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Address: Lodmoor Country Park | Preston Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7S, England
Phone Number: +44 7411 387529
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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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A cracker on a sunny day.

The sculptures are fantastic. We went on a sunny day outside the region's school holidays and spent a couple of hours here. We mooched the exhibits for an hour and as it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The sculptures are fantastic. We went on a sunny day outside the region's school holidays and spent a couple of hours here. We mooched the exhibits for an hour and as it was quiet we could look in real detail and the kids took lots of selfie with the artworks. Then we had a coffee in the sunshine while our... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

we took a trip to Sandworld whilst on holiday in Weymouth, our party was two 2 year olds one 3 year old and one 5 year old, three adults. the sand sculptures are amazing very skilfully done with good themes. the skill and dedication of the sand sculptures was a bit lost on the kids as they were not old... More 

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

Sorry that this happened to you, but how odd to have two reviews in a row complaining of the same thing? We will look into it further but at the risk of repeating ourselves, we do have running water on site, or we could not build sand sculptures, or run a cafe, so perhaps you did not ask the right... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

After spending over £20 on a family of 4 we nearly saw everything within 5 mins. So to get our money's worth we let the kids play in the sand play area. Kids being kids my son got sand in his eye (and a lot of it) we were horrified to discover that there is no running water as the... More 

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that your son got sand in his eye which spoilt your enjoyment. We do indeed have running water at Sandworld - in the sandpit - and we do have eye wash too in our first aid kits More 

portland uk
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We, two seniors, two adults and two children under 7 visited this attraction on the last day of March. When approaching the attraction it looked shabby and down-market. The reception was duel function being the central location for shop purchases and attending to arriving visitors. The cost of entrance was high ( under 5's free) but could not participate in... More 

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

A full price ticket for a senior is just £4.95, or £4.45 if you buy online, or £3.95 if you use one of the money off vouchers that we have distributed to selected outlets in and around Weymouth. A family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children can be bought online for £17.30 which works out at £3.46... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Visited this weekend and used a money off voucher to get inside. Pleasantly surprised at the size considering it was so cheap. Got in just before they were stopping admissions. We were there for about 30 minutes. Loved the sand sculptures. Could see a lot of time and effort was put into them. Especially liked the theming "best of british."... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Visited on the opening weekend of 2015 season. The first sculpture is of the royal family, including Prince William, Kate along with Prince George and his new baby sister! I think they've got a bit ahead of themselves! Anyway, there are a reasonable number of sculptures, some better than others. Oh, and Harry Potter's face had fallen off! It cost... More 

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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld, responded to this review

We do our best to provide value for money, but things are generally very expensive, and we get no financial support from anyone. We would make it free entry if someone else would pick up the £200000 bill each year! There are several discount offers available if you look out for them, but even at less than £5 per person,... More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We were not sure what to expect when we entered but were totally amazed at the fantastic sculptures, all in sand. They had scenes from Dr who, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Alice in Wonderland and a few others. At the end of the every season, they demolish all the scenes and start rebuilding new ones for the nest year.

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Brecon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

i took my son there who was 10 then he love see thing they made out sand was great could of been there all just looking at the and the play sand for kids was great

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Really enjoyed looking at the massive sand sculptures, and despite being a group of adults I think we spent most of our time digging in the children's sand play area!

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New Malden
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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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