Friday, 29th April
  • Talk - The Invisible World below your feet

    29th April 5.00pm

    The Invisible World below your feet: fracking, geology and you Hazel Gibson, Plymouth University, winner of the Charles Lyell Award Lecture for environmental sciences Talking about our rocky underworld can invoke… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 4)

  • Talk - It's in the sand!

    29th April 6.00pm

    Talk: It's in the sand! Clive Mitchell, British Geological Survey, Industrial Minerals Specialist Sand is sand, isn't it? Sand gets everywhere but rather than a nuisance it is a valuable, high-purity raw material… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 4)

  • Talk - Plastics in the Ocean

    29th April 7.00pm

    Plastics in the Ocean - just embarrassing or an environmental time bomb? Dr Simon Boxall, University of Southampton, Ocean and Earth Science There has been an increasing interest in the media in recent years over… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 4)

  • Jake the Leg Jug Band

    29th April 8.00pm

    Opening Lyme’s Fossil Fest in style, The Jake Leg Jug Band bring you the authentic sounds of 1920’s and 30’s America – Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime – and put their own twist on it. Songs of murder,… more...

    Marine Theatre

    Full Price: £12, Concessions: £11

  • Talk - Antarctic Marine Life: Past and Present

    29th April 8.00pm

    Antarctic Marine Life: Past and Present Dr Huw Griffiths, British Antarctic Survey Remote and hostile, Antarctica harbours some of the most amazing marine creatures on the planet. It is also a powerful natural laboratory… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 4)

  • Scott Polar Research Institute

    29th April

    Join the Polar Museum, British Antarctic Survey and UK Antarctic Heritage Trust for hands-on activities. Explore how Polar scientists, past and present, have equipped themselves to study geology in the Antarctic. Have you got what… more...

    The Pavillion on Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • Blue Lias Painting with local artist, Christine Allison

    29th April

    Lyme Regis is famous for its wonderful fossils of amonites and ichthyosaurs and other sea creature all preserved in the blue lias clay that lies beneath our feet. Join local artist Christine Allison to make large drawings of these… more...

    Small Marquee behind the Guildhall

  • The Woodroffe School

    29th April

    Decorative collage activity run by Woodroffe School Students, make and take home!... more...

    Small marquee behind the Guidhall

    9.15am - 3.15pm, no charge

  • Bournemouth University

    29th April

    Dino Dogs to Cosmo Cats Looking at the evolution of dinosaurs through fossils and exploring the possible evolution of animals in our future.  We will start by considering why fossils are helpful when looking at the… more...

    Langmoor Room, The Shelters

    9am - 4pm, no charge

  • Ever wondered where the rain goes?

    29th April

    Join South West Water to find out where the rain goes and to learn about the water cycle Please note: school groups may take priority on Friday more...

    The Pavillion, seafront

    10 am - 5pm, no charge

  • Meet Darwin and Mary Anning

    29th April

    A chance to meet and listen to some of Charles Darwin's ground breaking ideas and Mary Anning, the greatest fossil hunter ever known. more...

    Performance area, the Shelters, Seafront

    Various during the day, no charge

  • Fossil Walk with local fossil collector Nigel Clarke

    29th April - 30th April

    more...

    Meet promptly at the Festival Hut, Cobb Gate, 4pm

  • Dorset Geologists Assocation

    29th April - 1st May

    Membership of the DGA is open to anyone interested in Dorset geology. The DGA promotes Dorset Geology. The… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Palaeontological Association

    29th April - 1st May

    When am I?   Using a map of geological time, explore our fossil displays and reconstructions and work out when in geological time each display represents. Lots of specimens to hold and touch and… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Dinosaur Runway - Plymouth University

    29th April - 1st May

    Come and walk the dinosaur runway to find out how palaeontologists use fossils to determine the size and speed of dinosaurs living millions of years ago. Make your own dinosaur footprints to discover what dinosaur… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • British Antarctic Survey

    29th April - 1st May

    NOTE: Friday 29th April is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. The British Antarctic Survey… more...

