Plan your visit

Inside Out Dorset 2023 took place at five of Dorset’s remarkable urban and rural locations: Moors Valley Country Park & Forest, Poole, Wimborne, Bere Regis and Weymouth.

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 travel to the festival and adapt to ‘greener’ ways if possible.

We aim to make our festival as accessible as possible, and provide Access Guides for each of the festival locations.

Moors Valley Country Park & Forest

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Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, BH24 2ET.

What3words: ///carry.vows.riverbed

Walk or cycle: You can walk or cycle to Moors Valley from Ringwood or West Moors along the Castleman Trailway. You can access the north end of the Country Park from Potterne Way in Verwood by walking through the playing fields at Potterne Park.

Bus: The number 38 More Bus service that covers the Ferndown and Ringwood area stops at Lions Lane, near the main entrance to Moors Valley. From here it is just over a mile walk to the Visitor Centre.

Please note car parking charges apply, more information can be found on the Moors Valley Country Park and Forest website.

Funding & Support

Managed by Forestry England and Dorset Council, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is located on the Dorset / Hampshire border. We worked closely with the Moors Valley team to ensure the Inside Out Dorset events complemented the natural surroundings of the beautiful forest.

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Poole – High Street

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Poole events took place at four stages along Poole High Street.
Kingland Crescent (What3words: ///figure.frame.riots)
Opposite Coffee#1 (What3words: ///deaf.sting.pots)
By Sainsbury's entrance (What3words: ///comb.gallons.guilty)
Falkland Square (What3words: ///showed.issed.courier)

Walk or cycle: There are 1,200 Beryl bikeshare bicycles across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area, with Beryl Bike Bays located on Poole High Street and Kingland Crescent. Prices start at 5p per minute. Download the Beryl app to use one of the bikes.

Bus: More Buses run services to Poole Bus Station from around Poole, Bournemouth and Swanage. The Route One service travels from Poole Central Bus Station every 15-30 minutes Monday to Saturday, stopping at Poole High Street and Poole Quay.

Train: Poole Train Station has regular stopping services between Weymouth and London Waterloo. You can walk to the event site from Poole Train Station (0.7 miles).

Image courtesy of BCP Tourism.

Funding & Support

Headline Sponsor: Poole Bid
A BID is a geographical area in which the local businesses (levy payers) have voted to invest together to improve their environment. One of the ways that Poole Bid do this is to bring events into Poole to not only increase footfall, but also to create dwell time for our residents and visitors alike to the benefit of businesses.

Other funding from: Lighthouse Poole, Italian Cultural Institute London, The Embassy of Germany in London.

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Wimborne – The Square

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Wimborne events took place in two locations:
The Square, Wimborne (What3words: ///mermaids.dent.intricate)
Outside the Museum of East Dorset (What3words: ///commutes.snowballs.elevator)

Walk or cycle: You can walk or cycle to the event site. There are a number of cycle lanes in development on the main entrances into Wimborne, most notably from Canford Bottom off the A31 into Leigh Road.

Bus: The number 13 More bus service runs from Bournemouth to Wimborne, and the number 4 runs from Poole to Wimborne.

Image by Paul Collins, courtesy of Wimborne Bid.

Funding & Support

Headline sponsor: Wimborne BID
Wimborne BID is a business-led initiative to help bring people to the town and enhance the local economy. Tammy Sleet, BID Manager says, “We are delighted to be supporting the festival to bring world class performers to Wimborne. This event will bring many visitors to our fantastic town, and is a great opportunity to promote everything that Wimborne has to offer.”

Other funding from: Italian Cultural Institute London, The Embassy of Germany in London, Colehill Parish Council.

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Bere Regis – Wild Woodbury

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Wild Woodbury, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s rewilding site, Bere Regis, BH20 7LL. Once on Southbrook Road, the entrance to Wild Woodbury is along a track directly opposite Elder Road.

What3Words: ///standard.dreamers.modules

Walk or cycle: We recommend using the Slow Ways website to find a suitable walking route to Bere Regis. It lists a network of walking routes that connect Britain's towns, cities and national parks.

Bus: There are several bus stops in Bere Regis, the closest one to the Wild Woodbury site is at the Drax Arms. Damory Coaches run the 187 service from Blandford to Bere Regis. More Bus run the 702 from Christchurch and the 703 service from Kinson to Bere Regis.

We are providing a FREE bus shuttle to Wild Woodbury in Bere Regis on Saturday 23 September. Leaving from Dorchester South and Poole train stations at 11am, departing Wild Woodbury at 6pm. FREE but capacity if limited and spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Train: The closest train stations are in Wool (5.2 miles away) and Wareham (6.2 miles away).

Image by James Burland, courtesy of Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Funding & Support

Wild Woodbury in Bere Regis is owned by Dorset Wildlife Trust. It is England’s first community rewilding project growing food for the community and rewilding for people and nature. It offers a remarkable location for us to work alongside Dorset Wildlife Trust and Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Weymouth – Town Centre

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Poupées géantes is a promenade piece that started at New Bond Street and finished at Brewers Quay.

What3words: ///names.clean.tasty

Walk or cycle: You can walk or cycle to the event site from Weymouth Train Station or Kings Statue Bus Stops, both of which are less than 0.5 miles away.

Bus: First Wessex, Dorset & South Somerset run services to Weymouth from Poole, Dorchester, Portland, Bridport and Axminster.

Train: Weymouth Train Station has regular stopping services between Weymouth and London Waterloo, and Gloucester and Weymouth.

Funding & Support

Headline Sponsor: We Are Weymouth
We Are Weymouth is Weymouth’s Business Improvement District and its goal is to support the business economy in Weymouth Town Centre. They look at three key areas – Marketing Weymouth, Improving Weymouth and Shaping Weymouth, all with the goal to encourage more people into the town, helping the business community to flourish.

Other funding from: Weymouth Town Council.

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