Easter Holidays 2016

Boggle Hole Fossil Hunt

We have a great range of events for the Easter Holidays, with fossil hunting trips, seashore explores and dinosaur footprint walks all ready for you to enjoy.  Simply click on the event below to go to our booking pages for all the details…

Dinosaur Footprint Walk – Tuesday 29 March at 11am – Scarborough, South Bay

Fossil Hunting Trip – Wednesday 30 March at 1pm – Cayton Bay

Fossil Hunting Trip – Thursday 31 March at 1pm – Runswick Bay

Fossil Hunting Trip – Friday 1 April at 3pm – Boggle Hole

Fossil Hunting Trip – Thursday 7 April at 10am – Speeton Sands

Seashore Explore – Friday 8 April at 10am – Scarborough South Bay

We look forward to seeing you on a trip soon. If there are no dates that work for you then we can always run a private trip, just contact us for more info.

South Bay Rockpooling


BBC Bitesize Dinosaur Footprints

Towards the end of 2015 Will Watts from our team was asked to help with some new films for BBC Bitesize all about the Jurassic Dinosaur Footprints of the Yorkshire Coast. Will had a great day with the film team and some fantastic pupils from Newby and Scalby Primary School, we added some pictures and words about the day as part of Scarborough Strata #11.

We were very excited to receive an email from Screenhouse Productions to say the films are now live on BBC Bitesize, so if you want to know more about our fabulous footprints have a watch. Here are the links to the two films…

We can also take you on a walk to see them, book here, or we can come to your school with all our dinosaurs and fossils or finally why not have a birthday party with a difference and come dinosaur hunting with us.


Will and some dinosaur footprints on the Yorkshire Coast.

February half-term holiday 2016

Boggle Hole Fossil Hunt

If you’re looking for something to do over the half term holidays to get the kids outside and enjoying themselves (and the grown-ups…) we have some exciting events that might just do the job.

Firstly we have two fossil hunts taking place, these are our most popular event and book up very quickly so if you are interested then act quickly, the two trips are:

Monday 15 February at Boggle Hole, 2pm start for a 90min walk book here

Tuesday 16 February at Cayton Bay, 3pm start for a 90min walk book here

Both trips are very family friendly, dogs are welcome and you get to keep all the fossils you find (if you want to!).

We are also very excited to be taking part in the North York Moors Dark Skies Festival and are using the Festival to launch a brand new event for 2016, Celestial Exploring. Join our very own expert astronomer Andy Exton for a night exploring not only our own solar system but objects from deep space.

As the weather can be an issue we are keeping three nights free for this event, 15, 16 and 17 February. If you are interested then  all the details on how to book are here. We will even be providing hot chocolate and some snacks to keep you warm!

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We are two years old!

Will at work on a birthday party

As we start work on what will be an exciting 2016 for Hidden Horizons, it seemed like the logical time to look back on 2015, our second year as a company. Across all areas of what we do it was a very busy year, full of hard work and very enjoyable experiences.

On the consultancy side of our work we worked on projects as far north as Edinburgh with National Museums Scotland and as far south as Dorset with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.  We also worked on projects at Creswell Crags, Leeds Museums & Galleries, The Ryedale Folk Museum, Natural England and Scarborough Museums Trust.

These projects included work on learning in heritage environments, both evaluating and developing packages.  We were also asked to look at fossil collecting and acquisition as well as evaluating geodiversity projects, we took part in a collections geoblitz and carried on our relationship with the dinosaur footprints of the Yorkshire Coast.

We were very busy both with our own events programme and also assisting at other events at venues like the Yorkshire Museum and the Yorkshire Fossil Festival in Scarborough. Our own events seemed to be very well received, with fossil hunting trips, rock-pooling, dinosaur footprint walks and mini-beast sessions all seeing lots of bookings, many trips being sold out. We also saw an increase in the number of private bookings both for birthday parties and family days out, and plan to build on this for 2016.

