A classic Jurassic time for dino kids

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens
The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens

A Jurassic Experience proved a roaring success at the weekend as a number of dinosaurs were let loose in the resort’s famous Winter Gardens.

Shoppers and visitors gathered in St John’s Square to see realistic puppet dinosaurs emerge from vans and roam around the area.

Lucas Hawes with the dino egg

Lucas Hawes with the dino egg

The line-up included a Tyrannosaurus Rex and an egg that hatched to reveal a baby dinosaur.

However, due to high winds, the free event was relocated to the Winter Gardens where stalls were set up and quizzes took place throughout the afternoon.

Eileen Ormand, Blackpool Town Centre and Business Improvement District (BID) Manager said: “Unfortunately we were stuck with the weather.

“As the dinosaurs had mechanical heads and were large in size, it was dangerous to keep them outside, so we had to bring the event to the Winter Gardens.

A lot of people came to town especially for the dinosaurs

“It’s funny though, because the last time they were in Blackpool it was December and the wind speed was fine.

“You’d think it would be the other way round.”

The dinosaurs were supposed to make an appearance in the Houndshill Centre, however it was too risky to transport them there. But many people still showed up to see the display.

“A lot of people came to town especially for the dinosaurs,” said Eileen. “ It was hard to get an exact number of how many people were there, as when some left others took their place.

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens Oscar " Douglas Dinosaur" Rose outroars his dinosaur

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens Oscar " Douglas Dinosaur" Rose outroars his dinosaur

“But when we were in St John’s Square, it could have easily been two to three hundred people.

“It wasn’t raining for most of the day and was quite sunny, so I think majority had a lovely time.

“It was just a shame about the wind.”

The event was the latest staged by the BID group, designed to attract more people into the town centre.

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens  Isaac Warrington, three, makes a new friend

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens Isaac Warrington, three, makes a new friend

Both adults and children enjoyed the spectacle and even had the opportunity to get a photograph with a Jeep from the Jurassic Park film set.

“My favourite part wasn’t the big dinosaurs but it was the little baby dinosaur in a crate,” said Eileen. “It was great to see the children’s faces when they saw it, I guess the big ones can be quite scary, but the smaller dinosaurs are easier for the little ones to cope with.

“It would be good to get more of them here with a larger variety of dinosaurs.

“It was just the weather that had let us down and we can’t do anything about the weather.”

The next Blackpool BID event is Sci Fi-themed and is taking place this Saturday. Britain’s Got Talent’s Boogie Storm will open the day at 10am, followed by a viewing of The Force Awakens. Titan the robot will also make an appearance during the day.

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens:  You must have been a beautiful baby - or maybe not!

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens: You must have been a beautiful baby - or maybe not!

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens:  You must have been a beautiful baby - or maybe not!

The Jurassic Experience at the Winter Gardens: You must have been a beautiful baby - or maybe not!