Morecambe Sandcastle Festival

The picturesque town of Morecambe is hosting its sixth annual sandcastle festival this summer from 9-10 June, inspired by the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games

Set against a quintessentially British backdrop of donkey rides and deck chairs, the pretty sands of Morecambe Bay will be awash with families fancying their chances in the festival’s renowned Super Sandcastle Competition, which takes place on 10 June.

Entrants can pick up expert tips from internationally acclaimed sand artists, Sand in your Eye, who will wow visitors with their display of expertly crafted sand sculptured Olympic themed masterpieces.

On 9 June, the artists will lead a massive sandcastle building practice session for all those hoping to be awarded first place in Sunday’s competition.

The contest is free to enter but participants will have to dig deep to get their hands on the £50 cash prize, with gold, silver and bronze medals handed out on the podium in true Olympic style!

Good old fashioned family fun is the main focus of this free weekend, when Morecambe’s award-winning beaches become awash with brightly-coloured buckets and spades, fish ‘n’ chips and knickerbocker glories.

As well as beach games and children’s activities, traditional donkey rides are on offer as Trigger, Ginger, Paddy and William take youngsters on a gentle stroll along the sands of the bay.

Those who can no longer catch a ride on a donkey will be invited to take a trip down memory lane instead to the Vintage Tearoom in the historic Winter Gardens theatre, which once played host to some of the world’s biggest stars, including Laurel & Hardy.

For all these reasons and more, the Morecambe Sandcastle Festival will show why we still love to be beside the seaside!

For a full programme of events, including Sandcastle Competition details, please visit

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