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Norwich Cathedral announces new winter 2021 date for Dippy as well as a summer programme of dinosaur fun

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Norwich Cathedral is looking forward to welcoming a prehistoric guest in the New Year as Dippy, the Natural History Museum, London’s iconic dinosaur cast arrives at the historic building. Dippy had been scheduled to be on display in the Cathedral in Summer 2020 but due to the coronavirus pandemic the tour has been delayed and he will now be on display from January 2021.

Ahead of Dippy’s visit, children will this summer still be able to enjoy a packed programme full of dinosaur fun with Ploddy, the Cathedral’s resident dinosaur puppet, leading the festivities that include trails, a prehistoric picnic and an art competition and exhibition.

Dippy credit National History Museum

Dippy on Tour had been due to open at Norwich Cathedral from July 11 to October 31 2020 but his trip was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new dates for Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure at Norwich Cathedral will be from 11 January 2021 to 21 March 2021.

Ahead of Dippy’s visit, Ploddy, the Cathedral’s dinosaur puppet who last year entertained the crowds at the Royal Norfolk Show and the Lord Mayor’s Procession, will be on display in Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry throughout summer 2020 and is looking forward to meeting visitors to the Cathedral!

Children are also being invited to take part in a special dinosaur-themed art competition which will see the work of as many young artists as possible displayed in the Cathedral’s Hostry exhibition space.

Dinosaurs in the Cathedral is the theme of the competition which will be separated into three age categories. Under fives can have fun colouring in a specially created drawing of Ploddy in the Cathedral’s cloisters that can be downloaded from the Cathedral website. Under eights are being asked to use their imaginations to design their own dinosaurs. Under 12s are being challenged to be as creative as possible with the Dinosaurs in the Cathedral theme and can send in everything from paintings to drawings to collages.

Throughout the summer holidays there will also be a series of trails around the Cathedral for children to follow, starting with a trail created by the Dean of Norwich to help children learn about the different types of dinosaurs that once roamed the earth.

For Dippy’s 2021 visit, the summer 2020 programme of dinosaur activities, and all general visits to the Cathedral, safety is the number one priority.

The famous 26-metre long (85ft) dinosaur cast took centre stage in the Natural History Museum’s Hinzte Hall for many years before embarking on the current UK tour.

For more details about Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure, visit

Norwich Cathedral website

Dippy credit National History Museum

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