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Lots of fun events and activities are happening in the southwest while Dippy is in Dorset. Whether or not you can make it to see him, check out these local natural history adventures. There's something for all the family.

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Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

10 February - 8 May 2018


After over a century at the Natural History Museum in London with many fossil marine reptiles from the Jurassic Coast, Dippy is finally taking the trip to discover Dorset for himself. There is so much to explore over these 12 weeks on the coast - after all, this is the birthplace of palaeontology.

Find out more on the Dorset County Museum website

Interactive Arts Days

Various locations

Saturdays, February to May 2018

Free, drop in

Join artist Darrell Wakelam for hands-on arts days in Dorset, Devon and Somerset, and help him make incredible papier mache creations.

Find out more on the Jurassic Coast Trust website

Diplodocus & Scelidosaurus

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Sunday 11 February 2018

Free, drop in

Discover Dippy alongside Charmouth's very own dinosaur, Scelidosaurus. Enjoy a day of dino-themed fun with Charmouth's experts.

Find out more on the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre website

Wildlife Conservation for Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts

M Shed

Saturday 24 February 2018

£4 per child (suitable for ages 7-14)

Visit Wildlife Photographer of the Year, discuss the images, try craft activities, meet a conservationist, encounter a hedgehog and explore environmental issues.

Find out more on the M Shed website

Dinosaur Takeover!

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

March 2018 (British Science Week)

For schools (suitable for Years 2-4)

£6 per pupil, booking required

Meet palaeontologists from the University of Bristol. Investigate fossils, reptile remains and dinosaur food chains. Roar-tastic!

Find out more on the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery website

Bat Discovery Day

Beer Quarry Caves

Saturday 24 March 2018

£5 per person, drop in

Visit the unique Beer Quarry Caves and meet its winged residents. Plus enjoy bat-themed crafts, face painting, a nature walk and photo display.

Find out more on the Beer Quarry Caves website

Bristol Rocks!

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Sunday 25 March 2018

Pay what you want, drop in

A family-focused day of geological fun with fossil handling, experts, store tours and Bristol's very own dinosaur, Thecodontosaurus.

Find out more on the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery website

Sidmouth Geology Walks

Sidmouth Museum

Wednesdays, 28 March - 30 May 2018

Free, drop in

Weekly 90-minute geology walks, taking in Sidmouth's spectacular Triassic cliffs with local experts. Walks start at 14.00.

Find out more on the Jurassic Coast Trust website

Bike and Bird Safari

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre and Durdle Door

7 - 8 April 2018

Free (except mountain biking), drop in

Say hi to Dippy at the iconic Durdle Door and explore the incredible wildlife and landscapes of Lulworth.

Find out more on the Jurassic Coast Trust website

Dinosaur Footprints Walks

The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers

7, 14, 21 and 28 April 2018

£5 per person, pre-book or pay on the day

Discover Dorset's dinosaur footprints on leisurely walks led by Jurassic Coast Ambassadors. Walks start at 12.00.

Book via the Jurassic Coast Trust Shop

Dip Into Arts and Crafts

Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Dorchester

21 April 2018

Free entry with paid workshops, drop in

Carve a dinosaur footprint from stone, build a willow sculpture, make a pliosaur from clay and much more.

Find out more on the Jurassic Coast Trust website

Jurassic Coast Evening Cruise

Poole Quay

10 May 2018

£20 including dinner, booking required

A relaxing evening cruise past Brownsea Island, Swanage and more, with expert commentary and fish and chips.

Book via the Jurassic Coast Trust Shop

Butterfly Walks

19 and 27 May 2018 (Weymouth)
20 May 2018 (Swanage)

Free, drop in

Discover the Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper and more on these free, expert-led, countryside walks.

Find out more on the Jurassic Coast Trust website

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