The greatest ‘rock’ festival in the history of the world

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Fossil collecting on Monmouth Beach

From May to September at venues along the 95 miles of Jurassic Coast from Exmouth to Studland Bay, towns and communities will be participating in and enjoying a wide range of events to celebrate England’s only natural World Heritage Site. It is billed as the greatest ‘rock’ festival in the history of the world.

Most of the events will be free and there will be something for the whole family: visual arts, music, outdoor theatre, stone carving, earth sciences and cutting edge technological experiences. (see our events list)

And it all begins this weekend (4-6 May) with the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2012: a spectacular weekend of events.

There will be hands-on activities for all ages in addition to music, theatre, the Fossil Fair and fossil walks and talks. There will be the Travelling Pliosaur Cinema event with Horace, the life-sized (39ft) animated pliosaur whose keepers, Professor Humphrieson and his keeper Joe will invite children inside his cavernous belly to see a film of what he would have eaten. You can fly with pterodactyls on Jurassic Airlines from Lyme Regis’s pop-up International Airport, taking a simulated flight along the Jurassic Coast. Dozens of experts from the Natural History Museum will be on hand to chat with visitors, and the British Antarctic Survey will be back too, with all the kit they use to keep warm in the frozen South!

The annual Lyme Regis Fossil Festival draws crowds of up to 14,000 every year to meet with other enthusiastic amateurs as well as experts. To offer some light relief there will also be performance artists and animated versions of creatures brought dramatically to life. This year is no exception: visitors young and old will be thrilled, fascinated and entertained by the array of offerings in the Grand Marquee, the beach and surrounding areas.

This unique fusion of bringing together top paleontologists and earth scientists from around the world with local artists is what makes the Lyme Regis event of international importance every year, as it lights up children’s curiosity and broadens everyone’s minds.

Further events planned for the 2012 Jurassic Coast Earth Festival Include: A series of 14 guided coastal walks, Rock Around the Coast, will take place each Saturday starting in Exmouth on 19th May and ending on 18th August at Studland. Seaton will be hosting a biodiversity and wildlife weekend, Natural Seaton, on 22nd – 23rd June. Westbay will be running Jurassic Coast Activity Days (14th-16th August) which will take the form of a mini-Fossil Festival and include art events, and Durlston (10th-20th May), Exmouth (4th- 8th August) and Lulworth (16th-17th August) will be running their own mini-Earth Festivals.

For a view on Lyme Regis and fossil hunting click-here for Cathrene’s article in CD-Traveller last year.

Make sure that you check out our events list for these special events, as there will be a host of family fun local communities from small towns to the bustling venue for the London 2012 Games at Weymouth and Portland.

CD-Traveller article on Lyme Regis:

Image: ©Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

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