What’s on this Summer at the Aquarium


26th July 2017

This Summer at the National Marine Aquarium will be one to remember with loads of activities and events going on both in and out of the building.

We’ve rounded up all the fun we’ve got planned so have a look below and get involved.

Extended Opening Hours

For the Summer Holiday we’ve decided to extend our opening times to give you longer to explore the amazing exhibits and meet all our colourful animals. From July 31st to August 31st we’ll be opening at 9:30am and closing at 6pm. This will mean an extra hour and a half of exploring our world class exhibits and making use of the 12 month free return entry we give out with every ticket.

Ocean Aliens Summer Theme

This Summer Holiday we’re boldly going where not many have been before… to the deep ocean to explore the world of Ocean Aliens!

Did you know that 99% of the living space on Earth is in the ocean? The fact that humans have only explored only 5% of our seas means there are the weird and wonderful animals still to discover down in the deep sea. With more people having been to the moon than to the bottom of the sea, our oceans have so many similarities to outer space. The creatures that live down in the deep really do look like aliens from outer space! From octopuses to jellyfish, they’ll be exploring the deep sea world of these amazing animals.

Throughout the whole of the Summer Holiday there will be a spacey new Summer Show showcasing the cosmic creatures from the deep. For example, did you know that the deep sea Angler Fish can swallow prey up to twice their own size! We’ll be exploring how these animals live and survive in the oceans as well as showing you some alien unique sea creatures (you won’t believe your eyes). As well as the Spacey new show, there will be a cosmic creature trail around the building as well as our daily dive shows, talks and feeds, this Summer Holiday at the Aquarium will be out of this world!

Beach Outreach

Not only will we be having fun inside of the Aquarium we’re heading out to the beach this Summer! Throughout the month of August we’ll be beach cleaning, rockpooling and holding some beach bonanzas at locations all over the coast! We’ll have fun and games, sand castle competitions and loads more all completely free. If you’d lie more information about our Beach Outreaches check out this poster here.

Other important Summer information below

Summer Events

Late Night Fireworks – Read more here.

Superhero and Princess Party – Read more here.

Sutton Harbour Ferry Shuttle – Read more here.

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