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£1.2 million dinosaur adventure park opens in Essex

By Ben Shahrabi

Dino fun - Marsh Farm's Aaron Othman, James Sinclair and Janequi Carsandas were joined by Cllr Bob Massey, Chelmsford Mayor Janette Potter and Mayoress Jackie Galley. (Credit: Michael Chudley)

A £1.2 million “dinosaur park” has officially been opened by the new Mayor of Chelmsford, welcoming its first young explorers for the half term holidays.

Boasting giant fibreglass sculptures and state-of-the-art interactive games, Dinosaur Adventure is the latest addition to Marsh Farm, in South Woodham Ferrers.

Families, schoolchildren, and councillors were invited for special opening events at the weekend.

The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Janette Potter, cut the ribbon to officially open the park - in her first official engagement since being elected.

She said: “It’s mind-blowing, I just wish they had something like this when I was a child.

Chelmsford Mayor Janette Potter cut the ribbon to officially open the new exhibit. (Credit: Michael Chudley)

“It’s tremendous, and very educational. I recommend all parents bring their children here - I shall certainly bring my two young grandchildren.

“I think it’s such a good idea to educate children like this.

“I’m so pleased we were invited. It’s been absolutely unbelievable.”

The Mayor attended with Councillor Bob Massey, who represents South Woodham at Chelmsford City Council, along with Mayoress Councillor Jackie Galley.

Mrs Galley added: “It’s amazing.

“A terrific amount of money has been spent here and I think it deserves to do well.

“Schools are always looking for somewhere local to take the children, so I think this will be very well supported.”

Around 400 excited pupils from Woodville Primary School, in South Woodham, were invited for a full day of educational activities and to see the new dinosaur park.

One child exclaimed: “Wow, the dinosaurs are huge!”

At its heart, children are invited to get their hands dirty with fossil digging, clamber over prehistoric boulders, and come face-to-face with awe-inspiring dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes.

The adventure park also boasts lifelike animatronics and dinosaur “meet and greets”.

Owner James Sinclair hailed the opening “a massive success”.

He said: “The dinosaur park looks absolutely incredible. The grown-ups love it as much as the kids!

“I’m so proud of my team for all their hard work, which has really paid off.

“Come on down this half term holiday, from May 24 to June 2!”

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