Leeds Jurassic Trail Brings First Ever Water Dinosaur to Leeds

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Leeds Jurassic Trail Water Dinosaur

The first full size animatronic dinosaur to be installed in a UK canal is set to make a splash in Leeds this summer.

At 14.5m long, the roaring Spinosaurus is about the length of a bus. And it’ll be inhabiting the dock at Granary Wharf, with its toes dipping in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Event organisers, LeedsBID, believe it will be the first of its kind in the country in such a location. And it’s one of 12 specially built beasts coming to the city for six weeks from July 30.

It’ll all be part of the free, family friendly Leeds Jurassic Trail. And children’s TV star Andy Day will be the face and voice of the trail. He’ll be giving key facts and stats about many of the creatures on digital displays dotted around the city centre. And the acclaimed performer and self-confessed dinosaur fan is well-known for his entertaining, educational performances and shows all about the prehistoric beasts.

The full list of dinosaurs, and their locations, people can encounter include:

  • Spinosaurus – Granary Wharf
  • Atrociraptor – Leeds City Station
  • Parasaurolophus – Leeds Corn Exchange
  • Baryonx – Leeds Kirkgate Market
  • Brachiosaurus – Merrion Centre
  • Dilophosaurus – SOYO Leeds (Quarry Hill)
  • Ruyangosaurus – St Johns Centre
  • Stegosaurus – The Core Shopping Centre
  • Tyrannosaurus – Trinity Leeds
  • Nasutoceratops – Trinity Kitchen
  • Amargasaurus – Victoria Gate
  • Triceratops – Victoria Quarter

John Lewis will also host story time adventures and baby dino hatchery on special dates. And live Jurassic entertainment including walkabout beasts will be held on Briggate and Lands Lane every Saturday on Sunday for free throughout the trail.

“Huge event”

More than 300,000 people visited the trail last year, bringing an estimated £2.07m to the Leeds economy at a critical time.

Leeds Jurassic Trail 3 will run from July 30 to September 4. Andy Day said: “To engage kids with dinosaurs is a passion of mine and I think Leeds city centre has done a great job. To have full scale animatronic dinosaurs for them to see and learn about is brilliant.”

Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of LeedsBID, said: “Bigger, better and more to see for free will be the Leeds Jurassic Trail experience this year. Installing a dinosaur in the canal is ambitious. We are grateful to our partners in that location for their support and we are looking forward to making something special happen in the water. All those involved in Leeds Jurassic Trail have gone over and above this year. And this huge free event looks set to generate major interest and footfall which in turn directly supports Leeds city centre’s continued recovery and position as a leading destination in the UK.”

To find out more about the Water Dinosaur, and other
Dinosaur locations visit www.leedsjurassictrail.co.uk

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