Monday 30 July 2018

Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular

Travel back in time and see dinosaurs roam the UK and beyond in Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular.

Inspired by the award-winning BBC television series, Walking With Dinosaurs is a globally renowned production that has been watched by over 9 million people in more than 250 cities around the world.

The new world tour of this special show has already wowed audiences in a few UK arenas with more UK dates happening over the next few months. The spectacular show will then embark on an international tour, dazzling arenas across Europe with magnificent dinosaurs.

The $20 million production showcases its place as the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world thanks to new, state of the art technology. The revised production will display amazing and colourful changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the thinking that some dinosaur species had feathers.  

The show is produced by Global Creatures headed by CEO Carmen Pavlovic who said, “I am thrilled that WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - THE ARENA SPECTACULAR is embarking on an international tour. A new generation is ready to experience these life–size beasts in this awe-inspiring spectacle, which has still not been matched in terms of scale and quality. Many of our creatures have “evolved” since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of these massive creatures. This show remains a must-see for audiences of all ages.

Walking With Dinosaurs stars Michaela Strachan as ‘Huxley’ the paleontologist. The one-hour, 40-minute show showcases the dinosaurs’ evolution with near cinematic realism. It depicts scenes of dinosaurs interacting, how herbivores fended off agile predators and how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs.

Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular was originally produced and performed in Australia by Gerry Ryan, Malcolm Cooke and Jill Bryant.

The show’s experienced team is made up of talented creative artists who are renowned specialists in their field many of whom are award winning who together produce this magnificent arena spectacular. It took a team of 50 - including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts - a year to build the production.

Broadway Veteran Director Scott Faris who has directed many hit musicals and productions and worked with renowned actors says of the show -  “We take the audience on a journey back in time and show them how the dinosaurs might have actually looked in their prime - huge, sometimes frightening, sometimes comical monsters - that fought for survival every day of their lives. Our dinosaurs move exactly like they are real -- with all the roars, snorts and excitement that go with it. The realism is mind-blowing!”

Bringing the dinosaurs to life is Sonny Tilders who for the past decade has been one of the major creative forces of the high-tech world of animatronic puppetry for film and television working on the Global Creatures/Dreamworks production How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular and The Chronicles of Narnia. Tilders said, “Many of the technologies we are using on WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR are borrowed from film. The computer software and hardware we have developed is based on the systems used to control animatronic creatures in feature films. To make it appear that these creatures are flesh and blood weighing six, eight or even 20 tons, we use a system called ‘muscle bags,’ made from stretch mesh fabric and filled with polystyrene balls, stretched across moving points on the body. These contract and stretch in the same manner that muscle, fat, and skin does on real creatures.”

The show takes audiences on a journey through the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. Nine species are brought to life in this wonderous show including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and from the Cretaceous period Torosaurus and Utahraptor.

Right before their eyes the audience will witness the history of the world with the splitting of the earth’s continents, the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period to the lush green prairies and the forces of the later Jurassic. Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire - immense moments that lead up to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The arena spectacular which has garnered record breaking audiences across the globe is next visiting the Echo Arena in Liverpool on the 31 July and 1 August before the dinosaurs roam to Manchester Arena on the 3-4 August. The show will bring dinosaurs to life at various other arena across the UK before continuing the international tour across Europe. Tour dates and other information about this unique arena spectacular can be found at Book tickets now to this arena spectacular before tickets become extinct!!


  1. I'd love to take my little one to something like this when he's a little older. Might be a bit too realistic at 3 years old

  2. So clever how they transport you back to what it would have been like during the time of dinosaurs. Bet this is a fantastic experience.

  3. Awww this family loves everything dinosaur right up our street but possible just too real life for the youngest one

    But might be a shout for me and the oldest great review ❤️

  4. Oh wow, my children would absolutely love this!! I'm so gutted we missed the Liverpool one! x

  5. Oh this looks amazing, my daughter would love this. May have to take her

  6. Pretty sure Amelia would go crazy for this haha! She's a huge fan! Will certainly have to look into it xx

  7. Oh wow this looks incredible- very lifelike

  8. Wow so realistic! I think Oscar would enjoy this - maybe a little too young at the moment though

  9. This sounds fab, my kids would love it!

  10. We saw this recently it was so amazing!

  11. That looks amazing! Very exciting x