Barry community breaks sandcastle world record

A community in Barry built 2,044 sandcastles on Whitmore Bay, breaking the world record.

The challenge was organised by ‘Beautiful Barry’ community group as a way to celebrate reaching 5,000 members. Children, adults, visitors and locals all came together on Whitmore Bay to build the sandcastles.

The group had to build over 1,924 sandcastles in continuous lines, each touching and with four towers in order to break the record.

Local solicitor Dennis Clarke and Vale Councillor Leighton Rowlands acted as the official witnesses. Plus, Mike Newton was the official surveyor, as required by the Guinness World Records.


‘Beautiful Barry’, who have been active for two years, managed to beat the last record by 120 sandcastles.

A sandcastle competition was also organised with 78 different entries. There were a range of shapes and sizes including sharks, mermaids, a pyramid and even a sandcastle village.

The community group, who regularly litter pick the beach and other areas, hope it will be an annual event and may become a sandcastle festival in the future.

It will take up to 12 weeks for the Guinness World Records to confirm the result.

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