North East Lincolnshire Council

#CleeCastles – be part of something special

Fancy coming to help build a few sandcastles? Well, actually around 2500 or more to try to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of sandcastles built in an hour.

The official record attempt, sponsored by Cook and Lucas Fish Merchants, will take place on the morning of Armed Forces Day this year – and you could be part of it. As part of it, there will be charity collections for local charities, Not Home Alone and the Armed Forces Charities (money will be split equally).

The existing record for the most number of sandcastles built in an hour – a record held by Abenteuer Leben, Kabel Eins (Germany) with support of Thomas van den Dungen (Netherlands). In St Peter-Ording, Germany, back in 2013 they constructed an impressive 2,230 individual sandcastles which, according to the rules, have to be 2ft high and 2ft wide and topped with a four turret castle!

In 2016, Haven attempted to break the record in Devon, and just missed out. Australia tried earlier this year on the Gold Coast and were beaten by the weather. Now it’s Cleethorpes’ time to have a go!

When and where?

The Guinness World Record attempt will be on the morning of Armed Forces Day in Cleethorpes, 30 June 2018. It will take place on Cleethorpes beach between the leisure centre and Brighton slipway (near the RNLI station). Start time will be 11am sharp, so people will need to be at the site to take your place by 1030am. There’s likely to be queues to get in, so the gates will be open at 10am.

How can I take part?

We’re looking for up to 2000 people to come help us – register your interest on, or go to Eventbrite and search for cleecastles.

Community groups are limited to 50 people each to give chance for as many people as possible to take part. But you don’t need to be part of a group. Come along on your own, or with your children and take part! First come, first served and don’t forget to bring a bucket (one with four towers!)

Adam Johnston, one of the organising team from the council, said, “This will be a great day – something to bring loads of people together from communities across North East Lincolnshire, to have a bit of fun, and hopefully put Cleethorpes on the map. We’re doing it on the morning of the Armed Forces Day, so people who come down can really make a day of it and enjoy the rest of the celebrations that are being organised.”

The event is sponsored by Cook and Lucas Fish Merchants, with support from North East Lincolnshire Council, Grimsby Institute Group, Humber Fire and Rescue Services, Engie, CATCH, e-factor and Grimsby Telegraph.

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