From a light spectacular celebrating Dippy the dinosaur to the return of the GoGoDiscover T.rex sculptures – there’s lots happening to ensure the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus bids farewell to Norwich in style.

Thousands of people have to date visited Dippy during his stay at Norwich Cathedral and there’s now just under two weeks left to see the Jurassic giant in his medieval surrounds, the final stop on Dippy’s nationwide tour.

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “It’s been absolutely wonderful to see so many people of all ages enjoying visiting Dippy during his stay at Norwich Cathedral. He has inspired so much fun while also encouraging people to have so many important conversations about the future of our planet.
“As Dippy now nears the end of his stay here at the Cathedral and also the end of his nationwide tour, we look forward to welcoming visitors old and new in his final days with us. In particular, we hope people will enjoy our special Dippy at Night celebration and also seeing the wonderful GoGoDiscover T. rex sculptures on display in the Cloister.”

Below are all the key half-term highlights taking place during Dippy’s last week in Norwich!

1. Dippy at Night
Dippy at Night will see the famous Diplodocus cast lit up in an entirely new way in the Nave of Norwich Cathedral, giving visitors the chance to experience a completely different side to the nation’s favourite dinosaur. The Cathedral’s West Front and Norwich Castle are also set to be illuminated in Dippy’s honour and you can explore the rest of Dippy’s medieval home in all its evening splendour. This free light spectacular is taking place from 7pm to 9.30pm on October 25-26 and 28-30 and no advance booking is required.
Norwich Castle is being lit up for Dippy at Night thanks to the support of Norwich BID.

2. Blue Light Dippy at Night
Emergency services workers are being invited to see Dippy at Night first at a special Blue Light preview on Sunday 24 October from 7pm to 9.30pm. The preview is a thank you for the tireless dedication and commitment shown by members of the emergency services throughout the pandemic. Free Blue Light Tickets for the preview can be applied for here.

3. Daytime Dippy on Tour exhibition
Dippy’s daytime exhibition is open every day except Sunday until Saturday 30 October. As well as seeing Dippy, you can also have fun exploring a time tunnel, walking through a wave of fish and spotting some of Dippy’s fellow dinosaurs hidden around the Nave! For all the latest details on the exhibition opening times click here.

4. GoGoDiscover Farewell For Now
The GoGoDiscover dinosaurs that decorated Norwich's streets this summer are all heading to the Cathedral’s Cloister to say goodbye to Dippy and will be on display from Monday 25 October to Saturday 30 October. It will be the last chance to see the T. rex sculptures until they return next summer with even more friends. GoGoDiscover Farewell For Now is free to attend, with a suggested donation of £2.50 per person for children’s charity Break which runs the GoGoDiscover event with Wild In Art. The GoGoDiscover dinosaurs will be on display at the same time as the daytime Dippy exhibition and also during Dippy at Night.

5. Wave Sculpture
Artist Mark Reed’s stunning walk-through wave of 3,000 fish has been one of the stars of the wider Dippy on Tour exhibition at Norwich Cathedral. The thought-provoking wave highlights the importance of water through the ages and visitors can buy the fish to recreate part of the installation at home! A proportion of the proceeds will benefit future exhibitions work at Norwich Cathedral.

6. Friday night with Dippy
Start your weekend dinosaur-style with an evening visit to see Dippy on Friday 22 October from 7pm to 9pm. You can also dine in the spectacular surrounds of the Cathedral’s Cloister and enjoy a candlelit supper served by Jarrold.

7. Knit-o-saurus Trail
Thirteen knitted prehistoric friends are waiting to be found in windows around the Cathedral Quarter until Saturday 30 October. All the creatures on the Knit-o-saurus Trail have been created by the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers. Dino hunters can download a Knit-o-saurus Trail Map here to start their quest!

8. Dino Tales
Enjoy a Saturday morning dino tale under the tail of Dippy! The storytime sessions take place from 9am to 9.30am. On Saturday 23 October the story being read is Peter Curtis’s Dinosaur Roar T.rex and the story for Saturday 30 October is Do You Love Dinosaurs? by Matt Robertson.
Tickets, which should be booked in advance via the Cathedral website, cost £1.50 per child and accompanying adults are free.

9. Dippy Farewell Service
A very special farewell service with Norwich Cathedral Choir is planned to celebrate Dippy on Tour on the day after the exhibition closes. Norwich Cathedral Children’s Choir and Total Ensemble Theatre Company will also be participating in the service. All are welcome to attend the service which will take place around Dippy on Sunday 31 October at 3.30pm.