Sunday, 8 June 2014

Weston Sand Sculpture Festival 2014

It has become a family tradition to visit the Weston super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival each year and while my mum was visiting over the bank holiday weekend we seized the opportunity to renew the tradition!  This year the theme is "Once Upon a Time" and we were really excited and had a real sense of anticipation to see the different sculptures exhibited.  We certainly weren't disappointed - the usual flair and detail was evident in the various displays.  The sculptures are large in scale - all far taller than me - even the smaller exhibits.  I love to see how the artists interpret the theme and choose their subject - below a sculptor is working on Willy Wonka!

I had two favourite models this year - an inspiring dragon from the Hobbit...

...and the gorgeous sleeping lion (Aslan) from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  They were simply stunning - just look at the movement captured in that mane.

Little Lady liked the Beatrix Potter characters - especially the bunnies...

...and the Alice in Wonderland sculptures best (I have to admit the Hare was so lovely!)

I love the way that the Hare is so expressive - there's so much character in his face!

Whilst Little Man liked the Vampire from Dracula and Frankenstein!!  Hmm.

As usual, the children enjoyed having a go at sculpting themselves - almost more than the exhibit itself!  Some sand and water made for fun creativity for them... and a coffee and a seat for Granny, me and the Hubby was a lovely respite for us!

The exhibition was far busier than I'd ever seen it - but I guess we'd never visited on a bank holiday before! The sea front businesses needed a busy holiday period and I'm glad that tourists are visiting this inspiring exhibit.

There were far more sculptures than I've included here and I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the area.  It's probably worth taking a bucket and spade to fully make the most of the generous sand pit so the kiddies can play and adults can relax!

Poor Rapunzel trapped in her Castle!
If you've enjoyed these sand sculptures you can see exhibits from previous themes including 'Hollywood' and 'Fun and Games'  here and here.

I have a crafty make to share with you and some simple, pretty things too!  Until then, have a happy Sunday,

J9 x


  1. Wow, these are amazing!!!!! Really fabulous. Thank you for taking us along for a look at them, and I am glad that you had such a nice time. xx

    1. Creativity of a different kind eh?! Glad you enjoyed having a look! J9 x

  2. I'm always amazed at the artwork of the sand sculptures! Thanks for sharing!

    1. It really is inspiring - especially when I had a go and managed to make something similar to a mound of wet sand!!! They are awesome, J9 x

  3. I've visited this exhibition before, they're fantastic aren't they? Glad you had such a good visit.

    1. Hi CJ - I realised when you had posted pictures of the Bristol Channel recently that you were relatively local to me!! You are right - the exhibition is fantastic. For us too it's an accessible activity which we can all enjoy together as a family - which is always a great thing! J9 x