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Top 5 Easter Egg Hunts on the Jurassic Coast - March 15th, 2018

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We’ve put together for you the top 5 Easter egg hunts that are happening through-out the Easter holidays this year along the Jurassic Coast! There are some fantastic hunts going on all over the Coast, along with daily activities and events happening in each of the towns as well through out the weeks.
There is also a mention of a fantastic competition you can enter to win a FREE Guided Fossil Hunt– check out the end of the post for details!

 

Kicking it off, I’m sure you have seen the TV advents which have been showing for a couple of weeks now…
1) National Trust & Cadbury’s

The National Trust have teamed up with Cadburys this Easter to bring you a number of Easter egg hunts across the UK. In Dorset they are holding 5 hunts over the Easter weekend, 2 of which are along the Jurassic Coast at Golden Cap Estate and Burton Bradstock.
Both of these locations have some of the fantastic views and scenery, showing off what the Jurassic Coast has to offer. Perfect scenes for you to admire while the family are enjoying the clue hunt and chance for a cheeky Instagram shot or two!
Each hunt is £2.50 and you will be rewarded with a chocolatey prize!

Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth, Dorset DT6 6RA 01297 489481
March 30th and 31st, both 11:00 – 15:00
Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4RF 01297 489481
March 30th – 2nd April 11:00 – 15:00.
Both Golden Cap Estate and Burton Bradstock offer free entry and free parking if you are a national trust member, if not parking fees will apply.

 

2) Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is full to the brim with Easter activities and events this year, with an Easter Eggstravaganze over the Bank Holiday Weekend. From the 30th – 2nd April, the bunnies on the farm will be helping the Easter Bunny hide hundreds of eggs for you to find during your visit! The Easter egg hunt is included in the admission price for the day. These prices are: Adults £9.50, Child 3+ £9.50, Children 2-3 £4.90 and Under 2s Free. With Easter eggs to seek, there are also all the baby animals to find while you are visiting. Goat kids, lambs and chicks will all be arriving over the next couple of weeks and who doesn’t like adorable fluffy baby animals!? Check out this adorable lamb & proud mum from last years flock!

Farmer Palmers Farm Park Ltd, Wareham Road, Organford, Poole Dorset BH16 6EU 01202 622022

 

3) Smugglers Easter Egg Hunt

The Charmouth Shark Tooth Gang smugglers have discovered some rare Jurassic Coast Easter eggs in a shipwreck off the shores of Lyme Regis. They have hidden all of the eggs in shops around Lyme Regis town, leaving clues for you to solve to locate them. Once participants have successfully located the 9 missing eggs you will be able to claim a chocolatey reward! Each trail is £3, which can be purchased at Roly’s Fudge shop. The trail will be taking place from the 1st April – 15th and are available to collect from 10:00 – 17:00 daily.
62 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QF 07896 004278

While you are at Roly’s Fudge Shop you must try the variety of fudge they have to offer! With flavours ranging from classic fudge to Cherry Bakewell and Lemon Meringue, they also have some Easter themed flavours such as Eton Mess and Hot Cross Bun! If you are lucky you may also visit on a day when they have piles of fudge on the front bench being prepared and portioned, the smells are delightful!

Lyme Regis’ car parks can get very busy very quickly during school holidays and on sunny days! If you are planning on heading down to the town during Easter do think ahead for parking. Holmbush Car Park is on of Lyme’s biggest carparks, with parking for £2 all day! There is a pretty steep hill down to the Cobb from this car Park, not as bad if you take the hill down through the town or gardens. There is Monmouth Car Park down near the Cobb and Harbour which will allow you to walk along the seafront to the town, though this car park charges from £1.20 an hour.

 

4) Roarsome Dino Easter Egg Hunt

Starting on Good Friday through to the 16th April, Wacky Nation have put together a trail of clues to follow around Weymouth. It is your job to find Jurassic Dino Eggs which have been hidden in shop windows throughout the town centre and to discover where the ‘very rare T’-Rex Egg’ has been hidden by Evil mad scientist Dr Destruction! Entrants need to complete and return their trail form by Monday 16th April to be in with a chance of winning a bag full of Easter goodies!
Throughout the holidays there will also be a search for a baby tyrannosaurus Rex! Make sure you become equip with a Dino Quest Passport & Map, visit the challenge points around the town which will be located in your Dino map and collect all 4 Dino stamps for an extra yummy treat! If you have the best detectives in your family and solve the clues in record breaking time there will also be Dino Mask Making, Dino Balloon Modeller & Magician, Dino Mask Parade and a Dino Roar Competition throughout the day to keep you occupied!
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8PF

End the day with a trip the arcade and mini fair ground at the end of the seafront (towards the Jurassic skyline) one of the best arcades around here I think! Jam packed with a variety of arcade games to keep all the family happy. Followed by that seaside classic fish & chips on the beach- perfect!

