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Talking Tent

Celebrate 60 years of Dorset as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • 24-26 September 2021
  • Symondsbury Estate

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Talking Tent forms a part of Dorset AONB’s (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) 60th anniversary activities.

During the last year many people have rekindled their love of natural landscapes and enjoyed both walking and relaxing in outdoor spaces near to where they live. Having time to sense the slowly unfolding seasons has also allowed people to reconnect with strong memories of past experiences in the places we know and love in Dorset.

Talking Tent offers a space to weave together threads of thinking and conversations about the living landscape of Dorset. Led by storyteller Martin Maudsley and landscape poet Sarah Acton, the project aims to capture seasonal connections and personal relationships with the landscape past, present and future.

Do you have a special place, a fond memory, a story from times past? Do you feel a connection to Dorset’s outstanding landscape and places? If so ‘pitch up’ to the Talking Tent at Symondsbury where you are invited to share stories, memories and hopes for the future.

The Talking Tent will be open for drop-in visits Friday 24 September, Saturday 25 September and Sunday 26 September, 10AM – 4PM each day

They will also be the opportunity of joining a guided walk on Friday 24 September at 3:30PM and Saturday 25 September at 11:30AM and 3:30PM

Walkers are asked to sign up at the tent on the day.


Creative Team: Martin Maudsley and Sarah Acton

Audio Podcasts produced by: Common Ground

Sound Engineer: Dan Blaker



Talking Tent is supported by Arts Council EnglandDCMSDorset CouncilDorset AONBSymondsbury Estate, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Jerwood Arts, Artful Scribe, The Garrick Club Charitable Trust, The Leche Trust, LAND and The Green Carpet.


This performance takes place on uneven uphill pathways from a hard-standing gravel car park and across an uneven grass field with divots, to a grass area at foot of Colmers Hill. The distance from Front of House is approximately 570m. The performance will involve standing and walking, with some seating available in the vicinity.

Further access information can be found through the ‘plan your visit’ link below.

Plan Your Visit

With the current climate crisis, we try to work in a greener way and understand that we all need to be part of the solution in protecting our planet. We encourage you to consider how you get to the festival and adapt to ‘greener’ ways if possible. Follow this link to plan your visit to Inside Out Dorset.

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