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Dudley set fair for weekend fossil frivolity
11:45am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
DUDLEY will be hosting a feast of fossil frivolity this weekend during a parade of prehistoric pastimes.
The town's museum and art gallery plus the town hall are hosting the biennial fossil extravaganza on Saturday (September 28) and Sunday (September 29).
The Dudley Council-run festival is the largest fossil extravaganza in the UK and features specialist stalls selling rocks, fossils, minerals gems and jewellery and talks.
For children and families there will be magic shows, storytelling, trilobite racing, fossil casting, craft activities, poetry, a small animal display by Dudley Zoo, competitions and interactive talks.
For the more seasoned scientists there are lectures and talks from geology and palaeontology experts from across the country including academics from Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford Universities.
Councillor Tracy Wood, Dudley cabinet member for environment and culture, said: ”The Rock and Fossil Festival is always a fantastic family event and a great day out for fossil fans of all ages.
“With talks, stalls, craft activities, storytelling, games and magic shows there’s something for everyone, from academics and dedicated to collectors to families and dinosaur fans both big and small.”
Admission costs £2.60 for adults, £1.60 for children (ages 4 – 15) and £8 for a family ticket which admits two adults and three children. Under 4s go free. Price includes entrance and activities at both venues.
For more information visit www.discoverdudley.org.uk/rockandfossil St James road will be closed to traffic from 10am Friday September 27 to 5pm Sunday September 29 to allow set-up and safe pedestrian access between Dudley Museum and Dudley Town Hall.
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