Autumn holidays in Dorset. Walking through the woods.

Autumn Holidays in Dorset

11 August 2020West Dorset Tourism

If you’re looking to book a holiday after the peak summer season then Dorset’s coastline is a fantastic area to head to. Here we take a look at 5 reasons why autumn holidays in Dorset are hard to beat…

1. Avoid the crowds

There’s no denying that it can sometimes get busy in Dorset during July and August – it has been a summer holiday hot spot for many years. After August though, there is a noticeable change in the number of visitors in the area. The beaches become less crowded and travel times are reduced. Best of all, the local attractions, pubs and restaurants are all open and ready to welcome guests. This means that queues are shorter and getting a table in your favourite eatery is even easier during autumn holidays.

2. Money saving holidays

Everyone likes a bargain and we think our autumn holidays in Dorset offer fantastic value for money. Book a holiday with us in September, October and into November and you can enjoy significant savings compared with visiting during the peak summer months. If you want to come on a touring, motorhome or camping holiday with us then our mid season rates start from 1st September.

With more money in your back pocket you could choose to treat the family to more visits to local attractions, meals out or even extend your stay with us.

Campervan pitches. UK staycations at Golden Cap

Campervan pitches at Golden Cap


3. A walkers paradise

Autumn is a great time to go out walking near our parks. With endless miles of countryside, coastal paths and woodland, there’s no better season to get out and start your outward bound adventures in Dorset.

A walk in the woods once the leaves start to fall is one of life’s little pleasures – and kids just love playing around all the trees and making dens. Dorset has a good number of ancient woodlands to explore. Thorncombe Woods is a great spot to head to near Dorchester. It is also home to Thomas Hardy’s picturesque thatched cottage. Close to a number of our parks is Marshwood Vale. It is a stunning area of countryside in West Dorset, strewn with small villages, rural lanes and ancient woodlands. Larger managed forests in the area include Wareham and Puddletown Forests. Both are excellent for off road bike riding.

All our parks are located close to the world famous Dorset coastline. Head out to onto The Jurassic Coast and walk along the South West Coast Path. Here you can experience highlights including Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Golden Cap and Portland Bill.

Lulworth Cove, Dorset.


4. Indian summer weather

Dorset is blessed with some of the warmest weather conditions in the whole country and this trend tends to continue into the autumn months. It is not uncommon for temperatures to stay above 20 degrees during the day in September. Prepare yourself for some super sunsets, warm seawater temperatures and lots more lovely BBQs.

Beach sunset.

5. Fossils galore

Our local beaches are home to some of the best fossil hunting locations. The best time to do this activity is after a big storm has crashed waves into the cliffs and exposed a new layer of rocks and coastline to explore. Time your autumn holidays in Dorset right and you could be here to make the next big discovery.

Hunt for ammonites and belemnites which are plentiful along the beaches around Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Or set your sights high and go in search of a giant marine reptile fossil like a plesiosaurus or ichthyosaur!

Fossil Hunting in Dorset




What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse