29-tonne sand­cas­tle mak­ing waves

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

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

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