Fossiliam’s Awesome Autumn

Fall into fossils this autumn, with my busy programme of activities!

Saturday 7th October, York

York Unlocked at the YPS Lodge, York Museum Gardens, 10-12pm and 2-4pm. As part of the York Unlocked weekend, we’ll be opening up the lodge to visitors, and showing off some Yorkshire fossils. It’s free, and everyone is welcome. You are also welcome to bring your own fossils to test us!

Yorkshire fossils: take a closer look!

(Also on Saturday October 7th: York’s Hidden History Unlocked walks at 10am and 2pm, led by Dr Simon Rogerson.)

Sunday 8th October, York

I will be leading two York’s Hidden History Unlocked walks, and both will be a bit Earthy. At 10am, my Old Walk will be glacial to begin with, and climatic at the end, as I explain – among other things – why you NEED to know all about York’s earth-quaker, Moses Cotsworth. Then, at 2pm, I’ll be leading a walk that starts by looking for fossils at the North Eastern Railways War Memorial, before meandering up Micklegate via the world’s first telescope factory (and other historic spots) to finish at the Bar Convent.

Saturday 14th October, Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

From 10am to 12pm on Saturday 14th October, I’ll be leading a Fossils UK family fossil hunt to Runswick Bay. If you’re in search of sea dragons, this could be the trip for you. You can book your tickets here.

Sunday 29th October, Whitby & Saltwick Bay

On Sunday October the 29th, at the end of British Summer Time, I’ll be putting the clocks back at least 170 million years, as I lead a Fossils UK family fossil hunt to Saltwick Bay. We start outside the Natural Wonders fossil shop at 8.30am, stroll through Whitby, climb the 199 (million) steps to the Abbey, and follow the Cleveland Way to Saltwick Bay. From there, we’ll head down into the bay to search for some fab fossils. Book your tickets here.

Friday 3rd November, York

For the #FossilFriday of half-term, I’m offering a couple of York Family Fossil Hunts. These are 90-minute strolls across the streets of York, hunting for fossils hidden in the cobbles, the gardens, and the building stones. You can’t take any of your finds home, but you’ll be able to spot an amazing array of ancient creatures. You may never look at city streets the same way ever again!

(Also, on Sunday 5th November, at 2pm & 4pm, Dr Simon Rogerson will be leading the York Bonfire Walk, tickets for which you can book here.)

Saturday 11th & 18th November, online

If you’d like to learn about Fossils & Palaeoenvironments, may I politely suggest you sign up for my University of York Centre for Lifelong Learning course here. It’s delivered via Zoom, over consecutive Saturday afternoons, so you can take part from your sofa, from anywhere in the world.

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.