Portobello’s sandcastle competition returns

Five year old Flora O'Brien puts finishing touches to her sandcastles
Five year old Flora O'Brien puts finishing touches to her sandcastles
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THOSE old enough will remember that no trip to Portobello Beach as a kid on a hot summer’s days was ever complete without stopping off at one of the many gift shops on the roads leading down to The Prom to buy a plastic bucket and spade.

These seaside emporiums may have long since closed their doors but the fascination brought about by the building of sand castles never dies.

This weekend as part of the 2018 Big Beach Busk, the annual Portobello Sandcastle Competition returns.

The event has become a popular for families on the Porty calendar with parents and kids alike getting into the fun. An adventure for the little ones, it’s a chance for parents to relish the warm embrace of nostalgia as they relive their own childhoods.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday 25 August and is earlier than usual due to a clash with high tide.

Registration starts at 10am and runs until 11am at the bottom of Bellfield Street.

Entry is by donation.

From 11am it’s time to start building those sandcastles, you’ll have an hour to complete your masterpiece.

Awards will be presented to winners at 12.30pm, just ahead of the high tide 2.20pm.

In previous years more than 50 sandcastles have been entered making for fierce competition and raising money for charity in the process - last year’s event raised £208 for Toddler’s Hut.

The Portobello Sandcastle Competition is part of The Big Beach Busk, described by organisers as being ‘like an all day flash mob by the sea.’

Now a regular summer fixture on Portobello Promenade it brings the seaside alive with music and performance in all shapes and forms.

What better way to spend a sunny Saturday?