Fossil Festival returns over Bank Holiday weekend

HAVE you ever held a 200 million year old fossil in your hands? Have you ever dreamt of becoming a polar explorer? Can you design your very own prehistoric creepy crawly?

All these questions and more will be answered in a weekend of science, discovery and fun at this year’s Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, held over the weekend of Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5.

The Fossil Festival will once again host some fascinating exhibitions throughout the town centre, including the Natural History Museum, the British Antarctic Society, the Palaeontological Society and lots of local scientific organisations, as well as some thought-provoking and entertaining talks and lectures in the Marine Theatre.

On the Saturday night, youth music charity B Sharp and students from The Woodroffe School and Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School in Uplyme will be entertaining an audience at the Marine Theatre in a journey through sound, light and music in a concert called ‘Evolution Rocks!’

There will be plenty of opportunities to follow in the footsteps of local hero Mary Anning by discovering your very own fossils when you join one of the many guided fossil hunting walks over the weekend.

There will also be stalls selling a variety of fossils, jewellery and dinosaur gifts to ensure you can take home a souvenir of the Jurassic Coast.

The whole weekend kicks off with a dazzling lantern display along the seafront, which organisers promise “will truly be a sight to behold”.

Full programme details and further information can be found at

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