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‘Dino Fest’ back from extinction at Whitehaven museum

Pamela Telford

[B]ACK by popular demand, dinosaurs will be roaming round The Beacon Museum for the second instalment of ‘Dino Fest.’

Visitors will have the chance to discover critters that lived amongst the dinosaurs through the expertly crafted fossil feeling sessions, on Saturday, August 25.

Live critters will also be crawling around at the ‘Meet the Minibeasts’ handling sessions where visitors can explore creepy crawlies whose existence dates back to the age of the dinosaurs.

The first Dino Fest took place on July 28 and 29 in support of the Taste Cumbria festival. The workshops support the museum’s current feature exhibition ‘Brick Dinos’ which features a range of dinosaurs created from thousands of LEGO® bricks.

Pamela Telford, Visitor Services Manager at the Beacon Museum, said: “Dino Fest weekend was very busy, and we felt that lots missed out on some of the events due to them booking up so quickly.

“We had nearly 800 participants in two days and, being a small team trying to live up to demand, we felt that it was only right to round the summer off with that festival feeling once again.

“We wanted to offer visitors a chance to try out all our activities in one day before the summer holidays draw to a close.

“Visitors can meet and touch the mini beasts, handle real fossils and visit our LEGO brick cinema, as well as trying our Brick Dino exhibition.”

The museum’s Brick Dino exhibition has proven to be a roaring success with visitor figures soaring by almost fifty per cent in comparison to last year.

For more information go to To book places on the Meet the Minibeast workshops call 01946 592302.

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