Seaton Jurassic opening at Easter

PUBLISHED: 11:47 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 21:47 14 April 2016

One of the interactve displays at Seaton Jurassic. Picture: MATT AUSTIN

One of the interactve displays at Seaton Jurassic. Picture: MATT AUSTIN

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New £4million attraction set to bring thousands of visitors to the area

A £4million visitor attraction is set to open its doors to visitors for the first time this Easter.

Seaton Jurassic is based in the East Devon coastal resort of Seaton. It hopes to attract thousands of visitors to experience its unique telling of the story of life and particularly how it has evolved on the Jurassic Coast over the past 250 million years ago.

Mike Ruiter, Seaton Jurassic’s manager said: “We are very excited about the prospect of opening. Our staff and local volunteers can’t wait to greet the first visitors when we open our doors at 10am on Saturday 26th March. We think Seaton Jurassic offers a unique experience for visitors. They can certainly expect something very different to what already exists along the Jurassic Coast.”

In the past weeks trial sessions with invited guests have already proved Seaton Jurassic own take on local natural and geological history to be a hit with people of all ages.

HRH Princess Anne visited the Seaton Jurassic centre. Ref mha 15-16SH 0701. Picture: Simon Horn HRH Princess Anne visited the Seaton Jurassic centre. Ref mha 15-16SH 0701. Picture: Simon Horn

Mr Ruiter continued: “We’ve had people tell us they were amazed by our interactive exhibits, wowed by the detail of them and what we’ve managed to fit into the space available.”

Seaton Jurassic promises to take people on an adventure back across 250 million years to the beginnings of the Mesozoic period. It charts the struggles of local life to adapt and survive in changing and often hostile environments. Visitors are being promised ‘time travel’ and the prospect of coming face-to-face with the creatures and characters who have been part of the Jurassic Coast’s story.

But there’s a more tranquil side to Seaton Jurassic. Visitors can also expect a café with two huge palm trees at their centre along with a menu of good food and drink sourced using local suppliers. A shop and wildlife garden completes the experience.

Seaton Jurassic is marking its opening with a packed programme of entertainments and events. On Saturday 26th March there will be storytellers, face painters and more. Sunday 27th March sees a Jurassic-themed Easter Egg Hunt. While on Easter Monday 28th March a special expert-led guided walk will unlock the secrets held in the rocks of the local landscape. These events signal a spring and summer programme the full details of which people can see at www.seatonjurassic.org

Seaton Jurassic is owned by East Devon District Council. Leader Paul Diviani said that the centre - at the very heart of the world-renowned Jurassic Coast - marks another step in the regeneration of the town.

He said: “Seaton Jurassic is a top attraction which will bring in thousands of visitors and, in turn, will boost the economy of Seaton and East Devon too.

“We’re very proud to be the main funder of such a unique project and we believe it will be a catalyst for the further regeneration of the town itself.”

The operator of Seaton Jurassic is Devon Wildlife Trust. The charity’s Chief Executive Officer, Harry Barton, said: “Seaton Jurassic is a project that has been more than a decade in the making. Seeing it for real, brand new, dramatic and sparkling in the spring sunshine, is an absolute thrill. And like all great treasures, the best bits are inside! I am just so grateful for all the support from the local community. I really hope they are as proud of the end result as I am.”

Seaton Jurassic will open its doors for the first time at 10am on Saturday 26th March. Entry costs £8 for adults and £5 for children, with family tickets priced at £18. The entry fee covers return visits for a year.

Seaton Jurassic can be found on the Underfleet, Seaton, EX12 2WD, next to the Seaton Tramway. It has a pay and display car park just 100 metres from its entrance and excellent public transport links with the X53 Jurassic Coast bus stopping at its door! Further details about making a visit to Seaton Jurassic can be found at www.seatonjurassic.org

Seaton Jurassic has received generous support from Devon County Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Seaton Town Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Fine Family Foundation, Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, Blue Marine Foundation and Jurassic Coast Trust.

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