Calling all young explorers and dino enthusiasts! Are you ready for an adventure that takes you back to a time when colossal creatures once roamed the Earth? If your little ones have a passion for all things prehistoric and dream of encountering the mighty T-Rex or the gentle Brachiosaurus, then look no further. The Midlands is a treasure trove of "roarsome" family days out, specially curated for the dinosaur-mad kids in your life. Whether you have a curious toddler, an inquisitive school-goer, or an entire family of dino enthusiasts, there's something here to spark wonder and excitement in all ages.
Where can I find dinosaurs in the Midlands?
Full Day Out Attractions
All Things Wild Nature Centre in Evesham is an all-year-round family attraction that includes farm animals, zoo animals, dinosaurs, soft play, outdoor play areas, pedal go-karts, and so much more!
With their dinosaur experience, you walk around their dinosaur field through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Take a ride on the Dino Land Train where you can listen to the commentary and explore some of the most popular Dinosaurs! Head to the Dino Barn to explore the Jurassic period and let your children discover dinosaurs and the dino skeleton in the Dino Dig.
How much? Head to their website to see times and prices.
Where? Station Road, Honeybourne, Evesham, WR11 7QZ.
West Midland Safari and Leisure Park in Bewdley is home to some of the world's most beautiful and endangered animal species. A day out at WMSP includes a safari drive-through, Land of the Living Dinosaurs, Ice Age, Boj's Giggly Park, lemur walkthrough, meerkat mayhem, sea lion theatre, daily shows, adventure arcade and theme park rides. Any dinosaur fan would be blown away by their life-sized dinosaurs and ice-age animals.
How much? The admission price varies depending on the date you visit. Click here for more info! Top Tip: You can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers for money off admission-only tickets. But a free return visit is not included when using Tesco Clubcard vouchers. Or if you have a Day Out With The Kids VIP pass, you can currently save up to 36% off walk-up rates (an extra 7% off the attraction's website prices).
Where? Spring Grove, Bewdley, DY12 1LF.
Hoo Zoo and Dinosaur World is a family-focused zoo/farm park in Telford. The zoo/farm park has animals from meerkats, sheep, llamas, and lemurs to servals, wolves, owls, and otters. As well as the animals, the newest addition to Hoo Zoo is the outdoor adventure playground. We visited a few weeks ago and have to say it is a fantastic addition to the park!
In April 2021, Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom rebranded as Hoo Zoo and Dinosaur World. This included the launch of a new themed area - Hoo-Rassic World. Hoo-Rassic World is a walk-through where you can see 15 animatronic dinosaurs, which is a little similar to the Land of Living Dinosaurs at West Midland Safari Park but on a smaller scale.
How much? £15.95 per adult, £14.95 per child (aged 2-15). You can get 20% off tickets during the 2023 summer school holidays with the code: SCHOOLSOUT
Top Tip: You can also purchase experiences e.g., a half-day animal keeper experience or an exotic animal experience for a cheaper price on Groupon.
Where? Hoo Zoo & Dinosaur World, Telford, TF6 6DJ.
As part of your admission to Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth is the Dino Trail. Although it is not on such a big scale, like West Midland Safari Park, it is a great addition to your whole day at Drayton Manor. You really can't go wrong with a day trip to Drayton Manor as there is something for everyone: Thomas Land, rides, attractions, a zoo, a play area, and much more!
How much? Check out the Drayton Manor website for prices.
Top Tips: You can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers for money off admission, redeem at the gate, against the on-the-day price. Tesco Clubcard Vouchers aren't valid on 2-3 years tickets. Or if you have a Day Out With The Kids VIP pass, you can currently save up to 40% off walk-up rates (an extra 10% off the attraction's website prices).
Where? Drayton Manor Drive, Fazeley, Mile Oak, Tamworth, B78 3TW.
If you have older children who love dinosaurs, they may appreciate the real dinosaur skulls, skeletons and fossils at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. Some of the dinosaur collection includes a Jurassic crocodile and an Ichthyosaur, (an almost 200 million-year-old giant sea monster from the time of the dinosaurs).
As well as the dinosaur exhibitions, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum also has a MiniBrum, a 4k Planetarium (£2.50 per person per show in addition to admission price), a Science Garden, and so much more!
How much? Head to Thinktank's website for information on pricing.
Top Tips: Until the 31st December 2023, you can get 2-for-1 entry at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum when you travel by National Express bus. Click here to find out more about the offer.
Where? Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham. B4 7XG.
Dinosaur attractions to spend a few hours
Located just a short drive from Wolverhampton City Centre is Wolverhampton Adventure Golf. The 18-hole dinosaur-themed outdoor golf course is perfect for dino fans! With waterfalls, crashed cars, rapids and escaped raptors there is something to see around every corner.
How much? Ticket prices are available here.
Where? Wrottesley Park Road, Perton, Wolverhampton, WV6 7HL.
There are plenty of dinosaurs to discover as you wind your way through the 18-hole course at Jurassic Creek Adventure Golf in Wolverhampton, including our 20ft T-Rex and Brachiasouras named ‘Rory Neckilroy’.
How much? Ticket prices are available here.
Where? 3 Hammers Golf Complex, Cross Green, Coven, Wolverhampton WV10 7PP.
If you are passing Edgbaston, The Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the region. The Lapworth Museum of Geology is a great place for older children who are fascinated with dinosaurs and fossils. Although the Lapworth Museum of Geology isn't a full day out, it's a great place to take your kids for an hour if you're in the area or passing. It's also free which is a bonus!
How much? Free. Donations welcomed.
Where? Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.
Meet Dippy, the world-famous dino-star, at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. Dippy, the larger-than-life replica of a Diplodocus carnegii skeleton, stretches an impressive 26 meters in length and once roamed the Earth approximately 155-145 million years ago. For a few decades, Dippy has captivated visitors of all ages at the renowned Natural History Museum in London. Now, the families of Coventry have a unique opportunity to encounter this Jurassic giant right on their doorstep.
How much? FREE. Booking recommended.
Where? Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP.
Dinosaur Adventure Live is an interactive stage show that immerses the audience in a fascinating and realistic world of dinosaurs. The show is touring in the UK this year. Some of the locations in the Midlands include the Swan Theatre in Worcester and The Core Theatre, in Solihull.
How much? Ticket prices vary. Click here for more info!
Where? Lots of locations across the UK.
Temporary Dinosaur Events
From 26th July to 4th September, prepare to be amazed as Dinosaurs Alive! returns to Hatton Adventure World for 2023, promising an experience that is bigger and better than ever before!
We visited last year and had such a fun-filled day out!
How much? £19.95 per person. Under 2s go free.
Location: Hatton Adventure World
Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA
Lower Drayton Farm's Dino Discovery event is running from 26th July to 3rd September 2023. Your dino explorers can navigate through the 5-acre Maize Maze in search of dinos, embark on a fossil-hunting adventure in the sandpit, and take part in Dinosaur-themed crafts and colouring activities.
How much? £16 per person. Under 2s go free.
Top Tip: If you have a Day Out With The Kids VIP pass, you can currently get 15% off admission prices.
Location: Lower Drayton Lane, Stafford ST19 5RE.
*All information correct at time of posting (27.07.2023).
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