It’s officially summer! Last Friday Sophie and Chris were able to put down their mouse and pick up their bucket and spade for the annual Sandcastle Challenge held on Sandhaven Beach, South Shields. Organised by Children North East, professionals use their skills to help teams from local primary schools to create sand sculptures.

For the fourth year in a row we joined forces with pupils and teachers from Hadrian School to build an epic sandcastle. The theme for this year’s Challenge was The Lindisfarne Gospels, in celebration of the Gospels three month return to the north east. Although not the most obvious theme for a sandcastle, our pupils rose to the challenge and decided to recreate a giant version of the manuscript in the sand, decorated with shells collected from the beach. Flags, designed by our landscape architects and decorated by the pupils, with each pupils name inscribed in letters inspired by the style of those within the Gospels were displayed around our sandcastle.

Sand and Ice Cream

For once, the sun was actually shining, so the sun cream was out, the flip-flops were off and of course we finished with a round of ice-creams. A great day was had by all – the pupils were amazing, working as a team and getting involved in the whole process. They were an absolute joy to work with and we can’t wait to get stuck in again next year.