    The Pavillion on Marine Parade, Seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science

    29th April - 1st May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Can a lobster be… more...

    The Pavillion, Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • Natural History Museum

    29th April - 1st May

    Join dozens of scientists from the Natural History Museum. They're bringing along some of their favourite fossils, and you'll be able to sieve for (and keep!) shark's teeth, pan for gold, and dig up dino bones - but you can also… more...

    Large marquee in Theatre Square

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Lyme Regis Museum and fossil polishing

    29th April - 1st May

    The museum is open all weekend; the poplular activity of fossil polishing will take place on the terrace at the back of the museum on the Saturday and the Sunday - come and polish a fossil with Chris Andrews and his team… more...

    Bridge St, Lyme Regis

    10am - 5pm,free 29th April; charges apply Sat/Sun

  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

    29th April - 1st May

    Visit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach at Charmouth. Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.… more...

    The Hub, Lyme and at Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth

    10am - 5pm, Fossil Painting at the Hub from £2

  • Jurassic Coast Trust & Team

    29th April - 1st May

    Learn more about England's only natural World Heritage Site!  Featuring our fossil dig boxes, Build Your Own Durdle Jurassic Coast colouring in and Discover Your Own Micro Fossils. … more...

    The Hub, Church Street

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    29th April - 1st May

    The Present is the Key to the Past Find out how the study of modern animals can help us to identify strange looking Cambrian fossils.  Hear how Charles Doolittle Walcott discovered mysterious fossils in the Canadian… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • British Geological Survey (BGS)

    29th April - 1st May

    A number of activities themed around the geological map of the UK which has been produced and perfected by generations of BGS geologists and cartographers. We have reproduced the geological map of the UK as a large floor mat which… more...

    The Malthouse, Lyme Regis Town Mill

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

    29th April - 1st May

    UKAHT exists to advance the preservation , enhancement and promotion of Antarctic heritage and to engage , inform and inspire a global audience. In 1944 a secret government mission named 'Operation Tabarin' involved a team of men… more...

    The Pavillion on Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • 'Iggy' The Iguanadon Restaurant - street theatre

    29th April - 1st May

    It’s 1853, New Year’s Eve in Crystal Palace, and a group of leading professors and palaeontologists are holding a sumptuous banquet in an unusual venue; inside the concrete mould of an Iguanodon! The… more...

    Cobb Gate Car park on the seafront

    No charge

  • Dinosaur Isle

    29th April - 1st May

    The Isle of Wight is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains. Dinosaur Isle is a purpose built museum designed to display the fossiled remains of the dinosaurs found on the Isle of Wight. The Dinosaur Isle team will be… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • The Geological Society of London

    29th April - 1st May

    Join the Geological Society of London to -  handle fossil specimens -  investiagate careers in geoscience - collect fact sheets -  have a go at fossil dough casting Handle… more...

    The Malthouse, Lyme Regis Town Mill

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • RSPB

    29th April - 1st May

    Our friendly local team will be on hand to provide advice on how to give nature a home, information about great places to see wildlife in the South West and further afield.  Part of our display will feature Archaeopteryx and… more...

    Outside The Malthouse at The Town Mill

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • National Trust

    29th April - 1st May

    Step back in time and see how ammonites were formed.  Join the National Trust West Dorset team for a fascinating look at how these amazing fossils were formed.  Take a peek into the 'time machine' and prepare to be amazed!… more...

    The Hub

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Geologists' Association - Geology through Building Stones

    29th April - 1st May

    The Geologists’ Association, a nationwide club for both amateur and professional geologists, has a new initiative to prepare rock boxes for schools. As a taster we will display common rock-types… more...

    Large marquee in Theatre Square

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Fossil excavating

    29th April - 1st May

    Discover a fossil with the Buckland Clubs excavation and fossil spotting activity... more...

