Dennis the Menace digs up fossils at Birling Gap

Beano features Birling Gap as a fossil hot spot.
Beano features Birling Gap as a fossil hot spot.

Dennis the Menace and his dog Gnasher caused mayhem at Birling Gap when they picked up their spades and ploughed through sand and pebbles looking for fossils.

The seaside attraction made its debut in the famous comic strip The Beano this week.

Birling Gap made an appearance in the iconic magazine as it was chosen by children as one of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4.

The comic, which describes Birling Gap as the best place to hunt for fossils and bones, went on sale on Wednesday (August 21).

The comic features Kai Bickley, one of the National Trust kids’ councillors and the ambassador for fossils, hunting for dinosaur bones and buried treasure amongst the pebbles on the beach. Across a five-week period, The Beano has featured five of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4.

The Trust’s 50 things campaign aims to encourage children to play outdoors and connect with nature.

Catherine James, visitor experience manager at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters said she was ‘delighted’ to feature in the Beano.

She said the beach is a great place to search for fossils which could be as old as 100 million years.

She said: “We’re delighted to be featuring in this week’s Beano.

“You never know what you might find when you turn over the pebbles on our beach; it is a fantastic place to search for 100 million year old fossils.

“We have lots of the 50 things activities for kids to try outdoors, including fossil hunting and rock pooling for those interested in finding crazy creatures in the water.”

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You and your children can also join the Wild Time challenge and try to complete 25 of the 50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4 this summer.

For more information, and to win a National Trust family visit pass or the chance to star in a nature documentary, visit and download the Wild Time challenge pack.

The pack is crammed with a six week adventure planner, activity sheet and plenty of top tips to help boost kids’ outdoor experiences during the holidays.