The dinosaurs have arrived

by Nigel Brown Mar 13 2023 5     11,151
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March 13, 2023


The dinosaurs have arrived!

Clacton Pier has taken delivery of a consignment of giant pre-historic creatures individually commissioned to star in its latest major attraction.

The herd includes an eight metre long Tyrannosaurus-Rex, four metre Dilophosaurus and Velociraptor, a Bambiraptor, and a Pterosaur.

A 4D special effects cinema has also been installed and work is progressing well towards an opening in the Spring.

Jurassic Pier is replacing a 40-year-old seaquarium which was dismantled over the winter by an in-house team.

Once the area was dismantled and gutted, the cinema was put in by West Midlands firm Simworx, one of the world’s top suppliers of motion simulation technology.

Pier director Billy Ball said the exciting project is on schedule and the new attraction is really starting to take shape.

“We began taking the seaquarium apart in November and it was quite a lengthy job,” he said.

“However, we are now at a stage where we can see this mammoth scheme coming together and our animatronic dinosaurs have been shipped in from Asia.

“It was good to see them arrive; they are now being looked after on the pier by their keepers and settling in nicely, ready to meet the public very soon.

“Simworx have been on site and carried out their programme of works which included the cinema and motion seating.”

Mr Ball added that a new roof is being laid on part of the building and will be finished the week before Easter.

The fit out – including fencing and the dinosaur enclosures - is continuing and will be followed by theming and installation of the audio visual lighting and sound.

Other equipment, such as 3-D glasses and water-squirters, will make it a fully immersive realistic experience.

“There will very much be an educational element to Jurassic Pier – as well as the fun adventure element,” said Mr Ball.

“With a few changes it will also be a multi-functional facility we can incorporate into other events such as Halloween and Christmas when required.”


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5Comments 4 months ago


Sezgin Hassan 9 months ago

Hi went to Jurassic pier today 12.30 Ref. No. CPC78379 which I paid on line 1st May on my debit card for two tickets I had to go on my own as my husband wasn't to well so he had to stay in the car I paid £15.00 so I would like my refund of £7.50 please I asked a member of your staff and they told me to email as soon as possible Mrs S.Hassan.

Lisa perry 9 months ago

DO NOT TAKE any children in your family that are under 1metre. You will be rudely turned away. If you have children over 1 metre and also younger ones and you want to go as a family, basically, YOU CANT! It says when booking that anyone under 1.1metre must be accompanied which my grandson was but apparently they didn’t mean it

jamie heather 9 months ago

im looking to bring my family to the dinosaur event but have a question do carers get in free just so I know how many tickets I need to purchase for

Nigel Brown 11 months ago

Further information and details about Jurassic Pier will be available soon.

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