Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 29th April to 1st May

The fossil festival located at Lyme Regis (Lyme Regis and Charmouth) is just over ten weeks away and plans for the events and activities are well in hand.  The event is scheduled to take place over the first Bank Holiday weekend in late April and early May, fingers crossed for some fine weather to help the fossil hunters.

Fossil Festival

The programme of events starts Friday 29th April and runs through the weekend to Sunday evening.  There will be a chance to meet fossil experts, get involved in dinosaur sized artwork, dig for ammonites, shop at the fossil fair, participate in street theatre, construct a giant dinosaur jigsaw and to go fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast with an expert guide.

This year, we are delighted to hear that our chum, Brandon Lennon has been invited to lead a fossil festival guided walk along the Dorset shoreline.  Brandon is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced fossil experts in the area, and a walk with him exploring the Jurassic sediments is one thing not to be missed.

Come rain or shine, Brandon will be at Festival information booth at 8.45am sharp on the morning of the 29th ready to lead those fortunate people lucky enough to be able to sign up for this activity.  We know that part of the Jurassic coast extremely well and for an informed walking tour of the beach area, Brandon is just the sort of person needed to take you back to the time of ichthyosaurs, long-necked plesiosaurs and the beautiful ammonites and belemnites.

Fossils from Lyme Regis

Fossils found at Lyme Regis (Dorset). What is a fossil?

Lyme Regis full of fossils.  Plans in place for the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.  Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view models and replicas of ammonites, belemnites and other prehistoric animals associated with the “Jurassic Coast” of Dorset: CollectA Age of Dinosaurs Popular Range.

Dress for the Weather

We would advise dressing for the weather, rain gear – if it is going to be wet and be sure to wear sensible shoes as walkers will be venturing over wet sand and rocks as they travel back in time.

Further information on the special fossil walks being organised, including information on how to book for Brandon’s walk on the Friday morning will be provided.  The Fossil Festival website also contains details of all the other exciting events and activities that are going to be taking place over that weekend.

The 2011 Fossil Festival

Picture credit: Fossil Festival

We wish all the organisers and volunteers the very best and hope that his year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.  Don’t tell Prince William that the Fossil Festival starts on the 29th of April, he may be tempted to cancel the wedding!

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