PLEASE NOTE: Stall applications are not yet open for the 2024 Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival.
Information below will be updated in due course. In the meantime, the 2023 protocol is still visible to give prospective stallholders an idea of the application process.
The Festival offers groups an opportunity to promote their campaigns and merchandise. Campaign stalls reflect a spectrum of views associated with the broad labour movement and are not necessarily the policies of the TUC.
There is space for table-top stalls inside the large Martyrs’ Marquee or for small gazebos outside. Numbers are limited and the TUC will select stalls that suit the festival and offer a balance of subjects.
The diversity of stalls adds to the enjoyment of the event and helps promote progressive causes. The Festival has limited space and whilst all applications received by the deadline will be considered, we are unable to guarantee a stall.
The decision of the South West TUC shall be final.
We will not accept stalls including materials that are designed to cause offence, are racist, inflammatory or overtly provocative. Any infringing materials or behaviour may lead to stall holders and their space being asked to leave the site.
No placards or advertising materials are to be placed around the site other than at your own stall.
Greening our festival has been a top priority for many years. We are determined to reduce the quantity of plastic waste, and non-recyclables at the festival and therefore urge all stall holders and applicants to consider the nature of any materials and giveaway items.
Over the past few years cash has become less popular and a vast majority of people are now paying by card. We are asking that all of our traders have the facility to take card payment.
We cannot provide electricity or secure storage, so you must be responsible for all your equipment/stock during the weekend. We do however have security on site over the festival weekend from 11:00 PM on the Thursday evening until 8:00 AM Monday morning.
- Campaigning – Inside Marquee: £110 includes one stall space, one vehicle pass (worth £15) , one weekend entrance wristband (worth £55)
- Campaigning – Outside Marquee: £165 organisation to supply own 3×3 marquee, includes one stall space, one vehicle pass (worth £15), one weekend entrance wristband (worth £55)
- Commercial (not food): £200 includes one stall space, one vehicle pass (worth £15) , one weekend entrance wristband (worth £55)
The fees above do not include camping (tents or campervans, no caravans) passes. These must be purchased separately.
Additional entrance wristbands and parking passes can also be purchased through the Festival ticket shop from1 April 2023.
Closing date for all applications is 31 March 2023.
You will be informed of the success of your application by email, which will give you details of how to pay to secure your booking.
Applications are not a guarantee of entrance to the Festival.
There are two types of campaigning stalls available – inside the Martyrs’ Marquee, or outside on the main festival throughfare.
Campaigning inside marquee – your stall must be opened on the Saturday and Sunday. However, your stall must be packed away on the Saturday evening as entertainment takes place. Unfortunately, we have no designated storage during this time. Set up time Saturday between 0900-1100 and pack away between 1630-1700, Sunday set up time 0900-1000 and pack away by 1800.
Campaigning outside marquee – your stall can be set up from Friday – Sunday. You are not required to pack away your materials overnight, though they are left solely at your own risk. Your marquee, which you provide, can not exceed 3 x 3m.
Priority is given to campaigns that are trade union-backed and fall within the TUC’s campaigning objectives. The South West TUC reserves the right to refuse applications.
If successful, your stall will need to be set up between the hours of 9am-6pm on Thursday, 13 July 2023. Festival goers arrive from about 12 noon on the Friday, with the festival entertainment starting on the Friday afternoon.
No generators are allowed. If you need lighting, then you will require a lighting travel battery. You will also be required to have a fire extinguisher at your stall.
Please ensure you understand the wind rating for your marquee you are utilising for the festival.
Please email to [email protected] the following documents: general risk assessment (including wind rating), fire risk assessment and public liability insurance.
If you prefer to apply by post, please contact the TUC South West on [email protected] and 0117 947 0521 and we will send out a hard copy form.