Fam­ily time at the fore­front of Beach Day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

JOUST­ING, sky div­ing, med­i­ta­tion, sand sculp­ture, beach cricket, buskers and tai chi can all be found on Four Mile Beach for Car­ni­vale Beach Day on Satur­day.

But wait, there is more, in­clud­ing yoga, mo­saics, food stalls and mar­ket stalls, out­rig­ging re­gatta, beach ten­nis, kids games in­clud­ing trea­sure hunt and tug-o-war, street theatre and a sand­cas­tle build­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Sculp­tor Ross Ban­nis­ter, who as well as cre­at­ing sand sculp­tures for peo­ple to ad­mire will be judg­ing the sand­cas­tle com­pe­ti­tion, said the most im­por­tant thing is to have fun.

‘‘I am look­ing for the quirk­i­ness of the sculp­ture, it’s al­ways about tech­nique but over­all I want to see peo­ple hav­ing a sense of fun,’’ he said.

‘‘I like to see an el­e­ment of orig­i­nal­ity in it and a lit­tle bit more than just the reg­u­lar sand­cas­tle.

‘‘For my sculp­ture I haven’t planned any­thing, it’s just go­ing to hap­pen on the day and while I’m cre­at­ing it I will be keep­ing an eye on what’s hap­pen­ing around me.’’

Beach Day or­gan­iser Tim El­lis said he is most look­ing for­ward to the new events in­clud­ing some me­dieval joust­ing on Four Mile Beach, com­plete with horses and ar­mour.

‘‘Ev­ery­one has seen the film A Knight’s Tale with Heath Ledger, it’s a re­ally old tra­di­tion and peo­ple are go­ing to be in awe of that, some­thing dif­fer­ent,’’ he said.

‘‘I am also re­ally proud that holis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties in the morn­ing are be­ing in­tro­duced to the Beach Day, there will be sun­rise med­i­ta­tion on the beach and then an hour of yoga then an hour of tai chi.’’

The three hours of holis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties go from 6am to 9am, then the sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties kick off, as does the Kid Zone, while the mar­kets, live buskers, street theatre, sand sculpt­ing and art will fea­ture through­out the day.

‘‘Four Mile is a fan­tas­tic space and it’s all about com­mu­nity spirit for all peo­ple that live in Port Dou­glas, Moss­man and sur­rounds,’’ Mr El­lis said.

‘‘ It’s a free com­mu­nity event and a great way to show vis­i­tors what a great time we can have on a beau­ti­ful beach.’’

Pic­ture: AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

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