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Oceans theme announced for Backwell festival – which will also cut down single-use plastics

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 March 2018

Backwell Festival.

Backwell Festival.


Oceans and the harmful effects of plastic will be the theme for a North Somerset festival.

The Times is running a Cleaner Coastlines campaign. The Times is running a Cleaner Coastlines campaign.

The Backwell Festival, which is in its 10th year, will feature theatre, music, art and creative workshops from July 6-8.

The festival could not go ahead last year as work by Bristol Water affected the venue, and organisers could not find an alternative site.

This year, single-use plastics such as water bottles and straws, will be reduced at the festival to fit in with its oceans theme.

The Times is running its Cleaner Coastlines campaign to achieve plastic-free coastline status for Portishead and Clevedon, working alongside North Somerset Council and Turn The Tide Portishead, which involves reducing single-use plastics.

The last Backwell Festival in 2016. The last Backwell Festival in 2016.

MORE: ‘Small mammals get into plastic bottles and can’t get out again’ – How plastic is harming our wildlife.

Festival organiser Jane Sabherwal said: “We are highlighting single-use plastic, and the issues around that, and we also want to celebrate oceans.

“Bristol Water is one of the main sponsors, and it will be bringing along a refill bar, encouraging people to bring their own cup to cut down plastic use.

“All food traders will be plastic-free, and we are cutting single-use plastic from our bar.”

The last Backwell Festival in 2016. The last Backwell Festival in 2016.

The entertainment, which will mostly take place at the junior school in Church Lane, will include a play called Lego Beach, telling the story of a seaside town, where millions of pieces of Lego wash up.

LitterARTI will run workshops to teach children about plastic, and create sculptures.

There will be a panel discussion about ocean plastics, and Backwell’s Fairtrade group will also attend.

Jane said: “There are a lot of very active people here, so we are excited to bring everyone together in one place.

“We were thinking about working with children to create a plastic manifesto, and campaigners will go into schools.

“There is a lot of awareness about plastic now, but we need to get the next generation.”

Tickets are expected to go on sale at the end of the month from

If your school, business or group has done something to reduce single-use plastics, you can get in touch by emailing

You can also join our group on Facebook by searching for Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset plastic-free campaign.

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