Last Day for Dinosaur Encounters at the BIC
Today, the 31st August, is the last day of the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) Dinosaurs Encounter exhibition. By tonight the doors to the dinosaur exhibit will have closed for the last time and the engineers and technical experts will be working over the next few days to dismantle and crate up the various animatronic dinosaurs that have been on display.
No doubt these mechanical marvels will be making an appearance at another venue in the near future, but for the time being we have to see them packed off and the sets cleared ready for the next event to be staged at the Bournemouth Pavilion.
The Solent Hall has echoed to the sounds of Triceratops, Ankylosaurus, Oviraptors and ornithomimids over the last few weeks but by 5pm this evening the hall will be silent as the great prehistoric animal models are switched off at this venue and the first part of the breakdown of the sets takes place.
We met lots of lovely people when we worked down at the event, it does not seem like two months ago when we were helping to open the event and meet all the journalists and hoteliers as we promoted the exhibition. Our fossils and casts even got their very own dressing room. This was really handy as we had somewhere safe to store them and we could then bring lots of different ones out to show the visitors. Many thousands will have seen the event over the Summer months, all of them enthusiastically met by the helpful Bournemouth staff.
I know the management team at the Pavilion received some lovely comments from the visitors, especially all the excited young dinosaur fans who came to meet the prehistoric animals and take part in the activities organised by the Bournemouth Pavilion team.
We remember the little blind boy and his Mum and Dad who came to visit on the opening weekend. We got out lots of fossils and replica casts and this one special dinosaur fan and his parents got to hold Mammoth teeth, T. rex claws, the skull cap of an Ankylosaurus and the lower jawbone of an adult Triceratops. We think this made his day. He was certainly very excited and could hardly contain his excitement as his fingers traced over the contours of each fossil.
Our thanks to everyone at the Bournemouth Pavilion who helped to make the event such an enjoyable experience for all the visitors.