This weekend, families and Natural History Museum scientists will be heading down to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset for the Marine Parade Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.
Have fun in the sand at the Marine Parade Fossil Festival
One of the best family-friendly festivals on the south coast, the Fossil Festival is packed with arts and science for the whole family.
This year, the free Marine Parade festival focuses on marine reptile fossils that the Jurassic Coast is famous for, and the amazing diversity of creatures in the seas today.
There will be nature walks, rock pooling, and performances in the Marine Theatre, as well as fun talks, many by Museum scientists.
A snakestone ammonite fossil. Ammonites became extinct the same time as dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Museum talks includes topics such as the ancient human occupation of Britain, oil from the sea, reconstructing the environments of the dinosaurs and Charles Darwin and marine biology.
Taking place on the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fossil Festival is the perfect place to learn about rare habitats, the history of life on Earth, and the links between biodiversity and geodiversity.
A fossil ichthyosaur, Ophthalmosaurus icenicus, like many Mary Anning uncovered on the Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast is famous for uncovering some spectacular fossil specimens and most of these discoveries were made by a local woman, Mary Anning.
Born in 1799, Mary Anning made some of the most significant geological finds of all time, including many ichthyosaurs, providing evidence central to the development of new ideas about the history of Earth.
Marine Parade Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is open to the public Friday 29 April to Sunday, 29 April - 1 May.
Visit the online shop to find titles about the latest fossil evidence. Find out how we know about dinosaurs and the history of life on Earth.
You can also buy other books, DVDs and lots of gifts inspired by the natural world.