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UK's largest animatronic T-Rex lands in Cardiff Bay


Pic Credit: Zia Boutique

The UK’s largest animatronic T-Rex has appeared in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, ahead of going on display from 8th – 23rd February 2020.

Dubbed Quay-Rex, the 18 metre long and 5 metre tall life-like dinosaur features a moving head, tail, eyes and arms as well as a terrifying roar. It will fill up most of Tacoma Square – in the heart of Mermaid Quay – and it’s head will be as high as the terrace level.

Mermaid Quay centre manager Simon Whiting said: “We’re really looking forward to playing host to the enormous Quay-Rex – it promises to be a huge draw, attracting visitors not just from the Cardiff area, but way beyond, as well as possibly scaring and surprising a few passers-by. Don’t forget your phones and cameras, you won’t want to miss this!

Pic Credit: Zia Boutique

“Following a series of really successful LEGO brick installations in Tacoma Square, we wanted to do something different this half term and Quay-Rex definitely fits the bill! But LEGO brick lovers shouldn’t despair, we’re planning another great installation at Mermaid Quay later in the year.”

Quay-Rex will be free to view. In addition to Quay-Rex there will be:


The T-Rex Ride is suitable for children aged up to approx 14 (weighing no more than 70kg). £3 per go.   Purchase your ticket from The Dino Store.  
Open Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 February and then Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February, 10am –5pm.

Pick up your dino merchandise from our pop-up Dino Store – in Tacoma Square, right next to Quay-Rex.  From 3D magnets, notebooks and pens to beanie hats and T-shirts, plus water bottles, dinosaur eggs and explorer kits.
Open Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 February and then Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February, 10am –5pm.

There will also be fun things to do for FREE:

  • TREASURE HUNT – pick up your treasure hunt map from the The Dino Store and hunt for the clues around Mermaid Quay to be in with the chance of winning FREE ice cream for a year from Cadwaladers Mermaid Quay.  15 – 23 February.  
  • SELFIE COMPETITION – Simply snap a photo of you and/or your loved ones with Quay-Rex and share it on one of our social media channels @MermaidQuay and #SelfieRex to be in with a chance of winning £30 to spend at Cosy Club Mermaid Quay.  8 – 23 February.

Gary McCall, chief executive of Banana Kick, the company that is supplying the dinosaur, added: “We’re becoming specialists on the planning, delivery and promotion and giant animatronic dinosaurs in the UK, and we’re delighted to be working with Mermaid Quay to bring this beast to Wales for the first time. And, what a wonderful location right on the waterfront!”

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