Dorset in June
June, when the weather is getting warmer and everyone is gearing up for the main summer season, is a great time to visit Dorset.
If your children are under school age you can make the most of the quieter weeks, while for those limited to school holidays there's always the summer half-term.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: couples, families and groups of friends
- Flying time: none - two and a half hours' drive from London
- Time difference: none
- Average temperature in June: 16-20°C
- Tourist information: Dorset Tourist Board
How to get there
- The following main motorway routes connect the east, ports and London with Dorset: M20, M26, M25, M3, M27.
- Dorset is well served nationally by an excellent rail network, and South West Trains offer great discounts on many routes when you book in advance. Direct trains from London Waterloo stop at Bournemouth, Dorchester, Weymouth, Sherborne and Axminster (for Lyme Regis).
Where to stay
- Cottage: Cottages4you has a fantastic selection, from cosy one beds to larger properties ideal for groups of friends and family. Mumsnetters who book direct receive discounted rates. For more information click here.
- Glamping: Stay in a luxuriously appointed tent (no damp sleeping bags here), cook on a stove or open fire and send the nippers out gathering eggs each morning. Three popular Feather Down farms in the region are Knaveswell Farm in Corfe, Mount Pleasant in Blandford Forum and East Shilvinghampton Farm in Weymouth. Mumsnetters receive added extras with Feather Down - for further information please visit the Feather Down Farms site.
- Caravan: Family holiday park Haven has 4 parks in the region in Poole and Weymouth.
What to do
For stunning views steeped in geological and historical interest, the Jurassic Coast and its share of the South West Coast Path encompass the elegant Regency town of Sidmouth, the former smuggling haven of Beer and the unspoilt and friendly Budleigh Salterton and reach into fossil country.
Featuring a real Chinese dinosaur and a 73kg lump of dinosaur dung, this Lyme Regis museum is well worth a visit for young and old dinosaur-lovers.
One of the country's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, this is a must-see. Popular with adults and children alike, the romantic castle ruins have breathtaking views across Purbeck. There's even a 1/20th scale model of Corfe village, showing Corfe Castle before its destruction by Cromwell in 1646.
- Coastline and beaches
Weymouth and Portland are areas of great contrast. Portland is home to some of the most dramatic and rugged coastline anywhere with a real sense of isolation, while Weymouth just across the bay is home to one of the most family friendly beaches and a hive of activity.
Bournemouth and Poole offer miles of award-winning golden sand beaches, a stunning harbour and bustling quay and (thanks to an artificial reef) surfing.
- Hunting for fossils is serious business, but can mean an entire day in the sun – remember the sun cream even if it is cloudy.
- Enid Blyton fell in love with the region and many of her Famous Five stories were inspired by the landscape. Kirren Castle is based on Corfe Castle, and what better way to arrive in the village of Corfe than on the steam train from Swanage? Be sure to enjoy some ginger beer and ices from the shop as you plan your escapades around the region.
- Book your accommodation early - especially if you're opting for the late May to early June half-term.
- Pack your waterproofs (this is the UK after all).
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Dorset
- Book a 'walk' in Lyme Regis. There are literally thousands of ammonites and belamites to be discovered, and the guides who show you where to look make it really interesting. Jenpetronus
- Corfe village is quaint and well served by lively pubs and cosy tea houses, so there is lots on offer for lunch! (The ice cream shop does wonderful ice creams as well.) GrowlingLucifer
- West Bay (Charmouth) for harbour, coastal walks and fish and chips, but beware robbing sea gulls! Wildgardener