With its swirling whirlpool and colorful windbreaks, Weymouth Beach is everything you’d expect from the charming British seaside.

The soft white sands of the Blue Flag beach are just a ten minute walk from my base for the week, the seaside resort of Haven’s Weymouth Bay, on the edge of Dorset’s rugged Jurassic Coast.

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Enjoy the soft white sands of the Blue Flag beachCredit: PR DOCUMENT

I was there with my family of six and we spent the days building sand castles, playing traditional arcade games and watching the fishing fleets come in and out of the bay from the comfort of our deckchairs.

Vacationing a little closer to home doesn’t mean you miss out on fun, in fact in Haven it’s quite the opposite.

Weymouth Park has an indoor and outdoor pool, huge playground, nature activities, evening entertainment – and best of all, it didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

We stayed in a Gold caravan, which had enough room for me, three children and my two parents, both disabled.

The interior is simple and comfortable, with a modern kitchen, Bluetooth speakers and a spacious living room with a TV and DVD player for quiet evenings.

If you’re looking for something a little flashier, you can upgrade to a Signature Caravan, which includes an en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom and a TV.

Not that you spend a lot of time in your trailer when you’re so close to the action.

Durdle Door is ten miles up the road and one of the Jurassic Coast’s most famous landmarks, with its rock formation – which some say looks like a dinosaur – that has been carved out by sea erosion.

Be sure to bring your walking shoes, as it’s a steep 20 minute descent – and back – to the beach. It is a must for all active vacationers.

And if you have the stamina, take the coastal walk from here to scenic Lulworth Cove.

On the other side of the holiday park, the seaside town of Weymouth is steeped in history.

The resort was made popular by King George III who vacationed here in the 1700s and now has a statue erected in his honor on the seafront.

Elsewhere along the seafront you’ll spot Tudor-era buildings as well as a plaque to the victims of the Black Death, which is believed to have entered England through Melcombe Regis, just up the road.

There is also a lot of fascinating history for children.

Nothe Fort, at the entrance to the harbour, is Weymouth’s number one heritage attraction and features a maze of underground tunnels, cannons on the ramparts and fun trails.

GO: Weymouth

STAYING THERE: A four-night Stay + Play break at Haven Weymouth Bay costs £368, based on a family of four sharing Gold accommodation and arriving on May 2. See havre.com.

OUTSIDE & SURROUNDINGS: Tank Museum tickets cost £14.50 adult and £8 child online in advance at tankmuseum.org.

Entrance to Nothe Forte costs £9.50 per adult, £4 per child aged 5-15). See nothefort.org.uk.

The museum explores advances in military technology at the fort and if you’re lucky you’ll hear the engineers firing the cannons, which happens every second and fourth Sunday of the month.

Dorset has a rich military history and the nearby Bovington Tank Museum is a must for young army barmys.

My six-year-old son Clark and ten-year-old nephew Dexter loved watching the tank displays throughout history.

But the real highlight was a ride in an armored vehicle.

We even saw a Little Willie, the very first tank invented in 1915.

Dorset is full of hidden corners to explore, whether you’re looking for fossils near its historic hills, letting your imagination soar at the Helicopter Museum or spotting rare native red squirrels on Brownsea Island.

It’s more than good beaches.

Durdle Door is one of the most famous landmarks on the Jurassic Coast with its dinosaur-like rock formation

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Durdle Door is one of the most famous landmarks on the Jurassic Coast with its dinosaur-like rock formationCredit: Getty – Contributor
The caravans are comfortable and have a modern kitchen, Bluetooth speakers and a spacious living room with TV and DVD player for quiet evenings

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The caravans are comfortable and have a modern kitchen, Bluetooth speakers and a spacious living room with TV and DVD player for quiet eveningsCredit: PR DOCUMENT
There is a plaque to the victims of the Black Death who are said to have entered England by Melcombe Regis

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There is a plaque to the victims of the Black Death who are said to have entered England by Melcombe RegisCredit: Alamy
Dorset has a rich military history and the Tank Museum in Bovington is a must see for young army barmys

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Dorset has a rich military history and the Tank Museum in Bovington is a must see for young army barmysCredit: Alamy
Find fossils in the historic hills of Dorset

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Find fossils in the historic hills of DorsetCredit: Alamy