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 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]


“It was the best day ever!”

Hear what some of our brave young visitors had to say about their recent journey to the deep past and their encounters with living dinosaurs. 

 

 


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.


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). To book tickets now or reserve spaces for up to four weeks please call 0800 8527244.

*Please note that this special ticket price is valid for weekday visits only, and isn’t available for visits during weekends or school holidays.

 


Testimonials

“Totally interactive and there were many practical activities to take part in… The show is perfectly tailored to the new national curriculum and there were plenty of cross curricular links. In all we had a fantastic time… Can we come again please?”

The staff and children of Victoria Park Primary Academy, Smethwick, West Midlands

“The look of astonishment and amazement – my class still think it’s real, they really do!”

Teacher, Hazlehurst Primary School 

“Fantastic experience… It far exceeded my expectations”

Teacher, St Johns Primary Academy, Stafford

“WOW! What an adventure Year One had today. Travelling 67 million years back in time with . A little bit scary, but magical!”

Milbrook Primary

“It was superbly well organised – from the moment we got here we were greeted on the coach. Everyone has been just fantastic seeing us around, all very professionally done – I really believed they were real scientists, to be honest!” 

Teacher, Bryn Heydd Primary School

“I can’t recommend a visit to Dinosaurs in the Wild enough. From the offset the staff were brilliant and accommodating in making our visit an amazing spectacle for our children. Due to our school being for pupils with a range of special needs, the staff ensured that all allowances and adjustments were made to ensure the children were comfortable. This resulted in an outstanding experience for our school” 

Pupil Responses:

“I loved it!”

“Scary but enjoyable!”

“A great adventure”

“Was it really real?”

“The end was scary”

“Did we really go back in time?”

Deputy Head Teacher, Lakeside School Liverpool, Witherslack Group 


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.

You’ll also find plenty of relevant information about the experience in our general FAQs, so be sure to take a look at those, too.

 

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 children aged 15 and under at the time of visiting the experience must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or above.

  • 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 an autopsy on a huge Pachycephalosaurus in one of our laboratories.

  • 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 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

    Prepare your pupils for their prehistoric world experience with a pre-visit lesson.

    English and Science Teaching Resources

    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.

     

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.

     

    Manchester – EventCity

    EventCity
    Manchester
    M41 7TB

    See EventCity’s website for full travel detailsx.

    Greenwich Peninsula – London

    Just 8 minutes from London Bridge and 2 minutes from Canary Wharf

    BY TUBE/TRAIN
    Jubilee line to North Greenwich station. 11 minutes from Waterloo Station. 18 minutes from Bond Street.

    BY CAR
    Easy access from North and South. A102 from both directions via the Blackwell Tunnel.

    BY BOAT
    Regular service from Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, the London Eye and other piers. Alight at North Greenwich pier.

    See Greenwich Peninsula’s website for full travel details.

  • Entrance

    For both our Manchester and London venues, follow the signs for the main entrance and you’ll see the Dinosaurs in the Wild foyer as you arrive.

  • Parking

    EventCity has plenty of free parking space for coaches and cars. There are over 3,000 car parking spaces and 60 coach spaces available.

    Please note that there is no parking at our London venue, but there is an NCP car park nearby, in addition to parking at the O2.

  • Cloakrooms

    Cloakrooms are available at both locations for storing coats and bags. This is free in Manchester.

    We do recommend that pupils leave bags on your coach or in your classroom, where possible, so as to avoid possible queues at the cloakroom. Keeping bags outside of the venue will also help to avoid waiting in line for the bag searches that take place on arrival.

  • Lost property

    Should anything get lost during your trip, please contact a member of staff, who’ll be able to assist you.

  • 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 Dinosaurs in the Wild personnel, who’ll be in character, circulating among students, providing extra information about specific parts of the experience. All our staff who have direct contact with children will have full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

    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 near to both our Manchester and London venues.

    For more information on food and drink options at our Manchester venue, please refer to the EventCity website.

    Details about food at our London venue will be added in the coming weeks. However, it’s a short walk from the O2, where there’s a wide range of restaurants that cater for most diets.

    Please note that neither venue has anywhere suitable where school groups can sit and eat their packed lunches. You and your group would need to go outside the venue, as the foyers aren’t big enough to accommodate this.

    If you need help with this, we’d be happy to assist you, however, so please email [email protected] stating the date/time of your attendance and we’ll try our best to accommodate your request. 

    For vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options, please also refer to the EventCity website, as per the above. More details about these options at our London venue will be added in coming weeks.

  • Toilets

    There are no toilets within the experience itself, so we recommend that you visit the venue’s facilities prior to entry.

    If one of your pupils requires access to the facilities during the experience for medical reasons, speak to the guide escorting your tour, and they’ll be able to request that a member of our staff takes your pupil (escorted by one of your teachers) to the toilets. However, they may not be able to re-join your party again or complete the experience when they return, depending on the point at which they leave the tour.

  • Photography and filming

    We encourage visitors to take photos as mementos of their incredible journey to TimeBase 67. However, to avoid antagonising the dinosaurs, flash photography isn’t permitted!

    Please note that tripods aren’t allowed in the experience, and pre-approval is required for professional photography and recording, which will be at the discretion of on-site staff.

  • Running late?

    It’s important that you arrive in the Dinosaurs in the Wild foyer in advance of your time-slot. For larger school groups, we recommend arriving 30 minutes ahead of your ticket time.

    If you’re running late, we’ll do our absolute best to get you into the experience as soon as feasible, but this may not be the next time-slot if we’re very busy and therefore may require waiting quite some time.

    If you’ve booked the last time-slot of the day and you arrive late, you won’t have access to the experience 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.

    English and Science Teaching Resources

    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.