Volunteers are at the heart of what we do - the festival would not be possible without them.  Sign up today and be part of something special.

Get involved!

We would love to have you as a volunteer for Inside Out Dorset

Whether you can spare an afternoon, a day or a week, there is something on offer that you will enjoy.

The Butterfly Lady-Alastair Nisbet78   long4 Volunteer Jane   Activate's Inside Out Dorset, Cirque du Platzak, photo Tony Gill

FAQs (frequently asked questions)

Do I need any experience?

No. We have roles that can match your abilities.

Do you provide training?

Yes. Every volunteer receives a pack before the Festival that tells them about the event, the site, the Artists, Health and Safety, accessibility and disability awareness. We also give on site volunteer briefings on the day, so you’ll be well prepared to help create the Festival.

Do I need to make a large time commitment?

It’s up to you. You can do more than one shift or day and work at more than one site. We also welcome volunteers to help with admin, marketing and organisation.

Can I volunteer if I have access needs?

Yes. Some sites are more accessible than others so please get in touch with Andrea to chat through the options.

Is there a minimum age for volunteers?

Yes, 18 yrs and older. People 16-17 yrs can be part of our volunteer crew too so long as they have someone 18 or over who will chaperone them.

Anything else?

We provide refreshments for short shifts or a meal if you work a longer shift & we can contribute to travel costs.

I want to volunteer. What should I do next?

Fill in our simple application form: https://tinyurl.com/IODvolunteer

Contact Andrea Frankham-Hughes our friendly Volunteer Coordinator


or call her: 07971 058 336

crew2 Rob Hughes Volunteers Mel and Sue photo Tony Gill

It was all a new learning curve for me. The artists were so friendly and made an effort to involve us in their productions. I saw all that goes on behind the scenes in order to put on a production. The excellent briefings before the event were helpful for the event itself and in a wider context too.

Julia, Volunteer 

Just to say what a pleasure it was to work with you, the staff, other volunteers and performers over the last four days. It is so obvious just how much work had gone into preparing the event to ensure such a successful outcome.

Barrie, Volunteer

Thank you so much for having me on the team, it was a great experience!
I hope you had as much fun as I did at the festival. The artists, team and audience were all fabulous!

Eleanor, Volunteer

We LOVE the Inside Out Festivals! This is the third time my family and I have been volunteers. I've done all sorts of things, I've even played ukelele for the day as an Inside Out Dorset Festival volunteer!

Graeme, Volunteer