Roar-some fun as dinosaurs roam wild in Mansfield for Jurassic event

Hundreds of people braved the rain to enjoy some prehistoric fun in Mansfield town centre.

Mansfield Business Improvement District held a Jurassic Mansfield event, with one Mansfield mum described the experience as 'amazing' and 'brilliant' for her dinosaur-obsessed son.

Yesterday’s event featured Jurassic-themed activities, interactive dinosaur experiences, including the chance to meet giant T-Rex Zeus, and gift bags to keep everyone entertained.

Sue Rodgers, BID operations manager, said: “Our team put events on for the town centre to bring people into Mansfield, instead of going elsewhere.

“Our town deserves that. We also support local businesses. We wanted to run a dinosaur event as there has been a new Jurassic film out in cinemas.

“We had activities such as digging dino-eggs, meeting dinosaurs and grow-your-own dinosaurs. People were queuing from 10am. Every child had a wrist band and dinosaur egg until we ran out.

“I would like to thank everyone for supporting this event. It is fantastic to have been able to launch a free outdoor event of this size.”

Sue said the team were excited to be out in the community, keeping residents entertained, despite the rainy weather.

Katrina Standley attended the event with her partner, Rob and young son, Logan.

She said: "My son is two-and-a-half and is dinosaur obsessed. Once I saw about this event, I knew we had to come.“It has been amazing. Especially seeing the children's faces when the dinosaurs came out. It is brilliant.”

Fellow visitor Mark Johnson said: “It has been amazing. I think everyone should come down to events like this. There are lots of events coming in, so come on to Mansfield and have a look around.”

Mansfield BID is now planning a celebration for Armed Forces Day, taking place in Market Place, Mansfield, on Sunday, July 3, from 10.30am-4pm.

The event is set to include a parade, live music, food, and activities for all ages, as well as a flypast by a Lancaster Bomber.

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