Beware of the dinosaurs: life-sized models invade Castlepoint to scare shoppers

ROAR: Peter Matthews, Castlepoint Centre manager, gets to grips with one of the life-sized dinosaurs

ROAR: Peter Matthews, Castlepoint Centre manager, gets to grips with one of the life-sized dinosaurs

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A PACK of dinosaurs has invaded a shopping centre in Bournemouth.

The life-size models arrived at Castlepoint Shopping Park on Saturday and will be on display until the end of the Easter holidays.

The park’s general manager, Peter Matthews, said he hopes the display, which includes a 20ft postosuchus, a giant raptor and a stegosaurus, will amuse youngsters visiting the park.

The exhibit also features triceratops, a hatching T-Rex egg and a velociraptor.

Mr Matthews said: “The idea was to do something that was educational as well as fun. When children come shopping with their mothers it’s not always much fun for them so we thought we would give them something to look at.”

He added: “Dinosaurs are the in-thing for children at the moment partly because a lot of primary schools are teaching about them.”

Speaking to the Daily Echo yesterday, Mr Matthews said he was delighted by the reaction from both parents and children.

“Despite the weather today the amount of children who have had their picture taken with the dinosaurs has been incredible. We’re calling it the dino selfie,” he said.

The shopping centre is holding a series of dinosaur-themed activities and workshops throughout the holidays.

As well as the five life-size models, a selection of baby dinosaurs will be on display as part of the fun dino hunt trail.

Other activities include dino craft workshops, where youngsters can make their own fossil or face mask, and interactive play sessions.

An animated velociraptor will stalk and scare shoppers on Saturday, April 19.

Managers at the park say the display is expected to attract more visitors following the success of films including Walking With Dinosaurs.

Mr Matthews added: “We will be the dino centre of the Earth, or certainly Bournemouth, and it should be a big hit for the kids.”

  • If you’ve been to see the dinosaurs, tweet your dino selfies to @Bournemouthecho.

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7:17am Tue 8 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Dinosaurs at a shopping centre...must be a UKIP trip to BHS. In fact isn't that Muscliffman himself on the left???
Dinosaurs at a shopping centre...must be a UKIP trip to BHS. In fact isn't that Muscliffman himself on the left??? Baysider
  • Score: 4

7:19am Tue 8 Apr 14

rusty james says...

Never knew Castlepoint was a park. Does that make all that metal holding it up a climbing frame?
Never knew Castlepoint was a park. Does that make all that metal holding it up a climbing frame? rusty james
  • Score: 7

8:07am Tue 8 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

That's Jimmy Hill.
That's Jimmy Hill. Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

8:09am Tue 8 Apr 14

Gordon Cann says...

When do the school Easter holidays end so that I can return shopping there?
When do the school Easter holidays end so that I can return shopping there? Gordon Cann
  • Score: -2

8:12am Tue 8 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

Where is the park?!
Where is the park?! hooplaa
  • Score: 3

8:35am Tue 8 Apr 14

Gordon Cann says...

Further to my brief comment above- I think that many shoppers will not be amused by the threat of being' entertained by life sized dinosaurs', and if they want their children to enjoy that experience then there are designated theme parks.

The Castle Point Shopping Centre has created appalling traffic jams on Castle Lane and other local roads and less traffic is needed rather than more, and whilst it will be argued that it has helped people with cars it has contributed to the decline of local shops, including Bournemouth Town Centre and Boscombe- but no doubt those points made by' yours truly 'many years ago will be brushed aside.- what cannot, in my view, be so easily dismissed is that this centre was approved by by
Bournemouth Council as the planning authority authority subject I recall to the provision of a specific number of parking spaces; and given the engineering problems it has faced and the considerable degree of 'propping' how many spaces have been lost -perhaps . -. just perhaps- we can be told when the car park is to be ether demolished and or rebuilt- ever the optimist!

I shall certainly be voting with my feet.
Further to my brief comment above- I think that many shoppers will not be amused by the threat of being' entertained by life sized dinosaurs', and if they want their children to enjoy that experience then there are designated theme parks. The Castle Point Shopping Centre has created appalling traffic jams on Castle Lane and other local roads and less traffic is needed rather than more, and whilst it will be argued that it has helped people with cars it has contributed to the decline of local shops, including Bournemouth Town Centre and Boscombe- but no doubt those points made by' yours truly 'many years ago will be brushed aside.- what cannot, in my view, be so easily dismissed is that this centre was approved by by Bournemouth Council as the planning authority authority subject I recall to the provision of a specific number of parking spaces; and given the engineering problems it has faced and the considerable degree of 'propping' how many spaces have been lost -perhaps . -. just perhaps- we can be told when the car park is to be ether demolished and or rebuilt- ever the optimist! I shall certainly be voting with my feet. Gordon Cann
  • Score: -10

8:43am Tue 8 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

When I first saw the adverts about shopping with dinosaur my initial thought was that it must be an advert promoting Christchurch.
When I first saw the adverts about shopping with dinosaur my initial thought was that it must be an advert promoting Christchurch. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 3

8:45am Tue 8 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

"invade Castlepoint to scare shoppers"

The number of Disabled bays.....
"invade Castlepoint to scare shoppers" The number of Disabled bays..... BIGTONE
  • Score: -2

9:34am Tue 8 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

Gordon Cann wrote:
Further to my brief comment above- I think that many shoppers will not be amused by the threat of being' entertained by life sized dinosaurs', and if they want their children to enjoy that experience then there are designated theme parks.

