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The sand sculpture festival Middelkerke 2022 will be massive!

In 2021, more than 100,000 people came to the Sand Sculpture Festival Middelkerke. So the bar is high for the new edition. To make sure that both visitors and local residents can enjoy themselves, the festival is moving to the beach at De Greefplein, right by the tram stop.

The 2022 edition will have a massive theme: Dino's in the sand! Some 4,000 tonnes of sand were used for the sculptures in 2021. The dinosaurs were gigantic, so we're going to use another 2,000 tonnes on top of that to provide even more and even larger sculptures. In addition to the well-known species such as the velociraptor, the stegosaurus and of course the T-Rex, expect archaeological scenes and other bizarre finds. Whatever it will be, it will be impressive!

Even more fun! The most fun day trip of the year!

Now that it is possible again, the range of entertainment will also be expanded. We are, after all, in the largest sandbox in the country. It will include workshops, an excavation zone and special dino events.

Sand Sculpture Festival Middelkerke runs from July 1 to September 11.

  • 50%* discount on your train journey
  • Children under the age of 12 travel for free (max. 4 children per paying traveller)
  • Round trip on the same day
  • On  weekdays, the outward journey is possible from 9h00 am.
  • More info about the Discovery Ticket
More information:
Address: Middelkerke Beach (accessible by tram from Ostend station - stop De Greefplein - not included in the Discovery Ticket)

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  1. Buy your e-ticket at
  2. Look for the Discovery Ticket code on your Sand Sculpture Festival e-ticket: it is a 16 character code.
  3. Order your Discovery Ticket directly from this page.
  4. Show the pdf of your Discovery Ticket on your smartphone or show a printed version when the train conductor passes by on the train.
  5. Enjoy your journey!

Frequently asked questions

Each owner of an e-ticket for the festival will receive a code for the purchase of 1 Discovery Ticket, which allows him or her to travel by train to Ostende station for half the price.
The SNCB discount code is valid for the day of your excursion. Return on the same day.
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The Discovery Ticket discount code (16 characters) can be found on the e-ticket issued by the cashier at
Any other questions? Check out the frequently asked questions about the Discovery Ticket.

*Discount only applied to the non-fixed part of the Standard fare. In 2nd class, the fixed amount is € 1,2923, per single journey. In 1st class, it is € 1,6800 (less than 37km) or € 1,8092 (37km - 51km) or € 1,9901 (52km and more) per single journey. The minimum price per single journey is € 2,50 in 2nd and € 3,30 in 1st class.

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