DinosuarIsle4001Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown is hosting a free event this weekend which celebrates fossil collecting from the Isle of Wight and the local region. 

There will be a chance to talk to experts from the Natural History Museum and Southampton University, as well as Natural historians and local collectors present at the ‘Blast from the Past’ event. Author Dean Lomax, who has just published a new book called ‘Dinosaurs of the British Isles’, will also be a guest.

Members of the public are invited along to Dinosaur Isle between 10:00 and 16:00 this coming Saturday (15th) and Sunday (16th November) for free.

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Visitors are encouraged to bring along any fossils they may have which can be identified. There is also the chance to go on a fossil hunting walk.  Children’s activities will be provided including face painting, model making and fossil related fun.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for economy and tourism, said:

“This event is an excellent opportunity to visit the museum and speak to a range of experts in the field of palaeontology.

“The museum is also close to welcoming its one millionth visitor, which is a fantastic achievement since it opened its doors in 2001.”

The museum is located on Culver Parade and can be contacted on 01983 404344 for further information, or by visiting

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Dinosaur Isle has also launched its own Facebook page which can be found at where people can find information, photos, upcoming events and offers.

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