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Cambridge landmarks to be made out of sand in Grand Arcade

Watch iconic Cambridge landmarks sculpted in sand at Grand Arcade this weekend.

Sun and Sands event at Cambridge's Grand Arcade (49007453)
Sun and Sands event at Cambridge's Grand Arcade (49007453)

Most people will have built a sandcastle at least once, but few will have ever dared sculpting King’s Chapel on the beach.

Two artists have accepted that challenge and will carve King’s Chapel and St John’s College’s Bridge of Sighs out of nearly two tonnes of sand in front of Grand Arcade’s visitors on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11.

Centre manager Paul Bentham said: “We wanted to pay a tribute to the historic and beautiful architecture of the world-famous colleges, which surround the Grand Arcade, and we are always looking for ways to create exciting experiences for our customers, which go beyond shopping.”

Julie Kervadec, marketing manager, continued: “Once more, this summer will feel a bit different, and many people have not got the chance to access a beach or take proper holidays in a long time.

“We are thinking of our Cambridge community and want to bring Sun and Sands in our centre to reflect the brighter days ahead of us. You might even discover the first-ever rainbow made of sand!”

Line-carving by the sand artists will take place this weekend and the two sculptures will remain in the centre until August 30.

Visitors are reminded to respect social distancing measures and wear a face-covering at all times in the centre.

The two sculptures will be located at opposite ends of the centre, on the ground floor. You can also observe them from the first floor.

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