TAKE YOUR CLASS BACK IN TIME!

Ignite your pupils’ imaginations

Dinosaurs in the Wild is an exhilarating live-action adventure in which you and your class travel back in time to witness living dinosaurs and experience what life was really like 67 million years ago.

You’ll be transported back to our research station, TimeBase 67, to see scientists at work as they study dinosaurs. Pupils can ask questions as they explore the laboratories there, and the experience culminates with a 360-degree view of these majestic creatures in their natural environment.

This immersive and interactive voyage of discovery, which premières at the NEC Birmingham in June this year, before moving to Manchester’s EventCity in October, promises to enthral your pupils, firing up their imaginations as fascinating scientific insights are brought to life right before their very eyes.

If you can’t find the information you need below don’t hesitate to contact us on [email protected]


Teaching Resources

Our curriculum-linked resources are designed to support your English and Science lessons before and after the experience. Prepare pupils for this unique educational trip with Science resources on animal adaptation and classification. Follow up the visit with our English creative writing resources, which challenge pupils to bring their experience to life.

When you make your booking, you’ll receive a password via email so you can download the full set of resources ahead of your visit.

In the meantime, you can complete a sample activity with your class via the link below – including a map of the prehistoric world that you’ll visit and some of the amazing animals you’ll experience there.

 


Booking

Enjoy a special ticket price of only £12 per pupil, as well as free tickets for accompanying teachers (one per five pupils in primary; and one per 10 pupils in secondary).

Contact our call centre to book tickets now or reserve spaces for up to four weeks:

  • For NEC Birmingham educational group bookings (24th June 2017 – 23rd August 2017), please call 0800 358 0058.
  • For EventCity, Manchester educational group bookings (7th October 2017 – 7th January 2018), please call 0844 854 1355*.

*Calls cost 7p per minute plus the phone company’s access charge


Essential Information for Schools

We’ve compiled some additional education-focused FAQs below that detail everything you need to know before, during and after your visit.

Please note that while the duration of the experience itself is approximately 70 minutes, we do recommend that you allow a minimum of 90 minutes in total for entry and exit into the building. We also request that educational groups arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled visits, to ensure timely entry.

In addition, you can view our ‘Essential risk assessment information for schools’ document via the link below, to help you complete your paperwork.

 

Before your visit

  • Admission costs

    For educational groups, tickets cost £12.00 per person (this price applies to both teacher and pupil tickets). Primary school teachers accompanying groups are entitled to one free ticket for every five pupils and Secondary school teachers accompanying groups are entitled to one free ticket for every 10 pupils.

  • Time-slots

    When making your reservation, you’ll be asked to book a specific time-slot. Educational groups should arrive at the venue 30 minutes ahead of their allocated time-slots.

  • Age groups

    The experience is ideal for KS2 (upper Primary) pupils, and for this age group we will provide a full education pack for you to use before and after your visit.

    KS3 (lower Secondary) students will also enjoy and get a lot out of the experience.

    Groups of younger pupils – KS1 are always welcome, but we do recommend a higher adult to pupil ratio in these instances, in case some children find the experience unsettling.

    Please note that under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Audio/visual considerations

    There are flashing lights during the time travel sequence, and the experience features very loud noises from our living dinosaurs, which look and sound extremely real. At times, you’ll be surrounded by them, and like all dinosaurs, they occasionally engage in battle. Some younger pupils may find it loud and a little unsettling, so we do suggest that teachers exercise discretion.
    There’s also a rather graphic autopsy on a huge Pachycephalosaurus in one of our laboratories (although our scientists can make it less gory for a younger audience!).

  • Group size

    Groups of all types and sizes are more than welcome to experience Dinosaurs in the Wild.

    Please ensure your group meets the adult to pupil ratio for your school.

  • Supervision and code of conduct

    For health and safety reasons, you must supervise your pupils at all times. Pupils’ behaviour is the responsibility of the adult supervisors. Any school group which negatively affects the enjoyment or safety of other pupils or staff, may be asked to leave.

  • Booking and cancellation policy

    When contacting our dedicated ticket vendors to make your booking, please have the following information to hand:

    *your preferred date and time of visit (including alternatives, in case a time-slot is fully booked)

    *the number of children and accompanying adults visiting the experience

    *details of any special access requirements

    After you’ve made your reservation, you’ll have up to four weeks prior to the day you’re attending to either confirm the booking (via payment in full) or to cancel it. Sadly, we’re unable to hold reservations beyond this deadline.

