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Dinosaur Discovery, Horbury
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It's that bad it's funny. It's like a 10 year old has created the dinosaur models. My 3 year old loved it though! It's closed down now for obvious reasons.
My 4 year old loves dinosaurs, but we've always avoided this place due to the bad reviews on here, but as today was dull and dismal we decided to try it, had a quick look on website for prices etc., n... read more »
Took us an hour and half to find it(prob longer, no signpost) when we arrived it was closed! Website said it was open! someone told us it was shut down! Nephew was devastated
This is a surreal and tacky place. The owner clearly wants to make an attraction but hasn't the foggiest about actual visitor experiences, realism or health and safety. I think it's almost some type of delusion. It's that bad it is actually hilarious. I leave this review in the hope that the owners will TAKE HEED and listen to people's criticisms. Tatty and broken dinosaurs that are more cartoonish than realistic with a baffling day-glo spray paint finish on female stocking material 'skin.' Appallingly mis-spelt website and text information alongside the mis-shapen and grotesque dinosaurs that are an abominable educational tool for youngsters and a very bad example of the English language. This is not educational in the slightest and is quite a bizarre place. I can only think that the passion of the people running the place or working there is what keeps it going, however I do doubt the actual educational aspect of this place the most and feel it to be utterly mistaken in that aspect. If you want to look at some tatty models that bear little resemblance to dinosaurs whilst you freeze to death - come here.
Absolutely diabolical paid £12 for a family and was in the place barely 5minutes the maze was pitch black and could not see any of the attractions in there, there was no heating kids were absolutely freezing. Once out of the maze there was only a few dinosaurs to see most of which were tatty things that were falling to bits and no levers worked properly. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! We came as a fun day out as our 4 year old son loves dinosaurs but he was upset and asking where they were the whole time.
I've given the centre a three star rating because the idea of a dinasour educational, interactive activity centre is a great one and there has been huge effort and creative skills involved making the models; this is clearly the owner's passion. However, the idea seems to have not yet been fully implemented; there could be more exhibits and interactive stations doing different things to maintain the interest of young children/toddlers. The few exhibits there were very similar, and most of the interactive levers didn't work to operate the dinasours. There was no heating anywhere in the centre so the children wore their coats the whole time. The centre and some exhibits, i.e., 'the maze' looks like a work-in-progress, which is fine, but if it is a work-in-progress, I think this should be explained to customers and cost reduced to keep the public on side!! The experience cost me £3 for my toddler, but relieved I didn't have to pay for myself (adults free) or that I didn't bring the whole family! We stayed approx 50mins as nothing left to stay for! Saying that, had my older child (5yrs) been with us he may have enjoyed the colouring / drawing activities layed out on the tables in the main room, or climbed into one of the interactive dinasour suits and played with that for a short while; may have made some good photos ;-) Would visit again in future if developed and more to do for children of all ages!!
As most families do we spend our free days enjoying local parks, museums and attractions. National Coal Mining Museum, Eden camp, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Thackerays, just to name a few. Today was no different, we looked through newspapers and the internet for a fun day out. Under the heading 'Top 30 Days Out In Yorkshire' we found Dinosaur Discovery. Well made web page stating this attraction was "Family run with unique displays, educational, animated and interactive" sounds like our kind of day out and the reviews were very promising, and it had a "Maze", the car was packed and excitedly we were off! On arrival we were a little dubious. The exterior was a little run down but we were sure the attraction would be worth the 30 minute drive. How wrong could we have been! The first room was a table with a young boy taking money and I'm guessing this was the 'gift shop's as another table had a few toys and a hand full of balloons. We paid our money and moved on to the second room, here were 4 badly made models that resembled a tiger and a couple of dinosaurs, the parts which were used to make them were still visible and the pieces of metal sticking out did not appear safe at all. Next was the Maze. A small section of the warehouse boarded off and painted black, this contained no more than 3 'dinosaur heads' with jerky movements, the main part of this was the young boy from the front desk,who hid and jumped out on you in an attempt to scare customers. The main, and only other, room was larger and in the center had a large pile of foam with children jumping and climbing on. There was a small sand pit in the corner. Both were filthy and we didn't stick around long enough to use the kitchen or toilet. We left feeling very let down and fooled by obviously fake reviews, we then tried to leave our own review on the face book page. This was removed several times. The owner then went on to send several comments suggesting we were trying to ruin his business and should be better parents by playing with our children. He went on to say "all parents do is sit on smart phones and never play with children" he said we had no right to give a negative review becuse hundreds of people say his attraction is the best dinosaur center in England. He guarantees that we will be back as my child would beg me to visit. She most definitely won't be wanting to go back. After reading other reviews we can see that not only do other people feel the same but the majority of the good reviews are from the same few accounts. I'm very much in favour of supporting local business and I do spend days educating my child not sat on my smart phone. This 'attraction' is neither fun or edcational. I do feel the need to point out my review would have gone as far as family and friends if I had not been sent several comments from the owner, some of which were nasty in nature, stating we can write bad reviews all we want becuse people won't even read them. (All of these comments he has now removed before I managed to screen shot them) I hope you read this review, and that it saves other families from the day we have had. Thankfully it was close enough to New Millerdam Country Park where we enjoyed a lovely walk and even fed the ducks 😄
We traveled across from Manchester to visit and were not disappointed. It is a little rough around the edges and perhaps a paleontologist may have some issues with the models but our kids had a great time. a wonderful interactive experience and the enthusiasm of the owner was fantastic. It makes me wonder if chester zoo was like this when it first opened, a little crude but powered by infectious enthusiasm. Ironically if this took off and the owner was able to polish his attraction and do everything he wants to it might lose some of its charm. When discussing what to do next friday my eldest son wanted to come back. We will not be returning that soon but will definitely be back before too long.
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