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Where can your explorers hunt for Dinosaurs in Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales?

Where can your explorers hunt for Dinosaurs in Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales?

Hunting for dinosaurs in the North West and North Wales

As a child, one of my most memorable experiences of visiting a museum was seeing an absolutely ginormous T-Rex skeleton. To this day, I have no idea where we were but the sheer size of it compared to my little self was enough to inspire a love of learning all about these fascinating creatures.

We know many of you also have dinosaur obsessed children so here is a quick round up of key attractions where your little explorers can see dinosaurs in the North West. 

Dinosaur hunting in Cheshire

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* Castaway Play’s Jurassic Experience Event 

Location: 71 Moss Road, Congleton, CW12 3BP

Description: As well as the Castaway beach and pirate ships we all know and love, our little explorers can embark on an epic adventure with a visit to Castaways ‘Lost World’. There is a Triceratops as you enter the jungle and he’s pretty cool 🦕 Join Tarzan and Jane on an epic adventure, climb the treehouse, throw a penny in the waterfall, enjoy the climbing wall, cinema screen …. there is so much to do as you explore this new and exciting habitat.  Younger siblings can enjoy a great time in the Jungle Soft Play. 

Covid secure? Prebooked tickets to reduce numbers on site. Masks no longer compulsory. 

Price: £7.50 off peak for children aged 18 months and older, £9 during peak times. Children under 18 months are charged £3 peak and off peak.

Book: https://www.facebook.com/CastawayPlayCongleton/

Opening times: Open 7 days a week.

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*Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf, Warrington, Cheshire

Location: Bents Garden and Home, Warrington Road, Glazebury, Warrington, WA3 5NT

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm. Sundays and Bank holidays from 10.30am to 4.00pm.

Description: Enjoy a family friendly mini golf competition with a difference this Summer. Test your skills on the 18 hole mini golf course….. just make sure that the resident dinosaurs don’t decide to have you for their dinner! Avoid a range of  life sized animated dinosaurs including a 12m Tyrannosaurus Rex. Finally, keep an eye out for swashbuckling pirates too!

Covid secure? Must book in advance due to limited numbers. Outdoor venue and families asked to remain patient moving around the course. 

Price: £4.50 for mini explorers under 4 years, £5.50 for junior explorers aged 4 to 11 years, and for explorers aged over 12 years old the price is £7.50. Family tickets are £21. 

Booking: Must book in advance using https://golfwarrington.schedulista.com/

Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf, Warrington. 

*Gulliver’s World,  Warrington, Cheshire

Location: Shackleton Cl, Warrington, WA5 9YZ

Description: Why not head to Warrington this Summer and enter the Lost World? Here you can hop aboard on a Jurassic Jeep and go on a Dino safari tour, visit the incubation unit where you will experience non stop spinning, experience a sky tour with a trip up high in the Observation tower, or soar the skies and take the ‘flight of the Pterandon’. Please note that height restrictions may apply.

Covid secure? . Prebooked tickets only due to reduced numbers. Masks are no longer compulsory. Sanitiser available. 

Price: Online prices to enter Gulliver’s World for both adults and children vary depending on date but are typically  £19 online. Kids under 90cm go free.   

Book: https://www.gulliversworldresort.co.uk/opening-times-and-prices

Image credit belongs to Gulliver’s World Resort, Warrington

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*Jurassic Live, Live Stage Show

Location: TBC but cities include  Birmingham, Blackpool, Chester, Crewe, Mold, Rhyl, Liverpool, Llandudno, Manchester, Stoke, Wrexham and more!

Description: A roar some experience 65 million years in the making! We have the widest variety of dinosaur puppets & costumes in the UK, containing ground-breaking new technology, which make our dinosaurs the most realistic you have ever seen, with blinking eyes, moving mouths, and fully functioning and moving bodies. Our T-Rex is one of the largest in Europe! We also have an amazing team of professional actors, advanced puppeteers & an award winning props department creating the best Jurassic experience for all.

Covid secure? Outside event and visitors advised to socially distance.

Cost: TBC Tickets on sale soon. Guide price is between £10 and £15 oer ticket. 

