Come with us on a ten-day performance adventure across Dorset ...


We begin with iconic Portland and the seafront setting of Weymouth for Ray Lee’s mesmeric sound installation Chorus, then travelling north to Gillingham for Kermiz, a fantastic family show from Dutch circus collective Le Cirque du Platzak. In a complete change of mood, we venture into the ancient ceremonial landscape of the South Dorset Ridgeway with And Now: for Wayfaring, a unique celebration of the end of summer and the Autumn Equinox.

Finally, we return to the coast for some highly-skilled circus and infectious music at Up in the Air in Poole’s Harbourside Park; before the festival culminates with Hengistbury Headlines in Bournemouth, the inspirational location for eight absorbing new commissions focused on climate change. Will you be surprised, moved, entertained or more contemplative, or maybe them all, as you leave this fitting finale?

Come with us – and find out!

at a glance

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schedules and guides

A map guide and schedule for Hengistbury Headlines and performance schedule for Up in the Air are available on the relevant event pages. Specific access information is available in the plan your visit section.