30 Years

It has been really important to us to be marking 30 years of the Forum and all that has been achieved since 1992.

Developing alternative opportunities for people to understand and reframe their experiences, supported within their local communities, has had a significant impact on people’s experiences and lives. Bringing the collective voice of lived experience to the heart of service design and transformation has made a big difference to people in Dorset. The timeline of our 30 year journey to date shows some of the key milestones along the way.   

Our final celebration is our Forum Fest 2023 community event. Click on the button to get your tickets if you would like to join us.

Forum Fest Invitation | Dorset Mental Health Forum

 

 

FAQs

 

How big is the Festival and what can I expect?

Forum Fest ‘23 is a small, family oriented, friendly Festival where we’re expecting around 200 attendees to come together and celebrate 30 years of the Forum, promoting Wellbeing and Recovery in Dorset. There will be live music – with space to dance – a storytelling performance, face painting, yoga taster sessions, art workshops, a bouncy castle, raffle and tombola, and an opportunity to find out more about the work of the Dorset Mental Health Forum.

What age group is Forum Fest ‘23 targeted at?

Forum Fest ‘23 is a Festival for all ages! There’s a range of entertainment for the whole family.  Singers, a band, a storytelling performance, yoga taster sessions, face painting, beat the goalie, face painter and a juggler… there really is something for everyone.

I have a disability. How accessible is the Festival site?

The Festival site is comprised of a grass field with marquees and the Dorchester Rugby Club. The site is quite flat and should be accessible on the grass.  The Rugby Club itself is also wheelchair friendly with a disabled toilet. If you have a specific disability you feel you may need to discuss regarding attending, we recommend you contact us for precise instructions prior to the event and we will be delighted to advise you how to make the most of your time at Forum Fest ‘23.

Can we make a campfire or BBQ?

No, sorry – we’re using the Dorchester Rugby Club and the it’ll ruin the pitch! You can bring your own picnic though and there will be a pizza van on site if you wish to treat yourself. We’ll also have a limited supply of free ice creams available – get yours while stocks last!

What food will be available at the Festival?

We have Sourdough Ted selling pizza at the Festival (with veggie and vegan options – no gluten free we’re afraid) and the Rugby Club bar will be open, with a range of crisps and snacks for sale. We also have a limited supply of free ice creams and lollies to hand out for free on the day (while stocks last).

Can I bring my own food?

We would encourage you to bring your own picnic on the day. There’s plenty of room to lay out a blanket, enjoy the entertainment and relax at your leisure.

Can I bring my own drinks?

You may bring soft drinks to the Festival site but no alcoholic drinks. If you do wish to have a tipple, the Dorchester Rugby Club bar will be open to buy your own. For little ones, we will have a limited supply of squash in the bar area free of charge.

Can I pay for things with my bank card?

Food and drinks may be purchased with a bank card, however, if you’d like to purchase raffle or tombola tickets, you will need cash on the day.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs can attend the site but they will have to be kept on a lead and they are not permitted to go on the Rugby Club pitch. Official assistance dogs are permitted within the Rugby Club itself. If possible, please find family or friends to pamper your pooch while you’re enjoying the Festival.

Is smoking allowed at the venue?

Smoking or vaping is not permitted inside the Rugby Club or in or near any of the marquees (for Health & Safety reasons). It is permitted in the outside areas (not on or near the pitches) and please be advised that this is a family event so it would be preferable for smoking or vaping to be kept away from the main event and social areas please.

How do I get there and where can I park?

Driving: There is parking at the venue (on a first come first served basis) and the Rugby Club is situated on Coburg Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2HX. Follow the signs to Dorchester Sports Centre, go past and then take the next left.

If you’re coming by public transport, here is some useful information:

From the west: First X51 bus from Bridport to Dorchester (Mansell Square, Poundbury), then 10 minute walk to Rugby Club.

From the north: Damory X12 bus from Blandford to Dorchester (Queen’s Avenue), then 12 minute walk to the Rugby Club. Note last bus back to Blandford is 17:46

From the east: Train from Bournemouth or Poole to Dorchester South, then 22 minute walk to Rugby Club. For a slightly shorter walk, the First number 6 bus goes from Dorchester South to Mansell Square, Poundbury, then 10 minute walk to Rugby Club.

From the south: First 10 bus from Weymouth to Dorchester (Mansell Square, Poundbury), then 10 minute walk to Rugby Club

Train from Weymouth to Dorchester South, then 22 minute walk to Rugby Club. For a slightly shorter walk, the First number 6 bus goes from Dorchester South to Mansell Square, Poundbury, then 10 minute walk to Rugby Club.

Here are some useful links to help you plan your journey:

https://www.firstbus.co.uk

https://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/planjourney/search

 

Please note:

Filming/photography is taking place at Forum Fest ‘23 to celebrate and promote the work of Dorset Mental Health Forum.

If you would prefer not to be photographed, please make your wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organisers.

For further information contact: [email protected]

 

30 year time line - Dorset Mental Health Forum