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Address: Lodmoor Country Park | Preston Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7S, England
Phone Number: +44 7411 387529
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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Weymouth Sand Sculpture Festival aka Sandworld is a seasonal attraction...
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 - see website for dates and times.
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We enjoyed looking at all of the sculptures, and the staff were very friendly. The children also enjoyed filling up their own bottles with the coloured sands.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed looking at all of the sculptures, and the staff were very friendly. The children also enjoyed filling up their own bottles with the coloured sands.

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worcester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

these sculptures are quite spectacular,there's also a quiz with prizes which was new.well worth a visit

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We spend over 3 hours here today with my 6 year old son. The sculptures were out of this world and each one was huge with interesting facts about them. My son love doing the quiz and counting all the flags. We spent well over an hour looking at all the sculptures and then another 2 hours in the sand.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We often visit Sandworld, we always find it quite amazing, the size of the sculptures and the detail is brilliant.... if in doubt , I would say visit Sandworld. The car park is on the door step, they have a small cafe in there too.... If you have small or even medium size kids they will love playing in the... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Having always enjoyed the Sand Sculpture on Weymouth Seafront we thought we'd have a look around here. I have to say the Sculptures are extremely impressive and the sculpturers themselves most have the patience of a saint. The Battle of Britain is very good as is the Doctor Who exhibit, but my personal favourite was the Turner one, here they... More 

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Andover_Hants.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This undercover exhibition of larger than life sand sculptures are well worth a visit. There are about a dozen sculptures including The Beatles, Winston Churchill, One Direction, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dr Who, Alice in Wonderland and lots more. If the children want to try to build something there is an area filled with sand which includes all the buckets... More 

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Harrow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Wasn't quite sure what to expect at Sand World but was awestruck by the incredible sand sculptures on this years 'Best of British' exhibition. Admittedly, it's not the largest attraction in Weymouth and you shouldn't expect a whole day out here but with the added attraction of making your own sand models, I loved it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Whilst the sculptures are impressive, we struggled to make our visit stretch to an hour, even with young children. About a dozen sand sculptures to look at and a sand pit to play in. A bit like being at Weymouth beach but being charged a fiver a person.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The Sculptures were fascinating and incredibly detailed. The staff were friendly and approachable, they clearly worked hard to keep the area clean and inviting. However the admission price was a lot for what was there. I took my grandchildren who had a great time in the Sand Pits, but weren't in the slightest bit interested in the sculptures. In reality... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

For something described as "world" we found this attraction very underwhelming. The sand structures were impressive in their appearance but the place is simply to small. For the cost of entry we expected something a lot more impressive and time consuming. The appearance of some of the displays was very good but some were just identified by the title (Lewis... More 

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

"I wouldnt hesitate to recommend it as a good way to spend half an hour" or "Over in 5 minutes" ?The name comes from the fact that our sculptors come from all around the world, not that the venue is as big as the world, as any description of the place will tell you, it is small, but of a... More 

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