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.

2017 Plastic Beach

The synthetic quality of modern life has made its mark in the seas. Over the last 30 years, millions of tons of plastic have entered the oceans. Global production of plastic now stands at 288 million tonnes per year, of which 10% ends up in the ocean. Oil, radioactive waste, chemical sewage and most visibly – plastics, have found their way into the oceans and stomachs of marine life. Arts by the Sea 2017 is highlighting this issue through our theme Plastic Beach. We hope you’re entertained but also informed by our performances, and leave the festival inspired by what we can all do to help the environment.

Our Commitment

The Arts by the Sea festival is committed to reducing its own environmental impact and to leave no trace.

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


Arts by the Sea Environmental policy

Website version 2018 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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Yellow Buses have six new double decker’s which have ultra-low carbon Euro 6 engines and the latest stop-start technology to reduce emissions, noise and fuel usage. Their lighter weight will also reduce environmental impact and improve fuel consumption.

Yellow Buses have a Site Waste Management Programme which involved the following:

  1. Relabelling recycling receptacles to make it clearer what to put into them
  2. Including recycling as a discussion point in regular Engineering meetings to ensure continued awareness
  3. Vegetation waste disposed of separately from general waste using a dedicated garden waste skip

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

Repair Cafe – 3rd February – Boscombe

Transition run environmental film screenings at the Mad Cucumber, Bournemouth Triangle on the 4th Tuesday of every month.