National Marine Park Open Weekend – Organisation Registration

On 1st-3rd April 2022, the National Marine Aquarium will be opening its doors for a special event to celebrate the launch of the UK’s first ever National Marine Park (NMP). We are inviting you to be part of this celebration and connect visitors from across the city with the NMP. We are offering a free space within the Aquarium for 3 days, with the hope that you can help the Ocean Conservation Trust inspire local people, businesses and communities to love Plymouth Sound. This is Plymouth’s chance to showcase the amazing events, citizen science, art and culture, and on, in and under the water activities that are happening in our Ocean City. 

What we require…

  • This opportunity is open to all local businesses, charities, groups or any other organisation. All we ask is that you believe in the ethos of connecting everyone with the NMP.
  • We are looking for organisations who can provide fun, interactive, hands-on ways of communicating with the visitors.
  • You are free to promote any events, activities and membership but we ask that you don’t exchange any money on site, even the tap-to-pay machines.
  • We ask that you commit to the full 3 days (9am-5pm each day) and are able to set up either on the afternoon of Thursday 31st March or before 10am on Friday 1st April.

Registration process…

To register your organisation for the open weekend you must complete the registration form via the button below. If you require additional support to access the registration form please get in touch.

Registration closes at midnight on Sunday 28th February 2022. Successful applicants will be informed by Thursday 3rd March.

Applications will be chosen by a panel who are looking to create an event showcasing the widest range of activities, inclusivity and ways to connect with the NMP.

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The fun logistics part…

  • We will designate you a 2m x 1m space within the Aquarium.
  • The event will start on Friday 1st April at 10am when the Aquarium doors open.
  • The event will end on Sunday 3rd April at 5pm. You will be able to pack down from 5pm on the Sunday.
  • Only your employees / official volunteers can attend the event.
  • To support our safeguarding policy, your employees / official volunteers must be over 16 years of age.
  • There is limited power in some parts of the building, so make sure you request power at the time of booking if required. Please also state if you require a table.
  • As we are an Aquarium, lighting can be darker in some areas, we will do our best to provide lighting, but our animal welfare is our top priority.
  • We can offer free Wi-Fi to connect any devices to.
  • We will have staff on hand to assist with any queries you may have throughout the weekend.
  • We will have limited availability to assist set up.
  • Drop off for stand equipment will be at the back of the Aquarium.
  • No cars are to be left on site unless using a disabled parking bay. Disabled parking bays are allocated on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved.

Register here

Can any organisation register?

This opportunity is open to all local businesses, charities, groups or any other organisation. All we ask is that you believe in the ethos of connecting everyone with the National Marine Park.

Does my organisation need to be marine-related?

No. The only pre-requisite is that you are based locally and care about connecting people with the National Marine Park.

Does my organisation need to pay to exhibit?

The space to exhibit at the Aquarium is free. However, you will need to pay for your own promotional materials and activities.

Can I come for just one day?

No. If you are successful you must commit to attending all three days of the open weekend.

What time will I have to exhibit?

We ask that you commit to the full 3 days (9am-5pm each day) and are able to set up either on the afternoon of Thursday 31st March or before 10am on Friday 1st April.

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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