Gunnersbury Park becomes Jurassic Park

An animatronic company is planning to take over a section of Gunnersbury Park during the Easter holidays to put on a display of life sized dinosaurs, which move and roar.

Dino Kingdom. the creators of the award-winning Lightopia Festival, which has brought crowds to Chiswick House Gardens in previous years, has applied for a licence to take over part of the park from 25 March, with the live event occurring from Friday 1 April –  Monday 18 April.

Dino Kingdom puts on ‘entertaining and educational’ family-orientated events around the UK, filled with life size dinosaur structures, animatronics, virtual reality activities, food and drink and fun fair rides. They are planning more than 100 installations for the event at Gunnersbury Park.

The event would be open to the public from 10.00am to 7.00pm with last admission at 4.00pm. The company has applied for a license to cater for 4,999 people. The park would be cleared of all structures by 25 April.

Dino Kingdom say the event promises the opportunity to get up close and personal with moving and roaring dinosaurs including the T-rex as well as Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Velociraptors, with a walking trail within the event space up to 50 different animatronic dinosaurs with discovery zones and interactive content.

Where can you find the dinosaurs?

Image above: plan of the proposed site in Gunnersbury Park

If approved, the event will take place in the green field opposite the boating lake and will be fenced off to the general public with a mixture of steel hoarding and fencing. Visitors will need tickets to access the site, which will be accessible via a gate in front of the lake. Ticket prices are not available yet but Dino Kingdom charged £15 for adults and £13 for children at events held elsewhere in the country.

The application states that all public paths will be maintained during the event, including the build and the break down and access routes will be maintained. Consultation has started to take place with the park management team and, as with the events at Chiswick House, it will be part of the contract that park assets should be protected.

Gunnersbury Park & Museum are inviting local residents to a meeting in January to discuss 2022 events in the park, which includes Dino Kingdom. You can sign up for a place at the meeting for free here:

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