Princesses and Knights at the Sandcastle
Sandcastle is open 11 June – 31 August from 10am - 9pm in summer 2016
The 2016 Sandcastle turned into exciting medieval Knight Castle where 3 million kilos of sand was used to create princesses, princes, knights and royals. While enjoying this medieval atmosphere you can also experience theatre and music performances. In the amusement area you also find small train, carousel and bouncy castle for children as well as minigolf, kayaks and rowing boats for rent in the nearby.
Upon arrival at Lappeenranta from the direction of Lake Saimaa, a castle made of sand protecting the city bay unfolds on the horizon against the walls of the Fortress. This summer, the sculptures at the Sandcastle depict a medieval tournament. You can enjoy theatre and music performances in the area as well. Entertainment for children also includes a small train, a carousel, a bouncy castle as well as fancy dress parties and story-telling sessions around the theme. Various theme days are held at the Sandcastle and there is a miniature golf course nearby, among other things.
About three million kilos of sand are used in the building of the castle. The sand is bound for moulding with a glue mixture and skilful sculptors work their magic on it to build an impressive castle with towers and a chapel. Some of the Sandcastle sculptors are local artists and some come from the Netherlands, Latvia and Russia.
From the street train stop at the Sandcastle, you can easily embark on a nice tour of Lappeenranta city centre. The guided headphone tour has four language options (Finnish, English, Russian, German.)
Street train runs 11 June – 14 August, 20–21 August and 27–28 August
Departures every hour from the Sandcastle Mon 12.00–17.00 and Tue–Sun 11.00–17.00
Family ticket €10 (2 adults + 2 children)
Day ticket €7 adult / €3 Children
You can hop on or off the train at any stop!
Lappeenranta Tourist Information serves visitors at the Sandcastle
11–26 June and 1–31 August: Mon–Sun 10.00–18.00
27 June – 31 July: Mon–Sun 10.00–20.00
Bicycles, kayaks and rowing boat are available for rent at the Sandcastle tourist information point.
Who creates the sand sculptures?
This year the sand sculptors are all professionals. They come from Finland, Canada, Holland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.
How are the sand sculputers made?
First the sand is packed into molds using water and compactor. After the packing the sculputre is made from top to botoom. The molds are removed as the sculpting progresses.
Is there something mixed with the sand?
There is nothing but water mixed with the sand. The sand is particular type of sand that fits into creating sculptures. The scultpure is finished by spraying it with Finnish Kiilto 66 yleis-/puuliima glue-water mixture to get its hard surface.
What happens when it rains?
Normal rain does not hurt the sculptures. It here is a continued heavy rain, the surface of the sculptures may be hurt and the we will make repairs on them.
What kind of tools are used in making the sculptures?
The sculptors use different kinds of spatulas and splints, shovels and so on. Many of them have also created theri own tools that they like to use.
How long does the sculpture last?
Sculptures last a long time weather permitting. If the surface is broken, the sculpture breaks.
Please do not touch the sculptures :)