Whats On during the October Half Term Holidays at The Etches Collection

Be the first to use PalaeoGo! and Zappar!   PalaeoGo! is an amazing new Iphone/Ipad app created by Bournemouth University that was launched at the Etches Collection this summer featuring virtual dinosaurs, prehistoric reptiles and marine creatures!  Zappar is a smartphone app where you can collect your very prehistoric creatures.  Visit the museum and using your phone join in the fun hunting down your very own prehistoric predator!!



7.15pm – Surf Film and event in association with Purbeck Film Festival and Animal Surfwear - a screening of 'Unchartered Waters'.  Tickets £10.  Bookable via 


Join us for a bay tour & explore Kimmeridge bay with world renowned fossil collector Steve Etches

£15 per adult, £8 per child, £38 for a family ticket


11am - 2pm – Stop Frame Animation 'Monstersaur' Workshop.  Create clay dinosaurs and learn how to animate them!! Tickets £15 including materials and light refreshments. Bookable via


FILM: Monsters Inc. at the museum in collaboration with Purbeck Film Festival

£5 per ticket see Purbeck film festival site for more details



Uncover the mysteries of convergent evolution and find out why a 150 million year old ichthyosaur looks like the dolphins we have today. Compare the modern and prehistoric bones of amazing sea creatures!



Dr. Volcano

Childrens Talk: Amazing volcano talk with mini experiments for kids!

General public talk: on 'Adventures in the Earth Sciences; Volcanoes, The Grand Canyon, and a trip to the Centre of the Earth'

Plus a book signing

Free (suggested donation of £4)


Every Day:-

Fossil Mould painting

Fossil excavation pit

Quizzes, activities and worksheets to test your Jurassic knowledge

Fossil Friday – bring your own fossils to the museum, examine them in close up with our microscope and have our resident expert Steve Etches identify them

Design O Saur Competition

Check out our BRAND NEW educational displays


Kimmeridge Bay Tours ARE BACK!!!

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.

DATES AVAILABLE (weather permitting):

Sunday 7th October at 10.30am

Tuesday 23rd October at 11.00am

Sunday 4th November at 10.00am

Tuesday 20th November at 10.00am

Sunday 25th November at 1.00pm

Wednesday 5th December at 10.30am

Friday 21st December at 10.30am


Adult £15.00

*Child (5-16 years) £8.00    

Family (2 Adult & 2 Children) £38.00

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

Please note these trips are not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

Bay tour tickets do not include entrance to the museum gallery, dogs are not permitted on the tours.

For further information and to book please call 01929 270 000

or email