Next weekend there will be a chance to get up close and personal with the Crystal Palace’s infamous concrete dinosaurs.
Learn what the Victorians got wrong – and right – and witness the incredible detail put into these 162-year-old sculptures from a whole new perspective, bringing the the birthplace of Dinomania to life. A conservator will also give insight on how the sculptures need our help to survive into the future.
This will be a theatrical and historically informative up-close-and-personal experience.
You will be part of a small group of 20 people for a 30-minute visit to the island. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Access to the site is via a small, steep, muddy path and hill, thus regrettably not appropriate for wheelchairs or small children.
Wear sturdy footwear.
The tours are part of a weekend of events around the famously inaccurate Victorian creature creations.
- ‘The Iguanodon Restaurant’ a hilarious street theatre performed in a life-sized Iguanodon.
- Talks about the historic site including science, art, conservation and history
- Drawing, mask and badge-making on extinct and endangered animals
- Volunteers will be bringing ancient landscapes back to life around the sculptures
- Films about the Jurassic era
- Jurassic artwork inspired by the local dinosaurs will be on display and sale.
The tours take place on Sunday 16th Sept, are free, and can be booked here.