THE annual Lyme Regis Fossil Festival has been deemed a resounding success after crowds of thousands descended onto the town over the weekend.
This year organised by a new team, the festival once again brought some of the top scientific organisations to Lyme Regis, inspiring both young and old with displays and activities for all ages.
The festival’s theme this year was ‘Lyme Through Time’, celebrating 200 million years of geological time and 200 years of discovery.
Activities and displays were held in the Marine Parade shelters and in a marquee erected on the roof above, while the Natural History Museum set up camp in The Hub. A programme of walks and talks was also held in various venues around the town.
Organisers commented: “The weekend was a huge success, thanks to a dedicated, hard-working team and support from all of the exhibitors involved.
“The new location for the main marquee above the amusements was great, the clear side giving amazing views over Lyme Bay.
“The Palaeontological Association brought an artist with them, who spent the weekend recreating children’s made up dinosaurs in water colour, producing stunning paintings for the children to take home.
“Southampton University brought their virtual reality apparatus and 3D printing machine, which brought a shipwreck to life. There were also activities by the Natural History Museum in The Hub and a hive of activity in the Jubilee Pavilion and under the shelters.
“The British Antarctic Survey team were based on Marine Parade and interacted with 4,000 people each day. The shelters saw the festival market, with local traders and fossil polishing by Lyme Regis Museum. There were the ever-popular walks and talks and even an appearance of the local Harbour Voices singing group.
“The team would like to thank all of those involved in making this an incredibly successful Fossil Festival. Everyone from sponsors, exhibitors, traders and especially the volunteers who worked tirelessly in the sunshine (including the town crier on his mobility scooter!)”