Youngsters grabbed their buckets and spades and headed to the Headland’s Fish Sands for a morning of creative fun.
Scores of children built their best looking sand castles and other imaginative creations in the sand.
It was all for the Hartlepool Carnival’s annual sand castle competition which saw cash prizes awarded to the top three winners in two different age categories.
Organisers were pleased with the turnout and say the whole carnival has been brilliantly supported so far – with lots more still to come.
A carnival committee spokesman said: “The event was well attended and once again it was another success.
“We hope everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
The carnival’s own version of Britain’s Got Talent takes place today with the Children’s Talent Competition.
It is on at Headland Social Club, in Throston Street, between 1.30pm and 5pm.
The competition is open to anyone between the ages of five and 16 with cash prizes for the top three in each age group.
Darts players can step up to the oche on Thursday night for a competition at Gaiety’s Bar, on Northgate.
The action starts at 8pm til late with £100 for the winner and £50 for the runner up.
Entry is £3 with half going to the carnival.
Carnival organisers are also making people aware of road closures during Saturday’s parade day.
Roads that will be closed for the celebrations between 2.30pm-5pm are Durham Street, High Street, Middlegate and Northgate.
Access to the Headland will instead be via the seafront leading to Marine Drive.