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RIBA Cornwall

RIBA Cornwall: Sandcastle competition 2024

Put your design and building skills to the test with family and friends to be crowned the best sandcastle architect of 2024.

Meet RIBA Cornwall and Poynton Bradbury Architects at Porthminster Beach for the return of the annual Sandcastle Building Competition as part of St Ives September Festival.

There will be several different categories to enter including:

  • under 11’s - with accompanying adult
  • family and friends
  • architects (easily the most hotly contested category)

Buckets and spades will be supplied and your brief will be given on the day. The competition is open to all, so bring your family, friends, and colleagues.

Registration will be open from 9:30am for a 10am start. Judging will take place from 12:30pm with the awards presented at 1pm.

For more information and to register your interest, please email:

About RIBA Cornwall

RIBA Cornwall is a friendly, growing branch chaired by Chris Turner, Director of Poynton Bradbury Architects.

RIBA Cornwall aims to better connect local members and work with local, regional, and national industry bodies to promote architecture and help position Cornish architects as a highly skilled and valued source of solutions for the design and construction industry.

If you would like to find out more or would like to join the Committee and help with organising branch activities, please contact Chris or follow them on Facebook @ribacornwall

About St Ives September Festival

Established in 1978, the September Festival is a two-week celebration of music and the arts held annually throughout the town.

As one of the oldest community music and arts festivals in the country, St Ives September Festival builds upon the town’s rich cultural heritage and connections with the visual and performance arts.