Giant sandcastles head back to Weston

PUBLISHED: 20:00 18 May 2011

Admiral Nelson was one of the sand sculptures at last year's festival

Admiral Nelson was one of the sand sculptures at last year's festival


JUNGLE-THEMED sandcastles up to four metres high will wow Weston beachgoers as the sixth annual sculpture event returns to the resort.

North Somerset Council is once again hosting The World Sand Sculpture Academy which will showcase its amazing skills on Weston’s beach from June 11.

Thomas Koet, the current World Champion Sand Sculptor, is one of the 13 sculptors who will spend 15 days, using 500 tonnes of sand to create their masterpieces – and will be covering an area of 25 by 90 metres.

Visitors will be able to see outstanding sculptures of a variety of things associated with the jungle - ranging from native jungle animals and foliage to ancient architecture and tribes.

Councillor Felicity Baker, North Somerset Council’s executive member for tourism, said: “We have built up an excellent working relationship with the sand sculptors. “They look forward to coming back and we welcome them and the skills they bring in creating outstanding and fascinating scenes.

“This is a really successful event - last year over 70,000 people visited and once again there was media interest from around the globe.”

This is the largest sand sculpture event taking place in the UK this summer and will run until September 4 from 10am-6pm each day.

It will be located between the Seafront Office\First Aid Post and the SeaQuarium. Individual tickets are priced £2-3.50 and family tickets cost £10.

For more information call 01934 626982 or visit

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