    Market area, Shelters, seafront

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Planet Earth....Our place in the Cosmos

    29th April - 1st May

    Come and have fun at Planet Earth, whether you are 5 or 90, amateur or professional! Dr Roy Gill displays a lifetimes unique collection of rocks with stories           … more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Fossil Fair

    29th April - 2nd May

    The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most spectacular fossils in the United Kingdom. Mary Anning was one of the first and perhaps the most important collector in fossil history, discovering the first ichthyosaur,… more...

    Marquee near Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm

  • Lisa Woollett Exhibition of Photography

    29th April - 11th May

    Exhibition: Fri 29 April – Wed 11 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm Town Mill Courtyard Gallery Free   Photography Exhibition Lisa Woollett will be exhibiting… more...

    No charge

    Saturday, 30th April
  • Walk - Undercliffs Walk

    30th April 10.00am - 3.00pm

    Undercliffs walk - a leisurely walk through the incredible Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, led by experienced tour leader Donald Campbell. Explore this superb natural wilderness site which has only recently been re-opened… more...

    Tickets from TIC and Festival Hut, £6

  • FABLAB

    30th April 10.00am - 5.00pm

    FABLAB is coming to the Fossil Festival - see fossils scanned into a computer and then watch as the fossil is 'printed'; find out about some of the huge range of opportunities that a 3D printer creates. … more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Lisa Woollett Book Talk

    30th April 3.00pm

    Talk: Sat 30 April - 3pm Lyme Regis Town Mill     Exhibition: Fri 29 April – Wed 11 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm Town Mill Courtyard Gallery Free… more...

    Lyme Regis Town Mill

    3pm; no charge

  • Talk - Minerals and metals for the green economy

    30th April 4.00pm

    Talk: Minerals and Metals for the green economy: the challenge of supply Professor Richard Herrington, Natural History Museum Mining and mineral production is big business. Mining consumes large amounts of energy… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 5)

  • Talk - Leviathans of the Jurassic Ocean

    30th April 5.00pm

    Leviathans of the Jurassic Ocean Sam Scriven, Jurassic Coast Trust Between 200 and 145 million years ago, what is now Dorset was a warm shallow ocean. Sam will be talking about abundance of life in these Jurassic… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 5)

  • Talk - Biodiversity of Early Jurassic Seas

    30th April 6.00pm

    Biodiversity of Early Jurassic Seas: results of the Monmouth Beach Fossilblitz Richard Twitchett, Natural History Museum Last summer more than 200 volunteers of all ages joined palaeontologists from around the country… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 5)

  • Talk - 'The Bone Wars hit London'

    30th April 7.00pm

    'The Bone Wars hit London: how Wild West Dinosaurs brought Dinomania back to Victorian Britain' Richard L Fallon, University of Leicester, Victorian Studies and NHM In 1854, when gigantic models of extinct animals… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 5)

  • Talk - Dinner in the Iguanadon and other Participatory Palaeo Thrills

    30th April 8.00pm

    Dinner in the Iguanodon and other Participatory Palaeo Thrills. Sparking engagement with the Crystal Palace dinosaurs, the first extinct animals brought 'to life' Ellinor Michel, Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and NHM… more...

    Masonic Hall

    Tickets from Tourist Info Centre £3 (£10 for 5)

  • Mary Anning Walk

    30th April

    See the landmarks of Lyme Regis's most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Join Professional guide Natalie Manifold for a walk… more...

    Cost: £7.75 adults, children and students £4.00

  • STEM Ambasadors - Ageing of Fish by Their Scales

    30th April

    Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassadors - people that work in jobs that are STEM based will be available to talk about their jobs and careers. A great opportunity to find out about the exciting and… more...

    The Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Animated Dinosaur Movie Making Workshop

    30th April

    Drop-in workshops: 10.30am/12pm /1.45pm/3pm Hub Coffee Shop will be open for Mums and Dads! Running time: drop-in 1 hour slots Try your hand at stop motion animation. Create characters using lots of interesting… more...

    Office @ The Hub

    All tickets: £5 on the door, (adults come free)

  • OK2 - Science rapper

    30th April

    Science rapping at it's best!                                                                                             … more...

