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Entering its 10th year, the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is hoping to demonstrate to local visitors why the region is better known as the Jurassic Coast. This year, organisers are hoping to inspire attendees with more than pre-historic relics.

The event will focus on helping young people appreciate the roles of science, engineering, technology and mathematics in the discovery and support of fossil remains. The event promises to offer hands-on science fun for visitors of all ages – especially those hoping to get a jump on the warm spring temperatures by enjoying a Dorset cottage holiday on the coast.

The festival will take place from 29 April through to 1 May at a variety of venues along the village seafront, including The Pavilion on Marine Parade. There will also be a variety of marquees set up to celebrate the fossil-related events.

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is the perfect Dorset event for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy educational walks, lectures, theatre productions, live music, exhibits and more. There will also be a Fossil Fair where you can purchase rare fossils, minerals and jewellery starting from as little as 50p.

“An impressive range of partners will be attending the fossil festival, including the Natural History Museum, Jurassic Coast Trust and British Antarctic Survey,” said festival coordinator Heather Prior to the Dorset Echo.

“Teams will also be attending from the Jurassic World Heritage Site, Geological Society, Natural England and universities,” she said. “The festival will provide plenty of information and inspiration so that young people can learn about educational and career opportunities.”

The well-attended event is supported by many of the area’s museums, educational sites and local advocates. At the event, you can meet scientists from the Palaeontological Association and the UK Onshore Geological Survey. There will also be visitors from nearby Plymouth University and Dorset Geologists.

Admission prices vary across the events. Entry to the Grand Marquee is free, but there is a small charge for the event lectures. For more information, please visit the festival website.

Image Credit: Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2010