Arts by the Sea Festival

Arts by the Sea recognises the natural beauty of Bournemouth and the work already taking place to safeguard the natural environment in our local area. We aim to build on this, becoming more sustainable, reducing our own environmental impact and using our experience to encourage other organisations to do the same. We’ll use our programming to raise awareness of global environmental issues and support green projects and partners, helping artists, residents, businesses and visitors become more environmentally friendly too. We also pledge to show our support for farmers and producers in developing countries by promoting Bournemouth’s Fairtrade Town status.

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, and Green Riders for our Artists and Venues to help them do the same.

Arts by the Sea Environmental policyArts by the Sea Environmental action planGreen Rider – VenueGreen Rider – Artist

It is BCP Council’s ambition for the town to be recognised as a green economy leader and a place where green growth can flourish. Bournemouth is recognised as a Fair Trade Town, a Sustainable Food City and is the world’s first Sustainable Fish City. The conurbation has nineteen Green Flag Awards for its Parks and Gardens, eight Blue Flag Awards for its beaches and a Site of Special Scientific Interest amongst its nature reserves in Hengistbury Head.

BCP 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. Click here for more information.

There are also around 60 cattle. These are located at Stour Valley on the North West edge of Bournemouth. Click here for more information.

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. Click here for more information.

Arts by the Sea would like to work with green partners. If your organisation is doing something environmentally friendly and you’d like to get involved with the festival, please get in touch.

The Bournemouth Seafront team have been working since early 2018 with their suppliers to ensure that wherever possible all single use items, such as coffee cups, stirrers and straws are now either fully recyclable or fully compostable. This means that since the spring, all 330,000 coffee cups and the majority of other takeaway packaging has been much more environmentally friendly in line with the Leave Only Footprints campaign. Most seafront catering sites, plus all of the seafront taps, are all now part of the Dorset Refill scheme and identifiable via the app.

Yellow Buses are committed to minimising the environmental impact of their operations.

From 1 May 2017, six new double-deckers, described as the most environmentally friendly diesel vehicles on the road, went into service. The British-built Alexander Dennis MMC (Major Model Change) E400 vehicles have ultra-low carbon Euro 6 engines and the latest stop-start technology, which along with their lighter weight helps to reduce emissions, noise and fuel usage.

In 2018 Yellow Buses celebrated the tenth anniversary of its innovative Carbon Stoppers scheme. Since 2008 the bus company has held a ‘Thank You Thursday’ each week when every trip taken by passengers on the day contributes to a Community Chest, with Yellow Buses pledging a minimum donation of £50 a week. The scheme began as a way of encouraging people to cut down on their carbon footprint by catching the bus, but has ended up raising more than £30,000 for 80 local charities and good causes.

Leave only Footprints Infographic
Recycling is tricky in the town centre as bins often become contaminated by unrecyclable waste. In 2018, Bournemouth Council’s Seafront team introduced 200 new bins along the prom with clearly marked Recycling and General Waste labels. Please recycle here, or do your bit by taking your waste with you and recycling at home. Find out more information here.
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. We’re also promoting Refill-Here’s scheme to reduce the waste from takeaway paper cups for hot drinks. As a customer, you can receive discounts and special offers at businesses that support this campaign – go to their website for more information.
Sustainable travel
We’d love you to travel to the festival as sustainably as possible. Our local bus companies are Yellow Buses and Morebus. 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 above – click on the cycle symbol to find out how many bike stands are at each location.