Europe’s biggest T Rex wowed the crowds as thousands of visitors flocked to Northampton town centre on Saturday, July 24. A collection of dinosaurs appeared throughout Market Square, Abington Street, and other parts of the town centre as Northampton was transported back to the Jurassic era, with a host of activities lined up for young adventurers.

Characters including Ritchie the Raptor, Zeus the T Rex and Tank the Triceratops entertained the crowds on July 24 with retailers and food outlets backing the event in the three-week period from 24 July to August 14 with ‘Dino diner meal deals’ in cafes and restaurants and other food outlets, special offers and ticketed activities.

The dinosaurs will return to the town centre for a special performance at The Deco theatre on August 13 and 14.

The event was the first to be staged by the BID as part of a refreshed calendar activities to coincide with the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Dome and App

Dino Dome – July 31 

Dinosaurs At Dusk – the Origins of Flight’

Travel back in time through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous geological periods in search of the ancestors of modern-day birds, the feathered dinosaurs. Visitors will get the opportunity to watch a 30-minute film, Dinosaurs At Dusk – the Origins Of Flight. Virtual reality headsets will also be available for people to immerse themselves in the land of the dinosaurs from 11am to 4 pm in Northampton Market Square.

Dino Trail app – from July 24 and available throughout the holidays 

A fun filled roarsome adventure for children, hidden in different locations around Northampton town centre, they can discover and augment 10 friendly Dinosaurs. Find them using the Explore Northampton app, available on Apple and Android stores

The Dome and App are funded by the Welcome Back fund via:


Offers and Dino Diner Meal Deals

Grab your chance to rediscover Northampton by taking advantage of themed offers and discounts from our array of town centre shops and food outlets, which will be updated daily on this page.

Dino Diner Meal Deals

Business  Type of Offer Details of Offer
A J Ramsbottom Special Offer Senior Citizens Deal – Fish, pie or sausage & chips with mushy peas, bread & butter & cup of tea or coffee for £7.95
Special Offer Albert’s Special – Cod, chips, mushy peas, bread & butter, Tea or Coffee for £8.95
Auctioneers Special Offer Free fruit shoot for kids with every adult purchase
Bargain Bakery Special Offer Meal deal – A roll, crisps & drink for £3.65
Bewiched Coffee Northampton (Grosvenor Shopping) Dinosaur Themed Children’s Dinosaur Meal Box for £4.99

Containing a sandwich, packet of crisps, juice carton, frube and Dinosaur colouring page.

Edge of Town £5 Meal Deal Roast wrap and soft drink for £5

Roast Dinner wrapped in a Yorkshire Pudding with dipping gravy

£10 Meal Deal Roast wrap and alcohol drink for £10

Roast Dinner wrapped in a Yorkshire Pudding with dipping gravy (served with fries)

Fat Fugu £5 Meal Deal Dinosaur cocktail or mocktail for £5

July 24 – 14 August

Five Lads Special Offer 20% off any meal* for those who attended The Deco Theatre and Northampton Filmhouse

*You must show your reservation ticket or email

Geek Retreat Northampton £5 Meal Deal £5 deal – Hotdog + fries + soft drink
£10 Meal Deal £10 deal – Hotdog/burger + fries + milkshake
Dinosaur Themed Dino Milkshake – Roarsberry Extinction

Limited edition Dinosaur themed menu item. See in store for more details.

Hanoi Corner £5 Meal Deal £5 deal – Baguette & filling OR Rice & filling and soft drink

Running from 24 July – 14 August.

£10 Meal Deal £10 deal – 1 meal deal AND 1 side (choose from summer spring roll, pork spring roll, chicken salad, prawn salad)

Running from 24 July – 14 August.

John Franklins  £5 Meal Deal Toasties for £5
Juice Cafe Dinosaur Themed Do you think-he-saurus juice Kiwi, apple, pear, raspberry.

Limited edition Dinosaur themed menu item. See in store for more details.

