30th Annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival


The 30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford from Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 7th this year.

A family festival on the beautiful Duncannon beach offers fireworks, a family beach party, beach games, live music and professional sand sculptures and other free activities and entertainment. Professional sand-sculptors will be onsite creating giant sand-sculpted masterpieces. The festival will kick off on Friday with the grand unveiling of the sand sculptures in the now-familiar tent on the beach, a family beach party with music from DJ Noel, plenty of children’s entertainment and a fireworks display after dark lighting up the Hook Peninsula.


On Saturday the sand sculpture tent will open at 10am, and there will be games on the beach including this year Ireland’s biggest water-fight-on-a-beach. Water balloons will be provided for a small fee, all are welcome to join in. The Barrack Street Band will be playing on the green.

The festival continues on Sunday with the Annual Amateur Sand Sculpting Competition – this competition is open to all ages and ability.  There will also be a live DJ on the green followed by the WWF wrestling team.

Commenting on the upcoming festival one of the festivals organiser’s Cathy Dowling said, “We are delighted to be hosting the 30th annual festival, over the years the festival has held some very innovative and fun events including the first all-Ireland sand sculpting competition and also a record attempt to create the most number of Sand Angels for which we created 405 sand angels at the festival last year. This festival is always fun filled, our emphasis is firmly on family fun and we ensure a programme filled with wonderful activities for the locals and visitors to the village to enjoy with all of the events on offer either free of charge or at a nominal fee.”

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