The Jurassic Coast Earth Festival


     The Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012 was a celebration of England's only natural World Heritage Site. From May to September, coastal and gateway towns in Dorset and East Devon hosted an exciting programme of events that fused art and performance with science, giving us a new way of seeing where we fit into the history of time.

With the eyes of the world on the London 2012 Games, the Jurassic Coast - 95 miles of breathtaking coastline between Exmouth and Swanage - provided the stunning setting for the Weymouth and Portland sailing and windsurfing events. The Jurassic Coast Earth Festival was part of Maritime Mix: London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.

Our Specially Commissioned Arts Projects included:

  • Onboard - a low-carbon simulated flight on Jurassic Airlines; fly back 185 million years and ‘visit' other natural World Heritage Sites
  • Pliosaur - an enormous cinematic, walk-in Jurassic lizard - big enough to eat a T-Rex
  • Celebration of Time - with surrealist singer songwriter Robin Hitchcock and poet John Hegley
  • 26 and 7 Bones - stories and performance, engaging hands and feet, people and place, along the Jurassic seaboard.

Our Co-produced Events included:

  • Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, to include our specially commissioned arts projects as well as
  • MEMO (Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory) stone carving extinct species
  • Collaborative Curiosity - a digital live science project
  • Rock Around the Coast, guided walks along the World Heritage Site
  • Durlston Earth Festival featuring Etude - outdoor contemporary dance performances from Yukio Suzuki Company, Japan
  • Natural Seaton Festival
  • Natural History Museum and Jurassic Coast Exhibition at the Weymouth Bayside Festival
  • Exmouth Earth Festival, including Nowhere Island
  • Have a Go - stone masonry at Lulworth Heritage Centre
  • Jurassic Coast Activity Days, West Bay

Find out about The Story of the Jurassic Coast and The Big Jurassic Classroom.

I feel privileged to live on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and am delighted to be the patron of the Jurassic Coast Earth Festival, which is appropriately taking place in 2012. I know that this will help to draw attention to the rich biological history of our region. So much of the history of biology is hidden in the deposits along the coast and the festival will help to educate many people and show the importance of our coast to the scientific understanding of past and present earth history.

Sir Ghillean Prance, FRS, VMH, Earth Festival Patron,
Trustee and Scientific Advisor to Eden Project, former Director of Kew Gardens

The Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012 was led by the Lyme Regis Development Trust in partnership with Creative Coast, the Jurassic Coast Partnership, The Natural History Museum and the Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport (RELAYS).  It benefited from UNESCO patronage.

The Earth Festival comprised many other Associated Events and Partners.