Take a look at Dippy’s holiday photos from a tour of Dorset

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Dippy begins a UK tour today, with the first very appropriate stop on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset.

The iconic replica has been on display in the Natural History Museum (NHM) since 1905, and this is the first time it has been displayed outside the famous London attraction.

So on the way to the Dorset County Museum, we took Dippy on a little trip around the county.

Being a model of a Diplodocus carnegii species, Dippy went straight for the beach, obviously.

People sunbathe on Boscombe beach in Dorset, as Britons enjoy predicted highs of 27C (81F) after a wet and cool August.
(Anthony Devlin and Andrew Matthews/PA)

But with Boscombe beach typically packed, and Dippy being 26 metres long and over four metres high, he had to tread carefully.

A boy from Southampton enjoys a moment of sunshine on Bournemouth beach in Dorset.
(Anthony Devlin and Chris Ison/PA)

And had to watch out for rogue slackliners.

Two slackliners practice on Bournemouth beach in Dorset as forecasters predict that a wave of warm air will move across the country in the coming days.
(Anthony Devlin and Andrew Matthews/PA)

So Dippy took his 292-bone frame and left swiftly – via Boscombe’s multi-coloured beach huts.

People make their way past multi-coloured beach huts on Boscombe beach in Bournemouth
(Anthony Devlin and Andrew Matthews/PA)

Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton at the NHM, so naturally headed straight for another coast to find out what all the fuss is about with these sea creatures – taking him past Portland Bill lighthouse.

General view of Portland Bill lighthouse in Dorset
(Johnny Green and Andrew Matthews/PA)

Things were, as ever, looking a little choppy at the Cobb.

Not used to this soggy atmosphere after spending 1979 to 2017 in the NHM’s Hintze Hall entrance, Dippy soon legged it.

Waves break over the Cobb in Lyme Regis, Dorset as the south coast is battered by stormy weather.
(Anthony Devlin and Tim Ireland/PA)

Back inland Dippy spotted the Princess Elizabeth locomotive on its way to Swanage, taking a moment to freak out a few grazing cows along the way.

The Princess Elizabeth steam locomotive passes Corfe Castle in Dorset after it set off from London Victoria bound for Swanage as part of the Cathedral Express train service.
(Anthony Devlin and Steve Parsons/PA)

And of course Dippy found his way to Durdle Door, a sight almost as iconic as he is.

Two men jump off rocks into the sea at Durdle Door near West Lulworth, Dorset
(Anthony Devlin/PA)

Back inland, Dippy took another glance at Swanage railway line, being careful not to cross the tracks.

A steam engine on the Swanage Railway line make's it's way past Corfe Castle in Dorset.
(Anthony Devlin and Andrew Matthews/PA)

You certainly didn’t see that between 145 and 156 million years ago – when Dippy’s species roamed.

Developing a taste for steam, Dippy then popped into the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Traction engines, road rollers and other steam powered vehicles make their way around the main arena at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
(Anthony Devlin and Ben Birchall/PA)

And he checked out Dorset County Show, where he met some rather unsavoury characters.

An Oxford Sandy and Black pig urinates as spectaters watch at the Dorset County Show, Dorchester.
(Anthony Devlin and Ben Birchall/PA)

Urinating pig evaded, it was time for Dippy to head to Dorset County Museum – not before getting an epic sunset shot at Corfe Castle, of course.

The sun rises behind Corfe Castle, on the day of the Autumn Equinox, in Dorset.
(Johnny Green and Andrew Matthews/PA)

Dippy’s three month stay in Dorset lasts until May 7, and is the first leg of a three-year tour.

Next up – Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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