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Dinosaurs will rampage through Derby on Saturday, July 20

Dinosaurs will rampage through Derby on Saturday, July 20

Dinosaurs are set to rampage through Derby again this summer – and thousands of people are expected to turn out.

Zeus the T-Rex, one of Europe’s largest dinosaurs, will join Tank the Triceratops and Emily Bronty, the Brontosaurus, in Derby on Saturday, July 20.

The dinosaurs are the star attraction at ‘A Jurassic Day Out in Cathedral Quarter’ – a free family fun day, organised by the  Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID).

For one day only, they will turn Derby’s Market Place into a prehistoric playground as the ancient creatures get ready to roar during their rampage through the city centre.

Eve Taylor, BID Project Executive for Cathedral Quarter, said:

“We love organising these events because we know how much families love to come to them.

“It is going to be a dino-mite day in the Cathedral Quarter, and we strongly advise parents to put the date in their diary.

“The Cathedral Quarter team work very hard to bring a host of amazing projects to Derby, but ‘A Jurassic Day Out in Cathedral Quarter’ really is one of the best. We can’t wait to let our Jurassic friends loose in Derby again.”

Last year, more than 4,000 people met Zeus and his pals as they entertained visitors – and this year’s free event could attract record numbers.

Brad Worley, BID Manager for the Cathedral Quarter, said:

“This event really is too good to miss. We encourage everyone to put it in their diary and come to Derby for an amazing day. If last year’s event is anything to go by, it’ll be another terrific free day out in the Cathedral Quarter, and we look forward to seeing everyone there."

As well as Zeus, Tank and Bronty in the main arena, there will be several smaller dinosaurs roaming the streets of Cathedral Quarter throughout the day. With plenty of opportunities for ‘meet and greets’ and selfies with an array of different species, youngsters will also be encouraged to visit the hatchery to meet baby dinos in their first stages of life and learn about the evolution of the legendary creatures.

During the day, don’t forget to check out the Dino Dig – where young explorers and budding palaeontologists will be able to uncover prehistoric treasures. Buried in sand, you’ll find two mighty dinosaur fossils so grab a brush and dive into the excavation to discover what lies beneath.

After that, grab your smartphone and enjoy the Dino World Trail where you will be able to unleash the magic as you crack open ten mystical eggs. Each will have a surprise dinosaur waiting to be discovered in augmented reality. Locate the special QR codes displayed in local business windows and scan them to watch the dinosaur characters come to life before your very eyes.

When you’ve befriended all ten dinos and posed for selfies with them, unlock the treasure trove of free digital prizes.

Finally, enjoy some Jurassic crafting with Scraggy Moo and create some dinosaur-themed souvenirs to take home, visit our talented face painters who will turn your face into the fiercest of dinosaurs and pop into the Derby Poetry Festival Workshop where you can create your own mini poem and become a rhyme-a-saurus.

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