Horace the Pliosaur

“Immersive street theatre at its very best”   www.festivalkidz.com

P1110257Horace the Pliosaur is a giant, 35 foot-long sea lizard. Fresh out of the Jurassic ocean, Horace is 165 million years old. That’s even older than your Grandad.

Brought to you by performing professors and dotty groom Joe, audiences are invited to explore Horace and help prepare him for the day, brushing his teeth and massaging his paddles, before venturing inside his belly on a cinematic journey full of slimy surprises!

Here exists the eccentric world of Professor Humphrieson, Plesiosaurs and Ichthyosaurs. Horace is a unique blend of engineering, film and live performance with fact-filled, fun, family entertainment!



Horace deal for Jurassic Coast schools, Summer 2018

Horace the Pliosaur will come and visit your school for a special Dippy Discount rate this Summer Term. He will be hosted by his groom Joe. Children will get to brush his teeth, learn about Deep Time, the Pliosaur’s age and habitat. Then they will handle local fossils and take a quick tour inside his belly. All children (up to around 350) can get the ‘Horace Experience’ in the one day.  Participating schools include Manor Park, Dorchester and Puddletown First Schools.

What the experts say:

“The highlight for the children was Horace the Pliosaur – a large puppet dinosaur which you could actually climb inside to watch an interactive film inside its belly. This was exciting and enchanting – immersive street theatre at its very best; the creation of Emerald Ant, containing a film by the great Forkbeard Fantasy theatre group.”   www.festivalkidz.com

“Brilliant and loads of fun. Could do it again and again. Loved it”  Kitty, 12, Dorchester Festival

“It was so good I want to keep it. Best show everJoseph, 5, Devon Cliffs Holiday Park

“Creative Genius”  Parent, Glastonbury 2013

“Top Draw”  Blackmore Vale Magazine

Previous Tour Dates


Jurassic Beasts Day, Warwick 22nd February
Peterborough Heritage Festival 17th -18th June

Natural Seaton Festival, Devon 
16 July
Geronimo Festival, Cheshire 29–30 May

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival  1–3 May
Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Scarborough 18–20 Sept

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival  2–4 May
Glastonbury Festival  25–29 June
Horniman’s Curious Tea Party, London 12–13 July
Latitude Festival  17–20 July
Boomtown Festival  9–10 August
Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Scarborough  13–14 September

Inside Horace small


Horace at the Horniman Museum, July 2014


Horace performs an unexpected somersault!

Horace is available for bookings and can withstand most weather conditions.
Horace was commissioned by the Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012 and supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, Relays Legacy Trust, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Satellite Arts.