Autumn in Dorset

From wrapping up in layers to hunting for the juiciest blackberries to wandering underneath a leafy autumn blaze on a woodland walk to snuggling up by the fire in your luxury boutique, there are so many reasons to love autumn in Dorset. 

Here are just some of things you can look forward to this autumn in Dorset.

See Autumn Colours

One of the most visual ways to welcome this magical season, the burnt tones of autumn transform the county’s landscapes. Whether you are setting out with canvas, camera or flask of hot tea, there are some really beautiful places to visit to see these incredible colours. One of the most striking, Kingston Lacy is home to a 7-acre Japanese garden with over 180 trees, Woodland Trail and the stunning 2-mile Beech Avenue – one of the most photographed tree-lined lanes in the UK.  

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

One of the nicest aspects of autumn evenings is heading inside after a day’s exploring to warm up with hearty fodder in your boutique retreat or local eatery. A county rich in award-winning pubs and traditional foods, you can make the most of this delectable spread and treat yourself to some gastronomical treats. A few of our favourites, the Green Restaurant, the Guildhall Tavern, the Hix Oyster and Fish House and the aptly named Seasons Restaurant are just some of the places to pop on your list.


Scattering a rich bounty of goodies across the county, autumn is famous for its delicious harvest. If you would like to have a go at foraging for yourself, there are plenty of pickings to be had. Pluck blackberries for crumbles, elderberries for jams, rosehips for herbal teas and sweet chestnuts for stews and soups! For a bit of help as you go, companies like Wildway Bushcraft and Fore Adventure are perfect for giving you some extra guidance. 

Enjoy Scenic Walks

With leaves crunching underfoot and shades of gold, bronze and amber painted across the horizon, autumn walks are truly enchanting. The Purbeck Ridgeway walk, from Corfe Castle to the coast, is around 9 miles long and shows off views of Poole Harbour, Swanage and the Isle of Wight. Raleigh’s Country Retreat at Sherborne covers 6.5 miles of gentle hills, quaint villages and Sherborne’s regal estate. Other favourites include a shortcut to Golden Cap and the rich reds of Brownsea walk

Take to the Skies

A fantastic way to get a bird’s eye view of Dorset in all its autumnal glory is by taking a trip with Aerosaurus Balloons. A family-run company offering hot air balloon rides across the South West of England, you can float into the skies as you sip champagne and watch the world spread out before you. Look out for little villages, medieval ruins, historic castles and multi-coloured forests as you make memories to last a lifetime.

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