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Places to See Dinosaurs this Summer

Written by Sharon Nyangwe

Summer is here so let the little explorer’s out,
To spot the mighty dinosaurs roaming all about.
In zoos, parks, museums and more,
Our handy guide is packed with dinomania galore!

Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester

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A perfect day out for dinosaur lovers and little budding anthropologists of all ages! Be propelled to the prehistoric age with fantastic life size dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Museum then head over to the Tutankhamun Exhibition to discover all the ancient treasures found in his tomb! BOOK HERE

Drayton Manor, Staffordshire

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Enjoy a day of fun at Drayton Manor, the home of Thomas Land and say hello to their pre-historic friend at the Dino Trail! From family friendly rides to the all out adrenaline pumping thrills and spills of Shockwave and Apocalypse, Drayton Manor has something for everyone! For visits from 17th August to 4th September, enjoy our Meal Deal + VertiGO combo for only £22.50 per person!  BOOK HERE.

22nd Jul 2017 – 3rd Sep 2017
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A very exciting Summer awaits all the family as a new herd of animals are set to visit this zoo – dinosaurs! Families can lose themselves in a prehistoric world and meet moving monsters including the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Kids can follow a fun trail and even dig for fossils. BOOK HERE.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, London

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Enter a world of the truly unbelievable, bizarre and amazing! Ripley’s London houses over 700 fascinating artefacts, spread over 5 floors and covering a wide range of themes. Whether it’s amazing art, incredible nature, absorbing history, people and culture or simply the weird and wonderful that intrigue you, Ripley’s will not disappoint. BOOK HERE.

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park

Little dinos will LOVE West Midland Safari Park’s latest addition… the amazing Land of the Living Dinosaurs! Come and see the UK’s largest collection of animatronic dinosaurs to learn all about these fascinating creatures. Plus, don’t miss the latest dino addition, the Spinosaurus! which is believed to be the largest dinosaur to ever roam the earth! Find out more.

The Adventurers Village, Gulliver’s Resort, Milton Keynes

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Take the whole family on a fun packed trip away to the Adventure Village at Gulliver’s Resort! This resort has a range of extra special themed accommodation from Dino Dens and Jungle Safari Tents to Deluxe Western Lodges. You and your little ones will never run out of things to do at Gulliver’s Land Theme Park, the Dinosaur Park and the Splash Zone. Find out more.
27th May 2017 – 3rd Sep 2017

This magnificent dinosaur exhibition is the perfect entertainment for kids and it’s at the Zoo gardens until September if you don’t get chance over the half-term holiday! Follow the dino trail, dig for fossils and chat to experts who will be able to answer all your questions! Find out more.

Dinosaur Adventure – Dereham, Norfolk

29th August -3rd September – Dippy’s Summer Beach Party

Hunt dinosaurs and unearth fossils at Dinosaur Adventure! Collect stamps as you walk along the trail to hunt down life sized replicas… for every one you find you’ll earn a medal! Little dinos can head to the adventure playground to enjoy swinging, sliding and climbing. There’s a separate area just for the under 5s and even a Fun Barn, Deer Park, crazy gold and more! This Summer from 29th August-3rd September grab a towel and bathing costume and bring the kids to enjoy this brilliant Splash Zone!Find out more.

Birdland & Jurassic Journey, Gloucestershire

Calling all Dinosaur Hunters and Fossil Fanatics! Head to Jurassic Journey this summer and embark on a fascinating expedition discovering life-size dinosaurs.  The jurassic-themed landscape has more than 30 different dinosaurs and is filled with hidden treasures like dinosaur skeletons and giant dinosaur eggs. This is the perfect day out for the whole family to have fun and learn all about our prehistoric past. Find out more.

All Things Wild, Evesham, Worcestershire

Credit: Rebecca Taylor

Credit: Rebecca Taylor

You and your kids can go wild at All Things Wild! There are loads of amazing animals, such as ducks, chickens, geese, deer, ferrets, guinea pigs, geckos, snakes, lizards, alpacas, pigs, llamas, sheep and many more! There is also a pedal go-kart track, life sized dinosaurs and a wonderful children’s play area for the kids to run riot in! Find out more.

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Ilfracombe, Devon

With the help of animatronics, be propelled to the prehistoric age with fantastic life-sized dinosaurs. The Megalosaurs, Dilophosaurs and Velociraptors movements are powered by compressed air, delivered via hidden underground pipes. It’s not just animatronics on show, check out the meerkats, owls and mighty lions, amongst many more! Other attractions include the Earthquake Canyon Train Ride, Tomb of the Pharoahs & Tropical House. Find out more.

