Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

The first ever Ely Cathedral Science Festival got underway at the weekend when children took part in a dinosaur dig with a life-size T-Rex.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

Mike Rouse, who attended the event, said is was “a great family day in the cathedral.

“It was a really good start to the festival and it was incredibly busy, with small children searching for fossils among the sand.”

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

A specialist exhibition exploring the world of science from ‘dinosaurs to DNA’ - which will be on display throughout the festival - was opened in the Lady Chapel.

It includes a rare opportunity to see many national and local artefacts of scientific significance including an original copy of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ and the remains of a late jurassic pliosaur discovered in the Fens in the 1950s.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant


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The festival of “interactive fun and discovery”, which runs until June 18, aims to “explore science and the natural world through art, music, exhibitions and fun activities for all ages”.

As well as science shows, live experiments and prehistoric creatures, there will be fascinating talks by leading experts including lectures by Professor Robert Winston, an explosive show with Dr Bunhead and a sci-fi prom featuring music from composers and popular film scores.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

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The Cambridge Science Centre’s Pop Up ‘Science Laboratory’ also features throughout the festival.

For tickets visit www.tickets.elycathedral.org or contact the Ely Cathedral box office on 01353 660349.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse.

Dinosaur dig with life size T-Rex helps launch Ely Cathedral Science Festival. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

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