Booking: info@jurassic-live.co.uk

*Lymm Dinosaur, Lymm

Location: Lymm Heritage Centre, 1 Legh St, Lymm WA13 0DA

Description: Did you know that a Chirotherium/ footprint was discovered at a Lymm Quarry in 1840! The dino’s footprint can be seen by the lower dam in Lymm Village. Although no skeleton was found scientists have pieced together enough evidence for Colin Grimes, a Lymm-based retired art teacher to create a life sized model of the famous Lymm dinosaur. The model is the centrepiece of a new exhibit ‘On the Trail of the Hand Beast’ which opened at Lymm Heritage Centre. Young visitors can also go on a mini-fossil hunt with fossils to take home, plus a join-the-dots art competition, models, masks and wallcharts as well as the opportunity to make a footprint.

Covid secure? Information unknown

Cost: Free but donations welcome

Booking: N/A

*Raptor Safari – Temporarily closed.

Location: Raptor Safari, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5LG.

Description: For an adventure experience like no other, families can go off in search for the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor with a visit to Raptor Safari, a Jurassic Park themed attraction located near Wilmslow in the Cheshire Countryside, not far from Liverpool and Manchester.

A visit here will take families to a time long ago, where they can embark on a hunt for moving dinosaurs complete with sound effects on a trail through the woodland. Don’t forget to watch out for crocodiles on your safari as base camp is located right on the banks of the beautiful crocodile river…..make sure that you don’t get snapped up!  There are also bears, ice age beasts and even a sabre toothed tiger. 

Fear levels are also controlled based on the needs of your group but tours are recommended for children aged 3 years and above. For families with really young children, there is an alternative trail. 

Covid secure? Temporarily closed due to covid. 

Cost: N/A

Booking: email raptorsafari@yahoo.com if you have any enquiries for next year.

Images supplied by Raptor Safari for use by Clued In With Kids

 

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Dinosaur hunting in Manchester

*Dinofalls Adventure Golf Manchester

Location: Old Park Ln, Stretford, Manchester, M17 8PG

Description: Why not challenge the family to a fun and light hearted game of mini golf? Just make sure that you avoid any chomping prehistoric beasts along the way! Explore caves, navigate rivers and waterfalls, and don’t lose your nerve if you happen to be spotted by one of the realistic moving dinosaurs that reside here. These ancient beasts include Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus, Baby Triceratops, Pterasuria, Velociraptors Raptors, Iguanodon, Diplodocus, and Triceratops. This family mini golf attraction in Manchester is suitable for all members of the family from toddlers up. The course is completely pram and wheelchair friendly making this a great day out in Manchester. 

Covid secure? Visitors must complete the online guest register before visiting, limited numbers so you must prebook, face coverings to be worn in certain parts of venue. 

Price: A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) to play one course is £24. Adults are £8 and those under the age of 16, seniors and students cost £6.

Book: https://www.dinofalls.co.uk/booking

Image credit belongs to Dinofalls Adventure Golf, Trafford Golf Centre. 

* Dino Kingdom, Wythenshaw Park 23rd-July-15th August 2021

Location: Wythenshawe Park, Manchester, M23 1DW
Description: Step into an awe-inspiring prehistoric adventure! The creators of the award-winning Lightopia Festival present, Dino Kingdom: an epic prehistoric exploration. Step back in time and explore roaring and moving Dinosaurs and state-of-the-art 3D and AR technology. Immerse yourself in unforgettable interactive activities and enjoy a range of thrilling fairground rides, delicious food and drink and much more.

Covid secure? Outside attraction and visitors advised to adhere to social distancing. 

Price: Price varies depending on time and date but typically adult tickets for the 16’s and overs are £15, the childrens tickets for those aged 3 years to 15 years are £13, kids under 2 go free and there is a £3 parking fee. A family ticket is available for £54. Prices are subject to additional booking fees and tax. 

Book: https://dinokingdom.com/tickets/

Opening times: Three hour slots starting at 10am and last time slot to enter is 9pm each day.

Image credit belongs to Dino Kingdom

*Jurassic Farm 2021 At Cockfields Farm Park

Location: Cockfields Farm Park Lees Road, Ashton/Oldham Border OL6 8AR

Description: Join the fun this Summer for a fun filled Dinosaur adventure and explore the other activities the farm has to offer. Meet Real Life Walking Dinosaurs T-Rex, Velociraptor & Triceratops. Enjoy Dinosaur Themed Family Stage shows, Meet and Greet the Dinosaurs, embark on Fossil Excavation activities, and for little ones, a visit to the Toddler Dinosaur Area with photo Props is a must! Don’t forget to jop on the tractor for rides around the Farm. There is a fairground Carousel, Outdoor Play, Swings, Slides, Beach Area, Jumping Pillow and Panning for Gems & Gold.

Covid secure? Limited capacities to ensure social distancing. Facemasks compulsory in indoor areas.

