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Sandworld

Lodmoor Country Park | Preston Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7S, England
+44 7411 387529
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Ranked #5 of 24 attractions in Weymouth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Winner of an Award in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2014 in the "Best Visitor Attraction" category, Sandworld Weymouth is set within Lodmoor Country Park,... more » Owner description: Winner of an Award in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2014 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! « less
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87 reviews 87 reviews
55 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This has to be a real "must see" attraction for anyone visiting Weymouth. Sandworld's 2014 display is based on books and authors and has everything from a huge Lord of the Rings sand sculpture to others depicting Alice in Wonderland, Dr Who, War Horse, Jungle Book and many more. The talent taken to produce these works is world class while... More

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The sculptures in Sandworld are jawdroppingly good. The scale and detail of the sculptures is excellent. There is more than sculpture here though; there are sandpits with instructions, equipment and helpful staff to get you on your way to creating your own sculptures. This seems to be at least in part about getting the sand appropriately wet, which is why... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This year the sand world creations are based on books and tv series. There are kids books like jungle book and alice and wonderland; there is alien and Dr Who and there is the most spectacular Lord of the Rings. There is also a sand building competition going on which kept Rachel (8) busy for over an hour.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Amazing sculptures. Great for adults and kids. At £6.40pp I think its expensive. There are about 15 massive sculptures. It took about 40mins to have a good look around, would take longer if you play in the sand pit! Sculptures include Dr Who, Sherlock, Chitty Bang Bang, Alien, Alice in Wonderland. If you are facinated by the guys who create... More

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Didcot
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Whilst we were paying a young lad asked his dad if they could go in, his reply was "I'm not paying to see something I can build on the beach". Well good luck fella, because the sculptures here are superb and well worth the £18 family ticket. You could spend 30 minutes here or 3 hours, it depends on you.... More

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Wasn't sure what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised at Sandworld. The amount of workmanship thats gone into each exhibit was extraordinary. When we went there was a competition to count the Easter eggs that were on the exhibits and a making competition in the sandpit. By the time my two had finished in the sandpit, they had forgotten... More

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Our granddaughter aged four loved this, although the big sculptures were a bit overwhelming at first but we could watch the artists at work and then went to the public area where you can try your hand at sandcastles and sculpture with help from the young assistants. Great fun. Reasonably priced. There is a cafe which is basic but adequate... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We originally planned to spend an hour or so and in the end were there for about four and a half. The professional sand sculptures are amazing and difficult to believe that they are just sand and water. It's not only the scale and design that is impressive, it's also the detail and how the faces look remarkably life like... More

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Well worth the entry, the sculptures are absolutely fantastic. Few issues with staff not always knowing what they are doing, but their knowledge was impeccable!

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Torquay, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Wonderful attraction. Very well thought out. Well priced on the whole. Worth visiting over and over again as sculptures changed every season. Good staff available to help build quality sandcastles or sculptures. Strongly recommend.

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