Scarborough Castle hits the beach

Scarborough sand Castle, a reproduction made by sand sculpture experts, Sand In Your Eye, who also built another four English castles out of sand on the South Bay on Monday. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122807j 09/07/12
Scarborough sand Castle, a reproduction made by sand sculpture experts, Sand In Your Eye, who also built another four English castles out of sand on the South Bay on Monday. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122807j 09/07/12

Sandcastle building was taken to a new level on Scarborough’s South Bay as the town’s famous landmark was recreated to launch a national competition.

Scarborough Castle was sculpted in sand at the launch of a sandcastle-building competition being staged by English Heritage this summer.

Jamie Wardley, lead artist with sand sculpture experts, Sand In Your Eye, plants the EH flag on top of Scarborough sand Castle, which he and his team made on the South Bay on Monday. They also built another four English castles out of sand. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122807d 09/07/12

Jamie Wardley, lead artist with sand sculpture experts, Sand In Your Eye, plants the EH flag on top of Scarborough sand Castle, which he and his team made on the South Bay on Monday. They also built another four English castles out of sand. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122807d 09/07/12

The competition is being held by the organisation in a bid to encourage a revival of the traditional holiday pastime of building sandcastles.

By combining traditional with digital in a summer Facebook competition, English Heritage is encouraging everyone to head to the beach to build a sandcastle in the shape of one of its 98 castles.

Beach goers are then invited to post a picture of their creation on the English Heritage competition site www.facebook.com/englishheritage.

“English Heritage cares for almost 100 castles as part of the National Heritage Collection,” says Paul Pattinson, senior historian for English Heritage. “Castles played more roles in our history and are an iconic element in our landscape.

Intrigued passers by watch sand sculpture experts, Sand In Your Eye, building 5 English castles out of sand on the South Bay on Monday. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122807g 09/07/12

Intrigued passers by watch sand sculpture experts, Sand In Your Eye, building 5 English castles out of sand on the South Bay on Monday. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122807g 09/07/12

“Why not celebrate that with sandcastle building on the nation’s beaches this summer so that it once more becomes one of the most popular cost-free activities for all the family.”

Facebook followers will be able to vote for their favourite picture, with a weekly child and adult winner each receiving free family entry to an English Heritage Castle of their choice.

When the competition closes at the end of August, the best junior entry overall will win a party for themselves and 11 friends at an English Heritage castle, complete with food, games and party bags. The best adult entry can enjoy a sleepover at Dover Castle in Kent, Pendennis Castle in Cornwall or Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden in Warwickshire or a castle ghost tour.

The competition is free to enter and as water is a key ingrediant of a successful sandcastle rain shouldn’t put people off taking part!

Anyone can submit a picture of a sandcastle they have built this summer on any beach in the world.

Those seeking to create the perfect sandcastle can download step by step instructions and tips from experts Sand In Your Eye from the English Heritage Facebook page or its website – www.english-heritage.org.uk/sandcastles.