Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2016
The 2016 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is in full swing. After a successful day yesterday with around two dozen primary schools attending, Friday is dedicated to supporting secondary schools, those pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4 of the English national curriculum. Local fossil expert Brandon Lennon reports that there were some strong winds battering the Dorset coast earlier in the week, this affected the build up to the Festival but all the marquees were erected and everything made ready for what will be four days for frenetic fossil themed activities.
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
The View Towards the Famous Lyme Regis Cobb
Picture credit: Brandon Lennon
Even in bad weather, Lyme Regis is picturesque. This part of the “Jurassic Coast” tends to have its own micro-climate, a phenomenon that team members at Everything Dinosaur have experienced themselves. It can be raining in Sidmouth (Devon) to the west, but the Lyme Regis and Charmouth areas stay dry. The weather forecast for the weekend, the public open days of the 2016 festival, is much better. Strong sea breezes are still in the forecast but it is going to be dry and as a result, even more visitors are expected. It is going to be a busy couple of days for the organisers and the exhibitors.
The Marquees Along the Sea Front
Picture credit: Brandon Lennon
To visit the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival website: Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2016
Promoting Science to Young People
The theme of this year’s festival is “promoting science to young people” and there will be lots to do and see at Lyme Regis over the next couple of days or so. However, team members at Everything Dinosaur have received reports about further minor rock falls from the cliffs surrounding the town. A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“The cliffs remain saturated and further rock falls over the next few days cannot be discounted. We urge visitors to the Festival to take care whilst on the beach and to stay away from the bottom of the cliffs.”
One of the best ways to enjoy the geology of Lyme Regis and Charmouth is to take part in a guided fossil walk. There are a number of these walks built into the programme of the Festival itself, but other walks are available throughout most of the year.
To learn more about organised fossil walks in the Lyme Regis area: Lyme Regis Fossil Walks
For those who would prefer not to explore the beaches themselves, there will be lots of fascinating fossils on display in the marquees. Many of the specimens on display have been found in the Dorset area and can be purchased, there will certainly be many different Ammonites to choose from, if Chris Moore’s trade stand is anything to go by.
Chris Moore (Forge Fossils, Charmouth) Prepares his Trade Stand
Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur
It looks like there will be one or two bargains to be had. There will also be plenty of opportunities to discuss the ancient fauna of Lyme Regis with the multitude of local fossil experts who will be attending this year’s event, in addition, visitors have the chance to meet scientists from the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey, Palaeontological Association, Plymouth University, Natural England, Jurassic Coast Trust, Dorset Geologists, Geological Society, Lyme Regis Museum, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the National Oceanography Centre.
For models and replicas of iconic animals from the “Jurassic Coast”: Models of Iconic Fossil Animals, Toys and Gifts.
We wish the Festival every success and we look forward to hearing more about the 2016 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival over the weekend.