Youngsters make creative sculptures on Hive Beach

A fin-shaped rock was the inspiration for this third-placed shark sculpture Pictures: KATE WILSON

A sea serpent with an empty gas canister for a face

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BRIDPORT: Sea serpents, giant lobsters and the footsteps of dinosaurs were just some of the imaginative creations at an event on Hive Beach.

Sculpture on the beach is run jointly by the Bridport Arts Centre and the National Trust and aims to encourage families to get creative and make some wild art using only the things they find on the beach.

Twenty teams took part using a wide range of materials including sand, sticks, stones, rope, flowers, shells, seaweed and litter to create a range of wonderful exhibits.

The winning entry, by Team of Tom, was a castle complete with stone drawbridge, portcullis and battlements.

Kate Wilson, Bridport Arts Centre’s Learning Co-ordinator said: “It’s always amazing to see the range and quality of sculptures on show and there were some fantastic entries this year. We were bowled over by how creative and imaginative the pieces were.”

Entrants also had the chance to complete challenge number 18 on the National Trust’s list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ – create some wild art. Zoe Stansfield, from the National Trust, who had the difficult job of judging the competition, said: “It was really tricky to pick a winner from this year’s entries – each one was fantastic in its own way.

“It’s amazing what can be created from everyday objects on the beach with a bit of imagination and effort.

“Everyone I spoke to said they’d had a great time making their work of art, which is what it’s all about.

“Hopefully it’s inspired families to try this and the other 50 Things activities on the beach this summer.”

The event took place on Sunday, July 20.

To find out more about the National Trust’s 50 Things to do Before You’re 11¾ visit www.50things.org.uk. Details of other events at Burton Bradstock this summer can be found on the website nationaltrust.org.uk/burton-bradstock.

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