Torquay’s Dinosaur World; Torquay, Devon

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With lots of hands on exhibits for you to touch (are you brave enough to grab the Triceratops by the horns?!) plus full sized and scale models of dinosaurs, this is a great place to learn about these prehistoric creatures and see incredible fossils. Find out more.

The Natural History Museum; London

If you’ve got a budding Attenborough on your hands then they will love this museum! As you walk into the huge gallery you’ll be greeted by a roaring T.Rex, there are so many brilliant exhibitions and displays from Dinosaurs to the Blue Whale there is plenty to look at here! Find out more.

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales – Swansea

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Explore three exciting caves, including Dan-yr-Ogof, Bone cave and Cathedral, each with beautifully decorated passages spanning over 1km. Learn why there are 42 human skeletons buried within its caves, as well as paying a visit to one of the largest collections of model dinosaurs in the world!  Find out more.

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park – Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Dinosaurs of China- 1st July – 29th October

This amazing building, home to the National History Museum, has a collection of three quarters of a million specimens that make up its zoology, geology, and botany collections! This summer from 1st July to 29th October the Dinosaurs of China exhibition will be visiting Europe and will tell the fascinating story of how these prehistoric animals evolved into some of the creatures that live with us today. Find out more.

Dinosaurs in The Wild, Birmingham & Manchester

7th October 2017 – 7th January 2018 in Manchester

Be part of the ground-breaking adventure at Dinosaurs in The Wild! This family-friendly experience will take you on the journey of discovery, where you get to travel back in time and feel how it was like 67 million years ago, surrounded by living dinosaurs! Find out more.

The Lost Kingdom at Paultons Park; Romsey, Hampshire

Brand new to Paultons Park, The Lost Kingdom is a Jurassic adventure full of realistic dinosaurs in all shapes and sizes! You can even get up close to a ‘living’ animatronic dinosaur! There are also two exhilarating rollercoasters, a dinosaur adventure play area where you can dig for fossils, and a 4×4 jeep safari dinosaur expedition! Find out more.

The Dinosaur Park; Tenby, Wales

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Credit: The Dinosaur Park Tenby

Follow the trail and spot over 30 dinosaurs waiting for you – be sure to tiptoe past the spitting Dilosophaur or you might get wet! The Information Centre is the place to learn some interesting dino facts plus you can also explore the indoor and outdoor adventure play areas! Find out more.

Dino Park, Dumfries

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Discover the giants who roamed the planet 150 million years ago! Dig for fossils, hear stories, find out facts and take a journey through a dinosaur mine! Find out more.

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum; Lyme Regis, Dorset

This museum is run by Palaeontologist Steve Davies and is a private collection. The museum contains over 10,000 specimens including some of the best fossils to be found on display. Top off your visit with a walk along the beach at Lyme Regis which is a fantastic place for children to search for fossils to take home! Find out more.

Dinostar, Hull, Humberside

Kids will love this extremely hands-on museum where they will be able to touch dinosaur bones! Don’t miss the unique dinosaur sound box and the Tyrannosaurus rex skull as well as dinosaurs you can even smell! Find out more.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History; Oxford

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The footprints on the front lawn hint to what you may find inside….a fantastic display of dinosaurs, including species from the UK and across the world! Even better – there is no entry charge so it’s free to wander round at your own leisure! Find out more.

National Museum Cardiff; Wales

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Learn about the evolution of Wales, with rocks, fossils, bones and skeletons to amaze you, plus impressive dinosaur footprints…all with free entry! Find out more.

Manchester Museum; Manchester

Spot the terrific dinosaur Stan, the T-Rex plus a large collection of fantastic fossils all on display in the Fossils Gallery. At home children can go online to enjoy the interactive resource to help them learn more about the creatures of the past. Find out more.

Chester Zoo, Chester, Cheshire

Chester Zoo is a wonderful day out for the animals lovers of the family. You’ll be able to see some daily animal talks, where the keepers will tell you all about an array of animals including giraffes, chimps, elephants, lions, tigers and penguins. For a unique dinosaur experience, download their special augmented reality app and watch the dinosaurs come to live on your phone! Download the app here. Find out more.

Dinosaur Isle; Sandown, Isle of Wight

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An interactive museum where children can learn about these creatures from the past, featuring bones and fossils from the local area and beyond. Find out more.

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