Green Arts by the Sea

Funded by Bournemouth Borough Council and Arts Council England, Arts by the Sea brings an ambitious and contemporary festival of combined arts to Bournemouth.

Incorporating high-impact outdoor spectaculars with theatre shows, music, comedy, light art, digital installations and mass participation activities, the festival’s mission is to deliver a programme of exceptional, high quality, challenging, unique and extraordinary artistic events.

The festival takes place in numerous indoor and outdoor locations throughout the town. We recognise the natural beauty of Bournemouth and the work already taking place to safeguard our natural environment, but are aware of our impact and our responsibility to reduce this. Arts by the Sea aims to become more ethical and sustainable and to use our experience to help other organisations do the same.

We have an Environmental Policy and Action Plan in place to help us do this.

Arts by the Sea Environmental policy

Arts by the Sea Environmental action plan

Green Rider – Venue

Green Rider – Artist



Did You Know

Bournemouth Council’s Parks Department have a herd of 10 goats grazing on the cliff to the east of Boscombe Pier. They help control the non-native plants which are taking over at the expense of the natural heath and grassland habitats and associated wildlife.

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There are also around 60 cattle. These are located at Stour Valley on the North West edge of Bournemouth

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Bournemouth is the World’s First Sustainable Fish City. So many businesses and organisations have signed pledges to ensure only sustainably sourced fish will be used in any of their activities that we’ve now generated over 4 million sustainable fish meals a year.

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We encourage our Partners to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Please let us know about the green actions you’re taking and we’ll share them here.

Environmental Projects

Refill your bottle.

We’ve partnered with Litter Free Coast and Sea to promote their amazing Refill scheme.   We’re asking friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses to welcome you in to refill your water bottle with good old tap water – for free! Simply look for the eye-catching sticker and ask in store. If your business would like to partake in the scheme, go to Litter Free Coast & Sea website  here.

Refill your coffee cup.

We’re also promoting Refill-Here’s scheme to reduce the waste from takeaway paper cups for hot drinks.   As a customer if you go to their website here you can receive discounts and special offers at businesses that support this campaign. If your business would like to get involved and help get rid of this disposable habit, then contact Refill-Here directly here.Check out our handy map for all the current Refill points in Bournemouth.

Sustainable travel.

We’d love you to travel to the festival as sustainably as possible. Our local bus companies are Yellow Buses and Morebus. If you’re visiting the Shelley Theatre the nearest bus stop is at the top of Crabton Close Road and it’s only a 5-minute walk to the Shelley. You can also car share find out here or better yet, cycle to the festival. We’ve marked all the cycle parking in the town centre and near festival venues on our map here – click on the cycle symbol to find out how many bike stands are at each location.



What's On

The next Repairs Cafes are coming soon:

24th June West Howe

5th August Boscombe

Plastic Challenge Month

Could you live without single use plastic this June?

The Plastic Challenge isn’t all about living completely plastic free – in this day and age that would be pretty near impossible. We hope Plastic Challengers will try to reduce their plastic footprint in all sorts of ways.

Find more information here.

Great European Nurdle Hunt

Takes place between 2nd & 5th June. Help show decision makers that these small plastic pellets known as ‘nurdles’ are a serious problem. Go to any beach, and let the Marine Conservation Society know what you find.

World Oceans Day

It’s World Oceans Day on 8th June. You can help by recycling or going on a beach clean. Find your local beach cleans here.

2 Minute Beach Clean

Dorset Devils Beach Clean 2nd June