The World Sand Sculpture Academy is hosting its annual sculpture event on the Beach Lawns at Weston-super-Mare .
It will take the 13 sculptors 15 days and 400 tonnes of sand to create their masterpieces.
Covering an area of 20m by 100m, and including sculptures of up to almost 4m high, these are not your run of the mill sand castles!
This year’s festival is all about life under the sea. People will be able to ogle at outstanding sculptures of a variety of things associated with the ocean, from sand fish and sharks, to the odd mermaid or two!
Come and watch world-renowned sand artists chiselling away at the impressive creations, which will take pride of place until September, admire the sculptures and get inspiration for your own sandcastles! This is the largest sand sculpture event taking place in the UK this summer.
The Festival runs to 7th September and is open from 10am to 6pm each day
Children under 12 £1 (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
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The Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival is now in its fourth year.
2006 – King Kong take to the Beach Lawns. The sculpture was created by Joris and Jaap, two Dutch sculptors who spend their lives creating amazing displays around the world. It took 20 tonnes of sand to build the ten feet tall King Kong who attracted thousands of visitors and the festival was born!
2007 – eight sculptors arrive in Weston-super-Mare to create sand sculptures with a fairy tale theme using 200 tonnes of sand. Tales by the Brothers Grimm, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel were re-created in sand models up to 12 feet tall.
2008 – the seven continents were recreated on Weston beach by 12 sculptors. Big Ben, Uluru, Machu Picchu and Sagrada Familia were just some of the famous sights.