Report by Charlotte Richardson , chief reporter
Sunday, May 6, 2012
WESTON’s famous Sand Sculpture Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before, organisers have promised.
The Mercury revealed in March how the event had been saved after its new organisers found the £50,000 needed to keep it going into its seventh year.
Now this month world class international artists will step onto the beach and turn 4,000 tons of sand into the most impressive exhibition of sand sculpture that Weston, and they say the UK, has ever seen.
This year’s theme will be fun and games and spectators can revisit games from their childhood and marvel at the toys of today.
They can see their favourite hobbies, stories and past-times transformed into giant sand art.
From arcade amusements and board games to the wide world of sport, nothing will be forgotten - there promises to be something for all ages, genders and backgrounds.
You can even visit the website, which will be online soon, prior to the event and make your own suggestions.
Over the years the festival has entertained, excited and inspired more than 250,000 people - and this year will be no exception with the addition of several special events, children’s activities, workshops, café area, games, guided tours, ongoing live demonstrations, celebrity visits and new ways to get involved.
North Somerset Council’s decision to halt its funding for the festival left new organisers Nicola Wood and Alec Messchaert needing to find extra cash from business sponsors.
Thankfully, the money needed was secured from a private investor.
Ms Wood said: “We have worked on the event since year one and know what it means to the locals.
“We have always had our own ideas about the festival and are excited about bringing some new things to the event and we promise to make this year the one to remember.”
The festival will open on the Queen’s Jubilee weekend, which will be celebrated by revealing a special sculpture of the lady herself.
Visitors can also design a sculpture for the Olympics and the winning entry will be created live by one of the world champion sculptors throughout the games.
The festival will run from June 1 until September 9.
Tickets are £3.50 for adults, £3 for concessions, £2 for children and £10 for families.