September in Dorset: Staycation Tips

When the schools are back and generally life is quieter, September can be a good time to visit some of the glorious sites around Dorset. Things will have calmed down a bit after the hustle and bustle of the summer months, and life returns to normal…

The British weather may not have the best reputation, so we’ve put together some handy weather facts which may just persuade you to book that September Staycation. The south coast of England does have the best weather after all!

Did you know?

  1. There are normally 5 hours of bright sunshine each day in Dorset in September – that works out at around 41% of daylight hours!

This could be a great time to walk some of the coastal path on the Jurassic Coast. Make the most of the daylight without the oppressive summer heat and complete a walk to remember with stunning coastal views.

Durdle Door is at the centre of incredible walking routes through Dorset including the South West Coast Path and the Purbeck Way. The South West Coast Path in particular stretches for 630 miles along what we believe are the most stunning coastal views in the UK. For something a bit shorter, walk from Durdle Door along the coastal path to Lulworth. Why not take the opportunity to book a short break with us and complete these challenges?


walking in Lulworth

Walking at Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove

What’s on in September in Dorset?

2. Daytime temperatures usually reach 18°C in Dorset during September.

Many of the attractions in Dorset are quieter during September and with the weather still quite warm during the day this can be a fantastic time to visit the sights and places that have been on your ‘wish list’.

Many locations have events during September, the following are some of our top picks:


2-5th Sep                   Bournemouth Air Festival (

4th Sep                       Bridport Hat Festival (

7,14,21,28th Sep       Dream Machines Motorcycle Evenings – Poole Quay (

10-12th Sep               Classic Transport Rally – Harmans’s Cross, Swanage (

10-12th Sep               Swanage Folk Festival (

11-12th Sep                Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival – Weymouth (

17-18th Sep                Sand Polo – Sandbanks Beach, Poole (

17-19th Sep                Foodies Festival – Bournemouth (

17-20th Sep                Tankfest – Bovington Tank Museum (

25th Sep                     Royal Armoured Corps Display – Bovington Tank Museum (

30th Sep – 3 Oct        Swanage Blues Festival (


3. The average sea temperature around Dorset in September is 17°C.

Where is best for sea swimming in Dorset?

Have you ever fancied early morning or evening swimming?  Durdle Door beach is walkable from our Holiday Park, and the lovely Lulworth Cove is accessible via the coastal path or a short drive away and is ideal for an early morning dip!

Like many of Dorset’s beautiful beaches, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door beaches are consistently given an ‘Excellent’ rating for bathing water quality from the Environment Agency. You can be sure that the clean, clear water will rejuvenate you for your day ahead. If you go early enough, you’ll have the beach to yourself, giving you the feeling of a secluded paradise just for you. Our two local beaches are dog friendly year round too, of course.

dogs swimming

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are dog friendly year round!


Whether the weather is your main consideration for a low-season break in the UK, or if location is more important to you – rest assured that a September staycation in Dorset is not to be missed.

Book your low-season break today either by speaking to our friendly Customer Care team, or via our website.

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