 

5) Egg-citing Easter Dinosaur Egg Hunt
From the 1st April – 16th you can take part in the Seaton Jurassic’s Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt which will lead you on a journey through the Jurassic Coast’s history. Starting in the 19th century you will be egg hunting alongside local fossil hunters, geologists and evolutionary-thinkers! You will then be taken back 200 million years, taking the controls of a time-ship, searching through the prehistoric creatures for more clues. Once you have followed all of the clues to complete the trail you will be able to collect your prize. The prices are: Adult £9, Child £5.40, Under 3 Free, Family(2A+2C) 19.80 plus £1 per clue sheet. Once you have claimed your prize there is no need to leave in a hurry, Seaton Jurassic has plenty to see and do, rain or shine. Play beneath the waves of the infinity pod and hunt for fossils in the sand pit or just relax in the beautiful wildlife garden.
The Underfleet, Seaton EX12 2WD 01297 300390

Most places in Seaton are no more than a stone’s throw away from the seafront. Seaton has a level promenade, great for kids to ride their bikes, scooters, even rollerblading. It also makes for an easy walk with a pushchair. You can walk from one end right to the other of the beach, a lovely little walk in the afternoon sun.

 

If you are already staying in Dorset over Easter, or are thinking about it I cannot recommend entering the Jurassic Coast Guide competition they are currently running! It’s free to enter, all you need to do is follow their account and retweet this tweet on Twitter and your in!

 

If you are still searching for accommodation we currently have an offer on our Static Caravans! Starting from Good Friday, 30th March, we are offering £45 off brochure price for a short break (Friday-Monday/Monday-Friday) or £95 off the brochure price of a weeks holiday from the 30th! We are here in the office awaiting you call from 8am – 7pm. Our touring pitches are filling up fast, we have camping spots available and grass electric pitches for motor homes and caravans, again you can pop us a call or you can book online which is available 24 hours.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for anymore last minute deals for Easter!

Whatever you decide to do this Easter we hope you have a wonderful time with lots of family fun!

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Charmouth’s Sea Dragon and Dippy the Dinosaur! - January 19th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last couple of weeks the Jurassic Coast has been hitting the headlines and appearing all over our TVs. Chris Moore and his team were working with Sir David Attenborough on Lyme Regis beach and in the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre discovering the Ichthyosaur, Sea Dragon!

UPDATE: on 8th November 2018 Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre announced on Twitter that the Sea Dragon display will be staying for another year! Their winter team have been busy putting together the missing skull that artist Darrell Wakelam helped the centre make in the Summer. Remember the centre has free entry and is currently on winter hours when they are open Friday to Monday 10:30am – 4:00pm. The display is fantastic at the Centre, providing lots of information on the Sea Dragon. Throughout the Heritage Coast Centre there are also many other displays of fossils found on our coastline.
They have tools you are able to hire and there are also adult and children’s fossil hunting backpacks full of information, tools and safety equipment you can buy to take out on the beach after you have seen the displays. Fancy finding your own Sea Dragon or other creatures? Have a look here for fossil finding details.

You can still catch the TV program that documented the discovery and evacuation of the fossil on the BBC IPlayer, which aired on the 7th January, available to watch until the 13th February 2018.
Over the news there has also been a lot of articles with more details about the discovery and Charmouth’s team working with Sir David Attenborough. Follow this link here to read up on the Telegraphs write up… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/articles/david-attenborough-interview/
As the BBC worked on this program they also featured the grand opening of the Sea Dragon on the BBC South Today, the grand opening of which Sir David Attenborough was a surprise special guest for!

At Newlands, we are only a stone throw away from Charmouth Beach and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, both providing the perfect day out or place for a morning walk in the Dorset sunshine. Check out on our website availability for the upcoming season so plan your Sea Dragon holidays! http://www.newlandsholidays.co.uk/Bookings

 

You may have seen on Facebook or Twitter that Dippy the Diplodocus will be travelling from the Natural History Museum around the UK. Follow #Dippyontour to keep up with the travels! Dippy will be making the first stop in, you’ve guested it, Dorset! Dorset Country Museum will be holding the Full display from 10th February to 7th May 2018. On Sunday 11th February the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre will have a display for the day of the Skull of Dippy to see. It will feature alongside Charmouth’s very own dinosaur the Scelidosaur!
A quote from Museum Dinosaur Research Paul Barrett, ‘Dippy would have recognised many of the same kinds of plants and animals that were also present in Jurassic Dorset. Cousins of Dippy roamed all over the area leaving their fossilised bones and footprints behind.’
Have a look on the Natural History Museum for full tour dates and see the CHCC (Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre) and DCM (Dorset Country Museum) Twitter pages for more detail on the displays they will be holding!

 

If you do have Twitter or Facebook follow us to keep up to date with all the details of what is happening around Charmouth… anymore Sea Dragons we may discover!

 

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