Lyme Regis Fossil Festival promises fun for all

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival - Credit: Archant

This year’s theme is Time, Tides and Tectonics,

Plans are well advanced for this year’s Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.

The popular event takes place between Friday, April 28, and Sunday, April 30, with activities will be held between 10am and 5pm, providing plenty of opportunities for people to learn and have fun.

Events are held throughout the town, creating a vibrant festival atmosphere.

The festival is free to attend and offers a variety of educational pursuits and entertainment.

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Its prestigious partners include the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey, Geological Society, Jurassic Coast Trust, Natural England and teams from several universities.

Iggy the Iguanodon Restaurant is also returning after a successful debut at last year’s festival – Iggy is a unique piece of street theatre featuring pioneers of palaeontology, including Lyme Regis’s own Mary Anning.

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This year’s theme is Time, Tides and Tectonics, exploring the global forces which have impacted – and continue to impact – the world and the Jurassic Coast in particular.

There is a varied arts and science programme, including talks and fossil walks, providing something for everyone.

Activities for all ages are on offer, including sieving for sharks’ teeth - which participants can keep - with the Natural History Museum and creating ‘Ammonite Slice’ sculptures with local artist Darrell Wakelam.

New this year is an invitation to help create the ‘Sand Time Walk’ - a series of sand sculptures depicting creatures and events from the Jurassic Coast geological story.

There will also be stalls selling a variety of fossils, jewellery and dinosaur gifts.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival offers fun for the whole family, inspiring young and old alike.

• Friday is schools’ day, so some of the festival partners may not be able to accommodate the public.

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