had a fun time finding out about fossils at the BBC Learning Centre on
Saturday and a surprise visitor brought an even bigger smile to
Natural History Family Fun Day (30 pictures)
was packed all day as mums, dads, and grandparents brought the kids along
for a special family learning day linked to the Alan Titchmarsh TV series
The British Isles: A Natural History.
encourages viewers to explore the natural history wonders on their own
doorstep and local geology enthusiast Alan McKay took family groups on
the Gloucester Walk Through Time, a tour highlighting the ancient fossil
treasures of the city centre that can be spotted in the buildings and
paving stones, and that reveal clues to the regions deep past.
who took the tour with her two grandchildren Kirsty and Helena said: It
was absolutely fascinating. Ive walked round Gloucester thousands
of times and I found out things about its past today that I never knew
before. Even McDonalds is more interesting now!
The day was
organised in partnership with the Gloucestershire Geoconservation Trust
who provided a team of experts to tell families all about the areas
fascinating natural history and the fantastic fossils that can be found
in the county.
showed youngsters were shown how to make models of ammonites, trilobites
and other prehistoric creatures in plaster that they could take home and
paint. And every kid who joined made a fossil model was given a real fossil
to take home.
Dave Owen of the Trust said: All the kids seemed to have enjoyed
themselves and we have been very busy. Its great to see BBC Gloucestershire
encouraging such an interest in the natural world.
The BBC Learning
Centre team were on hand to show families a CD-Rom which showed them how
to become landscape detectives and every child who joined
the walk received a BBC Walk Through Time backpack with goodies including
postcards, stickers, landscape detective guides and, very usefully, a
plastic mac to cope with Britains unpredictable climate!
also had a chance to show their artistic side - there were dozens of entries
for the days design a dinosaur art competition
the winners will appear on this website soon.
And the centres
younger visitors were thrilled to see a surprise appearance by Pudsey
Bear, who handed out details of the Children in Need camera competition
launched this week and gave families advance notice that Gloucester would
be at the very heart of the BBC fundraising marathon on November 19, with
a live pop concert at Gloucester Docks headlined by chart-topper Brian
out more about the Gloucester Trail walk
to the BBC Learning Centre homepage