All events are outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the changing weather and time of day. Most events are generally not seated and in some instances, audiences will move around, so suitable footwear is essential. A torch may also be useful for some of the more rural events. No pets please, we can only permit registered assistance dogs.
We are passionate about our wonderful world and encourage everyone to travel to Inside Out Dorset in an environmentally friendly way as possible. Please consider car sharing (visit www.carsharedorset.com), walking, cycling or using public transport to get to our events.
Advance travel information about each location is listed below, but please check our social media channels before setting out.
new ground, portland
Portland New Ground is easily accessible via car, bus and on foot. The nearest train station is Weymouth and has frequent bus links to Portland: Bus Route 1 runs from Weymouth to Portland, Route 14 from Dorchester to Portland via Weymouth and the Portland Community Bus service 1 follows a circular route around the island. If travelling by car, the Market car park (adjacent to the Heights Hotel) will be providing free public parking for this event. Please note that only blue badge parking will be permitted in the car park overlooking New Ground itself.
weymouth pavilion forecourt
Weymouth Pavilion forecourt is a 12-minute walk from the train station (0.6 of a mile) and is easily accessible via train, foot and bicycle. If you intend to drive, pay and display parking will be available in the car park at the rear of the Pavilion and blue badge parking will be available and clearly signposted at the front of the Pavilion. Bus routes are also available, with stops nearby – for more information please call First Group on 0870 010 6022.
Although public transport options for our North Dorset location are slightly more limited, the site is within a 10-minute walk of Gillingham train station, just 0.4 of a mile away. Free parking will also be available at Gillingham School itself and additional on-road parking is located within a short distance. Bus route 59 runs from Shaftesbury to Gillingham and the X9 from Blandford to Gillingham – please contact Damory on 01258 457101 for more information. Bike racks are available on the school site and the school is within easy reach of the town centre on foot.
littlebredy and surrounding area
As this is the most rural of this year’s festival locations, we highly recommend that you car share in order to access the event. For public parking please use the postcode DT2 9HL, then follow the event signage when entering the village. Blue badge holders should please contact the Inside Out Dorset team in advance on 01305 260954 for information regarding blue badge parking.
hengistbury head, bournemouth
Hengistbury Head can be easily accessed via foot, bicycle, car and even ferry. Parking is available at both Hengistbury Head and Solent Beach car parks and current charges can be found online. There are several bus services, with stops on Broadway, in Tuckton and in Christchurch – contact Yellow Buses on 01202 636000, or More Bus (Wilts & Dorset) on 0845 0727 093 for more information. Alternatively, don your sea-faring legs for ferry services that run from Tuckton and Mudeford to Mudeford Spit. For current ticket prices and timetables, please call Mudeford Ferry on 07968 334441, or Bournemouth Boating Services on 01202 429119. A new cycle path is being created this summer between the Stour Valley Nature Reserve and Hengistbury Head – the perfect excuse to dust off your bicycle – with plenty of bike racks when you arrive.
harbourside (baiter park)
A short walk from Poole Quay, Harbourside Park is easily accessed on foot or by bike, bus, train and car. Poole bus depot is situated close by, with Route One stopping immediately next to the park on Catalina Drive. Blue Badge parking will be available at Harbourside Two (Baiter) Car Park, with general public parking at Quay Visitors multi-storey, Dolphin Centre and Lighthouse car parks. Due to expected visitor numbers, we strongly recommend using these larger car parks and avoiding the Harbourside car parks for general parking. Poole Train station has frequent services between Weymouth and London Waterloo and is within a 20-minute walk of the park.