards around the city. This street furniture varies in design, material and size. There may also be advertising boards, café tables and seating outside some of the food vendors on the field.  

Outline of for surrounding areas.  

Location  Access Information 
Market place   The surfaces within the Market Place are mainly level, paved and free from kerbs.  There is a slight incline from St Nicholas Church towards the statue.  There is a level change of 3 steps around the statue at the exit from the Market Place onto Silver Street but there are alternative routes using the slope either side.   There is a mixture of fixed stone and wood seating which are low level, some with arm rests.  
Claypath Tarmacadam road with adequate width footpaths, slight incline.  
Providence Row Providence Row is very steep with kerb flagstone paths. There are some dropped kerbs.   
Freemans Place Tarmacadam road with adequate width footpaths, level.  
The Sands Level grassed area. Level access via dropped kerb. Potential slip hazard if weather is poor, or has been poor prior to the event.  Accessible toilets will be provided on site. The position of these will depend on the weather.  Pre-bookable disabled access/egress point allocated near to stage area.  Hand wash stations will be provided at a lower level to allow grater accessibility for wheelchair users.   
Walkergate, Millennium Place   (alternative route) Stepped access up to Millennium Square is available next to the Premier Inn. There is also a ramp available, which has corduroy paving with handrails and adequate lighting.  ** There are two lifts in the Millennium Place area.  The lifts allow access from the car park and riverside to Piazza level and Millennium Place.  There are power assisted doors to the lift.  The car park is open 24 hours.    The lift within Walkergate multi-storey car park gives access to levels 1, 2, 4 of the car park, level 6 (Missoula and Ebony Champagne Bar) and level 7 (Gala Theatre and Town).    The other lift is located at the riverside on Freeman’s Place and gives access from the Riverside to levels 1, 3 of the car park, level 5 (The Bishops’ Mill) and level 7 (Ask Italian, Nando’s, Chiquito and Fat Buddha).  This lift exits outside Fat Buddha Restaurant.  There is also stepped access to Millennium place  There is ramped access from Milburngate bridge. The ramp is situated behind the library with adequate handrails and lighting. The surface is block paving with adequate lighting.   There are also several flight of stairs with level changes, 7 steps with corduroy paving.    Seating available and also well lit.  

Marshalls  and Event Staff will be available to assist as far as possible during the event. They will be wearing purple vests and lanyards supporting a card identifying them as a Durham Pride UK volunteer.  

If you require specific information or assistance, please contact us prior to the event to discuss via admin@durhamprideuk.org