Please help us to make the Tolpuddle Festival and Museum as sustainable as possible. We come together to celebrate the movement that freed the Tolpuddle Martyrs and to remember their sacrifice. As a force for progressive change we know the importance of tackling the causes of damaging climate change.
Getting to Tolpuddle
If you can, use public transport. The public bus service runs on weekdays only. On Friday we put on a shuttle bus (advance booking only via the online shop) from Dorchester train station to Tolpuddle £5 per person. Sunday, the shuttle bus to and from Dorchester station will be just £3 each way (no prebooking required).
No single-use plastic please
The battle to reduce plastic includes the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival. We are some way off from eliminating plastic altogether but we can cut a lot out, reduce waste, re-use and re-cycle.
We have told stall-holders not to sell single-use bottled water. Instead we hope people will bring re-useable containers. There will be more water taps on hand and its free!
Stall-holders are required to use biodegradable cutlery, plates and cups. The Workers’ Beer Company will be using re-useable cups via a non-refundable deposit scheme. The cups can be used many times and can be recycled at the end of their life. A small charge will be added to the first drink bought. When you bring your cup back for another drink you will be given a fresh cup. Please ensure cups are returned at the end of the festival.
We urge stall-holders, including unions, to reduce their plastic freebies. Using the Tolpuddle Festival to promote their campaigns is important and it can be done without generating plastic waste.
Join the debate
Climate change is the most important issue we face. There shall be opportunities to learn more about the threats to our planet and what we can do as trade unionists to change the way we live and work. Check out the environmental campaigning stalls and the discussion sessions.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival aims to recycle as much of its waste as possible. Recycling points are dispersed all over the site and please use them.
The buildings have had their insulation upgraded and energy efficient lights fitted. Solar panels on the cottages and Liberty Barn in the children’s area generate more electricity than we use. The Festival is carbon-neutral.