When to visit Dorset a monthly guide

If you're wondering what's the best month to visit Dorset then we've got you covered! Check out our guide below which highlights the top reasons to visit for each month but don't just take our word for it, come and see for yourself!

Each month in Dorset unveils a unique tapestry of experiences, showcasing the diverse beauty and cultural richness that makes Dorset a must-visit destination. Whether you're drawn to the beautiful coastline, historic landmarks, or vibrant local events, there's something for everyone in every season.

January - Tranquil Beginnings

Start the year with tranquillity as Dorset embraces the peace and quiet of winter. Explore the serene landscapes, embark on coastal walks with crisp sea air, and discover charming villages (and fantastic pubs!) devoid of the summer crowds. January in Dorset provides a perfect escape for those seeking a breath of fresh air.

February - Romantic Retreats

As Valentine's Day approaches, Dorset becomes a romantic haven. Coastal sunsets, cozy cottages, and intimate dining experiences create an idyllic backdrop for a couples' retreat. Discover our dark skies, the darker nights at this time of year provide the backdrop for some fantastic stargazing opportunities.

March - Blossoming Beauty

Welcome spring in Dorset, as nature awakens with vibrant blossoms and lush greenery. Gardens come to life, and the countryside transforms into a canvas of colours. March is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, with mild temperatures inviting exploration of the breathtaking Dorset landscapes. March also sees the start of festival season!

April - Spring Delights

The days are now getting longer, the weather is warmer and our wonderful pubs, cafes and restaurants open their outside dining allowing you to savour the delights of Dorset as the sun goes down. Enjoy the emergence of wildlife and blooming flowers as the county embraces the warmer days.

May - Festival Fever

Dorset comes alive in May with a myriad of festivals and events.  There’s a pirate festival, cheese and chilli festival and country shows!  This is also the month when the baby swans start to hatch at Abbotsbury Swannery.

June - Coastal Bliss

As summer approaches, June in Dorset invites you to indulge in coastal bliss. Bask in the sun on sandy beaches, explore hidden coves, and enjoy delicious seafood in picturesque harbours. The longer days provide ample time for outdoor adventures, making June the ideal month for beach lovers and water enthusiasts.

July - Summer Festivities

Dorset truly comes alive in July with a plethora of summer events and activities. From open-air concerts to traditional county shows, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere. Enjoy the summer days by exploring the Jurassic Coast, hiking through scenic landscapes, or attending one of the many cultural events taking place throughout the county.

August - Family Escapes

August is the perfect time for family holidays in Dorset. With schools out for the summer, enjoy quality time together on sandy beaches, at family-friendly attractions, and trying out new outdoor adventures.

September - Harvest Hues

As summer fades, Dorset's countryside is bathed in the warm hues of autumn. The beach is still a beautiful place to spend the day with the warm summer air still lingering.  This is the perfect time to visit with your four-legged friend and witness the beauty of the changing seasons on scenic walks.

October - Spooky Delights

Embrace the spookier side of Dorset in October. With Halloween approaching, the county's historic sites and haunted tales come to life. Enjoy themed events, ghost tours, and atmospheric walks through ancient landscapes as the days grow shorter.

November - Cosy Retreats

As winter approaches, November invites you to cosy retreats in Dorset. Embrace the warmth of charming tearooms, explore historic indoor attractions, and witness the landscapes transitioning into their winter attire. Enjoy the peace and quiet before the festive season begins.

December - Festive Magic

Wrap up the year with the magic of the festive season in Dorset. Experience traditional Christmas markets, sparkling lights, and the warmth of community celebrations.

There’s plenty to do in Dorset whatever month you choose to visit.  Check out our monthly guides below and book your stay in our beautiful county

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