Preston Beach Road
Dorset, DT4 7SX
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Sandworld Weymouth is home to some of the most amazing sand sculptures you will ever see in the UK on a scale that will certainly surprise you.
The theme for 2015 is ‘Best of British’ so expect to see amazingly detailed sculptures of The Royal Family, Winston Churchill, Lewis Hamilton and One Direction, to name but a few!
2000 tonnes of sand have again be transformed into finely detailed sculptures up to 5m high, under the cover of a huge marquee. Visitors are encouraged to “have a go” at sand sculpting for themselves, and help is usually on hand if required.
For those who prefer to watch, there is an indoor café and outdoor benches to relax at, and a gift shop.
Set up in 2011 by Weymouth’s own sand master – Mark Anderson – with friend David Hicks, Sandworld is a progression from the traditional beach front displays synonymous with Weymouth, and made world famous by Marks grandfather Fred Darrington.
Fred started creating sand sculptures on Weymouth beach as a young man back in the 1920’s and worked with sand all his life, retiring eventually in his 80’s but not before he had passed his passion on to Mark.
Mark has now been sand sculpting for 28 years, and David has been working alongside Mark for the past eight. Apart from the main displays, Sandworld has a giant covered “Sand Pit” where visitors are encouraged to have a go for themselves having been inspired by what they have seen.
Instruction boards and a selection of tools are available, and help is often at hand to give essential tips and tricks to create the perfect sandcastle or sculpture.
School groups and students may take advantage of workshops (by arrangement, may involve additional cost).
There is an under 5’s play area with play equipment to keep them amused while older children have a go at sculpting.
The main marquee is also home to The Wildflower Café which serves hot and cold snacks and drinks and ice-creams.
The Sand Art area provides the opportunity to fill shaped bottles with coloured sand or create a Sand Art card (at additional cost).
There are picnic benches outside for the sunny days. The environment is very relaxing.
A small gift shop selling branded merchandise, postcards and gifts completes the experience.
Sandworld is a great all weather family day out, suitable for all ages and abilities.
If you like the sand sculptures on the beach, then you will love Sandworld!
Please note that Sandworld is NOT ON THE BEACH it is in Lodmoor Park, next to the Sealife Park and the Lodmoor Inn.
By Car: Follow the signs to Lodmoor Park off Preston Beach Road A353 – the Sat Nav can be unreliable. Parking is available in the pay and display public car park right next door.
By train – From Weymouth train station walk left along the Esplanade for 20 minutes or catch the Land Train by the Kings Statue. Trains run regularly from Poole station to Weymouth station (direct).
By bus – Take the 4/4a from the Kings Statue in Weymouth.
Lodmoor Park is on the cycle path, free safe bike storage is available for visitors.
Lodmoor Park has other attraction for visitors including miniature train, go carts, water Walkers, pitch and put, green gym, and walks through to Lodmoor Nature Reserve.
Sandworld is approximately 33 miles from Poole and 36 miles from Bournemouth.
Approximate distances, measured from Gervis Place, Bournemouth Town Centre and Poole Bus Station, Kingland Road, Poole. Based on shortest driving route, Google maps.