For £10 per adult we bagged places on a fossil walk, and free entry to the museum. I want to talk here about the fossil walk.
We spent over 4 hours fossil hunting on the beach in a group of approx 12. The guides were amazing. The walk leader, Chris, was informative, helpful and contagiously enthusiastic.
The first 40 mins or so involved walking from the museum over to Monmouth beach, while Chris took us through some background, orientation and safety. Then we combed the beach for specimens, Chris and Tom happy to "open" likely rocks for us (some folks brought their own hammers) and to share interesting specimens with the group. Chris and Tom also looked out for specimens and shared them out amongst the group, so we had the benefit of experienced eyes. Chris was happy to stay out with us until the tide started to turn, but some folks went back early.
As a bonus, Chris invited everyone to pop in to his shop - The Fossil Workshop - to have their fossils cleaned up. We took advantage of this, and enjoyed extra info on our specific examples as well. He must've spent half an hour or so with us, and refused payment. The Fossil Workshop is in the basement of the Teddy Bear Shop on the main street.
Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and a pleasure to spend time with someone so enthusiastic and generous.