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See how big dinosaurs would look if they roamed Crawley now

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Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley

It’s half term week and now comes the time to try to keep the little ones entertained. So as a way to celebrate the FREE exhibitions up in London at the Natural History Museum, including the fantastic Stomp Like a Dinosaur exhibition, we have taken a look at just how impressive four of the best known would look if they were in the town right now.

But you don’t have to go all the way in to London to enjoy animals as County Mall is running a Jungle General Hospital on the 18th and 19th Feb. Click here for more information.

And let’s not forget the Tilgate Nature Centre here.

We think the only thing missing from these images is the furious running away of people if they actually encountered them!

Triceratops

Triceratops in-front of the entrance to Manor Royal
Triceratops in-front of the entrance to Manor Royal

First up the Triceratops that first appeared about 68 million years ago in what is now North America. At 3m in height and around 9m in length this favourite dinosaur of many was a plant based eater dining mainly on Cycad and Palm Trees.

Diplodocus

Diplodocus would easily be able to look over the top of the old Morrisons building
Diplodocus would easily be able to look over the top of the old Morrisons building

They lived about 154 to 150 million years ago and could weigh as much as 12 tons. Thought to be the longest known dinosaur its neck could reach over 6m (20ft) and its long tail had 80 vertebrae. Another plant based dinosaur it ate trees, bushes, cycads, gingkoes and ferns.

Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus next to the demolish of Crawley's Civic Hall
Spinosaurus next to the demolish of Crawley’s Civic Hall

Alive 100 million years ago it is believed to be the King of the meat eaters but it also ate fish, and lived on both land and water (like a crocodile). They would have been up to 18 metres long and weighed about 20 tons, more than a diplodocus. It is also believed to be the the only true aquatic swimming dinosaur.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley
Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley

The most famous but also the youngest of our dinosaurs in our post as it lived only 65 million years ago. Able to sprint up to 20 mph they were up to 12 metres long and had teeth as long as 30 cm. Definitely a meat eater, did you know that Tyrannosaurus Rex means ‘Tyrant Lizard’.

The Natural History museum in South Kensington is FREE to enter which is perfect for families and is open from 10am through to 5:50pm every day. Whilst there is no parking available it is easily accessible by tube and bus.

For more information go to the website here.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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