SustFest19 Market Take-over

What is the SustFest Market Takeover?

The Sustainability Festival 2019 is taking over the St Albans Market for a whole day on Sunday 19th May!  It’s all about how local residents can reduce their carbon footprint and live more sustainably.

We are interested in any organisation that wants to take part: we already have lots of organisations booked for the event, and we still have spaces for more! Whether you want a stall, can run an activity, or play music, juggle or dance!

I want to take part in the Market Takeover: more information and contact Craig Scudder

Craig will reserve you a space and then contact you when our booking system opens.

See below for all the exciting information about the Market Takeover!

small bid logo picture - 19.12.2017The Market Takeover – from 11am to 5pm – will have food/drink stalls, live music and other entertainment, children’s activities, and environmental charity stalls.

We have a huge display of electric vehicles, electric bikes, pedal bikes, local youth groups and other stalls that promote sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint with a focus on the five main things residents can do to reduce your carbon footprint and live sustainably.


The event is being sponsored by St Albans BID. 


The take-over event will be on the space in front of the musem, and stretch up St Peter’s Street.  Market Place and Spencer Street will be closed to traffic, to allow for test riding bikes.

Market Take-over – Sustainable Living and Reduce your Carbon Footprintfootprintcarbon5 Market areas will highlight the 5 top ways residents can make the most difference to their carbon footprint* and living sustainably

  • Flying

Avoid air travel; flying and how to go on holiday without getting on a plane

  • Personal Transport

Live car-free. Personal transport; electric cars/cycling/walking.

  • Home energy

Includes better home insulation: renewable energy (solar; heat pumps; air pumps).

  • Food

Eat a plant-based diet; less meat and dairy.  Consuming locally grown food to reduce food miles.

  • Stuff: Buy Better Buy Less

How we do this: quality over quantity; pre-loved; less packaging, reduce #singleuse plastics; recycled products, sustainable fashion, local products, making repairs.

Information for stallholders and other participants

Note: the SustFest19 Market Takeover is sponsored by the local business organisation, St Albans BID.


The event will be heavily advertised beforehand. There will be banners and posters around town and every household in the borough will get information about Sustfest and the Market Takeover through their doors, along with their council tax information. We also have a good social media presence with over 2,000 followers. Last year our event leaflet went to every household in the district and on top of this we printed and distributed almost eight thousand programmes.

Market footfall on a Sunday in May in the town centre is about nine thousand.


Track Record

  • We have again been awarded an unusual FOURTH lottery grant this year, because of our track record in engaging the local community with environmentally sympathetic events, causes and actions.
  • We have won two Mayors Pride Awards as Environmental Champion.

Cost to take part

All stallholders will be asked for a £50 deposit when our booking system opens in a few weeks, to confirm they are definitely attending! After the event you can have the money back if you’d like. Note: If the deposit is going to be hard for you, we can forgo it as long as we have your undertaking that you’re coming.

DanandRubyI want to take part: more Information and contact

If you need more info please email Craig Scudder on

He will reserve you a space and then contact you when our booking system opens.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to get further involved with us, we are always looking for sponsorship partners who share our ethos.

Your sponsorship will help us to co-ordinate and promote the Sustainability Festival, with over 100 local groups taking part and running an activity or event all about environmental sustainability.

  • We aim to publish circa 8,000 A5 brochures – distributed throughout the district, using community, business, faith groups and schools as our distribution network, as well as market stalls, and brochures in local council offices, tourist locations and businesses.

If you are interested in sponsoring SustFest19, we have the following options:

  • Community Sponsor – £1000 – for this your logo will be on the banner, website and flyers, and you will have a full page advert in the programme.
  • Gold sponsor – £500 – for this your logo will be on the website and flyers, and you will have a full page advert in the programme
  • Silver sponsor – £200 for ½ page ad in programme
  • Other – we are happy to talk about other options

If you would like to talk to us about sponsorship, please email us at

See last year’s brochure here