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A day of family fun celebrating rocks, fossils and minerals! This year we will be focusing on Bristol’s very own dinosaur Thecodontosaurus antiquus or ‘Theco’ to his friends.
Drop in to take part in geology themed activities, talks and tours throughout the day, including a sneak peek behind the scenes!
There will be story time sessions for younger visitors as well as dinosaur dressing up, fossil handling, dinosaur crafts and drawing activities. You’ll get to meet the experts and specialist stands from the Bristol Dinosaur Project. (University of Bristol) and the Bristol Naturalists’ Society.
This year is particularly special as we’ll be celebrating 20 years of the Bristol Dinosaur Project.
Talks and tours
12:15pm, 1.15pm and 2.15pm
Palaeontologist Rhys Charles from The Bristol Dinosaur Project will deliver dinosaur talks in the Geology Gallery. Talks last around 20 minutes.
- Geology store tour
12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Come ‘behind the scenes’ and take a peek at some of the beautiful rock and fossil gems in the geology stores. Maximum 10 people per tour. Tours last about 30 minutes. Sign up and meet in the Front Hall. Age 7+. No step-free access but alternative arrangements possible.
- Biology store tour
12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Come ‘behind the scenes’ and see some of the treasures from the natural world cared for in the biology stores. Maximum 10 people per tour. Tours last about 30 minutes. Sign up and meet in the Front Hall. Age 7+. No step-free access.
Ground floor: Front hall
- Meet the palaeontologists from the Dinosaur Society (University of Bristol) and the Bristol Naturalists’ Society and handle real fossils at the handling tables. You’ll get to identify fossils from real geological samples and discover who else was living when Theco was living in the Bristol area, around 210 million years ago. You can also bring in your own fossils finds for the experts to identify.
Ground floor: Rear hall
- Doris the Pliosaur
Meet Doris the Pliosaur and talk to the Doris volunteers at the Plio-table about how our favourite pliosaur swam in the seas that once covered Bristol around 150 million years ago. Activities include puzzles, Doris storybook, fossil handling material and Top Chomps card game.
- Dressing up and puppet play
Ever wanted to dress up as a dinosaur? Here is your chance! Adults can dress up too.
First floor: Activities room
- Dinosaur crafts
Get creative and make a dinosaur related work of art to take home.
First floor: Gypsy caravan
11:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Enjoy an immersive and interactive story session delivered by professional storyteller Cassandra Wye. Meet at the Gypsy Caravan. The story lasts around 20 minutes. Aimed at our younger audience, but anyone can join in the fun.
First Floor: Geology gallery
- Dinosaur activity box
Discover Bristol 210 million years ago. Explore a dedicated activity box of books, puzzles, toys and a trail to discover how dinosaurs lived millions of year ago.
- Meet the Bristol dinosaur
Dinosaur experts from The Bristol Dinosaur Project will be on hand beside the model of Thecodontosaurus to talk about Bristol’s very own dinosaur and to answer all your dinosaur questions.