In a first for Glasgow, 30 full scale prehistoric creatures will be lurking in Glasgow Botanic Gardens as the Jurassic Kingdom tour hits the city. Visitors can travel back over 65 million years to come face to face with a fearsome T-Rex, watch the Deinonychus and Tenontosaurus do battle or meet the gentle but most definitely giant 16 metre long Diplodocus.
As the UK’s first ever national outdoor animatronic dino-tour, snarling jaws, moving eyes, swaying tails and roaring sound effects will make for an exhilarating experience. Visitors can follow a trail around the leafy Botanics and encounter the giant dinosaurs as part of a walking tour which lasts around 60 minutes, depending on how fast you walk… or run.
Family-friendly Jurassic Kingdom offers an unmissable opportunity to learn more about these fascinating creatures with an educational marquee showing dinosaur documentaries and fact-filled worksheet for primary school aged children.
Other activities include an excavation scene where younger children can get hands on and dig to unearth a T-Rex fossil, immersive virtual reality headsets offering a range of digital dinosaur experiences and plenty of photo opportunities for those all-important Spinosaurus selfies.
The dinosaurs cover three key areas including the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous period.
Internationally renowned, multi award-winning palaeontologist, Dean Lomax has advised on the exhibition, provided input into each of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptile models.
The full scale models have been built by experts in China and the tour is being run by multi-media experts Weli Creative.
Naz Kabir, Weli Creative's event and marketing director, said: “I think almost everyone loves dinosaurs, you just have to look at everything from kids’ books to Hollywood films to see how popular they are. They are one of the great mysteries of history and while we may never be able to bring any back to life, we can do the next best thing and that’s what Jurassic Kingdom is all about – fun, adventure, excitement and education.
“The tour has been hugely successful so far with families and schools loving the chance to get up close to creatures that have been extinct for millions of years. We are looking forward to welcoming even more visitors to Glasgow, though be warned – some of our dino exhibits are pretty fearsome!”
The event runs from 26 August until 10 September daily from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.
Tickets are on sale at www.jurassickingdom.uk
Online booking prices from £11.50 adults, £10.50 concessions, £9.50 children and £38 for a family ticket plus standard booking fees.