The dinosaurs are coming to Northampton town centre

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

Pjayz Kitchen


    Dinosaur Shape Kids’ Meal  £6.99

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

Promotional offers

Business Promotional Activities
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!

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!