Environment, Social Responsibility and Charities


Bestival is dedicated to improving the ecological impact of its festivals and live events. Whilst we recognise that festivals have large footprints, we are striving to achieve best ‘green’ practice. Having worked with festivals across the industry to co-found Powerful Thinking, we are committed to improving the sustainability of the festival and events industry.

We strongly encourage travelling to Bestival by public transport or car sharing and we actively work with our traders and suppliers to source local produce and services. We also work to reduce energy usage while increasing the use of more alternative energy sources, reducing waste and actively educating Bestival-goers about environmental concerns and encourage them to act responsibly at the event to help Keep Bestival Tidy.

As part of our new green initiative to help Keep Bestival Tidy, we’ve introduced a new Bestival Eco-bond. The bond will be added when you buy tickets as a fully refundable £10 litter surcharge. To claim your tenner back, all you need to do is present a clear sack of recycling AND a refuse bag full of litter to the litter station in the campsites over the weekend. Free sacks will be provided on site.

Our on-site Bestival shop sources its produce locally and acts as a wholesaler for the traders.

We recycle cardboard, mixed glass, drink cans, plastic bottles, office paper, cardboard, pallets & any untreated wood.

Recycling bags are given out in the campsites for different recycling items such as plastic bottles and cans to help Keep Bestival Green and Tidy.

We have a Cup and Can Return Scheme for our bars.

Our preferred bottled water supplier Life Water is in lightweight Eco Bottles and profits go to charity helping water projects in developing countries.

We use recycled stationary and paper for office and programmes alike and encourage re-use of everything from scenery to fencing to material.

We have over 100 compost toilets on site.

We have a thorough Environmental Policy that all traders at Bestival have to adhere by and pay a bond upfront to ensure this. All food and drink stalls are expected to only use 100% compostable cups, glasses, knives and forks which can go in with the organic food waste.