I remember taking b to the Sand Sculpture Festival on the seafront back in 2013. He was only 3 months old and didn’t really have much to say about it. The theme was “Hollywood” and my mum and I thought it was fab! I haven’t been back for a while, so when we were invited to visit this year, I was super excited! If you aren’t sure what the Sand Sculpture Festival is then all will be revealed here 🙂 The clue is kinda in the name right…sculptures, made of sand! If you want to win one of 3 family tickets to the festival in Weston-super-Mare, just click here to enter 🙂 I want to win tickets! (T and Cs apply)
The festival has actually been running for eleven years now and takes place from March through to September on Weston seafront. The sculptures really are made of just sand and water and you get to have a go yourself at the end to see how it’s done. Mr D and I were convinced there must be some sort of sticking agent mixed in, but after trying some sculpting, we could feel how dense the sand had become once compacted!
This year the theme is “When I Grow Up” and all the sculptures are based on the dreams we have as children, as to where we want our future to take us. I particularly liked “Dunno”, a sculpture in the competition zone, because it was saying that actually, some of us have no bloody idea where we want to go and what we want to be. As a child I wanted to be a teacher or a vet. Hmm yeah right… Zero patience and too squeamish!
Little man is obsessed with fire fighters at the mo and he particularly liked this sculpture of fire fighters using the hose.
Of course there was no real water hehe. Which got me thinking, what on earth happens when it rains?! Surely the sculptures are ruined?! In fact, not a lot happens when it rains. The rainwater drains into the sand and just dries up. It’s crazy that these sculptures can stand for months too! I just figured they’d get blown away and weathered with the rain over time :/
Once you get to the end of the exhibition, you get the chance to try some sculpting yourself 🙂 This was a lot of fun and I reckon you could probably have a go at home using sand, water and a flat surface…worth a try? Or perhaps not worth the mess…?!
It is safe to say Mr D and I won’t be sculpting sand professionally anytime soon! It was blinking hard! if you fancy having a go and want to be in with a chance of winning a family ticket (worth a tenner!) then click here to enter the prize draw. I want to win tickets! (T&Cs apply)
Disclaimer: We were given tickets to the sand sculpture festival for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own though 🙂