Congratulations to our Sandcastle Challenge winners!

This year, competitors in our famous Sandcastle Challenge swapped buckets and spades for crafting and cardboard. Read on to learn which schools have been crowned our 2021 winners…

Cotherstone Primary School
And the winner is…

This year, a traditional Sandcastle Challenge beach event was out of the question, so we asked schoolchildren across the region to channel their inner engineers and build the best bridge they could think of. The challenge was a tribute to Newcastle’s iconic landmark, the Tyne Bridge.

We are pleased to share that three schools have been crowned our 2021 champion builders:

  • Broadway Junior School in Sunderland
  • Cotherstone Primary School in Barnard Castle
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Jarrow

Winners were chosen by headline sponsors of the competition, Vistry Partnerships North East.

Sandcastle Challenge

Challenge champions showcased their creativity and building skills.

Celebrating the talents of North East youngsters

In addition to earning a prize of £200 for their school, some of the children’s bridges will be put on display at Tynemouth Station from 22nd September to the end of 2021, where the creations will be viewed by thousands of residents and visitors each week.

The annual Challenge usually sees over 1,700 children descend onto Tynemouth beach to show off their building skills. However, last July it was unable to go head for the first time in its 25 year history, due to the pandemic. Wanting to keep the spirit of the competition alive, we instead collaborated with schools to offer an exciting alternative, and our team have been blown away by the creativity and ingenuity of the classroom built bridges. They were also impressed by the number of young people including recycling and care for the environment in their designs.

Students from Cotherstone Primary School shared how they tackled the brief, “We made an arch, treetop bridge because some of us wanted to make an arch bridge and some wanted to do a treetop design. The bridge is for bikes and people to walk on and enjoy. We made solar panels to light up the bridge at dusk and at midnight, if anyone wanted to do a midnight bridge walk! It was really good fun making the bridge and we are very proud!”

Tynemouth Beach

Children take part in the traditional Sandcastle Challenge on Tynemouth Beach.

With the Sandcastle Challenge likely to return to its beach home in 2022, this years’ competition will stand out as a unique and exciting milestone in its history.

Want to take part in 2022?

If you would like to learn more about the 2022 Sandcastle Challenge or how to involved, contact us at