    Performance area, seafront

    Saturday, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, no charge

  • Antique Book Fair, with an Earth Science theme

    30th April

    Antique book fair with an Earth Science theme more...

    Langmoor Room, The Shelters

    10am - 5pm, £1 adult admission, children free

  • Fossil Walk with local fossil collector Nigel Clarke

    29th April - 30th April

    more...

    Meet promptly at the Festival Hut, Cobb Gate, 4pm

  • Dorset Geologists Assocation

    29th April - 1st May

    Membership of the DGA is open to anyone interested in Dorset geology. The DGA promotes Dorset Geology. The… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Palaeontological Association

    29th April - 1st May

    When am I?   Using a map of geological time, explore our fossil displays and reconstructions and work out when in geological time each display represents. Lots of specimens to hold and touch and… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Dinosaur Runway - Plymouth University

    29th April - 1st May

    Come and walk the dinosaur runway to find out how palaeontologists use fossils to determine the size and speed of dinosaurs living millions of years ago. Make your own dinosaur footprints to discover what dinosaur… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • British Antarctic Survey

    29th April - 1st May

    NOTE: Friday 29th April is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. The British Antarctic Survey… more...

    The Pavillion on Marine Parade, Seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science

    29th April - 1st May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Can a lobster be… more...

    The Pavillion, Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • Natural History Museum

    29th April - 1st May

    Join dozens of scientists from the Natural History Museum. They're bringing along some of their favourite fossils, and you'll be able to sieve for (and keep!) shark's teeth, pan for gold, and dig up dino bones - but you can also… more...

    Large marquee in Theatre Square

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Lyme Regis Museum and fossil polishing

    29th April - 1st May

    The museum is open all weekend; the poplular activity of fossil polishing will take place on the terrace at the back of the museum on the Saturday and the Sunday - come and polish a fossil with Chris Andrews and his team… more...

    Bridge St, Lyme Regis

    10am - 5pm,free 29th April; charges apply Sat/Sun

  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

    29th April - 1st May

    Visit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach at Charmouth. Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.… more...

    The Hub, Lyme and at Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth

    10am - 5pm, Fossil Painting at the Hub from £2

  • Jurassic Coast Trust & Team

    29th April - 1st May

    Learn more about England's only natural World Heritage Site!  Featuring our fossil dig boxes, Build Your Own Durdle Jurassic Coast colouring in and Discover Your Own Micro Fossils. … more...

    The Hub, Church Street

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    29th April - 1st May

    The Present is the Key to the Past Find out how the study of modern animals can help us to identify strange looking Cambrian fossils.  Hear how Charles Doolittle Walcott discovered mysterious fossils in the Canadian… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • British Geological Survey (BGS)

    29th April - 1st May

    A number of activities themed around the geological map of the UK which has been produced and perfected by generations of BGS geologists and cartographers. We have reproduced the geological map of the UK as a large floor mat which… more...

    The Malthouse, Lyme Regis Town Mill

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

    29th April - 1st May

    UKAHT exists to advance the preservation , enhancement and promotion of Antarctic heritage and to engage , inform and inspire a global audience. In 1944 a secret government mission named 'Operation Tabarin' involved a team of men… more...

    The Pavillion on Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • 'Iggy' The Iguanadon Restaurant - street theatre

    29th April - 1st May

    It’s 1853, New Year’s Eve in Crystal Palace, and a group of leading professors and palaeontologists are holding a sumptuous banquet in an unusual venue; inside the concrete mould of an Iguanodon! The… more...

    Cobb Gate Car park on the seafront

    No charge

  • Dinosaur Isle

    29th April - 1st May

    The Isle of Wight is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains. Dinosaur Isle is a purpose built museum designed to display the fossiled remains of the dinosaurs found on the Isle of Wight. The Dinosaur Isle team will be… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • The Geological Society of London

    29th April - 1st May

    Join the Geological Society of London to -  handle fossil specimens -  investiagate careers in geoscience - collect fact sheets -  have a go at fossil dough casting Handle… more...

