Family time at the forefront of Beach Day
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.’’
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Beach Day will be a family favourite again this year