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Sandworld

Lodmoor Country Park | Preston Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7S, England
+44 7411 387529
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Ranked #6 of 26 attractions in Weymouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We think the entry fee is expensive. They have some amazing carvings in sand there. Really appreciate the talent n patience of the artists but nt worth the money. They have some activities for children..n if u have kids, they might enjoy it.. I just got carried away by the reviews here..

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Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Wish we had known about this before, would have loved to see previous years work _ it was fantastic. What a great place to visit, the sand sculptures were awesome and a good cafe too. Highly recommended.

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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited on 24th July after a trip to the Sealife centre. It is only a small attraction so don't build your hopes up for the scale of Mount Rushmore. This all started life on Weymouth beach many years ago so its doing ok. The sculptures are fantastic and so perfect - we were amazed by the work that goes... More

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

We like this review, glad you enjoyed your visit :-) More

Marietta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

The sand sculptures were amazing but this is a very small exhibit for such a steep, in my opinion, price. Was a little disappointed in the size of what was offered.

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Thankyou for your kind review. More

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Its ok here the sculptures are amazing not going to lie 'but' its not as big here as i thought! There is basically only a large gazebo tent and thats it! You will only be in there an hour if that!

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

It's a common cry, everyone always wants more, but Sandworld is based on a typical model of sand sculpture events that we have connections with around the globe, some are bigger, some are smaller, but few have work of better quality and detail that we have, and that is down to the skill of the sculptors we employ, and the... More

Yateley, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This has been in Weymouth by the same family for decades. Now covered and free to view- unlike in many other resorts - just throw a few coins to show your appreciation of these excellent, ever-changing works of sand art.

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, but in the interests of accuracy, we should point out that this is written about the beach display that Mark does, which is not at Sandworld. Sandworld is located a short walk from he beach, in Lodmoor Park. A great way to visit us is by the Land Train which runs all the way along the... More

Sylvan Lake, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Amazing sand sculptures and my camera worked overtime! We didn't expect so many sand sculptures with so much detail....they were excellently done. We had fun making a little sand ornament to take home to our grand-daughter in Canada. And we appreciated being able to get drinks and a bite to eat, then purchase a few gifts in the souvenir shop.... More

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind comments, thankyou. Canada is the home to many of the worlds best sand carvers, represented here at Sandworld by Karen Frailich with her "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" More

Truro, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We visited Sandworld on a Thursday afternoon before the school holidays began with our 2 grown up sons so it was pretty quiet. We were really impressed with the sand sculptures!! They were all absolutely brilliant! We also loved the fact that there was a large sandpit for adults and older children to "play in" and make that it own... More

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

Many thanks for the review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit, please come again :-) More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Small but worth it. Some of the best sand sculpture I have seen .great play areas for the kids even if its raining

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The sculptures this year were on books and authors. The exhibits themselves were brilliant but I would've loved more!! I got to take in my little dog as he could be carried (or in my case pulled along in a dog trolley). I would recommend this as a place to visit as there is also a cafe area and it's... More

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