Kit Berry Sandworld 2014

Mr B and I spend an amazing Saturday down in Weymouth, at the Grand Opening of Sandworld 2014.  I’d been invited to take part as one of the local authors, even though I’m no longer local.  I guess the fact that Stonewylde was mostly written in Weymouth and features Dorset means I still qualify though!

The theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘Literally Sand’ – featuring books and authors.  I’ve never visited Sandworld in its new, posh indoor location at Lodmoor Country Park, but I do remember the beach sculptures from many years back.  The advantages of having the sculptures under cover are obvious, and the sculptors have really excelled themselves.  I’ll post a few pics here, but it’s hard to convey the size and sheer beauty of the sculptures in photographs – you really do have to visit to appreciate them.

Sandworld Mr B Auctioneer

Mr B the auctioneer

Sandworld winner Kate of auction for Magus of Stonewylde

Kate, winner of the auctioned copy of Magus

Mr B was volunteered as the auctioneer – and he performed very well indeed! There were several items auctioned in aid of a local charity, and Mr B did his best to raise the maximum amount. The winner of the copy of Magus of Stonewylde was Kate, pictured here in front of the sculpture of Moby Dick. This was Mr B’s favourite, but mine was the Lord of the Rings sculpture.

Local authors

Local authors

It was great to meet up with the other authors:  Carol Hunt, Kate Kelly, Kathy Sharp and Laura James. We did readings throughout the day and signed our books. We were well looked after by the staff of Sandworld, and enjoyed a gourmet barbeque and homemade cakes.

Kit Berry with Mark and Dave of Sandworld

Mark and Dave with Kit

I was delighted to meet the three daughters of the original Weymouth sand sculptor, Fred Darrington. Apparently he started working on Weymouth beach after the First World War, and never stopped. Today’s Sandworld is run by his grandson Mark, along with business partner David Hicks. I’m sure that Fred would be proud to see what they’ve achieved in terms of talent and scale. International sand sculptors have visited and contributed throughout the past month in readiness for the Grand Opening, and the results are astonishing. This is the largest Sand Sculpture exhibition in the UK, and Weymouth sand is uniquely perfect for the job.

The displays are changed every year, and Sandworld remains open from April until the end of October.  It really is well worth a visit, and we certainly plan to return.  I’m hoping Mark or Dave will organise a small sculpture of a Stonewylde moongazy hare for me!  Do take a look at their website here, or find them on Facebook.

Sandworld War Horse

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

Sandworld Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkein



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  1. Liz 10 years ago

    Wow amazing sculptures! A Stonewylde one would be fabulous 😉

  2. Jan 10 years ago

    What wonderful they have to keep them damp to make sure they stay as they are? Agree with Liz – we need a Stonewylde one! Maybe we should have a stonewylde gathering in Weymouth and a day on the beach where we have a competition to make one!! Now that would be good publicity. 😀

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      Kit Berry 10 years ago

      That’s a brilliant idea! A labyrinth and a Stone Circle, the Great Barn and the Hall – with crows, hares and all the characters!

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