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Britain’s most famous dinosaur is heading to Tyneside – with a bone shaking offer for businesses.

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus cast, Dippy, is coming to the Great North Museum: Hancock in May 2019 as part of a nationwide tour.

And Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, the museum’s catering and events partner, is giving corporate clients the chance to see it at very close quarters.

Dippy first went on show to the British public in 1905 having been shipped in 36 crates from the US, where he was cast from a genuine specimen found in America.

The model skeleton is a massive 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high and Sodexo has announced it will be offering a variety of packages for those who want to drink and dine in its vast shadow.

The corporate packages will give businesses the chance to host colleagues or clients to drinks receptions or formal seated dinners next to the model, which will be on display at the Museum’s Special Exhibition Space from 18 May to 6 October 2019.

Israh Bhatti, sales and events co-ordinator at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, said: “I imagine that when most people think of dinosaurs it is Dippy who springs to mind; he is such an iconic feature of the Natural History Museum and we are incredibly lucky he is coming to Tyneside.

“We anticipate huge interest in this exhibition and our corporate packages will offer businesses the chance to give their colleagues, guests or clients an experience they will never forget”

“The space will hold up to 150 for drinks and canapés and 100 for a formal dinner and, although we are still finalising details and timings of the corporate packages, I would urge businesses who are interested to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Newcastle is the fifth venue in Dippy’s eight leg tour and, after he leaves the Great North Museum: Hancock he will head to Cardiff and Rochdale, ending his journey at Norwich in July 2020.

Other key exhibits at Great North Museum: Hancock include an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, a significant display of plants and animals, objects from Ancient Greece, mummies from Ancient Egypt and a planetarium.

For further information call 0844 856 1074 or e-mail


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