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Sandworld

Lodmoor Country Park | Preston Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7S, England
+44 7411 387529
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Ranked #4 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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Chatham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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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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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
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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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Guildford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

What a great place to enjoy such fantastic workmanship! The children enjoyed filling sand shapes and our 4year old loved finding the eggs for the Easter hunt.( that gave my Husband and I time to look around) They have a big sandpit near the exit, which was great fun for all of us! A place to visit every year, as... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It was a rainy day so a visit here killed an hour or so. The sculptures are amazing but don't take long to walk round so we spent an hour just playing in the sandpit. If it's sunny the beach would be abetter place to play with sand and spend your day.

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

Amazing sculptures brilliant for adults and kids...and for kids to have a go too..nice cafe and friendly staff

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

the doctor who sand sculptures were amazing,grandchildren specially loved making their own sand sculptures,staff were very helpful and knowledgeable also see sand sculptures on weymouth beach

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Havant, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

the sculptures are fantastic so much work is put in to them and i love the themes this years was sci fi they also have a history board of the different sculptures that were there over the years...one thing i will say is if you have kids that get bored easy you may pay money and be out within 5... More

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