Reviewed by Lora Hole
Sandworld is an exhibition of the incredible work of many talented sand sculptors from around the world. I really enjoyed looking around the wide range of sculptures on show from Doctor Who to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
First up was The Jungle Book created by Brad Goll. It struck me how amazingly realistic the sculpture was considering it was a giant sandcastle. These artists are extremely talented in an art not many of us get to see very often. I have only ever seen this sort of thing once before when I was going for a walk along the Weymouth beachfront last summer and noticed a gathering of people watching someone creating a sand sculpture. We stayed to watch for a quite a while as it was mesmerizing how the artist was able to etch a picture into sand without it crumbling to the ground.
There are a few sculptures outside but most are inside a big marquee which also has a café serving hot and cold drinks and a small selection of food. We really liked the Jonah and the Whale sculpture as it was so detailed and we spent a long time looking at it to discover all the different aspects of it. At the end of the tour of sculptures, there was a wall offering interesting facts about how Sandworld came to exist. It included information on how they build the sculptures and I found it a really useful extra as I had always wondered how they managed to build the sand so high. After looking around all the displays, we enjoyed coffee and milkshakes in the café which were very nice and very reasonably priced.
Following the visit to the café, my two year old daughter needed to use the toilet. These are in the form of portaloos and there are two available. I was dreading having to use them, however I was pleasantly surprised at how clean they looked and smelt and not like the usual stereotypical portaloo. We then went to the play area which is located outside although it is undercover. My daughter loved the tables filled with sand where there were lots of buckets and spades she could make sandcastles with. There was also a giant sandpit where the adults could join the children and make their own sculptures with the help of some posters telling you how to create different things such as a turtle. There were also lots of tools to help you follow the instructions. In the same area, there was a large sandpit area for young children to play in. It included a wendy house and sand play tables.
On your way out of the park, there is also a small gift shop with lots of nice little souvenirs on offer. The staff were very friendly and on our way out, they were interested in finding out if we had a good time during our day at Sandworld which was a nice touch.
We had a lovely day out in uncharacteristically good weather for November in the UK. Sandworld is a nice place to visit to experience something different. I would say three or four hours is plenty of time to see it all including playing in the sandpits and stopping by the café. I would definitely return as I love the intricacy of the work on show. I think Sandworld can be enjoyed by people of all ages and the giant sandpit is a really fun addition as it allows the adults to join in and get creative and makes for a great family day out.
At £6.50 per adult and £4.50 for children and concessions, I would say Sandworld is worth the ticket price. However with the 10% advanced online booking discount and various family package deals available, I think this is a very reasonably priced day out for all the family.
For more information visit www.sandworld.co.uk.
Sandworld, Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX