Fossil Festival returns to encourage interest in earth sciences

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There will be activities for all ages at the annual Fossil Festival

LYME Regis Fossil Festival will return this weekend, with activities for all ages to enthuse residents and visitors about the earth sciences.

The popular festival will be held over the weekend of May 5 and 6, open from 10am to 5pm each day. The event will be centred around the ‘old town’ and seafront areas, with activities and talks being held in The Hub, Jubilee Pavilion and Marine Parade shelters, and in a marquee above the Amusement Arcade.

This year’s theme is ‘Lyme Through Time; 200 million years of geological time, 200 years of discovery’.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “The rocks and fossils around Lyme Regis and Charmouth date back to the start of the Jurassic period and yet we have only spent the last 200 years unravelling the stories that they contain. Who knows what else there is to be discovered, while ever more powerful technologies enable us to discover more?

“As with previous years, the Natural History Museum along with both national and regional science organisations, museums and universities will be displaying their work in the earth sciences. There will be plenty of hands-on activities together with great walks and talks.

Come along and meet scientists from the Natural History Museum, Palaeontological Association, British Antarctic Survey, Natural England, Southampton University, Dorset Geologists, Geological Society, Lyme Regis Museum, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dinosaur Isle and many more.”

Entry to festival venues is free, although the usual entry fee for the museum will apply and there is a small charge for walks and talks.

Organisers are currently looking for more volunteers to help set up the event and guide visitors around the festival.

Further details can be found on the website www.fossilfestival.co.uk

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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