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Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival


Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 1BE
Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival


Roll up, Roll up!

The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival is set to open again this year for its 13th edition with a brand new theme. Suggestions have flocked in and your voices have been heard. We are now proud to announce the theme for this year will be…THE CIRCUS!

2018 marks 250 years since the birth of the art form – when Philip Astley, the father of modern circus – first leapt into show business with his own ring of entertainments near Waterloo in London in 1768. Now circus and its descendants have spread far and wide, including right here in the West Country.

Cities all over the world will be doing their bit to showcase the art form and Weston will be a part of the force with over 30 sand sculptures whipped up from of 5000 tons of Weston’s super-sand.

So what do the designers have in store for us this year? Nicola Wood, co-organiser of the festival explains:

"This has been a popular suggestion for many years but 2018 is the perfect year for the celebration because we can join a worldwide reunion. Being a huge circus fan myself the problem is editing the ideas, not creating them. Circus is fun, vibrant and triumphant-we have to go BIG!"

Expect to see acrobats, animals and, of course clowns with plenty of photo opportunities to become part of the exhibition. 16 International artists will prepare their masterpieces to tell the story of the importance and influence of circus over generations of change.

Not only can you expect to see circus freaks and stunts galore but you may also prepare to get your hands dirty with a new and improved workshop area and facilities for schools, bespoke workshops for company teambuilding and some exciting opportunities for corporate sponsorship and of course live circus acts throughout the season…not to be missed.

Also prepare to don the Ringmaster’s hat as you become the judge of the 3rd annual Weston Sand Sculpture Championships as 10 of the worlds greatest sculpting talents go head to head for the £1000 prize!

So…if you want to run away with the circus this year, you know where to find it!


Adults: £ 4.00

Students £ 3.50

Children £ 3.00 (15 and below)  (under 3’s free)

Family £ 10.00 (2 adults, 2 children)


Combi Ticket Sand ‘n’ Swim

Visit 2 of Weston’s favourite attractions with your family and save money by using the new Combo Ticket Sand ‘n’ Swim! Get inspired and get creative at the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival and enjoy family focused activities at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre whilst making a huge savind on price! For more info” Combo Ticket Sand ‘s’ Swim: £ 20.00




  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - There are disabled parking bays close by - charges apply
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Nearby public toilets


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Key Features

  • Outdoor Event

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - Pay and display parking available nearby

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available


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