This year’s Lord Mayor’s Festival, sponsored by Rowes Honda and Rowes Suzuki, takes place on Saturday 26 May in Plymouth city centre. We’ll be welcoming Councillor Sam Davey to his new role as Lord Mayor.

The festival has a dinosaur theme this year, making it perfect for young explorers. Here are ten things you can enjoy on the day:

1.    Follow the dinosaur trail
The trail, sponsored by The Entertainer, will lead you on an adventure around the city centre where you’ll discover amazing facts about dinosaurs. Pick up your free trail map from the side of the stage in the Piazza and complete it for the chance to win some great prizes. 

2.    Immerse yourself in the Jurassic times 
Visit the Science Dome on the Place de Brest and step inside a 360 degree immersive experience. You’ll walk through a Jurassic landscape and find out more about how the dinosaurs might have become extinct.

3.    Meet a dinosaur
Head to the Piazza at 11am, 1pm and 3pm to meet Tiny, a 125 million years young dinosaur brought to life by the wonders of modern science. You can even pet her and feed her! Tiny will be accompanied by a palaeontologist, who knows lots about dinosaurs and can help you learn about how they lived and why they disappeared. 

4.    Find a fossil
The team from The Box will be bringing along some of their fossil collections for you to see and touch. You can also take part in a table top dig to excavate your own fossils and identify your finds. 

5.    Explore with City College Plymouth 
Explore a land before time with the college’s Creative and Digital team. Help them bring dinosaurs back to life with modelling, stop-motion animation, green screens and game design. 

6.    Take some snaps
Torquay’s Dinosaur World will bring along two dinosaurs for children to sit on, offering a great photo opportunity – perfect for Instagram! 
 
7.    Watch Plymouth’s talented performers 
Local choirs, dance and theatre groups will be taking to the stage to entertain the crowds from 10am to 4pm. You’ll be able to see dance styles from street to hip hop, and choirs including the Military Kids Choir. 

8.    Get creative
Make your mark on the dinosaur colouring wall in the Piazza, have your face painted or create dinosaur inspired crafts to take home with the team from The Box. 

9.    Support local charities 
More than 40 local charities and community groups will have stalls located on Armada Way, Cornwall Street and New George Street. Visit them to learn more about the important work they do in Plymouth and find out you can get involved. 

10.     Shop! 
Stop clicking, get shopping! While you’re in the city centre, support our local shops. Pop down to Plymouth Market to check out the amazing stalls and eateries on offer, as they’re also holding a family fun day on Saturday. And remember to stop by the food and craft stalls located on Armada Way too – why not treat yourself to some handmade jewellery or delicious fudge? 


Click here to read the full festival brochure and schedule! 

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