There’s magic, storytelling, trilobite racing and dino-crafts aplenty at this year’s Rock and Fossil Festival (28 & 29 September).
Dudley Council has organised the two-day festival which runs across Dudley Town Hall and Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and features a range of exciting activities for youngsters as well as stalls and talks for committed collectors and researchers.
At Dudley Museum magician Ron Popple will be getting the laughter going with regular shows at 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on both days with an extra show on Saturday at 4pm.
The museum will also be offering glitter tattoos, storytelling, craft activities with the JAM club team, poetry from Walsall’s own poet laureate, specialist lectures and interactive talks.
There’ll be fossil casting in the science lab on the top floor where youngsters can make their own fossils to take home. These session are by timed ticket only which can be collected from the museum on the day. The one-hour sessions run at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on both days with an extra session on Saturday at 3.30pm
Over at the town hall the main attraction will be the stalls selling fossils, minerals, gems, crystals and jewellery. There will also be gem cutting demonstrations, fossil identification sessions and competitions by the Black Country Geological Society.
There are more activities for youngsters upstairs at the town hall including a geo-art gallery competition, trilobite racing and a small animal display by Dudley Zoo.
Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: “Dudley Rock and Fossil Festival is perfect for families and offers a whole weekend’s worth of entertainment.
“Children will love the hands on activities, crafts, magic shows and storytelling and I’m sure that their parents will learn a lot too!”
The festival runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Admission costs £2.60 for adults, £1.60 for children (aged 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