IF the Weymouth central beach is getting too crowded you can always head down to the other end of the bay to have a taste of what Bowleaze Cove has to offer.

The beach here is a mixture of shingle and sand, and small seashells can be picked up along the water’s edge.

Behind the beach there is a grass ridge so if you do not fancy the sand, you can stay away from it – with a lovely ice cream and a book in your hand.

There is also a fish and chip restaurant and cafe so there’s no need to run back into town when everyone gets peckish.

Instead you can sit down and enjoy the views of Portland and the rest of Weymouth Bay.

If everyone gets bored of the water, there is an amusements and Fantasy Island Fun Park only a short distance away from the beach.

The fun park has everything from go karts to a soft play area to keep the kids busy while you finish your reading.

But it is not just traditional seaside fun at Bowleaze. You can take an adventure over the cliff tops to explore more of the Jurassic Coast, including Redcliff point and its beach, where fossils can be found.

There is also the Romano-Celtic Temple at Jordan Hill.

Currently owned by English Heritage, it gives a chance to explore Weymouth’s history.