    The Malthouse, Lyme Regis Town Mill

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • RSPB

    29th April - 1st May

    Our friendly local team will be on hand to provide advice on how to give nature a home, information about great places to see wildlife in the South West and further afield.  Part of our display will feature Archaeopteryx and… more...

    Outside The Malthouse at The Town Mill

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • National Trust

    29th April - 1st May

    Step back in time and see how ammonites were formed.  Join the National Trust West Dorset team for a fascinating look at how these amazing fossils were formed.  Take a peek into the 'time machine' and prepare to be amazed!… more...

    The Hub

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Geologists' Association - Geology through Building Stones

    29th April - 1st May

    The Geologists’ Association, a nationwide club for both amateur and professional geologists, has a new initiative to prepare rock boxes for schools. As a taster we will display common rock-types… more...

    Large marquee in Theatre Square

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Fossil excavating

    29th April - 1st May

    Discover a fossil with the Buckland Clubs excavation and fossil spotting activity... more...

    Market area, Shelters, seafront

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Planet Earth....Our place in the Cosmos

    29th April - 1st May

    Come and have fun at Planet Earth, whether you are 5 or 90, amateur or professional! Dr Roy Gill displays a lifetimes unique collection of rocks with stories           … more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Fossil Fair

    29th April - 2nd May

    The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most spectacular fossils in the United Kingdom. Mary Anning was one of the first and perhaps the most important collector in fossil history, discovering the first ichthyosaur,… more...

    Marquee near Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm

  • Lisa Woollett Exhibition of Photography

    29th April - 11th May

    Exhibition: Fri 29 April – Wed 11 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm Town Mill Courtyard Gallery Free   Photography Exhibition Lisa Woollett will be exhibiting… more...

    No charge

  • Martin Maudsley: Storyteller

    30th April - 30th April

    Join professional storyteller Martin Maudsley as he unearths magical stories from amongst the ancient rocks and varied landscape of the Jurassic Coast. Mythical monsters, local legends and wild adventures all brought to life… more...

    Performance area , seafront

    Saturday 10:30am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, no charge

  • Natural England

    30th April - 1st May

    Come find out more about the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve on your doorstep. Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Discovering Microfossils - TMS

    30th April - 1st May

    Fossils on the Jurassic Coast come in every size, from giant marine reptiles and dinosaurs to tiny ammonites and shark teeth and then to really microscopic fossils such as foraminifera (which occur almost everywhere) and coccoliths… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre - Fossil Walks

    30th April - 1st May

    Fossil Walks from the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Some uneven ground with sand, pebbles and boulders. Please be suitable dressed for the… more...

    CHCC, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL

    Sat 3pm - 5pm, Sun 4.30pm - 6.30pm, charges apply

  • Be a Curator with the Geological Curator’s Group

    30th April - 1st May

    Add your fossil to the Fossil Festival 2016 online fossil collection with the Geological Curator's Group! Learn about fossil curation; using one of out handling collection or your own fossil finds or purchases, identify… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Darrell Wakelam

    30th April - 1st May

    Dinosaur Reconstruction Come and join in with an amazing 3D art workshop led by local artist Darrell Wakelam.  Over the course of the weekend we will be creating a large full scale dinosaur skull and then adding the… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Dorset Wildlife Trust

    30th April - 1st May

    Information and activities relating to local wildlife, nature reserves and conservation. more...

    Market area, the Shelters, Seafront

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute

    30th April - 1st May

    Think the Antarctic has always been cold? Think again! Travel back in time and find out how fossils reveal a very different continent! Have fun with hands-on activities and storytelling. Get kitted-out ready for fieldwork,… more...

    The Pavillion, Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Meet Darwin and Mary Anning

    30th April - 1st May

    A chance to meet and listen to some of Charles Darwin's ground breaking ideas and Mary Anning, the greatest fossil hunter ever known.... more...

    Cobb Gate car park on the seafront

    12pm , 3pm , no charge

  • Beach School Activities with Cara Jenkins

    30th April - 1st May

    Join Cara Jenkins, Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador, for Jurassic Games on the beachfront. more...

