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Sandworld

Address: Lodmoor Country Park | Preston Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7S, England
Phone Number: +44 7411 387529
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Ranked #6 of 22 Attractions in Weymouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Winner of an Award in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2013 in the "Best Visitor Attraction" category, Sandworld Weymouth is 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, showcasing the talents of International and UK Sand Sculptors undercover in a huge marquee. There is a large covered sand pit, and 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!
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New Malden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

absolutely amazing sand sculptures they looked almost real the sculptures were huge a really good day, a little pricey though for what was there but on the whole a good day.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Nice experience, paid £13 for three but it's a bit pricey for what you get. You venture into an outside bit with a sculpture either side then a sandpit for children to build their own. Then into entrance to cafe stroke marquee it has about 12 sculptures, best was dr. Who. Shane some were starting fall down as end of... More

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Hemel Hempstead
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We chose Sandworld as a cheaper alternative to SeaWorld which we have been to many times and find a little expensive. I have to say I wasn't expecting much, the entrance reception is a shed, the first few sandscupltures visable through the gates were looking a bit worse for wear but considering they have lasted all season made out of... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I went in feeling that it wasn't going to be very good, and the first bit confirmed my fears. It looked like the outdoor part was all there was to it! Once we ventured into the marquee it got a lot better and the sand sculptures were very impressive. Slightly overpriced for what it is but overall good!

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

What is the most impressive thing about Sandworld is that the sand sculpture exhibitions are being changed all the time! That means if you would ever go back there again, it would look completely different! We have been at Sandworld in August, 2014 and it was book/author week. It was fun playing game 'Guess which book is it?' with my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It cost £16.20 for my family of 2 adults and 2 children. Some reviews I read found this to be steep but really at £4.05/ person I thought it was great value to see such amazing and intricate sand sculptures. Yes, you are not going to be there for hours but this is a real experience and one that shouldn't... More

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

2 adults, 3 kids of 5, 9 and 15. Entertained for 4+hrs on a wet day in Weymouth. The sculptures were amazing and worth 2 trips round the displays. Staff and owners very friendly and helpful. With the owners advice all 5 of us were making sand sculptures and spheres within minutes. Had to pull the kids away. (We went... More

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Fantastic place to visit, must see the Warhorse Sculpture and there are more sculptures to see Has a gift shop and small café to have a drink and bite to eat

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I liked sandworld, it is very clever how they can make such creations. However, I did find it was a little expensive for about 5/6 sculptures. It took us all of 10/15 mins to get around, I think it is possibly aimed more for children as there was a big sandpit area. So worth taking kids I guess. I would... More

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit but sorry you found it expensive. It costs us a lot of money to put on this show, bringing the most talented sand artists to Weymouth for your enjoyment. There are actually 17 Sculptures, 4 outside and 13 in the main marquee. Some are several hundred tonnes, so pretty big, and each contains... More

worcester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

this is a great place to visit! the sculptures are amazing with precise detail! really good worth a look!!

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