Price: Adult Tickets are £ 20. Child Ticket is £30. Under 1s go free.

Book: https://cockfields.merlintickets.co.uk/

Image credit belongs to Cockfields Farm

*Jurassic Live, Live Stage Show

Location: TBC but cities include  Birmingham, Blackpool, Chester, Crewe, Mold, Rhyl, Liverpool, Llandudno, Manchester, Stoke, Wrexham and more!

Description: A roar some experience 65 million years in the making! We have the widest variety of dinosaur puppets & costumes in the UK, containing ground-breaking new technology, which make our dinosaurs the most realistic you have ever seen, with blinking eyes, moving mouths, and fully functioning and moving bodies. Our T-Rex is one of the largest in Europe! We also have an amazing team of professional actors, advanced puppeteers & an award winning props department creating the best Jurassic experience for all.

Covid secure? Outside event and visitors advised to socially distance.

Cost: TBC Tickets on sale soon. Guide price is between £10 and £15 oer ticket. 

Booking: info@jurassic-live.co.uk

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*Manchester Museum, Manchester

Location: University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

Description: A trip to Manchester is definitely not complete without paying Stan the T-Rex a visit. Stan can be found in the fossil gallery of Manchester Museum, along with another giant creature, a Plesiosaur. A visit to Stan and his companions will enable children to learn all about how fossils form, meteorites, why organisms become extinct, and how life may have evolved over 600 million years. You can even observe space rocks in the meteorite display and actually touch pieces of meteorite from Mars and the Moon!

Covid secure? Social distancing guidelines should be followed. Staff are wearing face coverings and customers are encouraged to do the same but this is not compulsory. 

Cost: Free entry

Book: For further information please visit https://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

*Dinosaur Safari AR

Location: A number of trails are available on the in locations such as  Alexandra Park, Boggart Hole Clough,  Debdal Park, Phillips Park, Platt Fields Park, Heaton Park, Wythenshawe  Fields Park, and Whitworth Park.

Description: Developers Sprytar have brought you a free and fun app called LOVE EXPLORING APP to go exploring for dinosaurs this Summer. There are a number of quiz trails and then complete the quiz to put your dinosaur knowledge to the test. Fairy trails are also available and the fairies will even ask you questions about each park so you may learn a thing or two about your local haunt. 

Covid secure? App based so just follow usual social distancing guidelines. 

Cost: Free

Booking: N/A

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Dinosaur hunting Near Liverpool and Lancashire

*T Rex Ranch, Birkenhead Park – 17th August from 12 noon to 5.30pm.

Location: Birkenhead Park, Park Dr, Birkenhead CH41 4HY

Description: Come and join the dinosaurs down at the visitors centre for some RAWWWsome fun!!

Joined with-
🎡Children’s rides
🏰Giant Inflatable
🎁Traditional Games
🍔Delicious hot food & Drinks
🍭Sweets and treat
🏖Decked sand pit with deck chairs

Covid secure? Outside event and visitors advised to socially distance.

Cost: Free entry but rides are ticketed which are available for purchase on the day. 

Booking: No need to prebook

*Jurassic Live, Live Stage Show

Location: TBC but cities include  Birmingham, Blackpool, Chester, Crewe, Mold, Rhyl, Liverpool, Llandudno, Manchester, Stoke, Wrexham and more!

Description: A roar some experience 65 million years in the making! We have the widest variety of dinosaur puppets & costumes in the UK, containing ground-breaking new technology, which make our dinosaurs the most realistic you have ever seen, with blinking eyes, moving mouths, and fully functioning and moving bodies. Our T-Rex is one of the largest in Europe! We also have an amazing team of professional actors, advanced puppeteers & an award winning props department creating the best Jurassic experience for all.

Covid secure? Outside event and visitors advised to socially distance.

Cost: TBC Tickets on sale soon. Guide price is between £10 and £15 oer ticket. 

Booking: info@jurassic-live.co.uk

*World Museum, Liverpool

Location: William Brown St, Liverpool, L3 8EN

Description: Are you brave enough to set foot inside the dinosaur gallery? If you dare to venture inside the ‘bones and stones’ display, you will come face to face with life-size casts of skeletons of the ferocious dinosaurs that once walked this Earth. Witness the Allosaurus about to attack the defenceless plant-eater Camptosaurus. You will be fortunate enough to see a full sized cast of a Megalosaurus skeleton and even an Oviraptor egg! The Dino Diner display investigates dinosaur teeth, their food and even what they left behind as droppings.  Discover the mysterious large reptile that lived in Merseyside over 220 million years ago which disappeared leaving only its footprints behind. Learn how these immense animals lived and died. There are plenty of other ferocious beasts to learn about to.

