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“Such Skill”

Sandworld Sculpture Park
Ranked #17 of 80 things to do in Weymouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Weymouth Sand Sculpture Festival aka Sandworld is a seasonal attraction set within Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth - next door to the SeaLife Centre, and next to a large car and coach park. Sandworld is an all weather attraction created by local artists to showcase the talents of International and UK Sand Sculptors undercover in a huge marquee. There is a large covered sand pit. Visitors are encouraged to "have a go" at sandsculpting having been inspired by what they have seen. It is sometimes possible to engage with artists as they work on new pieces which are added to the site from time to time, and always possible to relax with a drink, snack or icecream at the on site cafe. Activities such as filling sand bottles are available at extra cost, and a gift shop completes the experience where you can buy a postcard of your favourite sculpture or a souvenier of your visit. The attraction has a link to Weymouths long tradition of Sand Sculpting, as Mark Anderson - co-founder of Sandworld - is the grandson of Fred Darrington, who began sculpting on Weymouth beach back in the 1920's. Mark is an International Master in his own right, and can often be found in the sandpit at Sandworld helping aspiring sculptors - young and old - to engage in this most therapeutic of activities. Length of visit times varies widely depending on the individual or groups' level of interest and/or engagement with the art, and of course the weather (although most of the exhibits are undercover, a visit in November will not be the same as a visit in August). Some visitors stay 10 minutes, some stay all day, either way is cool. All are welcome at Sandworld - please come and see us! Open between Easter and Halloween
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 29 June 2018

I have to marvel at the skill and talent of the people who have created these sand sculptures, It was such a pleasure to walk round and admire these works of art.
The location of this venue is ideal, ample parking and easy access.
If you are in Weymouth then this place is a must visit. Plenty to see and do especially if you have children and entrance fee is very reasonable.
The displays are under cover in a purpose built Marque and the staff are more than happy to explain the techniques involved and the history.
Loved the place and would go again.

2  Thank premier-spy
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

I was looking forward to visiting Sandworld and was not disappointed. My 5 year old son loved the sandpit where children can make their own sculptures, whilst us adults enjoyed the AMAZING sculptures on display. The weather was overcast but this is inside a dome so perfect. There's a small café inside but we didn't use it so can't comment on the quality but there were a couple of tables to sit down. We visited half-term and it wasn't crazy busy.

3  Thank frecklesBirmingham
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

So sad to come back this year to see there had been vandalism and a water leak. What we could see was still amazing

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

First impression is a bit "meh" to be honest, as the entrance looks a bit dated, however never judge a book by it's cover - inside is a world of wonder, made entirely of sand by professional sculptures, some of whom have worked making props and models for all manner of movies and TV shows.

Entrance fee is quite reasonable, and as well as the amazing sculptures you can make a multi-coloured sand bottle (lots of shapes available, reasonably priced), there is a cafe and there is a HUGE sandpit where people will teach you how to make massive sand sculptures.

Obviously, also, a gift shop with lots of interesting stuff.

4  Thank madhippo
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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld Sculpture Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thankyou for the review madhippo, we are glad you enjoyed your visit - we will have to take a fresh look at our "meh" entrance though, we thought our concrete castles we pretty cool! We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 25 May 2018

When we were there due to some reason not open but even what we could see was amazing. Maybe in summer they are open and will feature more.

Thank MoniqueE887
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