Community and Wellbeing at the Aquarium

11th April 2017

A blog by Liz our Discovery and Learning Officer

The role of natural environments, especially ‘green space’, in promoting human health and well-being is well-researched. However, less is known about the benefits of ‘blue space’ (e.g. water).

Recent Studies have shown that people who spend time watching aquariums and fish tanks could see improvements in their physical and mental wellbeing. Tanks that have higher numbers of fish help to hold people’s attention for longer and improve their moods, as well as helping to reduce blood pressure and heart rates.

The National Marine Aquarium is widely recognised for its public and schools’ engagement programmes, but we are also looking to develop community, health and wellbeing programmes.  We want to provide activities and opportunities for individuals, groups and families in a supportive environment where people can come to relax, socialise and learn new skills.

Our newest project is in partnership with the Plymouth Options at Livewell SW and together we will be providing 3 Wellbeing Workshops for the general public.

‘Mindfulness’             Tuesday 18th April

‘Managing Stress’      Tuesday 6th June

‘Sleeping Well’           Tuesday 18th July

Each workshop is from 4.30pm -5.30pm in front of a tank at the Aquarium, and is free to attend. All sessions will be led by staff from Livewell SW, but if you book a place you are welcome to enter the Aquarium totally free of charge from 3pm for a relaxing look around before the workshop starts.

You can book your place at

By getting involved we hope that local people, especially those with mental health issues, can improve their health, grow in self-confidence and develop a renewed sense of wellbeing, all while surrounded by fish and marine life!


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