Huge dinosaur eggs laid across Leeds for free event
1st June 2021
Augmented reality app shows which dinos will hatch for Leeds Jurassic Trail 2
Huge dinosaur eggs have been laid in a dozen locations in Leeds for visitors to now hunt down as part of a two week free event ahead of Leeds Jurassic Trail 2.
The prehistoric egg experience includes a free augmented reality app – and when visitors scan an egg in one of the locations below, a dinosaur hatches on to their phone screen which is shareable to social media.
Each digital dinosaur that hatches from an egg will then be recreated as a life-size animatronic moving, roaring beast from July 17 to September 5 as part of the main event, Leeds Jurassic Trail 2 – the UK’s biggest free city centre dinosaur trail of its kind.
It will also feature the world’s first animatronic Yorkshiresaurus whose design was inspired by a Wakefield pupil who won a competition to create the beast to represent God’s Own Country.
Giant egg and dinosaur locations include:
- Briggate – Diplodocus
- Leeds Corn Exchange – Spinosaurus
- Leeds Rail Station – Baryonyx
- Leeds Kirkgate Market – Yorkshiresaurus
- Merrion Centre – Stegosaurus and baby
- St Johns Centre – Stygimoloch and Pachycephalosaurus
- The Core – Dilophosaurus
- The Light – Allosaurus
- Trinity Leeds – T-Rex
- Trinity Kitchen – caged Raptors
- Victoria Quarter – 3 Pteranodons (flying)
- Victoria Gate – Amargasaurus
To get the free augmented reality app people just need search their app store for ‘Leeds Jurassic Trail’ to then take part in the Dinosaur Egg Hunt which is on now daily until Sunday June 13.
A new Jurassic Store, located near the Leeds United shop at Trinity Leeds, will also throw opens its doors to dino-hungry shoppers who might even come face-to-face with a roaming beast – or even go for a ride on one – while stocking up on prehistoric purchases.
Martin Dickson, Head of Marketing for LeedsBID, said: “This is the first major event we’ve hosted in the city centre since lockdown and it’s been designed to be fun, interactive and encourage people to explore the entire city centre thanks to the huge number of partners working on this. That means everyone can benefit while avoiding people crowding in one spot for long periods.
“It’s been genuinely exciting to see so many families already making that trip back to the city centre to do this together safely – and for free. It’s also the perfect trailer for the main event and we’re certain Leeds Jurassic Trail 2’s full size dinosaurs will drop more than a few jaws this summer.”
Everyone who completes the trail will go into a prize draw to win one of 25 dino prize packs.
Both the Dinosaur Egg Hunt and Leeds Jurassic Trail 2 are free to see and form part of a ground-breaking partnership being led by LeedsBID with Child Friendly Leeds, Leeds City Council, Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds Train Station, Merrion Centre, St Johns Centre, The Core, The Light, Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds and Victoria Leeds.
For dates, locations, the app and more see www.leedsjurassictrail.co.uk