We don’t want to start a stampede but tickets are already up for grabs for some roaring great dino fun this summer! Whether you like your prehistoric pal to be glittering with jewels, decked out in Lego, or even edible (yes, I did say edible) we’ve got your guide to going dino crazy – and it all kicks off this month!
Brick Dinos at The Forum, Norwich Monday 19th July to Monday 30th August Open daily from 10am to 5pm
Two childhood favourites combine when dinosaurs meet LEGO®! Stunning brick creations will have your jaw dropping when they take over The Gallery inside The Forum. These works have been developed by artist Warren Elsmore in conjunction with palaeontologists and you can see everything from tiny insects to a four-metre Masiakasaurus. The exhibition is free but you must book your place in advance as numbers are limited. Open for bookings now via The Forum website.
Dippy on Tour at Norwich Cathedral Tuesday 13th July (from 1pm) to Saturday 30th October. Closed Sundays. Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Saturdays 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Dippy, the diplodocus, has left his home at the Natural History Museum and will be stretching out 26 metres through Norwich Cathedral Nave this month. Starting Friday 30th July, you can even see Dippy on Friday evenings when the exhibition will be open from 7pm until 9pm. Entry is free and you do not need to book unless you are visiting in a group of more than six people. There are toilets and baby changing facilities near the Cathedral’s Refectory cafe and pushchairs and buggies are allowed into the exhibition. Please check Norwich Cathedral website before visiting. As Dippy’s visit needed to be rescheduled due to the virus, there are some days where changes apply to opening hours.
We collated all the information families might want to know from the Norwich Cathedral website HERE.
GoGoDiscover T-Rex trail in the city centre Monday 12th July until Saturday 11th September 2021.
Head out and hunt down 21 mighty meat-eaters who will be showcasing their stunning individual artwork, hand painted by local and national artists.The trail is delivered by East Anglian based children’s charity Break, which provides lifelong support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care, in partnership with Wild in Art. Trail Rangers will be out on the streets to help you track them all down. Trail maps will be available to download from Sunday 11th July from the Break website.
Dino-Mite Adventures at Castle Quarter Thursday 22nd July to Thursday 5th August
You may think it’s pretty hard to hide a dinosaur, but there will actually be five Jurassic friends hiding out across four floors of Castle Quarter this summer. Little explorers can try to track down a Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Allosaurus and a Parasaurolophus sculpture. Find them all, tick them off on a trail sheet and families can be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher to spend in their favourite Castle Quarter store. PLUS: Walk with Dinosaurs every Tuesday in August!
Animatronic creatures will be roaming around in Castle Quarter at intervals between 11am and 3pm from Tuesday 10th and 31st August.
10th August | Baby dinosaurs 17th August | T-rex 24th August | Raptor 31st August | Spinosaurus You do not need to book these events at Castle Quarter, just turn up and have fun.
Photo courtesy of Dino Hire www.dinosaurhireuk.com
UK Adventure Trails, Norfolk Lady Ferrers’ Wood, Raynham Estate, East Raynham, Norfolk, NR21 7EH Saturday 24th July to Tuesday 31st August
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise because dinosaurs, unicorns, dragons and aliens are waiting to greet you! There are six themed zones to explore and a free activity booklet with quests to complete along the way. Cost: £8 per person (plus 53p booking fee per ticket). Under 2s are free. Tickets must be be booked online in advance. Visit the website to select your arrival day and time. The route is described as suitable for robust pushchairs and is 1.2km long.BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE
ROARSOME! Roadshow City Academy Norwich, 299 Bluebell Rd, NR4 7LP Saturday 31st July
Dinosaurs will be brought to life in an energetic, interactive and exciting experience. Junior rangers will be amazed, play, learn and have endless dino fun! Meet the UKs biggest T-rex, the cheekiest raptor & the cutest babies dinosaur. Tickets are on sale now at £10 per person. Under 2s go free. To book visit dinosaurhireuk and head to events.
ROARSOME! Roadshow. Photo courtesy of www.dinosaurhireuk.com
Now, I know you’re still wondering about exactly how and where – and possibly why – you can eat a dinosaur! It’s all part of the fun with the City Food Trail this summer, presented by Norwich Business Improvement District. A host of local restaurants, cafes and bars will be offering exclusive dino-themed menus, complete with colouring to keep your little raptors busy while you wait. Confirmed restaurants taking place include: Giggling Squid, Logans, Zizzi, Franks Bar, Farmyard, Benedicts, Grosvenor Fish Bar, Fig Bar, Erpingham House, WinePress, Namaste, Revado Kitchen, The Green Eatery, The Walnut Tree Shade, Mysabar, The Rumsey Wells and many more to be announced. Look out for the neon dinosaur signs in the windows of participating restaurants.
Take a look at the Visit Norwich website for more dino dining details.
And don’t forget we also have Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure & Jurassic Journey (Great Yarmouth) for those die-hard dino fans that just can’t get enough 🦕🦖
If you know of any other dinosaur events taking place this summer, let us know HERE
There’s loads more going on this summer, check out our Summer in the City 2021 listings HERE