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World Earth Day: The Wild Escape

​Join us to celebrate Earth Day 2023 with a wild adventure inspired by Dippy in Coventry

A group of children dressed up in hand-made dinosaur costumes, roaring with their hands clawed in front of them

While Dippy the dinosaur takes up residence in our Covered Court, we're excited to be celebrating Earth Day by joining The Wild Escape - a nationwide celebration of UK nature inspired by the wildlife found in museums and galleries.

Our packed programme offers opportunities to get creative with craft activities and meet with experts from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Warwick, as well as visiting our dino-star, Dippy, and getting stuck into stop-motion animation workshops with Let's Animate.


What's happening?

Fossils and Folklore Trail

Discover a wide range of fossils on display around the museum and explore the stories behind them with our FREE Fossils and Folklore Trail. Drop-in, collect a sheet from reception.

Nature Crafting

Create printed artworks inspired by our natural history collection. Drop-in, £2.50 per child payable on the day.

Protecting our Planet

Learn about climate change with experts from the University of Warwick’s Institute of Global Research Priorities. A series of activities will help children understand the challenges we face when protecting our planet and how we can begin to build a greener future. Drop-in.

Stop-Motion Animation Workshops

Bring your own pre-historic stories to life with plasticine model dinosaurs in our in stop-motion animation workshops, led by Coventry studio Let's Animate. £11.55 per child. Book in advance. 

Wildlife Trail

Explore Coventry's waterways and their importance as wildlife habitats in Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's Aqua Seekers Trail. Pick up a free trail sheet from our reception desk and follow the picture clues to discover the different ways water is used to support life. Taking in different locations, this 15-minute adventure will lead you from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum to Coventry Cathedral, where you can join in with their Spring Festival and make a full day of your visit to the city. Please note that the route involves some steps.


The Wild Escape is made possible with support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, with additional support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Kusuma Trust, Foyle Foundation and a group of generous individuals and trusts.