Bradford city centre will become ‘Bronty’ country on Saturday [June 3] when dinosaurs turn it into a prehistoric playground.
The earth is sure to shake when the Jurassic giants roam the streets as Bradford BID’s second Dino Day heads for Centenary Square.
It might not be Wuthering Heights but Emily Bronty – a 15ft tall and 25ft long brontosaurus – is set to be the star of the show, alongside Ritchie the Raptor and Rex, an 8ft tall baby T-Rex.
The free event has been organised by the Business Development District (BID), the limited not-for-profit company funded by more than 600 levy-paying businesses and organisations to help promote and develop the city centre.
Last year’s Dino Day, which took place on the pedestrianised area outside The Broadway shopping centre, was so popular with children and families that this year’s event has been moved to Centenary Square to allow more people to get up close and personal with the bodacious beasts.
BID project officer Leanne Holmes said: “You’re never too old to find dinosaurs fun and children of all ages love these amazing life-like creatures.
“Led by a team of interactive Dinosaur Rangers, they provide a real ‘wow!’ factor that will excite children and make your Saturday shopping trip a thrilling adventure for everyone.
“They attract big crowds and audiences wherever they go with their animated faces and body movements, real legs, eyes that stare and blink, tails that swing viciously from side to side, and life-like roars and dinosaur sounds.
“We’re really looking forward to a roar-some day!”
Dino Day takes place from 11am to 4pm. As well as appearances by the dinosaur stars, little explorers can become a Trainee Ranger at the Dino Basecamp where a Chief Ranger will guide them through Jurassic Knowledge and then train them in what to do in an emergency situation – a dinosaur break out!
The running order for the day is: 11am – Emily Bronty; 11.30am – Ranger Training; 12pm – Ritchie the Raptor; 12.30pm – Ranger Training, 1pm – T-Rex; 1.30pm – Ranger Training; 2pm – Emily Bronty; 2.30pm – Ranger Training; 3pm – Ritchie the Raptor; 3.30pm – T-Rex Show.
Bradford BID manager Jonny Noble said: “We love to organise these fun events that put a big smile on people’s faces and draw in the crowds to help support city centre shops and hostelries.
“Last year’s Dino Day was so well received we knew it would be a ‘must’ for our list of activities this year.
“A big part of our remit is to help traders – be they retailers, cafés, bars and restaurants or leisure venues – to thrive and one of the best ways to do that is by bringing the streets alive with entertainment and new experiences.
“If the BID wins a second five-year term in the ballot later this year, one of our key objectives will be to look at arranging even more events that help to make Bradford city centre a must-visit destination for a great day out.
“And, let’s face it, there’s no better was to boost your social media profile than taking a selfie with a dinosaur!”