Monday, 25 August 2014

Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival 2014

A few weeks ago we hopped over to Weston Super Mare to visit their Sand Sculpture Festival. It's been running in various formats for 8 years now, with a different theme each season - this year is 'Once Upon A Time' with all sorts of magical and literary characters.
 
We managed to get a couple of cheap tickets through Living Social which included a programme and some hot drinks and managed to visit the site on what must have been the windiest day of the year so far.
 
So out came the phone, away went the fancy camera and on went the glasses (and even then we both ended up covered in sand!)
 

Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 One of my favourite sculptures (and one of my favourite childhood stories) - Matilda by Dutch artist Arianne Van Rosemalen.


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 
 
Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 The castle is based on the Brothers Grimm Fairytales with each side decorated as a different story - all created by Italian artist Laura Scavuzzo and German artist Susanne Paucker.


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 Where the Wild Things Are by Czech artist Jan Zelinka.


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 The Hobbit by Latvian artist Uldis Zarins.


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 I loved this one (Romeo and Juliet), it's just so evocative and the expression on Romeo's face is so detailed. This one's been sculpted by Dutch artist Marielle Heessels.


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 Gulliver's Travels by Czech artist Radek Zivny.


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 The Lion and the Mouse by English artist Rachel Stubbs.


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
The other side of the Brothers Grimm Fairytale castle.
 
 
Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by the brilliantly named English artist Baldrick Buckle.
 
 
Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 Alice in Wonderland by Dutch artist Anique Kuizenga.


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
 I'm not sure who this fella belonged to!


Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival
Paddington Bear by English artist Rachel Stubbs.
  
 
The Sand Sculpture Festival is on every day til 5th October. It's not that expensive to get in and won't take you very long to look round so is definitely well worth a visit if you're in the area.

(although having said that, I've now shown you half the displays, ah well, it's still worth going, they make a mean cup of tea and the cakes in the café are quite tasty too)


6 comments:

  1. OH WOW!!! This might actually be the coolest thing I've ever seen and I definitely want to go there (right this minute, if possible- I wonder if I'd be able to get back in time for work tomorrow?!). Thanks for sharing- I've added visiting this festival onto my bucket list! xxx

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  2. These are amazing! I love love love the Paddington Bear one and the Romeo and Juliet one. They don't look like they are made of sand at all. do they have covers? Because what happens if it rains? :( xx

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  3. I've really fancied taking a trip to see the sculptures, and these theme is right up my street! Thanks for sharing :) xx

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  4. Wow they are amazing. So jealous you got to see these. Thanks for sharing.X

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  5. They look amazing...is the monkey King Louis from the Jungle Book...would that fit with the theme. What a great day out x

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  6. These are amazing - Matilda is a real nostalgic kick and Romeo and Juliet are staggeringly good.
    M x

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