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In the footsteps of dinosaurs – three Scarborough companies launch unique new products at Fossil Festival

A unique new range of products and events with a dinosaur and fossil theme is to be launched at next week’s Yorkshire Fossil Festival.

Three Scarborough-based companies – geological consultants and event organisers Hidden Horizons, publishers High Tide and educational designers Wooden Ark – will unveil the first of their new projects at the Festival, which takes place in and around Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum from 18 to 20 September.

The three will share a marquee where dinosaur fans and fossil hunters can get their first look at the new pocket edition of the popular book The Dinosaur Coast, by High Tide’s Roger Osborne, and an exciting and informative range of dinosaur posters by The Dinosaur Company, a joint venture from Hidden Horizons and Wooden Ark.

Hidden Horizons and High Tide are also coming together to provide a range of events and publications including educational Saturday sessions on geology for adults, starting in October. More details and booking information will be available at the Fossil Festival.

High Tide is run by Roger Osborne, a trained geologist and acclaimed author, and journalist Janis Bright; Hidden Horizons is headed by Will Watts, also a qualified geologist; and Wooden Ark is educational designers Tony and Georgina Richardson, who have worked for high profile clients including the Oxford University Press and the Imperial War Museum, for which they recently produced a children’s activity guide.

Roger Osborne says: “The Dinosaur Coast was first published 15 years ago, and has proved very popular – this new, pocket edition features updated content and new pictures. Visitors to the Fossil Festival will also be able to buy my other books on geology, including The Floating Egg and Rocks and Landscape of the North York Moors.”

 Will Watts says: “I’m very excited about teaming up with both High Tide and Wooden Ark. Roger and I have some fascinating events planned for the autumn, including some around the bi-centenary of William Smith’s groundbreaking map of the geological strata of England and Wales – and I’m thrilled with the range of posters which will be the first of many great products from The Dinosaur Company.”

Tony Richardson says: “Designing the first five posters for The Dinosaur Company – featuring a Utahraptor, Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Diplodocus – was a really enjoyable challenge. The finished posters are both decorative and informative.”

The second Yorkshire Fossil Festival is again run by Scarborough Museums Trust in partnership with The Palaeontogical Association. For more information, please visit: http://www.scarboroughmuseumstrust.com/#!fossil-festival/csj0

Fossil fest rocks on

Local organisations including our own High Tide are gearing up for this month's fossil festival organised by Scarborough Museums Trust.

Run in partnership with The Palaeontological Association, the festival will take shape in and around the town’s Rotunda Museum from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September, with events ranging from public talks from leading scientists to fun for young children.

The T-Rex who proved such a hit outside the Rotunda during the Tour de Yorkshire in May makes a welcome return on Saturday and Sunday, and dinosaur fans can also meet the co-presenter of the recent ITV programme, Dinosaur Britain, Dean Lomax.

High Tide will be launching our exciting new guidebook The Dinosaur Coast, alongside Hidden Horizons with its fossil and rockpooling walks and the Dinosaur Company's scary giant posters. There'll be lots to see and do in the shared marquee.

Events for children will include sand sculpting and workshops from Sand in your Eye (Saturday and Sunday afternoons), rockpooling trips (Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 1pm), and a dinosaur footprint walk (Sunday from noon to 4pm).

There will be two talks at Scarborough Library – on Friday evening at 7pm, David Bond, NERC Advanced Research Fellow at the University of Hull, will look at the environmental change during Earth’s greatest mass extinction events. And on Saturday at 4.30pm, Dr Alexander Dunhill, Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, will give a family-friendly talk about the dinosaurs that once roamed the Yorkshire Coast.

Most of the event is free; tickets for the Rotunda and Art Gallery are £3 for the whole year. Tickets for the talks are free, but must be booked in advance – please call the Rotunda Museum on 01723 353665.

Buffaloes roam in Hunmanby

They’ve had their music played on Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 6 and played live at Hyde Park for Radio 2. But now the Buffalo Skinners are playing at Hunmanby Community Centre, Stonegate YO14 0NS on Friday 25 September at 7.30pm.

They started their career in Scarborough but now spend most of their time touring. They play folk music with a twist arranged in a beat-pop style which has earned them a large group of fans in the UK, Europe and the West Coast of America. They are amazing live.

Tickets: £12 available from Boots Chemist branch in Hunmanby

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