Environmental Impact

With an eye to the future, Sidmouth FolkWeek aims to reduce the environmental impact of the festival. We have put in place a number of initiatives so you can help us by doing your part, while still having an enjoyable, safe and comfortable festival experience. Since 2013 we have strived to continually improve our recycling standards and reduce power needs.

2017 will continue to see Sidmouth FolkWeek work towards minimising its environmental impact. From using energy efficient lighting and sound systems in our venues to working alongside a local waste contractor focused on a reduce, reuse, recycle model of waste management ensures Sidmouth FolkWeek takes its environmental standards seriously.

Many of our suppliers are sourced as locally as possible to reduce travel for deliveries and collection.

Recycling & Waste

Sidmouth FolkWeek has a dedicated team on site from the start of the event right through to the end of the dismantling phase working hard to provide additional waste bins, litter pick and generally ensure that the town keeps looking its best throughout the event. We provide over 120 additional bins across our venues to ensure everyone can deposit their litter responsibly.

All our bins accept different formats of waste, this is then sorted off site to reclaim items that can be recovered and recycled. This has led to a huge reduction in what we send to landfill with approximately 95% (Coastal UK Data) being recovered and recycled in 2016.


We work hard to engage contractors within the region rather than sourcing from outside the area. This means the local economy benefits and our delivery and collection transport is reduced as much as practicable. This also reduces our impact on the environment through reduced emissions through transport needs.

2017 sees the return of an old friend to the festival with SLX (previously Stage Electrics) returning to the role of technical supplier to the Ham and Bulverton venues. Their depot in Exeter allows easy access and minimises travel time. Having been involved since the 1980’s with the event it is great to see them back in Sidmouth.

Coastal Recycling are also based in Exeter and Limegreen Electrical are based in Ottery St Mary just 6 miles away.

Car Sharing: Life’s a journey – share it!

At this year’s Sidmouth FolkWeek we are committed to making the festival as green as possible and ask you all to consider your environment and the effect your travel has on it.

Therefore we have teamed up with the friendly peeps at GoCarShare to help encourage as many of you as possible to share car journeys by offering lifts. Just click on our page here and add your journey, whether you are driving or looking for a lift, and they will match you with someone going the same way. Go on, not only will you be saving the planet a little at a time, but you’ll be saving pennies too!