A Natural History Adventure

natural history adventure badgeTo celebrate Dippy’s visit to Dorset County Museum, the Jurassic Coast Trust, in collaboration with our partner organisations, is curating an extensive programme of Natural History Adventure events, highlighting the incredible nature of the Jurassic Coast and its surrounding areas.

For a handy pocket-sized guide to all the Natural History Adventure events taking place between February and May 2018, pick up a leaflet at one of the partner centres listed below, or download one here.



Marsh Fritillary, Euphydryas aurinia; photo credit: Iain H Leach

Butterfly Conservation Day

Lankham Bottom Reserve, near Cattistock
Saturday 10 March, 10:30am-3:00pm, Free, Book in advance

Enjoy a tour of the reserve and take part in a butterfly survey before warming yourself by the bonfire to celebrate Butterfly Conservation’s 50th anniversary. Register your attendance here.

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Bats at Beer Quarry Caves. Photo: John Scott.

Bat Discovery Day

Beer Quarry Caves
Saturday 24 March, 10:00am-4:00pm, Free (cave tours £5 per person), Drop-in

Visit the unique Beer Quarry Caves and meet its winged residents. Plus enjoy bat-themed crafts, face-painting, a nature walk, photo display and Dippy’s replica 3D-printed skull on show. All above ground activities are free, with guided bat tours of the caves available for £5 per person or £15 for a family of four. Read more about the caves and their astonishing history.

An exquisitely preserved fossil fish on display at Lyme Regis Museum

Fantastic Fossils & Where to Find Them (Drop-in)

Lyme Regis Museum
Sunday 25 March, Tuesday 10 April, £4.95 adults, children free

See the museum’s fossil experts’ latest finds, get top fossil hunting tips, and bring your own fossils along for identification.


Sidmouth. The Shoreline Management Plan says ‘Hold the line’ here because the value of the property defended by the sea wall makes the investment worth while.
Sidmouth sea-front

Sidmouth Geology Walks

Sidmouth Museum
Every Wednesday from 28 March – 30 May, 2:00pm, Free

Join Sidmouth Museum’s experts for fun and informative 90-minute geology walks every Wednesday, taking in Sidmouth’s spectacular Triassic cliffs and the town’s fascinating history. Each walk starts at 2.00pm, meeting at the museum.

dippy dino easterDippy Dino Easter

Seaton Jurassic
Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April, Drop-in

Join Seaton Jurassic’s team for a roarsome Dino Day on Sunday 1 April from 10:00am-4:00pm. Featuring giant walking dinosaurs and dinosaur egg hatchings, ride-on dinosaurs, Dippy’s 3D-printed replica skull and more.

There’ll also be Dino Workshops at 11:00am and 2:00pm to learn about dinosaurs, including a virtual reality experience that will transport you back to a prehistoric world! (Places are limited so booking is required)

Plus crafts, trails, runways and more at Seaton Jurassic every day of the Easter holidays.

Steve Etches
Steve Etches

Take a Dip in the Jurassic Seas

The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge
4, 12 and 13 April, various prices, Drop-in

Discover Dippy’s link to the Jurassic seas by joining Steve Etches MBE for a tour of Kimmeridge Bay on 4 April, followed by Dippy feature days on 12 and 13 April with activities for all.

Kingcombe MeadowsDippy Treasure Hunt

Kingcombe Centre, near Dorchester
Thursday 5 April, 10:00am-4:00pm, Free, Drop-in

Hunt for miniature Diplodocus models across the beautiful Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve and enjoy arts and crafts activities and dinosaur-themed food and drink in the barn. Plus see Dippy’s 3D-printed replica skull on display throughout the day.

Lulworth Estate Bike TrailBike & Bird Safari

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre and Durdle Door
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April, Free (pay for mountain biking), Drop-in

Come and say ‘Hi’ to Dippy’s 3D-printed replica skull at the iconic Durdle Door and explore the incredible wildlife and landscapes of Lulworth.

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Dinosaur Footprints walk in Purbeck

Dinosaur Footprints Walks

The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Saturdays: 7, 14, 21 and 28 April, £5 per person, Pre-book or pay on the day

Discover dinosaur footprints belonging to Dorset’s very own sauropods, on this series of four leisurely walks led by Jurassic Coast Ambassadors every Saturday in April. Walks start at 12.00 at the legendary Square & Compass pub in Worth Matravers.

Book your tickets at our online shop, or pay on the day.

bridport museum

Make a Dippy Day

Bridport Museum
Wednesday 11 April, Free, Drop-in

Make a Dippy, or another dinosaur friend, and hide it for families to find. Follow the dino footprints through Bridport to the museum to start the fun.

Children using the Jurassic Coast Fossil DigFossil Foolery

Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood
Saturday 14 April, Free with £2 charge for some events, Drop-in

Come to Moors Valley and meet the creatures that walked with the dinosaurs. Dig for fossils and get involved with lots of nature-related activities and crafts.

clay ammonites
Clay ammonites from Debbie at Creative Clay for All.

Dip Into Arts & Crafts

Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Poundbury, Dorchester
Saturday 21 April, Free entry with a charge for workshops, Drop-in

Carve a dinosaur footprint from stone, build a willow sculpture, sculpt a pliosaur from clay, paint a life drawing of Dippy’s 3D-printed replica skull, and much more.


Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve
Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve

Birds & Dinosaurs

Seaton Wetlands
Saturday 28 April, Free entry with £2 per child for craft activities, Drop-in

Are birds really dinosaurs? Join expert guides in the wetlands’ hides to learn about the birds in view and enjoy dinosaur-themed crafts in the Reed base.

Walking With Dinosaurs

Knoll Beach, Studland
Saturday 28 April, Free
10:30am – 3:00pm

Join the National Trust’s team to create a mile-long trail of Diplodocus footprints in the sand! Plus fossil digging and animal trails.

More info available at the National Trust Studland website.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Lyme Regis
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May, Free entry with some paid activities, Drop-in

Amazing science exhibits and activities from the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey and many more, in multiple Lyme Regis venues across the weekend.

Find out more on the Fossil Festival’s website.

Jurassic Coast evening cruiseJurassic Coast Evening Cruise

Poole Quay
Thursday 10 May, 6:30-9:30pm, £20 including fish and chips, Pre-booking required

A relaxing evening cruise past Brownsea Island, Swanage and more, with expert commentary as well as fish and chips.

Book your tickets at our online shop.

Green hairstreak butterfly. Photo credit: Rob Solomon.

Butterfly Walks

Weymouth and Swanage
19 and 27 May Weymouth and 20 May Swanage, Free, Drop-in

Join Butterfly Conservation’s expert guides to discover green hairstreak and dingy skipper butterflies and much more on these free countryside walks.
Find out more on Butterfly Conservation’s website.