Dippy the dinosaur Norwich visit details revealed
With Dippy the dinosaur’s visit to Norwich Cathedral only a few weeks away, more details have been being revealed for what visitors can expect from the exhibition.
Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, will be taking up residence in the Cathedral’s Nave in July, and the Dippy on Tour exhibition will run from Tuesday July 13 until Saturday October 30. Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and final stop on the tour.
Dinosaur fans eager to know what to expect from Dippy’s visit can now find out more on a new Dippy microsite which is linked to the Cathedral’s own website cathedral.org.uk. This details everything from opening times and other practical information about the exhibition to fun dinosaur activities for people to enjoy at home.
Throughout Dippy’s stay in Norwich, the Dippy microsite will be updated with all the latest news.
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, said: “We are delighted to share more details about Dippy on Tour at Norwich Cathedral this summer and we hope people enjoy exploring our new Dippy microsite which features all the latest details about the exhibition.
“Dippy’s visit is now just a month away and behind the scenes our Cathedral team has been busy working alongside the Natural History Museum and many different local organisations to ensure that Dippy’s visit will be an unforgettable experience for all who visit. We are looking forward to a wonderful summer full of dinosaur fun!”
Entry to the Dippy on Tour exhibition will be free and there will be no need to book in advance (unless part of a group of more than six people), although people may need to queue during busy periods. People will also need to adhere to the latest Covid regulations at all times.
Visitors will start their Dippy on Tour experience from the Dark Entry of the Cathedral’s Cloister and, before coming face-to-face with Dippy, they will step back into the age of the dinosaurs via a time tunnel created by Norwich School students and pupils from other local primary schools.
They will also be able to take a closer look at fossils kindly loaned by Norfolk Museums Service and walk through an immersive wave sculpture created by Norfolk-based artist Mark Reed and called Your Waves Go Over Me.
In the Cathedral’s Nave, Dippy will take centre stage against the stunning backdrop of the Cathedral’s 900-year-old architecture, with the iconic 26m dinosaur cast stretching out to face the Cathedral’s Great West Door.
Dippy’s nationwide tour aims to inspire people to engage with nature, to think about the great diversity of life that has lived on Earth, and to consider our own footprint on the planet. As the only Cathedral on Dippy’s tour, Dippy’s Norwich visit also aims to spark conversations about science and faith.
The opening times will be 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays. From Friday July 30, people will also be able to visit Dippy every Friday evening from 7pm until 9pm.
Running alongside Dippy’s visit, there will also be a special programme of Dippy-inspired events featuring everything from film nights to dino tales and talks. Full details about the all of the events will be available from early July and tickets for all Dippy events will be available to book via the Dippy pages of the Cathedral website.
Every Saturday morning from 9am until 9.30am, Saturday Stories will take place, giving children the unique chance to hear some dinosaur tales read aloud under the tail of Dippy.
Talkative Tuesdays will be a weekly series of evening talks taking place around Dippy. These talks will focus on the encounter between faith and science through the ages, ranging from accounts of Creation in the Bible to mediaeval monasteries to today’s climate crisis.
For Dippy’s visit, safety continues to be the number one priority. With the continued uncertainty with regard to Covid-19, Norwich Cathedral and the Natural History Museum are working together closely to ensure that visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibition safely when it opens in July.
For all the latest details about Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure, visit cathedral.org.uk
Pictured above is Dippy at the Natural History Museum in London (c) NHM.