Early Years & Foundation Stage

Whether it’s finding Dory, having a close encounter with a Lemon Shark or story time with Marina the Mermaid, a visit to the National Marine Aquarium is a great way to bring your EYFS curriculum to life.

Interactive Option:

Mermaid Challenge £0.50 per student

As an additional extra to your Explorer Visit your children will meet Marina, our resident Mermaid.  They will hear stories of the sea and learn how some of our favourite sea creatures move, hide, eat and sleep.  There’ll be plenty of time to ask their own questions too!

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Explorer Visit Mermaid Challenge
All day access to the Aquarium
Free Teacher Pre-visit
Risk assessment
Coach drop-off
Meet & Greet
Bag Storage
Lunch space
*-Limited availability during busy periods

Upgrade your visit with a workshop for only £1.50 per student

The following workshops have been designed specifically with our youngest visitors in mind. Each makes a fantastic addition to your Explorer Visit or Mermaid Challenge and allows your children to experience even more of the wonders of the ocean in a safe, creative and inspiring way. Click on a workshop below to find out more information, including the full Programme of Study.

Ocean Craft Workshop

Our Ocean Craft workshops are designed to complement and extend learning during your visit, by allowing your pupils to get creative.  We have developed an extensive range of activities that support this from creating your own wearable habitat hats, to turning paper plates into fabulous fish!

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Ocean Investigation Workshop

An Ocean Investigation Workshop is all about getting hands on and discovering the world beneath the waves. Your children will have the opportunity to handle artefacts from our extensive specimen collections. For our youngest visitors, it’s a chance to experience the shapes, colours and textures of our ocean inhabitants, whilst practising phonics, literacy and numeracy along the way.

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Adult prices

Free accompanying adults are welcome with all school groups within the following ratios:

• 1:3 free adults for EYFS
• Free additional adults in a full time 1:1 classroom support role
• Extra adults at £6.50 each (above ratio)

Additional information for group leaders

The following downloadable documents provide additional information that may be helpful in organising your visit to the National Marine Aquarium:


All of our workshops, including a visit from Marina the Mermaid, are available as outreach activities.  If you’d like us to bring the experience to you, get in touch using the form below and we’ll give you a call to talk through your ideas.

To discuss a booking, or for further information contact us now using the form below, email us at learning@oceanconservationtrust.org or call us direct on 01752 275 233

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