Keep your eyes peeled in Dorchester as an unusual sight will be appearing in time for Dippy's unveiling.  

To mark the arrival of Dippy at The Dorset County Museum (DCM), Dorchester’s Brewery Square has created an interactive trail of Diplodocus footprints, to guide visitors to their final destination. 

Launching on Saturday, February 10 at 3pm, the trail in Brewery Square will be officially opened by Paul Williams from BBC’s Natural History Unit, along with Jon Murden, director of DCM.

The life-size Diplodocus footprints will act as a guide for visitors who will make their way from Dorchester South Station, through Brewery Square, before reaching DCM - where Dippy will be residing until early May.

Charlotte Spracklen, centre manager at Brewery Square, said: “Dippy joining us in Dorchester is such an exciting event, and one that Brewery Square was keen to be a part of.

"Each footprint we have created will be engaging, educational and provide fun for all the family from the moment they get off the train."

Dippy is a 70-foot replica dinosaur, cast using original fossil bones discovered in the US in 1989.

He has lived at London’s Natural History Museum since 1905, and DCM is the first stop on his tour of the country.

Jon Murden, director of DCM, said: “We are so excited to be welcoming 'Dippy on Tour' to the South West and thrilled to be the first host venue on his National UK tour. This is the first time that anybody has had the chance to see Dippy outside of London and it appears that parents and grandparents in particular are making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

He added: “With the Jurassic Coast - the birthplace of palaeontology just a few miles away I would encourage everyone to extend their visit and make it a day of memories that will last a lifetime.

“Tickets to visit Dippy are being booked up fast, so we are encouraging everyone who hasn’t done so already, to reserve their tickets soon to avoid missing out.”

The footprint trail will remain at Brewery Square until Dippy departs in May.