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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fossils fuel the dinosaur imagination at three-day festival

Careful with that baby T-Rex.
Getting ready for the festival.
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is returning to Scarborough for a third year, bringing fun, fascinating forums and forensic foraging to all things palaeontological.

The three-day event opens 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 said: “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.”

Further information: www.yorkshirefossilfestival.co.uk

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