    The Beachfront

    3pm, no charge

  • Adrian Gray - Stonebalancing Art

    30th April - 2nd May

    Adrian will be creating new stonebalancing sculptures during the festival and will provide stones and balancing tips so you can have a go yourselves. As an artist his work is predominantly sculpture and photography based… more...

    Town Beach, along Marine Parade

    Sunday, 1st May
  • Beach clean - Great Dorset Beach Clean meets the Fossil Festival

    1st May 9.30am - 11.30am

    Bring your friends and family and lend a hand in spring cleaning Cobb Beach as part of the Litter Free coast and Sea Week. Run in conjunction with the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, a three-day showcase of incredible fossils and Earth… more...

    Free

  • Fossil hunt - Monmouth Beach Fossil Hunt

    1st May 9.30am - 12.00(noon)

    Jurassic Coast Ambassadors Martin Curtis and Steve Snowball lead a fossil hunt at Monmouth Beach, home of the famous "ammonite pavement" and a terrific source of fossils,, all ready to be found and taken home! Tickets £6… more...

    Tickets from TIC and Festival Hut over w/e, £6

  • Tony Lambert, Jurassic Coast Ambassador

    1st May 10.30am

    Come and hear Jurassic Coast Ambassador Tony Lambert read extracts from his recently published collection of children's stories. more...

    The Shelters

    10.30am, no charge

  • Story of Life Workshop

    1st May 11.00am

     ... more...

    Langmoor Room, Marine Parade, seafront

    11am, £3

  • Katrina Dixon, Jurassic Coast Ambassador

    1st May 11.30am

    Jurassic Coast Ambassador Katrina Dixon shows off her amazing fossil collection and explains why so many incredible fossils are found in this part of the world. more...

    The Shelters

    11.30am, no charge

  • Seaside Singing Samba with Emma Trend

    1st May 12.30pm

    Join local musician Emma Trend and learn and perform rhythmic samba music using materials found on the beach - pebbles, shells, wood.  The samba rhythms are learnt by ear using multi-syllabic geological words and light definitions… more...

    The Shelters

    12.30pm, no charge

  • Elliot’s Arctic Surprise - workshop

    1st May 2.00pm

    Set off for the frozen North with author Catherine Barr, reading ‘Elliot’s Arctic Surprise’ before you pick up a pen to draw Arctic animals with illustrator Francesca – online from her studio in Italy.… more...

    Langmoor Room, Marine Parade, seafront

    2pm, £3

  • Talk - Fossils of the Jurassic Coast

    1st May 2.00pm

    Richard Edmonds, Freelance Geologist Fossils of the Jurassic Coast A starfish on a stalk? Ichthyosaurs and box vans; examples of convergent evolution?!! making sense of it all; the classification of Life as showcased… more...

    The Guildhall

    Tickets from TIC Lyme Regis £3

  • Sally Gordon - "Do You Dream of Dinosaurs?"

    1st May 3.00pm

    Come and listen to Sally Gordon read extracts from her children's book, "Do You Dream of Dinosaurs?". more...

    The Shelters

    3pm, no charge

  • Dorset Geologists Assocation

    29th April - 1st May

    Membership of the DGA is open to anyone interested in Dorset geology. The DGA promotes Dorset Geology. The… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Palaeontological Association

    29th April - 1st May

    When am I?   Using a map of geological time, explore our fossil displays and reconstructions and work out when in geological time each display represents. Lots of specimens to hold and touch and… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Dinosaur Runway - Plymouth University

    29th April - 1st May

    Come and walk the dinosaur runway to find out how palaeontologists use fossils to determine the size and speed of dinosaurs living millions of years ago. Make your own dinosaur footprints to discover what dinosaur… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • British Antarctic Survey

    29th April - 1st May

    NOTE: Friday 29th April is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. The British Antarctic Survey… more...

    The Pavillion on Marine Parade, Seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science

    29th April - 1st May

    NOTE: Friday 1 May is a Schools Day, which is run primarily for local primary schools. School groups will have priority for all activities, and some activities will be fully booked all day. Can a lobster be… more...

