Sandworld is somewhere my other half and I wanted to visit the first time we went on holiday to Dorset. Sadly, we couldn’t squeeze it into that trip. And during our second holiday near Weymouth, we took our dog, so ruled out going.
I was shocked and elated to discover just a few days before our holiday that Sandworld is dog friendly. Knowing that, I immediately decided we’d visit this time around. Entrance for adults is £7 per person. However, if you purchase online you get them for £6 each, which is what we did. Our daughter, being 11 months old, was free of charge. When we arrived, there was a jar of biscuits at the entrance and our pooch was immediately offered one. Unfortunately, we had to decline, though, as he’s currently on an elimination diet. When we walked through the shop later on, another member of staff offered a biscuit, too, as well as a bowl of water. I think it’s really lovely that they cater for dogs and allow owners to decide whether their pets are well behaved enough to walk around the exhibits.
The sand sculptures
There is only one word to describe the sculptures on display at Sandworld and that’s impressive. Each one must have taken hours to construct and the detail on each is amazing. Sadly, a couple of them had been damaged by the cold winter weather, but this was clearly noted and there was a sculpturer on site working on them. Each year, Sandworld and its team create pieces on different themes. This year the theme is TV and film favourites, which was perfect for us as we’re big fans of the box. It was clear to see that all the staff work hard to create spectacular pieces for visitors to enjoy and there were information boards dotted throughout to give visitors as much information as possible on the creation.
Fun and games
When we entered, we given a quiz to complete, should we so wish. We started it, but found with an enthuastic, walking 11 month old and a dog it was difficult to complete. It was definitely a nice touch though and something for all the family to enjoy. Kids are also encouraged to count all the Mickey Mouse pictures hidden around Sandworld in order to win a sweet.
Play time and food
There are two large sandpits for kids to play in. The under 5’s one has buckets and spades and a play house and ride in car for little ones to play in. My daughter was the only one in the sandpit and she had a whale of a time. Older children are encouraged to create their own pieces in the other sandpit and there were signs up asking other children not to destroy anyone else’s creations.
Before we headed off, we made our own piece of sand art – a dog, of course – to bring home with us. We also stopped at the cafe which served panninis, cakes and drinks. We each had a cheese panini which we of course shared with Little E.
Sandworld is a great attraction in Weymouth. While, it could do with being larger, the team have fitted all they can in the area they’ve got and ensure that everyone, including dogs, have a wonderful time while on site.
Have you been to Sandworld? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments section below.