Yes, fewer bongos. Big talks, films, loud music are things that make dining difficult.
A while ago Nial complained about some loud music that was on early in the evening. The general consensus, which I agreed with, was that you have to expect the unexpected, and take the loud with the quiet.
Maybe I've changed my mind, or maybe the situation is different. The events which attract people are events which make eating difficult, or they attract people who don't eat. And the people who don't eat put off the people who do want to eat, as to events which make eating difficult.
I'm not saying that we need to show The Guns of Navarone every afternoon, and have an acoustic set from Sting in the evening. I want the Forest as arts/events space to continue too. I think that in order for it to continue, it has to be managed better so that it doesn't kill the golden goose.
What is the point of running around to the KLF with a dayglo dong if there isn't some bourgeois money spending parental type around to disapprove? The current crop of crusty customers aren't even going to look up from their water. I'd be proud to sacrifice customers after they have had a good meal and were going to come back next week to be sacrificed again.