FossilHub 2022 – dates for your diary!

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From family fossil hunts on the coast to online classes exploring geological history, 2022 promises to be a bumper year of fossil and Earth science events here at FossilHub HQ.

Put your best foot forward for 2022, and explore Yorkshire’s amazing rocks and fossils!

Please find below a mid-December summary of the activities that are already lined up:

In January 2022, the York Residents’ Festival takes place over the weekend of the 29th and 30th, and we will be offering some of our York’s Hidden History walks. They are free to York residents, and you can book your tickets here. If you’re not a York resident, don’t panic! We’ll be offering plenty more Hidden History walks during 2022.

In February, we start up our Hidden Horizons family fossil hunts for half-term. We’ll be offering a Filey fossil hunt at 9.30am on Friday February 18th, a Cayton Bay fossil hunt at 10.30am on Sunday February 20th, and another Filey fossil hunt at 11am on Monday February 21st.

If you prefer to stay indoors, however, and you’re interested in exploring (virtually) the landscape of York, please sign up for my online University of York Lifelong Learning class on Saturday February 19th 2022, 2pm-5pm. I’ll also be running an online class on the Geology of the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday March 26th, again from 2-5pm.

Back on the coast, and March offers up another couple of family fossil hunts: a Cayton Bay fossil hunt at 11am on Sunday March 6th, and a Filey fossil hunt at 10am on Sunday March 20th.

In April, we’ve got family fossil hunts at Cayton Bay on Sunday April 3rd at 10.30am and Wednesday April 20th at 11.30am, and at Filey on Thursday April 21st at 12.30pm.

Come and find fossils in fabulous Filey!

In May, there are Cayton Bay fossil hunts on Sunday May 8th at 2pm and Sunday May 22nd at 2.30pm. I would have run a CayBayMayDay fossil hunt, but it would clash with the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, where we hope to be promoting the Yorkshire Coast in a big way!

On Wednesday June 1st, we’ll be fossil-hunting in Filey from 10.30am, and we’ll then be at Cayton Bay on Sunday June 5th from 1pm. And plenty more dates for June, July and August will be added to the Hidden Horizons website in the coming weeks.

I’m also very pleased to confirm that the Yorkshire Fossil Festival (northern England’s biggest annual celebration of fossils, palaeontology, and Earth science) will be returning to Scarborough over the weekend of Saturday September 17th and Sunday September 18th 2022. The main festival will be taking place in the historic Scarborough Spa, but there will be events elsewhere in the region too, and plenty of online activities.

So, put the dates in your diary, book your tickets, and watch this space for more updates early in the new year.

The Yorkshire Fossil Festival at the Rotunda Museum, Scarborough

Earth scientist in York, fossilist across Yorkshire. Co-director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and palaeontologist for hire. Can be found twittering, facebooking, and instagramming as @fossiliam.