    If you need to make an amendment to your booking after it’s been paid for and confirmed, please contact [email protected] with your reference number, your reasons for needing to change your reservation, and your preferred new date and time-slot.

    Wherever possible, we’ll try to accommodate your request. However, please note that this might not always be possible, especially during popular time-slots. Unfortunately, we’re unable to cancel and refund an existing booking.

  • Risk assessments

    Download our Essential risk assessment information for schools, which will help you complete your own risk assessment paperwork.

  • Accessibility

    Both the venue and the experience are suitable for wheelchair users and are fully accessible.

    See the NEC’s website for full accessibility details.

    See EventCity’s website for full accessibility details.

    Unfortunately, the experience is not appropriate for some pupils with autism, and we strongly recommend teacher and parental discretion in this regard. As mentioned above, the experience features flashing lights and loud noises from the dinosaurs.

    Disabled and carer tickets within a school group can be purchased at the same time as the group ticket.

  • Pre-visit lessons

    We’ve provided two curriculum-linked lessons for your class before you attend the event. These are by no means compulsory, of course, but will act as an introduction and taster to get your pupils inspired for the big day.

    They include teacher notes and activity sheets for a KS2 English and Science lesson.

    There are also post-visit lessons. Please see the ‘After your visit’ section of this page for details.

    When you make your booking, you’ll receive a password that will enable you to download these materials from this website ahead of your visit.

On the day of your visit

  • Getting there

    Venues have been chosen based on their central locations, and they’re easy to get to by coach, car or train. Full details are provided on the website of the venue that you’re visiting.

    Birmingham – National Exhibition Centre (NEC)

    The NEC
    Birmingham
    B40 1NT

    See the NEC’s website for full travel details.

    Manchester – EventCity

    EventCity
    Manchester
    M41 7TB

    See EventCity’s website for full travel details.

  • Entrance

    Depending on which city you’re visiting, follow the signs for the main entrance to the venues – the NEC or EventCity – and the internal signage directions for Dinosaurs in the Wild.

  • Parking

    All locations have plenty of parking space for coaches and cars.

    Parking is free for EventCity. There are over 3,000 car parking spaces and 60 coach spaces available.

  • Cloakrooms

    Cloakrooms are available at both locations in which to store coats and bags.

  • Lost property

    Both venues have lost property areas to help you should anything get lost during your trip

    For the NEC, head to the Security Office at either the Piazza or Atrium. Alternatively, you can call the Lost Property Department on 0121 767 3883.

  • How the experience is structured

    The Dinosaurs in the Wild experience is a combination of ride, show and tour – an exhilarating mix of theme park and theatre, combined with the very latest scientific knowledge about dinosaurs. The experience features live actors who’ll have direct contact with pupils. All actors are DBS-checked.

    You’ll travel back 67 million years by time machine, then ride across Cretaceous plains teeming with herds of dinosaurs to reach TimeBase 67, our incredible scientific research station. You’ll tour the laboratories with your expert guide, see the extraordinary work that our Chronotex scientists are undertaking, and experience thrilling views of the gigantic and noisy creatures that inhabit the environment surrounding TimeBase 67.

  • Eating areas

    Food and drink are not permitted inside the experience, however, there are plenty of places to buy food and drink, and both venues offer areas for packed lunches.

    For more information, please refer to the website of the venue that you’re visiting (NEC / EventCity).

  • Toilets

    Toilets are located throughout both venues.

  • Photography and filming

    Handheld photography and filming (including mobile devices) are permitted in most areas, apart from those within the attraction where it’s clearly designated as not permitted.

  • Running late?

    Please arrive on time for your time-slot, as we can’t guarantee entry for late arrivals. If you’re late, you might have to wait until the next available slot. If you’ve booked the last time-slot of the day and you arrive late, you won’t have access to the experience access or your time might be limited.

After your visit

  • Post-visit lesson

    Keep your pupils immersed in their prehistoric world experience with a post-visit lesson.

    We’ll provide you with two curriculum-linked lessons for your class to do after you return from the event. These are by no means compulsory, but are designed to consolidate the learning from the experience.

    They include teacher notes and activity sheets for a KS2 English and Science lesson.

    There are also pre-visit lessons – please refer to the ‘Before your visit’ section above for details.

    When you make your booking, you’ll receive a password that will enable you to download these materials from this website ahead of your visit.