If you’re in search of a popular holiday hot spot for a staycation this summer, Dorset could be the perfect place for you. Home to the stunning Jurassic coast and a selection of picturesque beaches, this scenic region offers visitors the chance to enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities that all the family are sure to love. From coasteering to fossil hunting, paddle boarding to surfing, there’s so much to do and see when visiting this beautiful destination. Below, we’ve listed just a few fantastic activities to do in Dorset when the sun is shining:


One of the most exciting and thrilling ways to explore the famous Jurassic coast is coasteering. Perfect for adrenaline junkies, you will be put through your paces in the most exhilarating way as you clamber, swing and scramble your way across jagged cliffs and rugged outcrops, each one as testing as the next. Along the way, not only will you be treated to some exquisite coastal views, but you will also have the chance to try your hand at cliff diving, taking a leap of faith into the shimmering blue waters below after negating some tough terrain. A great activity for those who relish a hands-on experience.

A person coasteering down one of Dorset’s many cliffs

Durdle Door

A visit to Durdle Door makes for an enjoyable and memorable day out for all the family. This surreal, yet striking landmark has been formed naturally over hundreds of years as the result of powerful waves smashing against the cliff, causing a hole to form in the centre of the rock and subsequently forming a beautiful limestone arch. Visitors can find Durdle Door near Lulworth Cove, situated just beyond a charming shingle beach that can be accessed by via a descending footpath. Relish a beachside picnic as you gaze across at this iconic natural wonder.

Durdle Door on a beautiful sunny day on the Dorset coast

Fossil Hunting

Designated a World Heritage Site in 2001, the enchanting Jurassic coast encompasses 95 miles of gorgeous coastline and is one of the most popular places in the whole of the UK for fossil hunting! Take your family on the hunt for some prehistoric treasures, sifting through sand and stones to find them. While Charmouth and Seatown are two popular fossil-hunting spots, Lyme Regis is without a doubt the best place to go to uncover some hidden riches. As well as being a beautiful location, this seaside town is also packed full of fossil shops, museums and information points that will aid you in your search.

A selection of shell fossils embedded into a rock

Paddle Boarding

While there are many popular water sports to enjoy while visiting Dorset, paddle boarding offers holidaymakers something a little different and is a fantastic way to view the stunning coastline from an alternative perspective. Propel yourself across the azure water as you balance gracefully on your paddle board, negating the rippling waves and taking in the surrounding panoramic views. With individual or group boards, you and your family can paddle along separately or in groups, making it a great activity to share a bit of bonding time!

A man enjoying a paddle board across the sea

Old Harry Rocks

Another unique section of the Jurassic Coast, the Old Harry Rocks are truly a sight for sore eyes and are a must-see for visitors. These chalk rock formations consist of stacks and stumps that stand out starkly against the lush green coast and can be found at Handfast Point near Studland Bay. Holidaymakers can reach these wonderful rocks by foot via several coastal paths that lead up and around the adjacent headland, gaining some exquisite views of the surrounding coast on route.

The Old Harry Rocks surrounded by the crystal-clear sea


With such a large variety of stunning beaches, Dorset is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of surfing during a family holiday. No matter what your level of experience, surfers of all abilities will relish an exhilarating ride along the crashing white waves of the Jurassic coast, with Bournemouth Beach, Durlston Point, Kimmeridge Bay and Lyme Regis being some of the best places to enjoy a surf. Family members who would prefer to out of the water watching can also relish a bit of relaxation time of these beautiful beaches while other catch some waves.

A man surfing in the waves at Lyme Regis

Are you considering a visit to Dorset this summer? If so, why not check out our fantastic range of Dorset glamping abodes to ensure you find the perfect accommodation for your trip to this stunning location? To discover more, contact one of our team members today!


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