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“Breathtaking art!”

Sandworld Sculpture Park
Ranked #15 of 77 things to do in Weymouth
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed April 23, 2013

It didn't take long to view them all but the detail on all the sculptures was utterly amazing. We loved the sci-fi theme. And were blown away by the art.

Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

There is so much intricate detail, its really amazing. This is a definite must see. One can only marvel at the patience and skill of the artists who have created these stunning sculptures.

Thank Valerie C
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We visited Sandworld on Easter Monday and although some of the Sculptures weren't finished, what we did see blew us away. The detail was breathtaking. It doesn't take long to go round but it's worth every penny of what I felt was a reasonable price. Well worth a visit - the Star Wars one was amazing. Although the Sculptors were still working on the Dr Who and Thunderbirds' Sculptures, the likeness to Matt Smith as the Doctor and the characters in Thunderbirds was truly amazing. Fantastic!

Thank Sharon E
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

The leaflet stated anything from running round it in 30 mins to spending 2 hrs. It literally took 15 mins to see it all (there's not much) but it is impressive to what has been done. If you have a spare hour, then its ideal and 1 minute from the premier inn. I wouldn't return to Sandworld, there was approximately no more than 20 designs.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Very lovely, unusual patterns which were cleverly carved into the sand by somebody who was obviously very artistic.

Yet again very hard to park nearby as parking in Weymouth extremely difficult. Even people with disabled badges have to pay to park. This is very unwelcoming for holiday makers who just want to visit a few places of interest and not have to walk miles.

We just watched from the pavement and therefore did not have to pay to view.

Thank Yvonne P
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Sandworld, Owner at Sandworld Sculpture Park, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2013

Thanks for the review, but you have not been to Sandworld, you have just been looking at Marks' new display area on Weymouth beach! The Council have just provided him with a new shelter for the displays of sand sculptures that he does there, continuing a tradition started by his grandfather back in the 1920's. Whilst it is "free to view" Mark does rely on contributions from the public to fund his work there. Where ever you go, parking is a problem these days, it is a sad fact of life and we have the same problem at Sandworld as we are right next to a public car park over which we have no control. If you are disabled, entry to Sandworld will cost you just £4.05 if you book online! Come and see us!

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