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Beverley’s history … built in sand!

A 52-year-old former Beverley man who has built a reputation for himself as one of the world’s foremost sand artists has a dream to return to the town of his birth and create a sand sculpture trail. 

Paul Hoggard, together with his partner Remy Geerts, has created thousands of sculptures for events, festivals and international competitions all over the world. In 2000, he was commissioned by the Royal Cornwall Show to create a sand sculpture for the Queen.

His dream over the next couple of years is to establish the trail starting with a total of 12 sand sculptures in different locations throughout the town, showing Beverley through the ages. Each sculpture will be created using up to 80 tons of sand and those outdoors will be covered with a gazebo-style cover with a glass frontage.

Paul says on his Facebook page: “We have a similar sand trail in the famous bird gardens of Tehran, Iran, that have been in place for four years under cover and behind glass that are still in great condition and get viewed and appreciated by thousands of visitors every week We plan to keep the sand trail on show to the public for five years.”

He says they have a number of locations in mind, including The Westwood, Beck Side, New Walk , the Minster, Longcroft, Toll Gavel and the site of Beverley Shipyard, where his grandfather used to work. “We will also work with local and national companies to sponsor works on their premises and we will have a team of volunteers who will take care of cleaning the glass every month and make any simple repairs.”

Paul admits there is a long way to go to bring his idea to fruition. “We are looking for locations and we want to see if we can work together with the council. All the sculpture scenes will portrait historic facts times and people of Beverley and situations and events that happened throughout the ages.”

He continued: “Beverley Minster is the jewel in Beverley’s crown and we plan to reproduce the Minster with 80 tons of sand and put a raise scaffold walkway around so the public can observe the sand sculpted replica up close.”

Between 1991 and 2001 Paul lived and worked in St Ives in Cornwall and was regularly found making his creations on local beaches. In 1995 he set up a sand sculpture workshop on Porthminster Beach teaching the basics to holidaymakers and still teaches children’s workshops whenever possible.

Paul and Remy are now inviting people who would like to get involved in the project. “We have the expertise and local knowledge, all we need now is to find the right people within the community and the local council who can help us bring this project to fruition.

More examples can be found Facebook/Beverley Sand Sculpture Trail or by visiting Paul can be contacted at