The lure of the fossil

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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. Coming up this bank holiday weekend is the 2013 Fossil Festival (3rd – 5th May 2013) which will explore the marine habitats that produced the very different types of cliffs that we see today, whether chalk, lias, or red mudstone. Can the study of the geology and fossils tell us about preparing for living on the coast in the future?

Lyme Regis Fossil Hunting (All photos (c) Lyme Regis Fossil Festival)

Fossil hunting fun for the whole family at Lyme Regis (c) Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

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.

There is a great programme of hands-on and fine art, including stone balancing, the return of flights to Pangea on OnBoard, and the Travelling Pliosaur Cinema, as well as street theatre and performances at the Marine Theatre. For the first time there will be an exhibition of Paleoart, from some of the leading British scientist/artists.

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.

Ammonites are common on the Jurassic beaches (c) Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Ammonites are common on the Jurassic beaches (c) Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Lyme Regis sits at the heart of the Jurassic Coast (in the South West of Dorset) England’s only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its Jurassic fossil beds made famous by Mary Anning in the 18th and 19th Century. You could find a whole ichthyosaur or plesiosaur (marine reptile fish lizards and long necked creatures much like Mythical Nessie from the famed Scottish loch) just like the ones she did, but this is extremely rare!
For more information regarding this event, click here.


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

All photos (c) Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

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