New date for Fossil Festival

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

A NEW date has been announced for Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, which was previously postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic

Have you ever wanted to walk with dinosaurs? Have you seen a life-sized dinosaur or held a 200 million year old fossil in your hands? Will you discover your very own fossil in the sand and get to take it home? 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 rearranged Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.

Initially set to be held in May, the festival will now be held over the weekend of October 24 and 25.

A spokesperson for Lyme Regis Development Trust, which organises the festival, said: “Thanks to everyone involved in the event, it will once again host the country’s top palaeontological and geological organisations throughout the town centre including the wonderful Palaeontological Society, Bristol University Jurassic Coast Trust, Dinosaur Isle, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Geologists Association and lots of local scientific organisations, as well as some thought-provoking and entertaining talks and lectures in the Marine Theatre and the Guildhall.

“On the Saturday afternoon, the inaugural and world-first ‘T-Rex It’s a Knockout’ games will be held on the sandy beach in Lyme, featuring 10 teams competing against each other whilst wearing an inflatable T-Rex costume!

“On the Saturday night, the AsOne Theatre group will be performing a very special play called ‘Mary Anning – The Mad Woman of Lyme’ at the Marine Theatre. It promises to be a fascinating glimpse into Mary’s life and achievements.

“There will be plenty of opportunities to follow in the footsteps of Mary when you join one of the many guided fossil and geological walks over the weekend, as well as stalls selling a variety of fossils, jewellery and dinosaur gifts.”

“Join us at the Fossil Festival for an adventure 200 million years in the making!”

Full programme details can be found at www.fossilfestival.co.uk

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