Fossil Festival goes virtual for second year


LYME Regis Fossil and Earth Science Festival, previously known as Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, is returning with a virtual event over the weekend of July 10 and 11.

Like many events organised this year, the physical festival, which usually attracts the world’s best palaeontologists and geologists to Lyme Regis for two days, has once again been moved online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The brand new Fossil and Earth Science Festival website, which will go live in the early hours of Saturday, July 10, features more than 100 pre-recorded video contributions from world experts on wide-ranging topics in the fields of palaeontology, geology, earth sciences and more.

There are contributions from the Natural History Museum, The Palaeontological Association, Jurassic Coast Trust, Dinosaur Isle, the Universities of Bristol, Birmingham, Plymouth and many many others, as well as live Zoom talks and lectures from world-leading experts throughout the weekend.

Festival organiser Jon Doody said he hopes that the virtual event will fill a gap left by the physical festival being cancelled.

“Once again, I can’t begin to thank all the amazing contributors to the virtual festival,” he said.

“Taking the time and effort to record fascinating and amazing talks and demonstrations, often from their homes, has been a real boon!

“Festival fans from around the world can now enjoy material from the comfort of their own homes.”

The 2020 virtual Fossil Festival was enjoyed by more than 50,000 people from around the world, including the USA and China, reaching a brand new group of fans.

The virtual festival kicks off on July 10 with footage available to watch until at least the end of the year.

Festival organisers are already planning for the return of the physical festival on the early May Bank Holiday weekend in 2022 with some fantastic features.

To view this year’s virtual event, visit

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