Science and art come together for Fossil Festival

A lantern parade held during last year's Fossil Festival

SCIENCE and the arts were brought together as Lyme Regis Fossil Festival kicked off the town’s major events season last weekend.

Organised by Lyme Regis Development Trust and hosted in venues across the town, the festival saw leading experts and organisations from the world of science offer a varied programme of lectures and hands-on activities to inspire youngsters.

Visiting exhibitors included the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Society and Palaeontological Society, while Lyme Regis Museum and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre also hosted activities and fossil walks.

As well as science-based activities, art was very much a part of this year’s festival, which opened with a visually-impressive lantern parade along the seafront on Friday evening.

Local children created the tissue and willow ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs lanterns in workshops leading up to the festival, and they were illuminated for this opening spectacle.

Art exhibitions were also held at the Town Mill galleries over the weekend, and young musicians from B Sharp and local schools impressed on Saturday night with their ‘Evolution Rocks’ concert in the Marine Theatre, which included a number of original songs based on evolution.

Musical entertainment was also provided over the weekend by the Harbour Voices choir and Uplyme Morris.

Jon Doody from Lyme Regis Fossil Festival said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see many happy faces at the Fossil Festival this year.

“The passion, enthusiasm and dedication shown by all the wonderful exhibitors and performers over the weekend ensured that children and adults alike were totally enthralled, entertained and educated.

“We have no doubt that the festival helps to inspire the next generation of scientists and we’ll be working hard to ensure that next year will be even better!”

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