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This Bank Holiday Weekend, Osprey Leisure Centre will host a Pop-up Jurassica Exhibition from Saturday 29th August until Monday 31st August 2015 from 10am to 4pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to travel back in time 140 million years to experience the terrifying world of Jurassic Dorset and meet the monsters of the deep.  The Pop-up exhibition will help visitors understand more about the Jurassica project which hopes to create the world’s greatest prehistoric attraction. The exhibition will include talks, incredible fossils, and hands-on activities for adults and children, plus FREE ENTRY for all.

On Sunday 30th August there will be a Jurassica Walk starting at 12 midday.   A 2.5 mile (4km) walk lasting about 2.5 hours taking in the proposed site for Jurassica. The walk will take the group  to the east side of the Isle, with great views along the Jurassic Coast, alongside Broadcroft Quarry, to Church Ope Cove, the ruins of Rufus Castle and St Andrew’s Church, past Pennsylvania Castle and into Portland Museum for tea and coffee .  Return will be via a westerly route into Easton.

This walk has been created by Jurassic Jaunts for the Jurassica project. Andy Pedrick will be your guide, and will be joined by members of the Jurassica team: geologist Richard Edmonds; planning consultant Mike Kelly; and volunteer Lorna Audley. The walk will take in the boundary of the proposed site, the history, the geology, the scientific significance of the heritage and practical issues such as development, access and traffic.  More information and booking information at

There will also be a series of workshops running at Osprey Leisure Centre on Saturday, Sunday and Monday,

Peter Rush’s Plesiosaurs!  – Running Saturday and Sunday

Quick plastic cutlery modelling workshop with Peter Rush. Peter went to St. Martin’s School of Art, London, and was a freelance illustrator for BBC TV ‘Jackanory’ for 25 years.


11am daily TALKS in the Dome!

‘The Jurassic Coast – a view from the blue’

A photographic cruise along the entire Jurassic Coast with nearly 200 images, all shot from wave level.  Steve Belasco is a sailor and photographer who has spent the last five years capturing the Jurassic Coast exclusively from wave level.

‘Virtual Worlds’

Trial the latest immersive virtual reality technology. Put on a headset and go back 500 million years and come face to face with ancient creatures of the seas.

‘Snakes’ and ‘Ladders’

An innovative Jurassica board game! Jump on and move around the board with each roll of the gigantic dice.

Fossil Fun for Kids with Phil Anslow!

Educational workshop with Phil Anslow, incorporating art, science, geology and local history. Paint a plaster fossil to take home. Kindly sponsored by Bournemouth University.  Suitable for all the family! Parents be warned, your children may know more than you!

Unearth JAWES!

Get stuck in to our fossil dig boxes! Chip away to slowly and carefully reveal real fossils from the Jurassic Coast. You may even unearth the incredible Jawes! Suitable for all ages!

2pm daily TALKS in the Dome!

‘How to find and clean an Ichthyosaur’

The talk will explore, through several examples, what is involved in finding and preparing (cleaning/conserving) ichthyosaur fossils discovered around Lyme Regis. Suitable for all ages but aimed to excite and interest the young particularly.

Richard Edmonds is a graduate geologist who grew up in Lyme Regis and discovered the magic of fossils at an early age.

Nigel Williams, General Manager of Osprey Leisure said “Osprey Leisure Centre is delighted to host the Jurassica exhibition.  This free event will allow visitors to not only view the Jurassica exhibition but to also experience the facilities that the leisure centre has to offer including, the extensive sports hall, large swimming pool, fitness gym, business centre, hair salon and café which will be open from 10am.  Osprey Leisure Memberships and tours will be available on the day.  I would encourage people to come over to Portland during the bank holiday weekend to experience the excitement of the Jurassica project”.

Full programme of events can be found at

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