Covid secure? Redcued  capacities to support social distancing Hand sanitisers available. Cashless payments in shops etc. All visitors and staff encouraged to wear face coverings unless exempt.

Cost: Admission to World Museum in Liverpool is FREE of charge. 

Book:https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/world-museum#section–book-your-visit

World Musem, Liverpool

*Dinosaur Safari, Blackpool Zoo, Lancashire

Location: E Park Dr, Blackpool FY3 8PP

Description: For an amazing family day out in Blackpool why not go on an epic adventure and explore an amazing lost world? A visit to Dinosaur Safari will definitely satisfy your little Dino hunters as they come face to face with a terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex, mighty marine reptiles, awesome pterodactyls and more than 30 other stunning prehistoric creatures, some of which are lifesize at 30ft! Your Dinosaur Safari will take you through 4 different ages, over running streams and even behind a living curtain of water. You can also learn all about the current theory as to why these impressive beasts became extinct millions of years ago.

The prehistoric world that you are about to explore is brought vividly to life with incredible sound effects and thousands of authentic living plants and trees to make this an experience that your little hunters will never forget!

Covid secure? Social distancing and one way routes. Face coverings recommended in indoor areas.

Cost: Adult admission to Blackpool Zoo is from £19.95 and children at £15.50 when booked online. 

Book: https://www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/prices

Image credit belongs to Dinosaur Safari, Blackpool Zoo

Dinosaur hunting in North Wales

*Maizey’s Maize Maze, Park Hall The Countryside Experience, Oswestry, Shropshire

Location: Burma Rd, Whittington, Oswestry, SY11 4AS

Description: This Summer why not help out to BE A DINOSAUR HUNTER! Dinosaurs roamed the maize field one night laying eight eggs but they don’t know which ones have hatched. As you navigate your way out of the maize maze can you solve this puzzle? Learn all about the different types of dinosaurs, what they ate, how large they were and more! Don’t forget to head near the indoor soft play and hunt for fossils in the ‘prehistoric dig’ too! 

Covid secure? Just prebook in advance to limit numbers. A number of attractions have moved outdoors. 

Cost: Children under 2 go free. Online price is £11.95 for anyone over 2 years old. Children under 2 visit for free. 

*Stone Science, Anglesey

Location: Bryn Eglwys, Llanddyfnan, Pentraeth, LL75 8UL

Open daily from 10am until 4pm ( we recommend last entry at three pm If visiting museum to allow time to look about). 

Description: Stone Science is one of the islands most popular attractions and a visit here will transport families back 650 million years where they can learn all about the impressive beasts that once resided on Earth millions of years before ourselves. Children will enjoy discussing the life size reconstructions of various parts of dinosaurs and of course enjoy interactive with the hands on samples and videos on offer. They can touch the real fossils, a dinosaur egg, dinosaur teeth and there’s even dinosaur poo!

Covid secure? Not necessary to prebook but due to limited capacity, you may kindly be asked to wait. Hand sanitisers upon entry to both shop and museum and face masks in said areas. Frequent cleaning. Staff ask that you respect social distancing guidelines and don’t visit if unwell or isolating. 

Cost:

Adults £7

Children & concessions £6

Family rate ( two adults * three children or concessions ) £25

Under threes free. 

Book: http://stonescience.co.uk/directions-to-stone-science/

or for information contact  01248 450310

Image kindly supplied by Stone Science for use by Clued in with kids

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*Jurassic Live, Live Stage Show

Location: TBC but cities include  Birmingham, Blackpool, Chester, Crewe, Mold, Rhyl, Liverpool, Llandudno, Manchester, Stoke, Wrexham and more!

Description: A roar some experience 65 million years in the making! We have the widest variety of dinosaur puppets & costumes in the UK, containing ground-breaking new technology, which make our dinosaurs the most realistic you have ever seen, with blinking eyes, moving mouths, and fully functioning and moving bodies. Our T-Rex is one of the largest in Europe! We also have an amazing team of professional actors, advanced puppeteers & an award winning props department creating the best Jurassic experience for all.

Covid secure? Outside event and visitors advised to socially distance.

Cost: TBC Tickets on sale soon. Guide price is between £10 and £15 oer ticket. 

Booking: info@jurassic-live.co.uk

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