Going on an autumn holiday in Dorset

The Jurassic Coast is a great place to visit on an autumn holiday in Dorset

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While summer has come and gone, the weather will still be pleasant enough to go on a weekend getaway for a while yet. If you usually spend your holiday in Dorset, you’ll be happy to know that there is still plenty to see and do in the autumn.

In this article, we’ll share a few suggestions that will make an autumn holiday in Dorset a pleasant affair for you and your traveling companions.

Go on a foliage walk

Dorset is a great destination for those wanting to see a wide range of autumn colours. Kingston Lacey, a grand mansion located a short drive from the centre of Wimborne, is home to a massive garden that comes alive with reds, oranges and yellows starting in September, making it a great place to take a leisurely stroll throughout the season.

Brownsea Island is another great spot for those looking to soak in the essence of autumn, as it adds the sounds, sights and smells of the sea to the colours of the leaves and the chill in the air, creating an experience you won’t soon forget.

Take in a festival

While the bulk of the Dorset’s tourists visit in summer, there are plenty of festivals that go on throughout the autumn months.

The Enchanted Floodlit Gardens (held in the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens) are a local favourite, as this light show adds excitement to the darkening days in the latter half of October.

Those that are into the arts will love the multitude of literary festivals that occur across the county. Whether you find yourself in Bridport (Nov 6 – Nov 13) or Sherborne (Oct 12 – Oct 16), there will be plenty of engaging and stimulating readings to take in.

Foodies will love visiting during Dorset Food Week (Oct 15 – Oct 30), as it is when area restaurants offer locally sourced meals at unbeatable prices.

Hunt for fossils along the Jurassic Coast

Interested in the ancient history of the Earth? The cliffs along the length of the Jurassic Coast tell the story of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, as there are innumerable fossils that can be easily found along its 154 kilometre span.

Going beach combing here is virtually certain to yield some interesting finds, but be sure to leave this environment as you found it. By not taking specimens away from the shore, you’ll allow others the chance to feel the same joy of discovery you’ll experience when you end up coming across the preserved remains of life forms that are hundreds of millions of years old.

Discover the Tank Museum

Those looking for something completely different will want to make the trip down to the Tank Museum in Bovington. Built on the grounds of what was the British Army’s tank training facility, this institution has dedicated itself towards telling the story of this heavy-duty piece of rolling artillery.

It has models dating from the early days during the First World War (Mark I, the world’s oldest operating tank) to present day models. As its the largest museum of its kind in the world, this place is a must for avid war buffs.

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