Pupils to parade prehistoric reptile at carnival

Thursday 7th September 2017

Children from Colyton Primary proudly parade their icthyosaur

Staff at our East Devon visitor Seaton Jurassic attraction have teamed-up with a local school to produce what is bound to be one of the more unusual sites at this year’s eagerly-awaited Colyton Carnival.

Staff at the popular Seaton Jurassic attraction have worked with pupils from Colyton Primary School to make a display which features a giant prehistoric reptile. The children will parade their creation during the walking procession at this year’s carnival which starts at 8pm on Saturday 9th September.

The joint project has been coordinated by Seaton Jurassic’s Leaning and Participation Officer Claire Mountjoy. Claire said:

“The idea for this year’s entry from the school was inspired by pupils visiting our centre at Seaton Jurassic and the local rockpools. We have an amazing natural heritage in Seaton both past and present and it is great to see local children so engaged and enthused by this.”

Working alongside Claire and the pupils has been local artist Louise Farwell. Together they used willow and coloured tissue paper to sculpt large creatures that once inhabited the Jurassic coast many millions of years ago. The sculptures include an ichthyosaurus – a enormous reptile that once swam in our seas 200 million years ago, along with ammonites and jellyfish. On the evening of the parade the sculptures will be illuminated by candle light.

Head of School at Colyton Primary School Mrs Vicky Mills said:

“Children at Colyton Primary School enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum and working cross curriculum themed projects like this really brings learning to life. The children loved working on this project and it is a great experience for them to participate in such a large community event. We are all very much looking forward to the Carnival this year!”

Colyton illuminated parade is part of a week-long carnival which promises a fun-filled programme of events including a car treasure hunt, arts and craft show, bingo, whist drive and bowls tournament.

Plan your visit to Seaton Jurassic here. 

Tagged with: Outdoor learning, Colyton, Devon Wildlife Trust, Reptile, School, Seaton Jurassic