How to train your dinosaur – 3 Apr

Join us from 1.30-2.30pm for this FREE event as part of a day of activities across the town. Full programme details below.

Everyone is invited to come along to the launch of a new ‘Magical Beasts’ sculpture trail on Wednesday 3 April at 10.30am in Maidstone Town Centre when they will get the chance to meet a giant T-Rex, a baby Iguanodon and other dinosaurs.

At the launch, Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) will be unveiling the brand new sculpture trail featuring six bespoke artworks. The fun and quirky designs will include two baby Iguanodon dinosaurs, two cheeky gremlin characters and two baby elephants.

The permanent sculpture trail will start from Brenchley Gardens, continue along the riverside to the Archbishops’ Palace and on to the Lockmeadow Entertainment Compex. Each sculpture will include a QR code giving more details on various aspects of Maidstone’s fascinating heritage from geology to local industries and the town’s Market.

The free, family-friendly fun will start in Brenchley Gardens from 10.30am, when the dinosaurs will go on a walkabout with their handlers. They can be found in the park or around the town centre throughout the morning.

The entertainment will continue at Lockmeadow with another chance for people to see the dinosaurs and take part in more interactive fun including a lesson in ‘how to train your dinosaur’ at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Maidstone Borough Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Arts, Cllr Claudine Russell said: “I am really looking forward to seeing the new magical beasts sculpture trail, the six individual creatures all telling a bit of Maidstone’s fascinating history as the County Town of Kent. This launch looks so much fun with the huge dinosaur wandering around, perfect entertainment for the Easter school holidays, bring the whole family.”

The Sculpture Trail also features on a newly developed digital app ‘Maidstone Trails’, which guides users around the town’s historic sites and landmarks. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play. More information can be found at

The new sculptures have all been designed and created by father and son artist team, Gary and Thomas Thrussell, who also created the Iguanodon sculpture at Maidstone East Station, which links with the new Magical Beasts trail.