Sand art on Old Hunstanton Beach

Sand art on Old Hunstanton Beach
Skye Wilson-Sees (age 6). Picture credit: Ian Burt

Spades and buckets were at the ready on Sunday 18th August as Hunstanton Royal National Lifeboat Institution hosted their annual sandcastle competition at Old Hunstanton.

The children and two adult entrants exercised their creative flair and created a football pitch, mermaids, fortresses and various sea creatures in the allocated hour.

Despite the annual Kite Festival happening further up in the town, there was a good turnout of entrants and spectators which consisted largely of inquisitive holidaymakers.

Entry was £1 per person and the competition was split into three categories: with winners Lucy Major for 2-7 years, Rory and Lily Stimpson for 8-11 and Jamie and Lucy Strawson for the 12+ category.

In ages 2-7 second and third place went to Isla Dalgliesh and Erin Cholerton respectively. Second place in ages 8-11 went to Nell Davies and third place Eloise Baines. In the 12+ category second and third place was awarded to Angelica Clarke and Darcy, Noah, Kent and Charlie respectively. Adult first prize was awarded to Lottie and Matilda Davies.

Vouchers for the RNLI shop located next to the lifeboat station were awarded to the winners and RNLI volunteers were on hand to distribute water safety leaflets and talk to spectators and entrants.

RNLI crewmember John said: “It’s been going on for years and years and is always organised by the Guild who fundraise for the RNLI.”

“Kate Craven (education volunteer) runs Stormforce on Sunday mornings to get the message out about sea safety and it’s about enforcing that today.”


12+ category winners Jamie (age 12) and Lucy Strawson (age 9).


Verity O'Connor (age 6).


Angelica Clarke (age 12).


Fred Davies (age 10).


Rowan Butler (age 3).

Picture credit: Ian Burt

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