It’s not every day you come face-to-face with a triceratops and a T Rex but shoppers heading into Northampton town centre will get up close and personal with the giant beasts as part of a free family fun day.
A collection of dinosaurs will appear throughout Market Square, Abington Street, and other parts of the town centre on Saturday, July 24, as Northampton will be 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 will entertain 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 initially be in town between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, July 24, before returning for a special performance at The Deco theatre on August 13 and 14.
The event is 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
|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.
App – July 24 to August 14
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||£5 offer||£10 offer||Themed offer|
|Juice Cafe||Do you think-he-saurus juice
Kiwi, apple, pear, raspberry
|Juice Cafe||Vegan volcano bagel
Avocado, hot chilli sauce, vegan cheese, tomato cucumber and leaf
|Dinosaur Shape Kids’ Meal £6.99
Each child will receive a Dinosaur themed colouring sheet with pack of crayons and balloon.
|G&E McIntyres Hair Salon||£15 off all services voucher for the dinosaur themed town centre visit|
|Vintage Guru||Dinosaur themed window display|
|Snappy Snaps||Dinosaur themed window display|
|Salvation Army||Jurassic Park themed window display|
|McDonalds||Dinosaur mask hand out|
Other ticketed events and activities
|Date of plans||Business||Event|
|July 24||NB’s Cocktail Bar & Club||Caveman Ball|
|July 24||Lush||Make a dinosaur out of colourful, fruity-scented multi-purpose bar or make your own soapy-saurus! From 11am to 3pm.|
|July 24||Northampton Museum and Art Gallery||Dino-mite Crafts – Have a roarsome time at the dinosaur craft workshop, making a mini dinosaur tail, mask or a pair of dinosaur feet to stomp around the town. From 10:30am – 3pm.|
|July 24||The Entertainer||Jurassic world selfie board out for anyone wanting to take a picture with it and they will be giving away a dinosaur-related giveaway with every dinosaur purchase on the day.|
|July 24||Café Track||Café Track will be renamed Café T-Rex for the day, featuring Dino-Decorations, games and competitions. A time out area will also be available.|
|July 25*||Northampton Filmhouse||Screening of Jurassic Park, at 2:30pm
Book your tickets HERE
|July 27||Beach||Dinosaur Bone Hunt in the Market Square. The beach will be in the Market Square until the August Bank Holiday.|
|July 31*||Dino Dome||Free screen performances in Market Place
Book your tickets HERE
|July 31||The Church Restaurant||Jurassic takeover|
|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.|
|July 24 – August 14||Zapato Lounge||Crafting sessions|
|July 24 – August 14||Northamptonshire Central Library||Children’s dinosaur crafts|
|July 24 – August 14||NLive Radio||Roar like a dinosaur – the best roars will go out on the station!|
|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.|
|August 13 and 14||The Deco||Jurassic Earth production
Book your tickets HERE
* Ticketed event
Activities at the Grosvenor Shopping
On the day that the dinosaurs visit Northampton town centre (Saturday, July 24), there will also be the following fun activities at the Grosvenor Shopping centre.
Noisy Norman the Roaring T Rex
Norman is motion sensitive so will roar into life whenever anyone passes by! He moves his whole body, swings his tail, rears up and animates his arms! But be very careful… he bites!
Children and adults alike love to climb inside this giant T Rex Dinosaur egg and have their photo taken roaring like a real baby dinosaur! This 5ft Dinosaur Egg Prop is a terrific “photo booth” opportunity & ROARING good fun!