29-tonne sandcastle making waves
THE “ultimate sandcastle”, with all the features for a formidable fortification formed out of 29 tonnes of sand, has been unveiled by English Heritage.
The sculpture, which took five days to make, has been created at Dover Castle in Kent ahead of a sandcastle building weekend at English Heritage castles across the country.
As part of a #LoveCastles season, English Heritage is also calling on members of the public to send it photographs of their own sandcastles and is revealing its top tips for building a successful castle on the beach. English Heritage’s ultimate sandcastle features defensive measures including crenellated outer walls with towers and battlements, and an inner bailey protecting the great tower which reflects the power of the owners.
Roy Porter, English Heritage senior properties curator and creator of the ultimate castle, said: “I hope people will be inspired to build their very own ultimate sandcastle this summer – and support English Heritage to care for all our real castles so that they can continue to inspire us all for centuries to come.”
The sandcastle at Dover Castle will be on display until mid-August.
The ‘ultimate sandcastle’ stands proud outside Dover Castle