Talking Tent at the Inside Out Festival 2021

Part of our special series of outdoor, seasonal events taking place across the county, drop into our Talking Tent and join our ongoing conversation about how people and place interact through seasons, folklore, wildlife and personal memories of family life and community traditions.

(Rosie Mathisen)

Over two weekends in September, five special and distinctive Dorset landscapes will be animated and transformed by magical art and performances with themes of sustainability, land use and lifecycles, human and environmental.

Over the second weekend, from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 September, Inside Out Dorset hosts Luke Jerram’s monumental Gaia in the stunning scenery of the Marshwood Vale on the Symondsbury Estate, near Bridport. The land lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the festival’s partner organisations, and includes two of the highest points in Dorset at Lewesdon Hill and Pilsdon Pen.

We are pleased to announce that the Talking Tent will also pitch up at Symondsbury and Talking Tent hosts Sarah Acton and Martin Maudsley  will share their stories, poems and feelings about summer. They will also look forward to hearing your own stories, memories and ideas about Dorset’s diverse nature, heritage and culture as we chat along the way.

We are collecting audio recordings of stories throughout the project and you may be invited to share your story at the end of the walk if you would be interested.

All events will be run in accordance to the latest Covid-safe guidelines.

Find out more about Inside Out Dorset on the Activate website



Date and times


  • All places FREE

Booking and further information

This event is FREE but booking is not needed – just turn up at Durlston Country Park and pop into the Tent, which will be close to the car park. Please note car parking charges apply.

If you have further queries, please do contact Kate Townsend, Dorset AONB Project Support