    The Pavillion, Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • Natural History Museum

    29th April - 1st May

    Join dozens of scientists from the Natural History Museum. They're bringing along some of their favourite fossils, and you'll be able to sieve for (and keep!) shark's teeth, pan for gold, and dig up dino bones - but you can also… more...

    Large marquee in Theatre Square

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Lyme Regis Museum and fossil polishing

    29th April - 1st May

    The museum is open all weekend; the poplular activity of fossil polishing will take place on the terrace at the back of the museum on the Saturday and the Sunday - come and polish a fossil with Chris Andrews and his team… more...

    Bridge St, Lyme Regis

    10am - 5pm,free 29th April; charges apply Sat/Sun

  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

    29th April - 1st May

    Visit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach at Charmouth. Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.… more...

    The Hub, Lyme and at Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth

    10am - 5pm, Fossil Painting at the Hub from £2

  • Jurassic Coast Trust & Team

    29th April - 1st May

    Learn more about England's only natural World Heritage Site!  Featuring our fossil dig boxes, Build Your Own Durdle Jurassic Coast colouring in and Discover Your Own Micro Fossils. … more...

    The Hub, Church Street

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    29th April - 1st May

    The Present is the Key to the Past Find out how the study of modern animals can help us to identify strange looking Cambrian fossils.  Hear how Charles Doolittle Walcott discovered mysterious fossils in the Canadian… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • British Geological Survey (BGS)

    29th April - 1st May

    A number of activities themed around the geological map of the UK which has been produced and perfected by generations of BGS geologists and cartographers. We have reproduced the geological map of the UK as a large floor mat which… more...

    The Malthouse, Lyme Regis Town Mill

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

    29th April - 1st May

    UKAHT exists to advance the preservation , enhancement and promotion of Antarctic heritage and to engage , inform and inspire a global audience. In 1944 a secret government mission named 'Operation Tabarin' involved a team of men… more...

    The Pavillion on Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm; no charge

  • 'Iggy' The Iguanadon Restaurant - street theatre

    29th April - 1st May

    It’s 1853, New Year’s Eve in Crystal Palace, and a group of leading professors and palaeontologists are holding a sumptuous banquet in an unusual venue; inside the concrete mould of an Iguanodon! The… more...

    Cobb Gate Car park on the seafront

    No charge

  • Dinosaur Isle

    29th April - 1st May

    The Isle of Wight is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains. Dinosaur Isle is a purpose built museum designed to display the fossiled remains of the dinosaurs found on the Isle of Wight. The Dinosaur Isle team will be… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • The Geological Society of London

    29th April - 1st May

    Join the Geological Society of London to -  handle fossil specimens -  investiagate careers in geoscience - collect fact sheets -  have a go at fossil dough casting Handle… more...

    The Malthouse, Lyme Regis Town Mill

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • RSPB

    29th April - 1st May

    Our friendly local team will be on hand to provide advice on how to give nature a home, information about great places to see wildlife in the South West and further afield.  Part of our display will feature Archaeopteryx and… more...

    Outside The Malthouse at The Town Mill

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • National Trust

    29th April - 1st May

    Step back in time and see how ammonites were formed.  Join the National Trust West Dorset team for a fascinating look at how these amazing fossils were formed.  Take a peek into the 'time machine' and prepare to be amazed!… more...

    The Hub

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Geologists' Association - Geology through Building Stones

    29th April - 1st May

    The Geologists’ Association, a nationwide club for both amateur and professional geologists, has a new initiative to prepare rock boxes for schools. As a taster we will display common rock-types… more...

    Large marquee in Theatre Square

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Fossil excavating

    29th April - 1st May

    Discover a fossil with the Buckland Clubs excavation and fossil spotting activity... more...

    Market area, Shelters, seafront

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Planet Earth....Our place in the Cosmos

    29th April - 1st May

    Come and have fun at Planet Earth, whether you are 5 or 90, amateur or professional! Dr Roy Gill displays a lifetimes unique collection of rocks with stories           … more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Fossil Fair

    29th April - 2nd May

    The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most spectacular fossils in the United Kingdom. Mary Anning was one of the first and perhaps the most important collector in fossil history, discovering the first ichthyosaur,… more...

