Partnerships & Supporters

Be part of our journey

Arts by the Sea attracts a footfall of around 120,000 to Bournemouth town centre over the festival weekend. It’s designed to be intriguing, inspirational, family friendly and FREE, so it brings a diverse range of people into the town. It takes place in the autumn shoulder season, supporting businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors by extending the summer season, increasing footfall and dwell time in our public spaces. 


Watch the video to hear how our supporters and local businesses benefited in previous years

By working together, we can encourage increased visits to local attractions, shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation, and as Arts by the Sea is free to attend, any secondary spend will come directly to you! We can help you attract new customers and raise your own profile:

  • Download our marketing resources in the Business Toolkit for use on your own website and social media platforms and encourage new visitors to the town centre for the festival this year.


  • Follow us on social media and share our weekly stories to promote the fantastic events going on in our area. 

  • Interpret this year’s festival theme ‘PLAY’ – let us know what you’re doing and we’ll give you a shout-out.

  • Work with local partners to create something special for festival weekend. Tell us who you’re connecting with and we’ll promote your partnership. If you serve food and drink, partner with a local provider to create a special festival dish, if you’re an accommodation provider, work with a local restaurant to offer a discount on meals for your guests.

    If you’re local, sustainable and want to become one of our featured partners on our website, get in touch to chat about working together. Click here to contact us.


Use the #Artsbythesea hashtag with any Bournemouth Arts by the Sea-inspired posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Any recent Instagram posts using this hashtag will be seen on the home page of this website – a perfect platform to promote your business to new audiences.

TIP:  During the events, why not ask customers or guests to take selfies with installations and live performances or parades that you are experiencing and use this for a discount or special offer at your business e.g. discounted coffee/drinks!


Download the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea social media images and copy below to share on your business pages and website to promote Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival – we may retweet and share your business on our website as a suggested place to go when visiting the festival! Added to this, using new content will help you climb up the SEO rankings; and those searching ‘Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival’ may see your business too. Win win!


Follow and retweet all the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea posts and begin to widen your social media reach:


Partner Toolkit

We have created a complete pack of resources for you to download, just click the button below.

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Our Valued Partners & Supporters

Arts by the Sea works with a wide range of partners and sponsors who support and help us produce such a wonderful event. 

Bournemouth Town Centre Bid

Arts by the Sea deliberately takes place in town centre spaces to support local businesses. We animate public spaces, attracting footfall and increasing dwell time, bringing more people – and more business – to the town. We are delighted to have a longstanding relationship with Bournemouth Town Centre BID, working with them to bring exciting artistic content to key town centre locations.


Arts by the Sea is a member of OutdoorArts UK – a national network which supports artists and organisations in the sector. They have a range of resources and opportunities – if you’re an artist working in Outdoor Arts, check them out.

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The Mela Partnership

Arts by the Sea is proud to be one of just a few non-Mela partners of The Mela Partnership, led by Nutkhut. The partnership is a national membership organisation which supports the development of the sector and supports and mentors the next generation of Mela Makers. 


As a coastal festival with a strong commitment to our environment, a partnership with the RNLI seemed like a natural fit for us, especially as Poole is the home of the RNLI College. Arts by the Sea recognises the importance of the RNLI and the work they do both nationally and locally, and audiences can connect with them and their work in the Green Hub at the festival.

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Without Walls

Without Walls has an international reputation for supporting, commissioning and developing ambitious outdoor arts. Arts by the Sea is delighted to be a member of the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership which enables us to bring more of their high-quality, world-class, free outdoor shows to our festival.

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Sign up for news and opportunities

For more information about Arts by the Sea Festival, potential collaborations and opportunities for your business, sign up to our Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival newsletter here.

Partner Toolkit

Download our marketing resources for use on your own website and social media platforms to encourage new visitors to the town centre for the festival this year. Individual elements can be downloaded below or the full kit can be download by clicking the link.

The link will take you to the original video on YouTube where you can copy and embed code to show the video on your website; just find the word share to the bottom right of the video and choose your options.