On a (surprisingly) warm and sunny morning last Saturday, 300 people made their way down to Bournemouth beach for day of sand, sea and world records...
The day started with glorious unexpected sunshine, especially for the middle of October as the Big Issue Foundation’s Big Sandcastle Build got underway. The aim was to break the world record for the most sandcastles built in an hour held by Scarborough at 683. That’s not too bad you might think, but each sandcastle had to be 2ft wide and 2ft high to count in the record attempt. Starting off with a demonstration and some hints and tips from world renowned sand sculpture artists David Hicks and Mark Anderson from Sandworld Weymouth everyone got into position and waited for Stephen Robertson, Big Issue Foundation Chief Exec, to announce the start of the hour long attempt.
The day was part of the Bournemouth Arts Festival as well as The Big Issue’s season of events to celebrate their 21st birthday with both young and old getting involved, even the mayor of Bournemouth built a few to help the efforts. Although in total the sandcastle builders built 693 castles, 12 were discounted because they weren’t quite tall enough which meant narrowly missing out on claiming the world record. Well done to everyone who came because it was amazing to come so close to the record and it was great practice for The Big Sandcastle Build 2013, watch this space.
The Big Sandcastle Build