    Marquee near Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm

  • Lisa Woollett Exhibition of Photography

    29th April - 11th May

    Exhibition: Fri 29 April – Wed 11 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm Town Mill Courtyard Gallery Free   Photography Exhibition Lisa Woollett will be exhibiting… more...

    No charge

  • Natural England

    30th April - 1st May

    Come find out more about the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve on your doorstep. Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Discovering Microfossils - TMS

    30th April - 1st May

    Fossils on the Jurassic Coast come in every size, from giant marine reptiles and dinosaurs to tiny ammonites and shark teeth and then to really microscopic fossils such as foraminifera (which occur almost everywhere) and coccoliths… more...

    Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre - Fossil Walks

    30th April - 1st May

    Fossil Walks from the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Some uneven ground with sand, pebbles and boulders. Please be suitable dressed for the… more...

    CHCC, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL

    Sat 3pm - 5pm, Sun 4.30pm - 6.30pm, charges apply

  • Be a Curator with the Geological Curator’s Group

    30th April - 1st May

    Add your fossil to the Fossil Festival 2016 online fossil collection with the Geological Curator's Group! Learn about fossil curation; using one of out handling collection or your own fossil finds or purchases, identify… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Darrell Wakelam

    30th April - 1st May

    Dinosaur Reconstruction Come and join in with an amazing 3D art workshop led by local artist Darrell Wakelam.  Over the course of the weekend we will be creating a large full scale dinosaur skull and then adding the… more...

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Dorset Wildlife Trust

    30th April - 1st May

    Information and activities relating to local wildlife, nature reserves and conservation. more...

    Market area, the Shelters, Seafront

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute

    30th April - 1st May

    Think the Antarctic has always been cold? Think again! Travel back in time and find out how fossils reveal a very different continent! Have fun with hands-on activities and storytelling. Get kitted-out ready for fieldwork,… more...

    The Pavillion, Marine Parade, seafront

    10am - 5pm, no charge

  • Meet Darwin and Mary Anning

    30th April - 1st May

    A chance to meet and listen to some of Charles Darwin's ground breaking ideas and Mary Anning, the greatest fossil hunter ever known.... more...

    Cobb Gate car park on the seafront

    12pm , 3pm , no charge

  • Beach School Activities with Cara Jenkins

    30th April - 1st May

    Join Cara Jenkins, Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador, for Jurassic Games on the beachfront. more...

    The Beachfront

    3pm, no charge

  • Adrian Gray - Stonebalancing Art

    30th April - 2nd May

    Adrian will be creating new stonebalancing sculptures during the festival and will provide stones and balancing tips so you can have a go yourselves. As an artist his work is predominantly sculpture and photography based… more...

    Town Beach, along Marine Parade

    Monday, 2nd May
  • Art & Craft in the Tent

    2nd May

    Local artists and makers displaying and selling their paintings, cards, prints, jewellery, ceramics, glass, wood and more. more...

    Large marquee next to Marine Theatre

    10am - 4pm, Free Entry

  • Fossil Fair

    29th April - 2nd May

    The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the most spectacular fossils in the United Kingdom. Mary Anning was one of the first and perhaps the most important collector in fossil history, discovering the first ichthyosaur,… more...

    Marquee near Marine Theatre

    10am - 5pm

  • Lisa Woollett Exhibition of Photography

    29th April - 11th May

    Exhibition: Fri 29 April – Wed 11 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm Town Mill Courtyard Gallery Free   Photography Exhibition Lisa Woollett will be exhibiting… more...

    No charge

  • Adrian Gray - Stonebalancing Art

    30th April - 2nd May

    Adrian will be creating new stonebalancing sculptures during the festival and will provide stones and balancing tips so you can have a go yourselves. As an artist his work is predominantly sculpture and photography based… more...

    Town Beach, along Marine Parade