Research Explorations in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site PhD Reflections on 'The Practices of Carnival: Community Culture and Place' (Jon Croose) and 'Stone Exposures: photography, landscape change and anticipatory adaptation in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site' (Rose Ferraby)

FOSSIL FEST

05.19.2012 · Posted in Stone Exposures
Jurassic Coast Bunting

Alex Hall of the Jurassic Coast Team pegs up the bunting

The Fossil Festival formed part of the wider Earth festival taking place on the coast this year. Crowds of people from near and far came down to Lyme Regis to take part in walks and activities. Inside the tent, I was working with the Jurassic Coast team – they had come up with some brilliant ideas for involving children, including making bunting to be displayed in Weymouth at the Olympics, and ‘digging up’ their own fossils in the sandpit. I was absolutely amazed by how much most of the children knew about fossils – very impressive indeed! There were some other fantastic displays, including extensive stands by the Natural History Museum – they had people prospecting for gold and looking at mango DNA!

Battle for the Winds at the Fossil Festival

Battle for the Winds at the Fossil Festival

Outside, Jonny was involved in the launching of one of the machines for Battle for the Winds. Their pedal powered vehicle and brilliant costumes attracted a lot of attention, and looked great fun! One of the highlights for me though, was trying out the Jurassic Flight Simulator. We checked in our bags, got scanned by security, and then boarded the plane. After belting up, the air hostess went through safety, then we were off! on a magical journey through the past! This wasn’t only informative, but absolutely GREAT fun! They’ve done a really excellent job – look out for it on the coast this summer!

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