New festival aims to build on town's recent plastic-free accolade
Sunday 8 August
10am to 5pm
New Square, Chesterfield Marketplace
Campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, are building on their recent Plastic Free Community award by organising a Plastic Free Festival, taking place on Sunday 8 August, 10am-5pm on New Square at Chesterfield market.
Organisers say the Plastic Free Festival aims to be the one-stop place to help people reduce their single-use plastics. At the event, festival-goers can enjoy a plastic-free marketplace with stallholders selling products that encourage a plastic-free lifestyle, with businesses such as the award-winning Steph's Sustainable Stuff, Elsie Moss Botanical, Astra Designs UK and Smarties Fruit & Veg.
Alongside the stalls will be craft recycling and upcycling workshops provided by local crafters. And to provide a festival-feel, there'll be live music and dance performances along with food and drink courtesy of local Plastic Free Champion business, El Cafe Verde.
Special guest performances on the day include Nick Toczec, Yorkshire poet and entertainer, as well as the Chesterfield Garland Dancers. Local budding poets are being asked to take part in a Plastic Free Poetry competition, with winners performing at the festival itself.
So the event can live up to its name, attendees will be encouraged to bring their own reusable bags, cups, coffee mugs and containers. Two Crooked Spire branded festival cups (a reusable coffee cup and a half pint cup), sponsored by local Chesterfield businesses, will be available either to loan or buy at the event.
The festival is sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council, with over £700 of funding for the event coming from the council's Community Infrastructure Levy grant scheme.
Greg Hewitt, Plastic Free Chesterfield Community lead said: "The Plastic Free Festival will be a really great opportunity to show off the fantastic work that the Chesterfield community have achieved so far to reduce their single-use plastics, celebrating our recent Plastic Free Community accreditation. The festival is the first of its kind in the area and aims to help people discover some fantastic local independent businesses, of which all are reducing their plastic footprint."
"We are delighted that not only has Chesterfield Borough Council given us some funding to be able to run the event, they've also given us permission to hold the festival on New Square on Chesterfield market. It will be a great family fun day out."
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Deputy Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: "We're proud to be funding the Plastic Free Festival, by working together with the community we can make real changes that will help improve the local environment and help us all reduce our carbon footprint."
“The festival is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to understand how they can lead a plastic-free lifestyle. But it is also an important celebration of the businesses and organisations that have helped our town become an accredited Plastic Free Community.”
Words: Greg Hewitt (Plastic Free Chesterfield)