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.