Sand Sculpture Festival & Seaside Fun!

I bid on a ‘little tikes’ car for Ayla on ebay and won, the only thing being it was all the way in Weston-Super-Mare! Needless to say it made a perfect excuse for a trip to the seaside.

So last weekend we bundled ourselves into the car, picnic, buckets ‘n’ spades and headed for the beach.

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The weather was overcast but it didn’t seem to matter, it was still warm and the sun did occasionally show its face between the clouds.

The beach at Weston is so big and the sand seems to go on forever. It was so nice watching Ayla run along, she can pick up quite some speed now… I think she really enjoyed the freedom!

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The new pier looks pretty spectacular, and the atmosphere was great on the beach, people of all ages, dog walkers, familys, sandcastle building and people playing games.

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It wasn’t long until we spotted the donkeys and some very handsome ponies pulling carts shaped like trains…. what more could you want!

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This handsome chap was called Tommy a beautiful coloured cob who gave us an enthusiastic trot along the shore and back, it was so nice to be in the cart even more exciting for Ayla that it was shaped like a train!

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The man that drove the wagon was the 6th generation (R.G.Mager & Sons since 1886) to work the horses and donkeys on Weston beach, they only charged us £1.50 each and Ayla went for free, he explained they just don’t get the same work as they used to. It made me sad to think that a family business that has been aroung for so long could be in danger.

http://www.westondonkeys.co.uk

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Ayla also had a go on the trampoline, which was sensibly set out so that each child had their own separate section to bounce in which meant Ayla could confidently have a go without getting knocked over by the bigger children. There was a lot of falling down, but she really started to get the hang of it by the end.

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It was then on to the Sand Sculpture Festival which was absolutely amazing, and so many works of art to see. Some of the pieces were absolutely huge, it was such a treat to witness such amazing talent. My photos don’t do them justice of course, you really need to see them in the flesh!

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The theme was ‘Once upon a time’ and included everything from fairytale to mythical legends, to Romeo and Juliet and even the Hunger games and Game of thrones!

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The face of the donkey was so life like, you just wanted to reach out and stroke him!

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 This display showed how the sculptures were created from the solid blocks of sand

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Ayla seemed to really engage with the artworks, at one point she ran off to wave at the Snow Queens polar bears!

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After all that inspiring work it was time to make some sand sculptures of our own!

They set it out really well for the kids to play in the sand pit with a coffee shop and some have-a-go workstations for older kids and adults that wanted to try their hand. All this at only £3.50 entry fee, Ayla was free of course and they welcomed photographs (hence why I went a little snap happy!)

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After we had worked up an appetite we had pizza on top of a balcony… partly because we demolished the picnic on the journey down, less picnic more car-nicked! (Little scoffers! 🙂

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There was just enough time for a last walk along the beach or in Ayla’s case run and chase each other across the beach!

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A quick coffee pick me up, and frothy milk for Ayla before heading back home.

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Such a great day out……. happy happy memories.

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