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dippy19.jpg Deeply Dippy

When one of the country’s most famous attractions, Dippy the Diplodocus, comes stomping into Great North Museum: Hancock, you don’t walk, you run (ie towards it, not away. It won’t bite).

It’s four metres tall, 21 metres long and it once walked the earth terrorising everything in its path. (Note: I’m not entirely sure about the terrorising bit. You’ll have to attend the show to find out all the facts.) I keep forgetting that dinosaurs were once actually real. I usually file them away alongside flying dragons and Vince Cable as mythical creatures, but exhibitions such as this really make you aware that these creatures were once very much part of the landscape. Dippy has been THE star attraction at the Natural History Museum for over 100 years, and his first UK tour is proving to be a massive hit. Tickets are free, and a limited number of walk-ups are available each day, but we’d strongly advice you book them in advance. Check the website, below, for dino details.

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure, until 6 October, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle. greatnorthmuseum.org.uk