Sand Church Competition

It has become a customary event for the St Davids Peninsula Tourist Association to organise a ‘Sand Church’ Competition on Whitesands Beach near St Davids, during one day in the summer holidays.

The Sand Church Competition day varies each year so as to fit in with the tides. The judging is over before the incoming tide arrives! In 2021 the competition is to be be held on Tuesday 10th August  11.30am – 3.30pm.


Entry into the competition is free but unfortunately has to be limited to the first 60 groups who enroll on the beach on the day. Each group will be allocated a 15 ft sq part of the beach. Only the sand from within this area is allowed to be used to build a religious structure. Construction digs in at 11.30 am and judging will be at 3:30 pm.

The Sand Church Competition is split into 2 Categories with the winner of each category receiving £25 in prize money.
1) Family – any members of the same family unit
2) Children – under 10 years

There will also be 3 additional prizes of £10 each for highly commended sand churches.

There are a few rules which will be said on the day.
Please note that only natural materials (e.g. pebbles, sea weed) which are found on the beach may be used. No ‘foreign’ materials such as flags are allowed.

Judging will be done by 3 independent people and takes place at 3:30 pm. They will announce the winners who will each receive their £25 prize money plus the winners of the three highly commended sand churches who will each receive £10.

Remember that when the sun shines your skin is at risk and your religious structure will crumble. So pack sun cream and don’t forget a water spray to keep the sand moist!

For more information and to see pictures from previous years click here.

£200 Winning Photograph
by Mohamed from Neyland.