This is roar-some!
The UK’s first ever outdoor animatronic dinosaur tour is coming to Temple Newsam Park in Leeds later this year.
A T-Rex standing 18m from head to tail, a battle between a Deinonychus and Tenontosaurus and a 16 metre long Diplodocus are all in store as visitors travel back over 65 million years at Jurassic Kingdom.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and sustainability, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming the Jurassic Kingdom to the atmospheric surroundings of our very own Temple Newsam Park this October.
“With around 30 awe-inspiring life size animatronic dinosaurs and installations set to be on offer, which will not only be great fun but also educational, this really does promise to be a family-friendly event not to be missed.”
Visitors will follow a trail around the Temple Newsam site and encounter giant dinosaurs as part of the 60-minute walking tour. The tour has an educational element attached, thanks to a worksheet for primary school-aged children and an educational marquee where visitors can watch Jurassic documentaries.
The full-scale dinosaur models have been built by experts in China and the tour is being run by Weli Creative, the team behind the Magical Lantern Festival at Roundhay Park in 2016.
Naz Kabir, Weli Creative’s event director, said: “I think almost everyone loves dinosaurs to varying degrees and you just have to look at everything from kids’ books to Hollywood films to see how popular they are.
“They are one of the great mysteries of history and while we may never be able to bring any back to life, we can do the next best thing and that’s what Jurassic Kingdom is all about – fun, adventure, excitement and education.”
As a preview to the tour, this week’s Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate had a surprise when the Jurassic Kingdom team stopped by the Welcome to Yorkshire stand with one of their dinosaurs in tow.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We were extremely lucky to get a preview of these fantastic creatures at our stand. If the huge excitement they created in our younger visitors is anything to go by the full scale tour will be dino-mite.”
The event runs daily from October 13 until October 29.
An early bird discount of 20 per cent is available now by using code LEEDS20 via www.jurassickingdom.uk for a limited time.