Dippy on Tour - What's on

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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 - 7 May 2018

Free

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 Art Days

Various locations

Saturdays, February - 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

Dippy Adventurer's Guide

Available at any Jurassic Coast event

February - May 2018

Free

Events across the Jurassic Coast will reveal the incredible stories of England's only natural World Heritage Site. Pick up a copy of the guide and get a stamp at each Jurassic Coast event as you explore.

The Science Zone

Boscombe

February - May 2018

Prices vary

Take part in workshops and explore dinosaurs, fossils, a planetarium and much more.

Find out more on the Science Zone 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

Fantastic Fossils and Where to Find Them

Lyme Regis Museum

13 February, 25 March and 10 April 2018

£4.95, free for children, drop in

See Lyme Regis Museum's fossil experts' latest finds, get top fossil hunting tips and bring your own fossils for identification.

Find out more on the Lyme Regis Museum 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.

Find out more on the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery website

Butterfly Conservation Day

Cattistock

10 March 2018

Free, drop in

Enjoy a tour of the reserve and take part in a butterfly survey before warming yourself by the bonfire to celebrate Butterfly Conservation's fiftieth anniversary.

Find out more at the Butterfly Conservation 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

Dippy Dino Easter

Seaton Jurassic

30 March - 15 April 2018

Drop in

Join us for a roarsome dino day on Sunday 1 April with giant walking dinosaurs and enjoy dino crafts, trails, runways and more every day of the Easter holidays.

Find out more on the Season Jurassic website

Seashore Safari

Combe Martin Museum and beach

3 April (14.00-16.00), 13 April (10.30-12.30) and 29 May 2018 (11.30-13.30)

£2 per adult or accompanied child

Explore the shore and rock pools of Combe Martin beach, then examine your finds under the museum's video microscope. Please wear footwear suitable for climbing over rocks. A beach-friendly wheelchair is available.

Find out more on the Combe Martin Museum website

Take a Dip in the Jurassic Seas

The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge

4, 12 and 13 April 2018

Prices vary, drop in

Discover Dippy's link to the Jurassic seas by joining Steve Etches for a tour of Kimmeridge Bay on 4 April, followed by Dippy feature days on 12 and 13 April with activities for all.

Find out more on The Etches Collection website

Dippy Treasure Hunt

Kingcombe Centre, near Dorchester

5 April 2018

Free, drop in

Hunt for miniature Diplodocus across the beautiful Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, and enjoy arts and crafts activities and dinosaur-themed food and drink in the barn from 10.00 to 16.00.

Find out more on the Dorset Wildlife 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 Lulworth Outdoors 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

Make a Dippy Day

Bridport Museum

11 April 2018

Free, drop in

Make a Dippy or other dinosaur friend and hide it for families to find. Follow the dino footprints to the museum to start the fun.

Find out more on the Bridport Museum website

Fossil Foolery

Moors Valley Country Park, Christchurch

14 April 2018

Free with £2 charge for some activities, drop in

Meet the creatures that walked with the dinosaurs. Dig for fossils and get involved with lots of nature-related activities and crafts.

Find out more on the Moors Valley website

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

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Lyme Regis (multiple venues)

5-6 May 2018

Free entry with some paid activities, drop in

Amazing science exhibits and activities from the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey and many more.

Find out more on the Fossil Festival 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 Butterfly Conservation website

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