Still no view from The Pier, but here is a view of it for you from the Central Promenade. I’m not sure what sort of works are being carried out on The Pier, but it appears to require a lot of scaffolding!
The Sun was out on Wednesday, as you can see from the photograph above, but was also very windy. The donkeys were plodding up and down the beach, seemingly unimpressed by the horses striding more gracefully on a parallel course. The wind hadn’t put off the crazy and miniature golfers, who were out in force [even I ventured onto the Oddballs crazy golf course] and I saw my first kite of 2015. I didn’t see any one dog walking, but two chaps with a dog were having a cup of tea outside Olivers [despite the wind a number of people, including myself, opted to take their tea outside in the fresh air].
To quote from the programme, “The success of the festival is down to a combination of world champion sculptors, a great team of planners and designers, an unbeatable technical crew and of course the very special Weston sand”. This was my first sand sculpture festival and I was suitably impressed.
The sand sculptures were obscured from view, from the promenade and the beach, by a blue fence that gives very little away. Armed with my 50p off leaflet I took a gamble and paid £3 to a chap in an orange t-shirt who offered me a pair of protective glasses to keep the sand out of my eyes [something I had not considered]. Also stationed at the entrance was an adorable Paddington Bear created by Rachel Stubbs, which was one of my favourites.
What can be done with sand is absolutely astounding. “The Brothers Grimm Fairytales” fairy tale castle, was one of the most remarkable, in terms of scale; it literally towered over one. I don’t think I noted all the fairy tales incorporated into the design, but I certainly spotted Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.
If you want to know more about the festival have a look at their website:
It was a bit chilly on the Promenade this afternoon, but that didn’t stop me [and a lot of other people] from enjoying it. The dog walkers were out in force and there was a metal detectorist examining a patch of sand by the Pier Slipway, but the surprising thing was the queues of people at the various kiosks along the Promenade; I would have thought it was too early in the year to be queuing up for ice cream! The donkeys were at work on the beach, but The Pier wasn’t open, so I could not walk to the end of it and take a photograph for you.