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Fossil Festival Returns to Scarborough

Fossil Festival Returns to Scarborough

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:03am 16th September 2016.

The Yorkshire Fossil Festival returns to Scarborough this weekend bringing fun, fascinating forums and forensic foraging to all things palaeontological!

As in previous years, the three-day festival will open on Friday 16 September with a schools and education day. All three days are open to the public, with events programmed to appeal to everyone from the smallest members of the family to the serious geologist, many of them free.

The Festival takes place in and around Scarborough’s famous Rotunda Museum – the first purpose-built geological museum in the country which provides the perfect backdrop for the programme of workshops, theatre, specialist talks, storytelling and fossil hunting.

Highlights include a visit from best-selling children’s author Ian Whybrow, writer of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs; curators from The Natural History Museum exploring dinosaur discoveries; Dinosaur Park – fresh from The Edinburgh Festival;Emerald Ant’s exciting giant Iguanodon Restaurant Show and the return of everyone’s favourite free-range baby T-Rex.

The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is organised by Scarborough Museums Trust, and sponsored by The Palaeontological Association.

Organiser Samantha Brown, SMT’s Facilities Manager, says:

“The Fossil Festival has attracted thousands of visitors over the past two years, and this year’s is going to be even bigger and better. We’re looking forward to a great weekend of events where science meets the imagination.”

The programme for the weekend is (events free unless otherwise stated – children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the Rotunda museum is also free for the duration of the Festival):

 

Friday 16 September 

 

10am-5pm, Rotunda: schools and education day at the main festival site

 

2.30pm, Scarborough Art Gallery: Anyone can be a Palaeontologist (£3)

Learn what it takes to become a palaeontologist as experts Liam Herringshaw from The Palaeontological Association, Jack Oyston and Katie Strang discuss how to start your career studying all things geology.

 

6pm, Scarborough Art Gallery: The Bone Wars (£3)

It’s dinomania as Richard L. Fallon and Dr Elinor Michel from the Natural History Museum take you on a fascinating journey through Victorian Britain and how the dinosaurs were brought ‘back to life’.

 

Saturday 17 September

 

10am-5pm, Rotunda: main festival exhibitors

 

11am, meet at Rotunda: rock pooling (adults £3, children £2)

Join us for a rock pooling adventure, where you can identify and learn about the sea creatures that live near Scarborough’s shores. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

 

11-11.45am, noon-12.45pm, 1-1.45pm, Aquarium Top: drop-in sea monster workshops

Using found objects from the beach, come and create a fantastic sea monster sculpture with artist Karen Thompson.

 

11.30am-noon, 12.30-1pm, 2-2.30pm, 3-3.30pm, town centre: baby T-Rex walkabout

Walk with a dinosaur! Run from a dinosaur! Meet Rex, who returns to maraud through the centre of Scarborough.

 

Noon, 2.30pm, Rotunda: The Iguanodon Restaurant Show

Come and see this special outdoor performance focusing on famous fossil discoveries and the birth of geology.

 

Noon, meet outside Spa: dinosaur footprint walk (adults £3, children £2)

Join this expert-led walk and see the footprints left by our prehistoric friends when Scarborough was a giant Jurassic rock pool. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

 

2pm, Library Conference Room: Bucketsful of Badness – with author Ian Whybrow (adults £6, children £4, family ticket £12)

Meet children’s author Ian Whybrow for the lowdown on the mischievous dinosaurs, dogs, small wolves, bears and meerkats that feature in his stories. Get your books signed.

 

6pm, Library Conference Room: Promised Land (Cert 15, 106 minutes) (£5)

A controversial drama about the consequences of fracking on our environment starring Matt Damon.

 

8pm, Library Conference Room: Promised Land – Fact vs Fiction

Discover how plausible Promised Land is – our team of geologists discuss the truths and myths about fracking.

 

Sunday 18 September

 

10am-5pm, Rotunda: main festival exhibitors

 

11am, meet at Rotunda: rock pooling (adults £3, children £2)

 

11-11.45am, noon-12.45pm, 1-1.45pm, Aquarium Top: drop-in sea monster workshops

 

11.30am-noon, 12.30-1pm, 2-2.30pm, 3-3.30pm in the town centre: baby T-Rex walkabout

 

Noon, 2.30pm, Rotunda: The Iguanodon Restaurant Show

 

Noon, meet outside the Spa: dinosaur footprint walk (adults £3, children £2)

 

4pm, Stephen Joseph Theatre: Dinosaur Park – The Jurassic Parody

(adults £12, children £8, family ticket £35 – suitable for ages 8-plus).

Watch as the Park family embark on a journey into a misty past. When things go wrong, family feuds become lost in the roar of DIY dinosaurs. As part of their UK Tour, enjoy the show that sold out and wowed the Edinburgh Fringe. Book your tickets at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

 

Family tickets are for two adults and up to three children.

 

 

 

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