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Up in the Air

Prepare yourselves for an outdoor, contemporary circus extravaganza. Located by the idyllic shore of Studland Bay, Up in the Air, a mini festival within Inside Out Dorset, will bring an eclectic mix of arcobatic feats, high wire story telling and much much more. Come and explore this beautiful location and enjoy some high quality performances, whilst relaxing with your picnic.


We have created a handy walking guide map and full weekend schedule for your reference. Copies of these will be available to pick up from our Front of House point at The Bankes Arm garden on the day, but you can also view a copy online to help with your plans before you arrive
Saturday: Saturday Event Guide.pdf 
Sunday: Sunday Event Guide.pdf

Venue Choice 

How come it has taken us so long to find an excuse to work in Studland? After the delights of our Ashmore event 2012, we were looking for another perfect Dorset village to transform with circus and Studland has everything you could wish for – an amazing coastline and beaches, an iconic churchyard, a village green and the perfect village pub. What’s more, the magic chain ferry delivers you back to Poole for CirkVOST on Saturday evening.

This year, Inside Out Dorset present: Les Colporteurs work 'Le Chas Du Violon', Leufevre and Andre's 'La Serre', (FR), Square Peg's 'Rime', Acrojou 's new Without Walls commission 'Frantic' (UK) and the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band (Pakistan/ N India/UK) in this beautiful location.

Artist’s Talk

Studland Village Hall, 14th September, 6pm
Join us in a special opportunity to hear directly from the array of artists performing at Up in the Air – followed by a Q&A.


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Be prepared!

As this is an outdoor event we recommend you bring clothing for all weathers, wear comfortable walking shoes with good grip. Some of the footpaths are situated in woodland, therefore trousers are advised to protect legs from nettles and long grasses. Food and drink will be available at the main Front of House point in The Bankes Arms garden, as well as the Manor Farm Tea Rooms, but we advise you to bring bottled water, sun-cream and snacks. 


As Studland is not accessible via train, but is served by the No. 50 bus – please check You can also travel to the site by bicycle, but note the terrain is hilly and takes in narrow country roads. Studland is 20 mins cycle from the Sandbanks Chain Ferry, and for the more adventurous cyclists 25 mins from Swanage, also on Purbeck. The Sandbanks Chain Ferry charges £1 each way to take a passenger plus a bicycle on board. We strongly recommend you do not travel by car to Studland on the Chain Ferry from Snadbanks as this is busy on weekend. We recommend you use our Shuttle Bus Service or take the A351 to Corfe Castle, then take the B3351 to Studland and thereafter follow signs for Inside Out Dorset car parks. On arrival into Studland please follow signs for the free Inside Out Dorset festival Car Park and Blue Badge Car Park. 

Shuttle Bus Service:
To help with your travel arrangements we are offering a shuttle bus service from the Chain Ferry docking point at Shell Bay (Studland side) leaving from the ferry point every half hour. 

Studland – Poole: Shuttle Bus will depart on the hour every half hour from 12pm – 7.15pm on both days to the Inside Out Dorset festival Car Park from the Chain Ferry.

Studland (Village)
Off Ferry Road
BH19 3AU

In total we estimate the journey will be no more than 20 mins between Shell Bay landing point of the chain ferry and Studland. 

£2 suggested donation per person each way on bus (no booking required), plus chain ferry foot passenger journey fayre: £1 per person. Please contact us on 01305 260954 in advance if you have any access requirements so that we can make suitable arrangements.

Sandbanks Chain Ferry:

Full information on timetable and tolls can be found on their website


Also in the area

National Trust - Purbeck Guided Walks as part of The Great British Walk annual walking festival

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival 2014 (20-28 Sept 2014)

Steam Rail Swanage Classic Transport Rally (5-7 Sept 2014)

Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre (open everyday between 10am-5pm)

Don't be a stranger, meet the Ranger! National Trust(27th Sept 2014)

Swanage Folk Festival (5-7 Sept 2014)