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Yorkshire Fossil Festival Returns to Scarborough For Second Year

Yorkshire Fossil Festival 2015

Fossil fans are gearing up for the fantastic second annual Yorkshire Fossil Festival in Scarborough later this month.

Scarborough Museums Trust, in partnership with The Palaeontological Association, is hosting the festival 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.

And nearly 300 children from local primary and secondary schools will be learning about the past on the schools day on Friday.

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.

Tickets for the talks are free, but must be booked in advance – please call the Rotunda Museum on 01723 353665.

Throughout the weekend, stalls and stands in and around the Rotund will include:

  • British Geological Survey and Geological Curators Group: ‘Be a Curator’
  • Geological Society: fossil handling, William Smith geological map colouring
  • Hidden Horizons: fossil plaster casting
  • Rotunda Geology Group: fossil handling
  • Scarborough Astronomical Society: observing the sun and a waxing moon
  • Natural History Museum: ammonites, minerals fossil sharks and fossil digitisation
  • Stephen Joseph Theatre: circus skills (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Oxford University Museum: William Smith ‘undergroundologist’, fossil and mineral handling
  • High Tide Publishing: books for sale including a new Dinosaur Coast book
  • Emerald Ant: Horace the Pliosaur, walk-in dinosaur cinema
  • The Palaeontological Association: recreating geological time through fossil displays
  • James McKay: palaeoartist, bringing to life visitors’ favourite UK fossils
  • Animated Objects: storytelling performance (Friday)
  • Rob Mackay: sound installation inside the Rotunda
  • York Museums Trust: cast your own fossils
  • Dinosaur Isle Museum: display of Isle of Wight fossils and handling
  • Dean Lomax, palaeontologist, and co-presenter of ITV’s Dinosaur Britain: signing and selling his book Dinosaurs of the British Isles
  • University of Leeds: making trace fossils and experiments to understand different ancient environments
  • University of Hull
  • Yorkshire Geological Society

Debbie Seymour, Chief Executive of Scarborough Museums Trust, says: “Last year’s Fossil Festival was a huge success, and this year’s will be even bigger and better, with something for all ages. And there’ll be plenty of experts around for anyone who wants to bring along a fossil they have found for identification!”

The event is looking for volunteers to help out across the weekend – anyone willing to help should contact SMT’s Volunteer Manager Julie Baxter on 01723 3384506 or email

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