Dinosaur Themed Vegan volcano bagel – Avocado, hot chilli sauce, vegan cheese, tomato cucumber and leaf.

Limited edition Dinosaur themed menu item. See in store for more details.

Matchbox Cafe Dinosaur Themed Dinosaur themed drink for £2.50

Running 24 – 14 August. Limited edition Dinosaur themed menu item.

NoodleX £10 Meal Deal 2 small boxes for £10
Northampton Best Kebab £5 Meal Deal Regular Donner Kebab for £5
£5 Meal Deal 2 boxes of chips & cheese for £5
£10 Meal Deal Large Donner with large chips for £10
£10 Meal Deal 9” pizza with a can of drink for £10


O’Neills Northampton


Dinosaur Themed Kids Meal Deal for £4.50 – Choose 1 from either Fish Fingers, Pizza, Tomato Pizza or Build your own Wraps AND 1 Cookie, Fruit Lolly or Ice Cream AND 1 Diet Pepsi, Lemonade or Fruit Shoot.
Special Offer 10% off for parents eating with children.
Pjayz Kitchen Dinosaur Themed Dinosaur Shape Kids’ Meal £6.99

Each child will receive a Dinosaur themed colouring sheet with pack of crayons and balloon

Royal Peri Peri Special Offer 10% off wings and strips*

Running 24 July – 14 August. *Must show Dino leaflet.




Special Offer £10 off. per person, off the total bill*

*Terms and conditions apply. Minimum spend £20. Sun – Thurs only. From 24 July until 14 August. Not in conjunction with any other offers.

Sam’s Chicken
Special Offer 2 Strip burger and 2 chips for £6
Special Offer 2 fillet burger and 2 chips for £8
£10 Meal Deal 2 mighty burger and 2 chips for £10
St Giles Ale House £10 Meal Deal Bring a Dinosaur flyer and get a scotch egg meal and a pint of real ale or cider for £10
Subway Special Offer Any 6-inch sub + cup drink for £3

Any footlong sub + cup drink for £4.99

The Cordwainer Special Offer 20% discount to all customers taking part in the dinosaur event*

*This discount will apply to food and soft drinks only.  It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and can be withdrawn at any time. This offer will run it for the entire duration of the dinosaur event. It cannot be used through the app so will require table service.  To qualify, customers do not need any ticket but need to ask for the dinosaur discount.

The Fish  £5 Meal Deal £5 deal for kids

A selection of different sandwiches + a soft drink included (Monday – Thursday)

 £10 Meal Deal £10 deal for adults

A selection of sandwiches and mains + an alcoholic drink included (Monday – Thursday)

The Optimist Special Offer Pizza and a Drink from £9.25
Special Offer Burger and a Drink from £8.45
Special Offer Lunch and a Drink from £6. Add £1 for an alcoholic drink.

Monday – Friday, 12 – 5pm

The Sandwich Bar Café Dinosaur Themed People dining with us, children will receive a balloon and goody bag.

Running from 24 July – 14 August.


Promotional offers

G&E McIntyres Hair Salon £15 off all services voucher for the dinosaur themed town centre visit*

*Offer valid until 31st August on presentation of the voucher. Offer can’t be used in conjunction with child’s cuts or on top of any other offer.

Vintage Guru Dinosaur themed window display
Salvation Army (Gold Street) Jurassic Park themed window display


Other ticketed events and activities

Date of plans Business Event
July 24 – August 14 Metro Bank Takeaway craft bag containing M coin bank, and some dinosaur stickers so the children can decorate their coin bank.
July 24 – August 14 The Wig & Pen A Dinosaur themed pub quiz* Plus, live music every Saturday (8pm) and Sunday (4pm) during this period.

*Please check the date of this activity with the venue before travelling

July 24 – August 14 Northamptonshire Natural History Society A display of Walter Cricks’s fossils and other rocks as well as a geology-focussed town walk*

*Please check with venue before travelling

August 13 and 14 The Deco Jurassic Earth production. See the Dinosaurs again at this ticketed performance.

Book your tickets HERE


* Ticketed event