Thousands of budding fossil hunters visited Lyme Regis for two days of activities, exhibitions and walks, making the first Lyme Regis Fossil Festival a resounding success.
Scientists from the Natural History Museum were on hand to identify visitors' fossil finds, and also ran very popular microfossil and shark tooth discovery activities.
There were walks to explain and explore the Jurassic Coast, stunning displays by professional collectors, fossil painting and theatrical activities.
The Natural History Museum was very pleased to play a key role in helping develop this important new regional celebration of natural history.
The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival was also well attended by local government dignitaries and representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Festival organisers - Lyme Regis Development Trust in association with the Natural History Museum, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lyme Regis Museum and the World Heritage Site Steering Group - hope the festival will become an annual event. Funding came from the Heritage Lottery Fund.