Sandcastle classes for parents
Parents prepared to produce the perfect sandcastle are to be given lessons into this key beach holiday activity.
The tuition is being accompanied by a step-by-step guide on the best way to build a castle.
Produced by holiday company Butlins, the guide recommends sandcastle builders go for damp sand, a dry bucket and plenty of patting down.
The guide has been developed by sand sculptor Mark Anderson who later this month will be bringing examples of his work to the three Butlins resorts where the sandcastle classes are being held - Minehead in Somerset, Skegness in Lincolnshire and Bognor Regis in West Sussex.
The tips for the perfect sandcastle are:
Damp sand - Scrape the dry top layer of sand away to get to the wetter layer underneath;
Dry bucket - The best way to get a completely dry bucket is to put dry sand into your bucket, swirl it around and tip it out again;
Layer and pat - Add the damp sand to the bucket. The trick is to add it layer by layer making sure you pat it down each time before adding the next;
Tap side - Turn your bucket completely over on a flat spot. Tap the bucket on the side, not the top;
Centre flag - Place a flag in the centre of your castle and not near the edge, otherwise you risk cracking the sand.