Embrace the Charm of Dorset in November

As autumn leaves give way to the crisp embrace of winter, many of us set our sights on a cosy escape. If you're seeking a unique and less crowded experience, November is an ideal time to visit Dorset with its rolling countryside, stunning coastline, and rich history transforming into a magical destination during this underrated month.

Beautiful Scenery and wonderful walks

November in Dorset brings with it beautiful scenery that fills the heart with a sense of warmth.  The landscape is awash in warm hues of gold and amber as the trees shed their leaves. The countryside and coast take on a serene, almost ethereal beauty. It's the perfect time for long walks, peaceful hikes, and invigorating outdoor adventures without the summer crowds.

View to Corfe Castle

Check out our walking page and best hill climbs blog for some inspiration.

Cosy Accommodation and Warm Fires

Dorset offers a wide array of charming accommodation, from cosy cottages to boutique inns and luxury hotels. In November, you can fully appreciate the charm of staying in Dorset as you cosy up by the fireplace with a glass of local wine or cider.

The Acorn Inn, Evershot

The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Cultural and Historical Gems

Corfe Castle in Dorset at sunrise, copyright Martin Dolan

Dorset is steeped in history, and many of its cultural and historical attractions remain open throughout the year. Visit iconic sites such as Corfe Castle, a medieval fortress with a fascinating history, or explore the fairy-tale Lulworth Castle or the ancient Cerne Abbas Giant carved into the hillside.

Brownsea Island Red Squirrel Walks

The squirrels are madly foraging for their winter stores at this time of year and as Brownsea Island is closed to the general public they tend to be more visible. Take advantage of this new opportunity to walk around the island and try and catch sight of the red squirrels as they scurry across the forest floor in search of food and visit Brownsea castle and enjoy a delicious cream tea after your afternoon of wildlife spotting. Ticket price includes ferry, entry, walk & cream tea.

Red squirrel with a sweet chestnut on Brownsea Island in Dorset

Dark Skies for Stargazing

Dorset is recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it an exceptional destination for stargazing. The clear, crisp November nights provide the perfect backdrop to observe the wonders of the night sky. Whether you're an amateur astronomer or just appreciate the beauty of the cosmos, Dorset's dark skies offer a celestial treat.

The Milky Way viewed above Dorset's dark skies

Illuminating Events

There’s plenty going on in Dorset during November. Why not visit Illuminate at Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens; this outdoor winter enchanted lights display transforms the gardens and creates a wonderful winter trail in the dark. 

Illuminate at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Bonfire night goes off with bang and a whizz in Dorset with plenty of displays lighting up the night sky. Check out our fireworks page and discover all the events taking place across the county.

November in Dorset offers you the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking scenery and cultural treasures without the crowds. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, Dorset in November promises a memorable and enchanting visit. So, pack your cosy jumpers and embark on a journey to discover the hidden charms Dorset.