Save the pennies and entertain everyone this summer at part of the world-exclusive Dinosaurs of China exhibition, which stomps into Nottingham in July.
The University of Nottingham’s public arts centre Nottingham Lakeside Arts will be hosting a completely free exhibition exploring how dinosaurs may have looked in the past. Featuring two exciting 3D mounted skeletons – the Alxasaurus and the Dilophosaurus – together with the University’s own Life Science collection, the exhibition is also supported on specific days by a number of free and low-cost workshops and events.
These include Bring Your Dino Toy Day, Dino Design, where children can bring to life their own dinosaur drawings using a virtual design app and Raiders of the Lost Park, an adventurous nature trail with unexpected twists, challenges and riddles.
For older dinosaur fans, there are a series of free hour-long ‘Palaeo Talks’ led by recognised experts in palaeontology from across the country.
Dr Adam Smith, Exhibition Curator said: “The exclusive Dinosaurs of China exhibition is set to be the must-see exhibition of the summer, with specimens travelling thousands of miles from China to be displayed.
“Many have never been outside of Asia before and the free exhibition at Nottingham Lakeside Arts means families can enjoy a truly unforgettable experience and the chance to learn all about these fascinating dinosaurs without it costing a penny!”
After exploring the dino events, there’s plenty more to do at Lakeside including a play area and boating lake situated in the beautiful setting of Highfields Park.
Or for more dinosaur fun, head up to Wollaton Hall and find the free Dino Explorer Zone, providing a range of themed activities and puzzles for all.
The 500-acre Wollaton Park is home to spectacular gardens and beautiful parkland with free roaming deer, a large adventure playground and an array of wildlife. Wollaton Hall itself is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the region as was used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.
The Nottingham Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall is also hosting the remainder of the Dinosaurs of China exhibits – 24 of the best-preserved dinosaur fossils and skeletons from anywhere in the world. Highlights will include the show-stopping Mamenchisaurus – a dinosaur the same height as three double decker buses and the amazing Gigantoraptor, the largest feathered dinosaur in the world.
Entry to the Wollaton Hall exhibition is by ticket only, available at the affordable price of £7.70 for adults and £5.50 for children. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) £22.00. Under-fives go free and the event welcomes school parties at a reduced price.
For more information, please visit www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk