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The Big Dippy Birthday Bash!

Come and celebrate Dippy's birthday at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum!

SOLD OUT* | Varied with some FREE activities

To celebrate Dippy, the Nation’s Favourite Dinosaurs, being at the Herbert for 1 year, we are throwing a BIG Dippy Birthday Bash.

There will be multiple activities available throughout the day to join in with; fossil handling, curator talks, craft activities and exciting performances, there will be plenty to keep your whole family entertained!

Oh... and did we mention there will be cake?!

* Please note that guests need to book a FREE ticket to The Big Dippy Birthday Bash to gain entry to the day event. Once inside, each activity is drop in and does not need to be booked in advance.


Dinosaur Experiences: 10am - 3.15pm

Drop in | FREE | By Dippy in the Covered Court

We are delighted to welcome the return of Dinosaur Experiences as part of the festivities! Meet Dippy’s Dino-pals , including Bronwen the Brontosaurus, in a live, interactive show, that is guaranteed to be ROARsome!

Our Dino-friends will be making appearances throughout the day, at various intervals, including:

10am – Baby Dinosaurs
10.45am – Velociraptor
11.30am – Brontosaurus
12.15pm – Velociraptor
1.15pm – Brontosaurus
2pm – Velociraptor
2.45pm – Brontosaurus
3.15pm – Baby Dinosaurs

Modroc Sculptures: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Drop in | £2.50 per child, under 3's FREE | In the Studio
Make your very own Dippy or something of your own imagining!

Family Friendly Fossil Handling: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Drop in | FREE | By Dippy in the Covered Court
Join our Learning and Engagement Team to get hands-on with fossils from our collections and find out fascinating facts.


Dino Stories: 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm

Drop in* | FREE | In the Long Gallery | Aimed at under 5's, but all are welcome.
Join our Learning and Engagement Team as they share their favourite Dinosaur stories with our younger visitors. Sessions are interactive and use sensory resources to bring them to life.
*At busy times you may be asked to join another session.

Skull Secrets: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Drop in | FREE | By Dippy in the Covered Court
Join scientists from the University of Warwick to learn about what makes skulls special, and how we can learn so much about how Dippy lived just by studying his skull.

Become a Junior Archaeologist: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Drop in | FREE | In Learning Space 1
Learn how archaeologists uncover fossils. Test your skills and help with our excavation!

Dino Drawing: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Drop in | FREE | In the Learning Space 1
Use all your artistic skills, and brand new dinosaur knowledge, to help us to figure out what fossil animals might have really looked like. 

Code Cracking: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Drop in | FREE | In the Learning Space 1
Unlock the secret code hidden in dinosaur names and come up with your own name for a brand new dinosaur of your own imagining.