The Castle Point Shopping Centre has created appalling traffic jams on Castle Lane and other local roads and less traffic is needed rather than more, and whilst it will be argued that it has helped people with cars it has contributed to the decline of local shops, including Bournemouth Town Centre and Boscombe- but no doubt those points made by' yours truly 'many years ago will be brushed aside.- what cannot, in my view, be so easily dismissed is that this centre was approved by by
Bournemouth Council as the planning authority authority subject I recall to the provision of a specific number of parking spaces; and given the engineering problems it has faced and the considerable degree of 'propping' how many spaces have been lost -perhaps . -. just perhaps- we can be told when the car park is to be ether demolished and or rebuilt- ever the optimist!

I shall certainly be voting with my feet.
Dinosaurs - Extinct crumbling relics
Same could be said about the car park?
[quote][p][bold]Gordon Cann[/bold] wrote: Further to my brief comment above- I think that many shoppers will not be amused by the threat of being' entertained by life sized dinosaurs', and if they want their children to enjoy that experience then there are designated theme parks. The Castle Point Shopping Centre has created appalling traffic jams on Castle Lane and other local roads and less traffic is needed rather than more, and whilst it will be argued that it has helped people with cars it has contributed to the decline of local shops, including Bournemouth Town Centre and Boscombe- but no doubt those points made by' yours truly 'many years ago will be brushed aside.- what cannot, in my view, be so easily dismissed is that this centre was approved by by Bournemouth Council as the planning authority authority subject I recall to the provision of a specific number of parking spaces; and given the engineering problems it has faced and the considerable degree of 'propping' how many spaces have been lost -perhaps . -. just perhaps- we can be told when the car park is to be ether demolished and or rebuilt- ever the optimist! I shall certainly be voting with my feet.[/p][/quote]Dinosaurs - Extinct crumbling relics Same could be said about the car park? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

10:21am Tue 8 Apr 14

Vikki27 says...

My God there are so many miseries commenting today!!

I feel the need to say I think it's a brilliant idea! I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid and I suspect the exhibit will be a great success. I'll definitely be going to check it out as soon as I'm able. Good luck to them with it.
My God there are so many miseries commenting today!! I feel the need to say I think it's a brilliant idea! I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid and I suspect the exhibit will be a great success. I'll definitely be going to check it out as soon as I'm able. Good luck to them with it. Vikki27
  • Score: 6

11:20am Tue 8 Apr 14

rusty james says...

Vikki27 wrote:
My God there are so many miseries commenting today!!

I feel the need to say I think it's a brilliant idea! I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid and I suspect the exhibit will be a great success. I'll definitely be going to check it out as soon as I'm able. Good luck to them with it.
Don't lump me in with the kiddy hating misery guts. I also think the dinosaurs are a good thing, as is any kind of attraction for the young 'uns in this doddery town. Just amused that Castlepoint is regarded as a park.
[quote][p][bold]Vikki27[/bold] wrote: My God there are so many miseries commenting today!! I feel the need to say I think it's a brilliant idea! I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid and I suspect the exhibit will be a great success. I'll definitely be going to check it out as soon as I'm able. Good luck to them with it.[/p][/quote]Don't lump me in with the kiddy hating misery guts. I also think the dinosaurs are a good thing, as is any kind of attraction for the young 'uns in this doddery town. Just amused that Castlepoint is regarded as a park. rusty james
  • Score: 3

11:40am Tue 8 Apr 14

Matt Payne 87 says...

What a miserable bunch of comments!

This is some fantastic fun and there should be more of it!! Anything that helps get young families away from shopping online and back into retail has to be a good thing surely?!

As for Castlepoint, yes the car parking is a true failure, however it has also provided a great number of job opportunities and created a hub for retail separate to the failing town centre.

Thumbs up for dino's!
What a miserable bunch of comments! This is some fantastic fun and there should be more of it!! Anything that helps get young families away from shopping online and back into retail has to be a good thing surely?! As for Castlepoint, yes the car parking is a true failure, however it has also provided a great number of job opportunities and created a hub for retail separate to the failing town centre. Thumbs up for dino's! Matt Payne 87
  • Score: 2

1:25pm Tue 8 Apr 14

barney39 says...

Well they made me smile Friday evening when the went to dirve under the height restriction barrier.. I had to take some pictures as I could not beleve what I was witnessing, So unny
Well they made me smile Friday evening when the went to dirve under the height restriction barrier.. I had to take some pictures as I could not beleve what I was witnessing, So unny barney39
  • Score: 1

2:14pm Tue 8 Apr 14

poolebabe says...

Ahh this is a nice story. Bring back the wooden figures in poole dolphin. Things like this create memories for little ones. Better than having their head down looking at an electronic device.
Ahh this is a nice story. Bring back the wooden figures in poole dolphin. Things like this create memories for little ones. Better than having their head down looking at an electronic device. poolebabe
  • Score: 2

6:22pm Tue 8 Apr 14

richt says...

If they want more families, then how about some more parent and child parking spaces? I can only recall seeing a few on the lower level at one end, and a couple more on the same level near M and S.
If they want more families, then how about some more parent and child parking spaces? I can only recall seeing a few on the lower level at one end, and a couple more on the same level near M and S. richt
  • Score: -2

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