For the first time in 24 years, the National Marine Aquarium is throwing its doors open for free to thousands of lucky visitors. On the first weekend of April 2022, the whole Aquarium will be open to explore to celebrate the UK’s first ever National Marine Park here in Plymouth Sound!

Our open weekend will allow visitors to connect, learn more and have a say about the National Marine Park happening on our doorstep. It is the first in an exciting programme of activities that will provide Plymouth residents with the opportunity to engage, give feedback and help design what comes next.

What’s happening over the weekend?

Our Ocean Discovery Rangers will be on hand throughout the weekend immersing visitors in Ocean activities. There will be a whole host of free activities on offer, from fun and inspiring talks, animal feeding shows, interactive workshops and meet the mermaid sessions to immersive virtual reality experiences and conservation showcasing.

We are also going to be joined by representatives from the other National Marine Park Hubs (Mount Batten Centre, Tinside Lido, Mount Edgecumbe, and Plymouth City Council) for interactive activities, alongside a selection of businesses and organisations who will be showcasing how they are connected to the National Marine Park, and inspiring visitors to take part in Ocean activities.

What does the National Marine Park mean?

The National Marine Park will create better access to Plymouth’s natural and maritime heritage, creating more opportunities for all to enjoy the significant benefits from being near, on, in and under the waters of Plymouth Sound. It will also use the latest technology to create new ways of engaging people with the park and learning about its hidden treasures without getting wet. As the anchor institute for the National Marine Park, it means exciting plans for a brand-new visitor centre here at the National Marine Aquarium.

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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