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Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
April 30 - May 1Free
Have you seen a life-sized dinosaur or held a 200 million year old fossil in your hands? Will you discover your very own fossil in the sand and get to take it home? All these questions and more will be answered in a weekend of science, discovery and fun! After two years of delivering the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival online, the popular science festival will be back in Lyme Regis town from Saturday April 30th – Sunday May 1st 2022!
The Fossil Festival, now in its 14th year will once again host the country’s top palaeontological and geological organisations throughout the town centre featuring representatives from the Etches Collection, the Natural History Museum, the Palaeontological Association, Bristol University, Jurassic Coast Trust, Dinosaur Isle, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and lots of local scientific organisations, as well as some thought-provoking and entertaining talks and lectures in the Marine Theatre and the Guildhall.
The coast around Lyme Regis and Charmouth is one of the most famous, and significant fossil sites in the World. It is the richest source of fossil marine reptiles, fish and insects anywhere in the World and is the place where the first ichthyosaur and plesiosaur were described in science thanks to Mary Anning (1799-1847), quite possibly the most famous fossil collector of all time.
There will be plenty of opportunities to follow in the footsteps of Mary Anning when you join one of the many guided fossil or geological walks over the weekend. There will also be stalls selling a variety of fossils, jewellery and dinosaur gifts as well as a vibrant street food and drinks market. Full programme details will be made available at the beginning of March on www.fossilfestival.com