There’s $3,500 in prizes up for grabs this year in the 2019 Bermuda Sandcastle Competition on August 31 at Horseshoe Bay.

The top prize of $500 for the best overall will be awarded for the most impressive sandcastle, with another $3,000 worth of cash prizes for best entries in four resident categories.

Visitors will be eligible to enter the competition in a special category.

Hannah Emmerson, the organiser of the annual event, said free workshops will be held on August 24, 28 and 29 from 5.30pm at Horseshoe Bay in the lead-up to the competition.

“In these sessions, participants will learn how to create a masterpiece in sand from past champions, discover quick tips and tricks to keeping sand in place and other details,” she said.

Entry into the competition is free, but teams should register online at to ensure a place is available.

Competitors will check between 9.30am and noon, with the building scheduled to begin at 10am.

Participants will receive free beverages on the day of the competition though a partnership with John Barritt and Sons.

“Each team will be assigned a building plot of 10ft by 10ft and will be supplied with a large mound of sand to work with to give them a head start,” Ms Emmerson added.

“All sandcastle building tools must be downed by 4pm, at which time the judges will arrive on the beach and commence judging.”

Judges will include Jamal Hart from the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation, N’zingha Ming from the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery, Tim Morrison from the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club and David Thomas from the Bermuda Tourism Authority.