2017 Whitby Fossil Hunting Trips

Our trips are lead by palaeontologist Byron Blessed

"After just 5 minutes I found my first ever fossil"
"Wow look what I have found"
"Thank you Mr. Blessed for a great day out"
"We also saw dinosaur footprints"

BOOKING AND 2017 DATES

These trips are very popular during the school holidays.  Booking is therefore essential and at least 4 weeks in advance! 

(Start times can be seen after the dates please arrive 15 mins before)

Dates are from February half term until October half term,

These trips are tide dependant, hence strict dates.

We can arrange school outings and group bookings

please call us to talk through your requirements.

2018 dates coming soon!

2017 dates now fully booked for the year! 

Wed 15th Feb 2017 (10.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sun 26th Feb 2017 (8.30 am start)

19 Places Left

Wed 1st March 2017 (9.30 am start)

Cancelled

Sat 18th March 2017 (11.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sat 15th April 2017 (11.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sun 16th April 2017 (11.30 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sun 30th April 2017 (11.30 am start)

4 Places Left

Sat 13th May 2017 (10.00 am start)

5 Places Left

Sat 27th May 2017 (10.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sun 28th May 2017 (10.30 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sat 10th June 2017 (9.30 am start)

6 Places Left

Sun 11th June 2017 (10.00 am start)

5 Places Left

Sun 9th July 2017 (9.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Mon 10th July 2017 (9.30 am start)

9 Places Left

Tues 25th July 2017 (9.30 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Fri 11th August 2017 (11.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sat 12th August 2017 (11.30 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Wed 23rd August 2017 (10.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Thurs 24th August 2017 (10.30 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sat 9th September 2017 (11.00 am start) **

CANCELLED

Sat 23rd September 2017 (11.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED 

Sat 7th October 2017 (10.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

Sat 21st October 2017 (10.00 am start)

FULLY BOOKED

THESE TRIPS ARE VERY POPULAR DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AND AT LEAST 4  WEEKS IN ADVANCE!  

** THIS TRIP IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

One of our many customers
Ade Edmondson came on a fossil hunt
whilst he was filming his TV series "Ade in Britain"

WHITBY FOSSIL HUNTING TRIPS

What are the Costs?

Adults                                        £15.00 each

Children (ages 6 to 16)             £8.00 each

Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)  £40

To secure your booking you will be asked for the money up front

This can be done by either by cheque or by credit/debit card

THESE TRIPS ARE VERY POPULAR DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AND AT LEAST 4 WEEKS IN ADVANCE

How do we book?

Booking is essential, particularly during the summer school holidays as during these periods the fossil trips are booked up at least 5 weeks in advanced.

To make a booking please telephone our retail outlet “Natural Wonders” on 01947 821363.

What is the trip?

This “fossil hunting trip” has been designed for complete beginners, and is designed to show people how to go about fossil collecting in a safe and responsible manner.

The trips are very tide dependant and as such we have designed these trips based on the best possible tide times. If we have not got a fossil hunt in the week you are coming then the tides will not be good enough for fossil collecting.

We have a minimum age for children this year of 6 years old and over only as the trip is not suitable for children below this age due to the distances walked and the terrain which is walked. 

What does the trip involve?

The trip is run by Byron Blessed, a qualified palaeontologist and fossil hunter

The trips are very tide dependant and as such we have designed these trips based on the best possible tide times.

The trips therefore leave from our fossil shop “Natural Wonders ltd” on Grape Lane, Whitby, at the allocated time very promptly so please arrive 15 minutes before the trip leaves.

Please check with the corresponding date for the start time. If you are running late or not arriving please call us we have a 24 hour answer machine.

After depature we make our way up to coastal path via Whitby’s ruined abbey, then down the the next bay south (Saltwick Bay, approx. 1.5 miles out of town).

The trip can be strenuous and is not for everyone, especially those who have difficulty walking or are unsteady on his or her feet. Please feel free to ask questions at the time of booking if you are unsure.

We then make our way down the beach where a brief talk is given into how to go about fossil hunting and we then look for fossils (yes you can keep what you find!). We head back to Whitby along the foreshore stopping every so often to take in geological features and dinosaur footprints.

How long does it take?

The trip is 3 miles in length (1.5 miles out and 1.5 miles back) and 3 hours in duration. Please put at least 4-5 hours on your car parking. There is a drinks stop half way near to where we travel down to the beach.

What time does it leave?

The trips are always based around the best tides unfortunately this means that not all of them are at weekends. These trips leave at various start times prompt (please check the leaving times with the dates and at the time of booking). Please come a little before (15 minutes) so everyone can be issued with tickets, and please give plenty of time to find a car parking space and put enough on your car park ticket for the more than the length of the trip!

Do we need to bring anything?

Please bring VERY SENSIBLE FOOTWEAR! NO TRAINERS! Wellies or hiking boots are preferred. There is standing water about when down on the beach so wellington boots would be best. Especially for the children. Trainers are not sensible for this walk. You may want to bring a change of footwear and socks for afterwards. Also please bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Also you may want to bring a bag to put your finds in! 

Do we need to know anything else?

Please note that this trip is strenuous and can be very slippery under foot. Therefore it may not be accessible for extremely elderly people, people with heart difficulties, people with walking difficulties, very young babies, and it is definitely not suitable for prams and buggies due to the terrain. If you are unsure please call us with your questions beforehand to make sure it is for you.

Also if you have booked and are not planning on turning up for whatever reason please do let us know. You can always leave a message on the shops answer machine.

Hope to see you all soon.

Byron (group leader) 

 

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