About Us

About The Meadows Festival

Saturday 1st June 2019

10am - 6pm


Sunday 2nd June

11am - 6pm


Founded in 1974, the Meadows Festival is a free, volunteer-run annual event featuring live music, kids' activities, a dog show, sports, performers, Edinburgh largest outdoor market and loads more.

The festival is run by a voluntary committee, The Meadows Festival Association (Charity SCO17116).

Green Initiative Plan

Our sustainability policy.

    We aim to analyse each section of the event to see where improvements can be made.
    A Green Initiative Plan will be distributed to all staff, artists, participants and stall holders prior to the Festival who are then responsible for ensuring necessary actions are implemented.
    A dedicated Sustainability Officer will monitor and evaluate the performance of this.
    Reducing our waste on site and promoting education and awareness.
    Actively encouraging recycling by staff, artists, participants and stall holders.
    We aim to recycle 50% of waste in the first year by working closely with our waste contractors to achieve these goals.
    Donating left over food from stall holders to local charities.
    Signage is clearly marked to assist recycling and information readily available on site.
    Sustainable energy methods will be used and promoted throughout the festival.
    We encourage the use of public transport, lift shares, walking and cycling to the festival by attendees and staff.
    We will communicate this through advertising and social media.
    All traders and caterers complete an Ethical Statement during the application process which is carefully considered, together with other factors, when assigning pitches.
    All traders are allowed one vehicle onsite and are charged for a second vehicle by size.
    Traders and caterers are advised not to use plastic bags and non-biodegradable consumables.
    Traders and caterers are encouraged to ethically and sustainably procure products locally.
    We respect the nature and biodiversity at the Meadows and take steps to ensure any impact or disruption is minimised and any damage rectified.
    Vehicles are not allowed to drive on the grass and must use the paths.
    We pledge to the Edinburgh City Council to tidy all mess during the festival’s licenced hours.

  • Recycle 50% of waste.
  • Actively encourage recycling by attendees, staff, artists and participants.
  • Educate our audience about reducing waste through leaflets, word of mouth, advertising and workshops.
  • Create partnerships with local environmental sustainability groups, creating workshops and activities.
  • Create clear signage to assist waste disposal and recycling.
  • Recycling contractors on site, sorting recycling and waste during the festival.
  • Use and promote sustainable energy methods.
  • Encourage the use of public transport, lift share, walking and cycling to the Festival by attendees, staff, artists and participants.
  • Reduce the number of vehicles onsite.
  • Ban vehicles driving on the grass.
  • Ban plastic bags.
  • Ban straws.
  • Advise against the use of non-biodegradable consumables eg. knives, forks, plates.
  • Ban polystyrene containers and cutlery.
  • Encourage the procurement of products from sustainable and ethical sources, as well as locally sourced produce.
  • Reduce food waste by donating left over food to a local charitable partner.
  • Reduce the impact and damage to the environment of the Meadows and protect the local ecosystem.
  • Tidy all mess during the festival’s licenced hours.
  • Analyse each section of the event to look for environmental improvements.
  • FAQs

    The Festival is run by an unpaid, voluntary committee. We meet fortnightly throughout the year to organise the event. Anyone can become a member of the Meadows Festival Association and come to our AGM that we hold in the autumn each year.

    We also couldn't run the festival without the many volunteers that come to help out during the weekend of the festival.

    Come by our information tent at the festival to find out more.

    The Meadows Festival is a completely free to attend, community festival. However, it costs a lot to put on an event of this size. It costs approximately £33,000 to put on the festival each year.

    The festival is funded by sponsorship, grants, donations and stall fees. This year our sponsors include; The Centre for Open Learning, EUSA, Stewart Brewing, DECAGRAM, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, Totally Sound, Reel Youth Media, Tonegarden, 95 Social, Biopac, and Food Sharing Edinburgh.

    You can get involved by becoming a volunteer, having a stall at the festival, performing, playing sport, or becoming part of the committee.

    Stalls and performance slots are fully booked for this year but you can still come and volunteer and join our friendly team.

    Donations, no matter how small, are also very helpful in helping us put on this event.

    Any questions not answered in the FAQ's? Enquire via our contact page

    Festival Areas 2019

    Music & Stages

    We have three music stages at the festival with an exciting line-up of entertainment.

    Full programme announced soon.

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    Kids' Area

    We have plenty of activities for all ages. Our dedicated kids' area will keep your children entertained for hours.

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    Sports & Activities

    The Sports & Activities Area features demonstrations and games for the public to watch and join in with, including two league shinty matches (men's and women's).

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    Stalls & Community

    It wouldn't be the Meadows Festival without Edinburgh's largest outdoor market, this year spanning 3 fields! This includes stalls selling merchandise, locally handcrafted items, food & drink vendors, community and information stalls.

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    The Performance Area

    The Performance Area will also have a programme featuring demonstrations and taster sessions from our local community groups such as dance, yoga and drumming.

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