If you’re looking for fun things to do in Canterbury this spring, why not take your family on a prehistoric adventure in the South East? Believe it or not, you can still see dinosaurs in the beautiful county of Kent. So here are some top Jurassic-themed ideas to pop on your itinerary.
First up, don’t miss the international smash hit, Dinosaur World Live. This foot stomping, teeth baring, tail swishing theatre show will roar its way onto the Marlowe Theatre stage from 31 March - 2 April, offering great fun for kids big and small. See your favourite prehistoric beasts live on stage and come scarily close to flesh-eating giants including Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor, Segnosaurus and, of course, the formidable Tyrannosaurus Rex. Experience sensational puppetry and discover the dangers and delights of the Jurassic period.
When it comes to Canterbury attractions, Dinosaur World is one of the best. It’s suitable for children aged three and above. So book your tickets now, before they become extinct.
If you’re travelling to Canterbury from Maidstone or simply want a dino-themed tour while you’re in the area, don’t miss Iggy the Iguanodon, a well-known Kent landmark based on the forecourt of Maidstone East Station. This brilliantly crafted statue was erected in tribute to an Iguanodon, whose fossilised remains were unearthed in 1834 in the Queens Road area of Maidstone. While the real Iggy is on display at the Natural History Museum in London, a cast of his skeleton can be seen at Maidstone Museum - another awesome and free day out.
Fun Fact: The Iguanodon fossil is such an important part of Maidstone’s history that Maidstone is now the only town in the UK to have a dinosaur on its official coat of arms. The request was applied for in 1946 and approved by the Garter Principal King of Arms.
Want to know a little more about this dino species? Well, Iguanodons were fascinating creatures, growing to a whopping 10 metres in length and 2.7 metres in height. They weighed four to five tons and could stand tall on their back legs, despite travelling around on all four. Iguanodons were herbivores meaning they only ate plant-based foods and not meat - unlike the dreaded T-Rex.
Places to go in Canterbury and beyond are plentiful, with a day of fossil hunting in Folkestone sure to be a memorable day out. While a trip to Folkestone’s popular seafront promenade is always a delight, a piece of land of genuine scientific interest lies just a few metres away at Copt Point. Many fossils have been found here including a dinosaur footprint imprinted into a stone. This is believed to have been from an Iguanodontidae-type dinosaur.
Enjoy a fun-filled trip to Canterbury and unleash your inner palaeontologist in style.