You Said, We Did
As part of The Sparkle Weekend development, we have reviewed your comments and are pleased to bring more of what you want to the event, we've had comments on the Sparkle Ball, The Sparkle Mainstage, Marketplace and Food Zones and even the Sparkle Lounge.
We have shared our new directions with some of you as part of our continued community consultation and hope to do more of this year following the Sparkle Weekend 2019.
We have been pleasently surprised by your feedback and want to ensure that we are moving in a community minded direction whilst still entertaining you, feeding you the good stuff and supporting you to have a great weekend!
You Said, We Did
Claire D from Doncaster said:
"It would be great to have more seating in front of the stage, me and my friends want to see more of the stage content but can't afford to upgrade to the Sparkle Lounge as we are on a low income."
As a result of Claire's comments, we have chosen to remove the Sparkle Lounge from The Sparkle Weekend we felt we could provide better seating options for everyone, including those with disabilities and access needs.
We hope this will enable everyone to feel welcomed and included at The Sparkle Weekend. We are proud to be the worlds largest FREE to attend Transgender celebration.
Taylor James from Runcorn said:
"I enjoy bringing my children to Sparkle every year, it would be great to see a more exciting Family Zone, with bright and engaging content, and more organisations aimed at supporting LGBTQIA+ young people."
We took on board the thoughts from James and have opened an invitation to 15 trans and LGB organisations to be part of this years Family Zone, we have also committed to having more interactive outdoor games.
We are exploring things such as swingball, football nets, a craft zone and a toddlers area including a bouncy castle bigger and better than ever. With our usual Sunday 'Family Picnic in the Park', we hope you and your family will have more fun than ever!
Alex from Dublin said:
"I would like more information on Wellbeing and alternative things to do in the park over The Sparkle Weekend, I love the stage but I wondered if theres something more we could do to occupy adults and young people in the early afternoon?"
The Sparkle team have a new Wellbeing Zone planned for the 2019 event. Occupying the space next to the National Transgender Memorial; We hope to offer events such as Yoga, a Youth Fitness Class, a Safe Binder Workshop, Hollistic Therapies, Workshops on Creative Therapy and many other Workshop slots over the 2 day event.
If you want to get involved please email us at
Hayley and Joanna said:
"We wanted to enjoy the Weekend in the park but found it difficult to see the stage, but we felt we didnt get what we needed in terms of Accessibility around the event site :( "
At Sparkle we hope to be as Accessible as possible, in recent years we have invested heavily in working with the event site, which is a public park the rest of the year, to provide sensible flooring, buddies to help those who are partially sighted access the park and by including BSL signers during our Mainstage programme.
This year we have introduced a viewing platform to aid those with mobility issues and a need for priority seating throughout the weekend, we also have a number of disabled access toilets including one with a changing table for those who are disabled parents and behind the scenes at the back of the stage we also have wheelchair access for performers and volunteers. We also have a doggy pitstop with waterbowls and shade should your Assistance Dog need a little break and friendly volunteers on hand to help.
Should you have any questions about accessibility please email us
Dorian and Chaz said:
"We would like to see more Vegetarian and Vegan options next year"
"The price of non-alcoholic drinks was a little higher than elsewhere in the village!"
In 2019 we are using a 'Tender Process' ensuring the BEST deal for the charity and of course our visitors! We will be working more closely with our vendors to ensure a more competitive, quality and varied selection
of food and drink.
So wether you eat and drink with us all weekend, select one of our food partners in Manchester's Gay Village or just swing by for an Ice Cream in front of the Mainstage, you can be sure of value for money!
If you have anything you would like to tell the team at Sparkle, please contact us using our web form on the 'Contact Us' page. We will be more than happy to take on board your comments, complaints and compliments.
We hope by working together we can shape and embrace the true community feeling within the Sparkle Weekend.