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

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
Burger King Special Offer Free kids’ meal provided the family purchase an adult meal from the restaurant menu*

* 24 July only

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.

Café Coco £5 Meal Deal £5 deal – Any sandwich/toastie/baguette/jacket potato + any hot drink *

*24-30 July only, please show Dinosaur leaflet

Special Offer ½ price cake with any hot drink*

*24-30 July only, please show Dinosaur leaflet

CCH Coffee House £5 Meal Deal £5 deal – Any waffle/crepe + scoop ice cream*

*Saturday 24 July + Saturday 31 July only

Special Offer Special Offer – All day breakfast + hot drink for £5.50

*Saturday 24 July + Saturday 31 July only

Colombiano

 

£5 Meal Deal £5 deal – Any sandwich, bag of crisps, can of soft drink*

*24 July only

Dreams Coffee Lounge £5 Meal Deal £5 Mini T-Rex Dino Deal – Available 11:30- 14:30.

A children’s sandwich filled with jam, cheese OR home baked ham, with crisps and cucumber on the side. Served with a cup of squash OR milk and a Dino sweet treat. * *Only on 24th July

£10 Meal Deal £10 Dino Deal – Available 11.30am – 2.30pm. Our popular eggs benedict dish with either home baked ham, smoked salmon or pan-fried mushrooms (v) served with a pot of tea / regular coffee of your choice. *

*Only on 24th July

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.

Hisar Turkish Cuisine Special Offer Get a free mixed cold meze with the Hisar Jumbo Sharing Platter*

*Only on July 24 July. See in store for more details.

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.

McDonalds Dinosaur Themed Dinosaur mask hand out*

*24 July only. Whilst stocks last. Drapery store only.

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.

 

Saffron

 

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
Starbucks £5 Meal Deal Any hot and cold drink (grande) for £5*

*24 July only, only available at Market Square

Any pastry/cake/cookie for £5*

*24 July only, only available at Market Square

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. We 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 to be 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 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
Vintage Guru Dinosaur themed window display
Snappy Snaps 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 Bewiched Coffee (Grosvenor Shopping) Hosting a colouring competition on the Saturday itself (July 24th). Parents can pop their children’s dinosaur pages into a box for a chance to win a £10 gift voucher to Bewiched Coffee.
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 Auctioneers Children’s Colouring Competition

Name change to AuctionROARS for the day plus the pub will be dressed up in Jurassic theme.

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.

They will be running games and competitions throughout the day to win prizes. Full details will be revealed.

Their menu will be adapted and will feature specil Dino-Offers (inlcuding Children’s and Adults Lunchboxes and Dino Biscuits as well)

A time out area will also be available for people who want to take some time away.

July 24 New Look Northampton Join New Look Northampton for a Dinosaur Hunt. Simply grab a sheet from the front and tick off all the Dinosaurs you can see hidden around the shop. Between 11-4, Saturday 24 July.
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  from Thursday 29 July 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 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!

Dinosaur Egg

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!

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