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DIppy at Norwich Cathedral

More than 100,000 visitors have so far enjoyed seeing Dippy on Tour at Norwich Cathedral

More than 100,000 people have enjoyed visiting the Natural History Museum’s Dippy the dinosaur since he took up residence in Norwich Cathedral’s Nave in July.

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure opened at the Cathedral on Tuesday 13 July 2021 and in the first six weeks 106,681 people went to see the iconic 26m Diplodocus cast on display. The busiest day to date has been Saturday 7 August with 4,354 visitors.

Visitor numbers passed the 100,000 milestone at the same time as the Cathedral received a Travellers’ Choice Award 2021, recognition from Tripadvisor that the quality of reviews from visitors places the Cathedral in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure is being brought to Norwich Cathedral and visitors across the UK by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill. Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and final stop on the tour and Barratt and Cooke is the regional sponsor for the exhibition.

Ahead of the much-loved Jurassic giant arriving in Norwich, 1,725,762 people had already visited Dippy on his nationwide travels since he set off from the Natural History Museum in 2018.

DIppy at Norwich Cathedral

The Dippy on Tour exhibition is at Norwich Cathedral until Saturday 30 October and, as well as seeing Dippy, there are also lots more highlights for people to enjoy including the chance to:

1. Step back to the age of the dinosaurs in a time tunnel created by Norwich School and pupils from other local schools including Coltishall Primary School, Magdalen Gates Primary School, Avenue Junior School and White Woman Lane School.

2. Learn about Norfolk’s deep history and take a closer look at fossils kindly loaned by Norfolk Museums Service.

3. Walk through Your Waves Go Over Me, an immersive wave sculpture of 3,000 fish created by Norfolk-based artist Mark Reed to highlight the importance of water through the ages.

4. Explore Norwich artist Rebecca Osborne’s illustrations looking at climate change and food sustainability.

5. Visit the Reflection Zone and place a leaf on one of the trees with a personal pledge to help protect the planet.

6. See the display of Green Hearts created by Norfolk WI members to ask us to show our love for our amazing planet and help combat climate change.

7. Light a candle on the Cathedral’s Peace Globe and reflect on the world of today and tomorrow.

8. Read poetry and prose by Norwich School students inspired by Dippy’s visit.

9. Have fun spotting Dippy’s footprints in the Nave to find some of Dippy’s fellow dinosaurs and learn some facts about dinosaurs and Norwich Cathedral.

10. Learn more about some of Dippy’s closest living relatives – birds – thanks to the Hawk and Owl Trust who have a stand in the Cathedral Close where people can find out more about the Cathedral’s peregrine falcons.

11. Explore the Cathedral Quarter and have fun spotting 13 knitted prehistoric friends created by Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers for the Knit-o-saurus Trail.

For more details about Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure, visit nhm.ac.uk/dippyontour

Norwich Cathedral website

DIppy at Norwich Cathedral

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