Whats On during Easter at The Etches Collection

Dippy on Tour – A Natural History Adventure:

In association with The Natural History Museum and the Dorset County Museum, The Etches Collection will be joining in with the events and activities surrounding Dippy the Diplodocus as he explores Dorset and the South West between March and May. You can discover Dippy’s link to the Jurassic seas of Dorset by asking us and learning about our very own, real ‘Giant’ Sauropod dinosaur fossil bones – Dippy would have lived during the Late Kimmeridgian age, find out why the bones of a land based Sauropod came to be found in Kimmeridge which 157 million years ago was at the bottom of a warm, tropical sea……

30th March – 2nd April  DINO EASTER EGG TRAIL! Solve the clues to claim your chocolate dinosaur egg!

4th April  BAY TOUR WITH STEVE ETCHES. Take a special tour with fossil collector Steve Etches and learn more about Kimmeridge the Jurassic Seas and Dippy the dinosaur!

7th April  Creative Clay workshop for children of all ages.....make your very own dinosaurs, marine reptiles and ammonites.  The last workshop we held sold out quickly so contact the museum to book your place in advance!  Tickets £7.50.

10th April  Film showing of the 'GOOD DINOSAUR'.  Come and visit our 'pop up' cinema here at the museum!  Contact us for more details, timings to be confirmed.

12th-13th April  3D PRINTED SKULL OF DIPPY THE DINOSAUR FROM THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM! Come and see a replica of Dippy’s skull and see our real sauropod bones in the collection!

This Easter we will be launching an incredible photography competition… watch this space for more details coming soon!


30th March – 8th April our very own Wildlife Wanderer, David Bailey will be returing with his exhibition of amazing photographs from around the UK

Other Activities on at the Museum: 

Excavation Pit, Monster Checklists - how many Jurassic reptiles can you see in our CGI imagery, childrens Fossil Workbooks, Dino Colouring & Jurassic Art Competition, Activity Sheets, our new DINO CORNER with Dino toys, dress up, books and more, Fossil mould painting, Lucky Dip. Take a closer look at our handling collection using our FOUR state of the art microscopes!.


Kimmeridge Bay Tours - March and April Dates 

Come and spend a couple of hours in the company of the universally acclaimed fossil collector, Steve Etches.

Tickets need to be purchased in advance from the admission desk either in person or by phone 01929 270000.


Adult £15.00

*Child (5-16 years) £8.00    

*All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Please note these trips are not suitable for buggies or wheelchairset 

The following dates are currently available (weather permitting). Bay tour 

tickets do not include entrance to the museum gallery.

Saturday 28th April at 11.00am

For further information please call 01929 270 000

or email