Seaton Jurassic to welcome royal visitor

PUBLISHED: 17:13 05 April 2016

Seaton Jurassic. Ref mha 11-16TI 7798. Picture: Terry Ife

Seaton Jurassic. Ref mha 11-16TI 7798. Picture: Terry Ife

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The Princess Royal to unveil a plaque at East Devon’s newest visitor attraction

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is to visit Seaton Jurassic, on Thursday, April 14.

After arriving in the early afternoon she will spend her time touring the exhibits, chatting with local school children, meeting distict council officials and Devon Wildlife Trust, its operators, before unveiling a plaque to mark its opening.

Harry Barton, Chief Executive of Devon Wildlife Trust, the operators of Seaton Jurassic, said: ‘This is a great moment for Seaton Jurassic. After four years of hard work to bring the attraction to life, the royal visit will be a wonderful tribute to the hard work and dedication of so many people.”

Cllr Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council, whicn owns the centre, said: “The Princess Royal has always been a great supporter of projects in our area and as one of our most hard working royals, it is always a delight to welcome her here.”

Seaton Jurassic first opened its doors in late March. The attraction’s blend of interactive exhibits and Jurassic-themed events has proved a hit with local people and tourists.

Mike Ruiter, Seaton Jurassic’s manager, said: “We’ve been delighted with the public’s reaction to Seaton Jurassic. On our first day we had queues to get in as our doors opened at 10am. Since then we’ve been very busy welcoming between 500 and 600 people each day. It’s more than we dared hope for and means that the centre, its shop, café and wildlife garden have been buzzing.

“To have news of the Princess Royal’s visit is a wonderful boost. We’re very much looking forward to showing her around.”

Mike continued: “We have also been very pleased with the feedback people are giving us. Visitors are saying that they like the quirky ways in which Seaton Jurassic tells the story of life over the last 250 million years. It certainly is unlike anything else on offer locally.”

Seaton Jurassic will be closed to the public on the day of the royal visit but people are welcome to go along and see Her Royal Highness as she arrives and departs.

Seaton Jurassic will re-open the next day and resume its normal operating hours of 10am-5pm, seven days a week.

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