Skegness is hosting its first ever sand-sculpting workshops and competition event on the central beach.

The town has teamed up with Anglian Water’s Keep it Clear campaign and the professional sand sculpting company Sand In Your Eye for the event on April 30 and May 1.

There will be various workshops run throughout the day on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon it will be competition time. A member of the professional team will also be making a sand sculpture each day of the Keep it Clear mascots used in the Love Our Seaside Campaign.

A common seal, native oyster and short-snouted oyster, which are all protected species along our coastline, lead awareness raising to help prevent blockages of sewer pipes from fats poured down sinks or waste such as wipes flushed down toilets, which could lead to flooding and pollution of beaches.

Children’s entertainers Jack out the Box will also be providing some street theatre and children’s entertainment in the form of circus skills workshops to keep families entertained between the workshops.

Claire Jamieson from Sand in Your Eye said: “We are really excited to be coming to Skegness. I used to come to this beach as a child with my Great Uncle and make sand castles, so it will be fabulous to make some sand sculptures and run workshops here as it holds special memories for me. The sand sculpture competition on Sunday will be an opportunity for everyone to show their creativity and its always great to see families working together to create something wonderful.”

Collette Parker, Community Engagement Manager for Anglian Water’s Keep it Clear campaign, said: “Helping to draw attention to this important issue and protect our lovely seaside environments in this way is both fun, innovative and creative. We are looking forward to seeing our seaside characters depicted in sand as well as all the creations of those taking part.
“The vast majority of all blockages that we experience are avoidable. Therefore it is really important that we raise awareness of the steps we can take to stop this happening. If flooding and pollution arises as a result it is both upsetting and devastating for wildlife.”

The event is aimed at both adults and children and it’s hoped that families will join in the fun to create their sculptures. Teams of no more than four people can enter. Categories include:

  • Best Family Sculpture
  • Best Adult solo piece
  • Most creative sculpture
  • Most technical Sculpture
  • Overall winner

There will also be a golden spade award for the most enthusiastic contenders!

Saturday Workshops:
11am -12.15
3.30pm – 4.45pm

Sunday Workshops:
11am -12.15

Competition – 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Judging and prize giving - 4.30pm -5pm. To be judged by the mayor Carl Macey, Cllr Sue Blackburn and the Jolly Fisherman!