The Natural History Museums world famous ‘Dippy’ the Diplodocus skeleton is coming to Dorset.
Standing tall at 21 metres long in the great hall of the National History Museum since 1905,
Dippy is now embarking on a national tour. His first stop is the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester and tickets (which are free) are on sale now for this truly special event.
You can book tickets here https://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/dcm/events/list/65/dippy-on-tour
If you are feeling inspired by Dippy’s visit and fancy yourself a real-life fossil hunter then there is no better place to explore, than the Dorset Jurassic Coast.
As locals we know the best time to fossil hunt is in late winter and early spring when the winter seas have had a chance to expose hidden treasures, it also coincides with Dippy’s visit and the very best chance of getting tickets.
You will find some of the most interesting and well preserved fossils located around Charmouth Beach in the west of the county and just a 20 minute drive from Dorchester; where you might be lucky enough to find ammonites, ancient fish skeletons or perhaps preserved dinosaur footprints right on the beach. You can even take a guided walk along Charmouth beach to learn all about safe fossil finding and please remember to check any beach you visit that it is safe to collect fossils as some of the coast line is prone to rock falls. http://jurassiccoast.org/discover/staying-safe-and-enjoying-the-coast/
Heading east of the county you will find ancient fossil forests buried in the cliffs at Lulworth cove, as well as an informative Lulworth visitors centre where you will be able to view local fossil finds, it just so happens that Lulworth is considered one of the most beautiful places in the UK to visit as well. Whilst there why not take a short drive to Kimmeridge to see the Etches collection, an informative and immersive museum full of incredible Jurassic finds. http://www.theetchescollection.org/home
We might be bias but we think the Dorset coastline is the best in the world, and with World heritage status and a history going back millions of years there really is something for ever explorer.
Find your perfect base for taking in the stunning coast, who knows, maybe you might just find one of Dippy’s long lost relatives hidden in the rocks.
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