I've never been a big fan of sand. Gritty bits stuck all over sun-screened skin? No thank you. Give me a pebble beach any day. Sand does have a few things going for it though. As a child there were two things I always enjoyed: Digging holes (in search of buried treasure or in the hope that some unsuspecting soul might fall in) and building sandcastles.
Nearly every child will have had the experience of taking their bucket and spade to the beach and building a sand castle. Mine tended to be nothing more than upside down flower pots with a flag on top, while kids around me were building great fortresses with turrets, moats, and possibly a sleeping parent underneath.
However (un)impressive your sandcastles were, I doubt they will ever quite match up to the marvellous creations at the Weymouth Sand Sculpting Festival. Running until the 2nd November, the fourth annual instalment focuses on the theme of 'books & authors'. Tickets are currently on sale at £5.85 for adults, £4.05 for concessions and children, and free for under 5s. While there you will discover amazingly detailed sculptures ranging from Mr. Men and Alice in Wonderland to Shakespeare and Frankenstein. Some of these sculptures are as high as a double decker bus.
Find your favourite characters, including some hidden Wall-Es, which are scattered throughout Sand World. Tell them how many you found at the shop and you can get a treat.