Bute Park in Cardiff is now transformed into a Jurassic Park as Dinosaurs roam free in the Welsh capital. JURASSIC ENCOUNTER is an unmissable, family-friendly event – and is here in South Wales as part of its UK debut tour. 

Step back in time to an era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. As you explore the park, beware the dinosaurs at every twist and turn along the route. They will be hiding in the bushes, grazing in the tree tops and towering above your heads…..

Jurassic Encounter gives you a truly unique and amazing family day out and encounter dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes from the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods as they stare down at you from a great height.

When we say it’s big, we know, we’ve been for a preview and pretty much had the park to ourselves – apart from 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs from the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods. Each dinosaur has robotic moving body parts and jaws opening wide, with realistic roaring sound effects.

Here’s our pictures and a chat with Naz Kabir, one of the team behind this MAMMOTH undertaking.

Jurassic Encounter Preview

Bute Park is now like a prehistoric playgrounds, featuring more than 50 animatronic dinosaur scenes, including a fearsome, 18m tall T-Rex that breathes and sways its tail as it hunts for prey; an Iguanodon’s furious battle against a Deinonychus; Pterosaurs that screech as they soar through the trees; a 15m tall Brachiosaurus, guarding her eggs and a 16m long Diplodocus, who cries out to passers by.

You’ll be able to get really close to some of the most fascinating beasts ever to roam the earth, with the promise of an encounter with a meticulously life-like dinosaur around every corner of the beautiful parkland trails.

For two weeks, the picturesque banks of the River Taff is a watering hole for the majestic creatures, providing the perfect summer holiday treat.

As well as being a thrilling day out for guests young and old, Jurassic Encounter will make education a fun and hands-on experience through a host of interactive exhibits. Children will be invited to become Palaeontologists for the day by climbing inside dinosaur eggs, digging up dinosaur bones in an excavation pit; dodging the spray of a Dilophosaurus and even riding on the backs of baby Triceratops.

You can explore the picturesque parks, where creatures lurk around the woodlands, gardens, ponds and paths, ready to roar or lunge.

And for those who want to relax after walking the perilous path through the dinosaurs’ domain, a refreshment area will offer street food. 

The JURASSIC ENCOUNTER tour is in Bute Park in Cardiff till Sunday 5th September.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices start at £11.50 and advanced booking is advised, although walk-ups will be admitted, subject to availability.

Jurassic Encounter Prices

If you’d like to book tickets and get more information, go here – JURRASIC ENCOUNTER.

We found some really nice things for the kids to enjoy, and enhance your visit if you are going to Bute Park.

We have had both of them tested and played with, and I can tell you, they are a huge hit.

Get up close and personal with nature on your next outdoor adventure. Huckleberry Dual Magnifier is the perfect tool for inspecting small insects, plants, and more. Tie it to your bag or belt and be ready to scope out any natural treasure you find.

Huckleberry Dual Magnifier, £13 from Kikkerland

Save your favourite flowers and leaves. A fun hobby for all ages that encourages you to go outdoors! Instructions: Press flowers in a heavy book with paper for 7-10 days. Place each flower carefully inside the frame. 

Huckleberry Make Your Own Pressed Flower Frame, £7 from Kikkerland


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