Significant numbers of dinosaur enthusiasts are expected to visit the annual Yorkshire Fossil Festival that will take place on the weekend 16-18 September 2022.

From serious geologists and palaeontologists attracted by the unique finds only available on the Yorkshire Coast to fossil-hunting and dinosaur-loving enthusiasts of all ages. The Yorkshire Fossil Festival aims to appeal to all with its plans for 2022.

The festival will focus on the uniqueness of the Yorkshire Coast. The amazing dinosaur footprints that are found here and the earliest evidence of Jurassic flowering plants that are also unique to this area will be key themes.

The weekend will also celebrate 200 years since the discovery of the Kirkdale Caves, near Kirbymoorside. The cave housed fossilised remains of many animals that it was thought never lived in Yorkshire including hyenas, hippopotamus, elephants, rhinoceroses and bison. It was originally thought they were the remains from the Biblical flood – washed ashore here. It later became evident that this was an ancient Hyena den and the remains of their prey. The findings were so significant it is thought they contributed to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in his book ‘The Origin of Species’.

The festival aims to have various themed activities and attractions throughout the town centre with the main event and talks taking place at Scarborough Spa. We encourage local hospitality businesses to help spread the word to their customers and embrace the dino them for the weekend.

The festival is made possible thanks to several partners including Yorkshire Coast BID, Scarborough Museums Trust and Scarborough Borough Council.