Last week, the eight-year-old and I travelled back 150 million years to visit Yorkshire in the time when dinosaurs roamed our county. This major new exhibition at The Yorkshire Museum, opened by the legendary Sir David Attenborough, lets visitors explore this extraordinary period through hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and stunning displays.
We began by picking up an explorer trail and digging in the pits to uncover all manner of recreated fossils before seeing them in flesh in the next gallery. These are fossils unlike we’ve ever seen before, and certainly more impressive than the little ones we’ve collected on family trips to the Yorkshire coast!
In the deep oceans gallery, we loved the augmented reality sea dragon fossils; an iPad lets you see the ichthyosaur and plesiosaurs as they would have been. Technology also brings baby ichthyosaurs to life – watching them swim around is completely mesmerising. Younger visitors will enjoy fossil rubbing and flicking through the selection of dinosaur-related children’s books, too.
In Dinosaur Country, it was a treat to watch CGI dinosaurs stroll across the land. There’s a great balance of extraordinary exhibits and interactive areas that really bring to life how life would have been among the dinosaurs.
Right at the end of the exhibition, the real highlight was feeding a dinosaur through the wonders of a virtual reality headset – if that’s not a dream-come-true for a dinosaur fan, then I don’t know what is!
We loved our trip to Jurassic Yorkshire and are already planning a return trip with our younger children, grandparents and friends. It’s dinotastic.