Thursday, 5 June 2014

Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival


We don't take holidays abroad anymore. On our last holiday, once we'd liaised with the airline for special treatment for Tom, organised sedation for him for the flight and helped him cope with the influx of new experiences on a daily basis, we were exhausted. In spite of all our preparations, the holiday was overwhelmingly stressful for him and that meant it was no fun for us. 

So it was fun to travel round the world this morning, when we visited the Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival. The theme was 'Around the Sand'.

The sand sculptures are jaw-dropping. Unbelievably, they really are made out of sand and water only. The sand is prepared by compressing it inside wooden frames, which compacts the grains into a dense mass. The sand is then carved by very talented sculptors, most of whom travel round the world creating sculptures for different exhibitions. Many of them also sculpt snow, ice and other materials.

Ganesha, Hindu god: India and Nepal

Lakshmi, Hindu goddess, India 

All packed up for the journey

The Eiffel Tower: France

The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Italy

The Rodin Kiss: France

Tian Tan Buddha: China                 

Tibetan Monk: Tibet

Close up

Postcard from Australia    

The Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building: North America           

After our tour of the world, we walked down to the beach to enjoy fish and chips.

No stress. Just sea, sand and sunshine.


  1. Fantastic sculptures! Very tempted to get down there myself now!

  2. This is truly amazing. What a fabulous place to visit - I'm so jealous!
    Thank you so much for linking up to this weeks #homeedlinkup

  3. Wow! I would love to take my kids to see these sand sculptures!

  4. That looks fab! My kids would love to see those. I would love the fish and chips by the sea ;-)