O’ I do Like to be Besides the Seaside – Part 20
Hollywood Sand Sculpture Festival, Weston-Super-Mare
Throughout August in Weston – Super – Mare more than 20 artists from all over the globe visit the seafront and create a village of colossal sand sculptures, using over 4000 tonnes of Weston’s distinctive beach sand! It all started 7 years ago, when two sand sculptors from The Netherlands arrived on the beaches of Weston – Super – Mare and produced a gargantuan King Kong from 30 tonnes of sand.
The festival’s main incentive is to promote a family friendly environment, with an eagerness for visitor interaction; the energy on the beach is always lively, with sculptors regularly attending the site to produce new creations before sightseer’s very eyes. 2012 saw the first junior design competition, with an award winning entry of a remote control sand shark using an incredible 30 tonnes of sand!
Visiting hours are from 11am till 5pm, with adult tickets at £3.50, and children aged 3 to 13 £2, under-13s go free! Let your creative side loose and experience Hollywood glamour with a sandy twist.
Festival of Bathing Beauties, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire
Created by Michael Trainor in 2005, this intriguing project, Bathing Beauties, puts a partly forgotten 10 mile stretch of Lincolnshire coastline from Mablethorpe to Anderby Creek on the map. Trainor proposed a worldwide competition for artists, architects and designers to go back to the drawing board and ‘Re-imagine what the classic Beach Hut would look like for the 21st Century’.
During the festival these beach shelters transform into miniature arts and crafts galleries, while the beach adapts into a perfect canvas for contemporary sculptures and art installations that pepper the seafront. The three mile long promenade from Mablethorpe to Sutton on Sea is filled with an array of weird and wonderful performances and interactive goings – on – fantastic for all ages. The festivities start on Saturday 14th of September and carries on over the weekend, and its free to attend.
Why not turn your visit into a weekend away and stay at The White Hart Hotel? Situated in the heart of the market town of Boston, Lincolnshire, about a 50 minute drive from Sutton on Sea.
The hotel provides a stunning riverside location with extensive historical views, such as the famous 700 Year old St Botolphs Church, known locally as the Boston Stump. The accommodation is set within a beautiful building, and boasts spacious rooms, with a great choice of food and beverages. Their waterside restaurant serves local contemporary cuisine and is a perfect scene for that special meal or celebratory treat.
So put down that bucket and spade and join the festivities that the UK coastline has to offer – There is definitely something for everyone!