VIDEO: Dino drama as T-Rex turns heads in Buxton

Visitors to Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens were given a fright as they came face to face with a prehistoric beast.

Tyson the Tyrannosaurus Rex turned heads - and the clock back - as he roared into town on Friday.

Ben Robinson, aged 10, meets Tyson the dinosaur on the steps of Buxton Opera House.

Ben Robinson, aged 10, meets Tyson the dinosaur on the steps of Buxton Opera House.

Eyewitnesses spotted the ‘creature’ roaming the promenade of the Gardens, before taking cover behind the hanging baskets outside Buxton’s historic Opera House.

The 18 foot-long T-Rex was in Buxton to promote the upcoming show Jurassic Adventures, which comes to the Water Street theatre on Thursday August 27.

Set on a magical island, this brand new interactive production follows the footsteps of Doctor Grant’s team of explorers in search of proof that dinosaurs are alive today.

Suitable for ages three-plus, the family show is said to feature “mild peril and huge dinosaurs”.

Performances will take place at 2pm and 5pm on August 27, and tickets, priced £16 for adults and £14 for children, can be purchased on 0845 127 2190 or at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk. Family tickets are also available.