Access at Inside Out Dorset

Activate are committed to making Inside Out Dorset accessible, and to championing change in the arts through our approach to access and inclusion. We understand disability through the Social Model and we believe that it is our collective responsibility – with our partners and collaborators – to make our work and our spaces as accessible as we possibly can.

We aim to do this by removing and/or reducing barriers to participation for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people, and by ensuring that everyone – no matter their age, ability, gender identity, sexuality, or cultural background – can engage meaningfully with our festival program if they wish to.

In everything we do, we have just two rules. Anything is possible. And everyone’s invited.

Moors Valley Country Park & Forest

Our suggested route to see all the installations was a 1.5km loop from, and returning to, the Visitor Centre. There were stops to rest and listen. The route had some gentle inclines and the surface was rough but accessible by wheelchairs and buggies. Tramper mobility scooters were available from the Visitor Centre.

Poole – High Street

Events on Poole High Street were easily accessible. They took place on flat, hard-standing road and pavement with accessible viewing areas available. There were Changing Places and Accessible Toilets nearby, as well as Blue Badge parking. On Sunday 17 September there were tactile tours and audio description available. Volunteers were on hand to provide help and information.

Wimborne – The Square

All events were easily accessible. They took place on flat, hard-standing road and pavement. Volunteers were available to provide help and information.

Bere Regis – Wild Woodbury

This festival location had some uneven paved areas but mainly consisted of undulating grassland, fields and rough tracks.

On Saturday 23 September there was Audio Description, tactile tours and a BSL interpreter for performances of Songs for a Shifting Soil and Five Seasons.

Volunteers were also available to provide help and information.

Weymouth – Town Centre

The route was wheelchair accessible and approximately 800m long. Volunteers were available to provide help and information on the day.

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