Our School Packages saw more bookings than the year before, both from local schools and those from further afield.  We worked with over 1000 pupils during the year from primary age to A-level, covering subjects from dinosaurs to ecology and evolution. We also ran our first After School Explorers Club.


We also did some TV filming continued our Scarborough Strata column for the Scarborough Review, and launched a new retail partnership, the Dinosaur Company…in fact there are probably a few things we did that have not made this post, apologies to anybody we missed.


2016 is already looking busy with some exciting consultancy projects lined up. We will also be expanding both the number of events we run, and the range of topics and themes we cover. On the schools side we see 2016 as a very important year and will be working to develop this side of the business. All of these plans will need even more hard work and the support of everybody who works with us.  There will be some announcements very soon but look out for, short-break holidays, some star-gazing, birthday parties, forest & beach schools and much more, and to go with all this some new team members and a new website…see you in 2016!

Scarborough Strata #11


Normally this time of year is a little quieter for us in terms of taking groups out on the coast, but the last few weeks have been very busy indeed. In addition to a number of private fossil hunting trips (they make great Christmas presents!), and school groups, I was also involved with a very exciting days filming with BBC Bitesize.

We spent the day with TV presenter Steve Mould and a great group of pupils from Newby and Scalby school hunting for evidence of the dinosaurs that once roamed Scarborough. In between lots of muddy feet and trousers from going up and down wet paths, we found, measured and interpreted a great range of footprints.

The image I have chosen for this edition of ‘Scarborough Strata’ is actually a piece of dinosaur food, the same age as the footprints we find, but rather than a trace fossil this is the preserved remains of a ginkgo leaf, 165million years old. The ginkgo tree is often referred to as a living fossil, there are a number growing in Scarborough, although without their leaves they are not always easy to identify. They were very abundant during the Jurassic along with conifers, horsetails, tree ferns and horsetails.

Look out for the footprint films appearing on BBC Bitesize soon, we will publicise them via Facebook and Twitter.


After School Explorer Clubs

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Following a very successful trial with West Heslerton Primary School we are really excited to be able to offer our after school Explorer Clubs to any school that is interested in a different experience for their pupils for lunchtime and after school clubs.

We can offer clubs covering natural history, geology fossils, archaeology and much more, all the details and costs can be found here. At present these clubs are aimed at schools  wanting to run them, the next steps will be firstly to have the clubs accedited by the Childrens University and then we are looking at running the clubs as holiday clubs for children in 2016.

The last word goes to Rachel Wells, headteacher at West Heslerton Primary School about the club we ran for them:

Hidden Horizons ran a series of fantastic outdoor education PE sessions or our school. This after school club was run using our PE funding and proved very popular: sessions were regularly extremely well attended.

Each week was clearly planned around pupil interests and feedback, were well organised with each one having a clear educational focus. Will was highly knowledgeable and formed great relationships with pupils of all ages.

Pupils were keen to take part and didn’t realise the extent they were walking or the range of physical activities they were engaging with. Highly recommended for all aged pupils, particularly those for who don’t always enjoy traditional sporting activities.

Footnote…West Heslerton have just booked another 16 sessions for 2016, so we must have done something right!

Download the Hidden Horizons Explorers Club information.

Star Carr exhibits to go on show in Scarborough

Looking forward to seeing some Star Carr material on display in the Rotunda Museum soon…

The Carrs Wetland Project

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A new display case featuring material about the Mesolithic site of Star Carr is due to go on public display in February 2016 at Scarborough’s famous Rotunda Museum. The artefacts will be all existing material from the Scarborough Collections which have been out of the public gaze in the storerooms in recent years. They will give a glimpse into the life of hunter gatherer humans in the Vale of Pickering. The Rotunda, designed by ‘Father of English Geology’ William Smith is looked after by Scarborough Museums Trust. The welcome return of a public Star Carr display at The Rotunda will enable some of the remarkably preserved 10 000 year old animal bone and plant remains from Star Carr to be inspected by the public at large. We look forward to the opening of the new exhibit.

Recent material, including that from the last digs at Star Carr in Summer 2015 is being conserved and…

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