Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The Deep

Day out gifted for review purposes.

Set overlooking the Humber estuary, The Deep, is one of the leading aquariums in the world and is home to over 5000 animals. Operating as an educational and conservation charity, The Deep, is also a key player in international marine conservation. 

Exterior of The Deep visitors centre

When the team at The Deep offered us the opportunity to visit we were excited to see what the aquarium had to offer for a family day out. 

Arriving at The Deep, we were warmly welcomed by the staff and with our tickets and map ready, we decided which attractions and talks we wanted to see. JJ really wanted to see the Penguin Feed and the Daily Dive Show, so we planned our day around that.

Little boy looking at the noticeboard

Making our way to the start of the aquarium lead us to the top of the building and an educational start about the ocean cradle, evolution of the animals of the sea, along with some interactive screens and features in the Awakening Seas area. 

Little boy looking at a map of the world

Dinosaur skeleton bones on a wall

In the Lagoon of Light and Discovery Corner, we got an up close view of feeding time as the divers entered the water and a member of the team gave a knowledgeable talk on the Lagoons inhabitants. JJ really liked this part, especially giving the OK signal to the diver, making this one of our favourite areas.

Daddy and son looking into a tank

Diver in the tank

In Discovery Cove there was the chance to get hands on in the touchpool sessions, as well as play on the interactive floor.

Little boy playing on an interactive floor map

Another of our favourite parts at The Deep was Endless Ocean. This part of the aquarium gives an amazing underwater view and we sat for ages watching the sharks, rays, sawfish and turtles. 

Little boy and mum looking into the tank

We then moved on to Kingdom of Ice and were introduced to the penguins, including the new babies of the group, watched feeding time and again one of the staff gave a very informed talk.

Little boy looking out into the penguin tank

The Deep offers a little more than your average day out and the areas I've mentioned are just a selection of what it has to offer. Not only is it a great day out, it's an educational one too. 

Little boy looking up into a watch hole in the tank

Now, as with all of my days out I like to share the good to know details, so here we go........
  • There's a charge for parking but don't worry if you don't have change as you can make payment at the ticket desk. Just make sure you display the ticket in your windscreen.
  • Daily dives and talk times differ from day to day so check with staff, in the visitor guide or on the information board to make sure you don't miss out.
  • There's plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities are readily available and clean.
  • There is also a Changing Places Toliet, meaning there is a safe and accessible facilities for those that need a hoist, changing bench or extra room for mobility.
  • The Castaways Cafe offers a range of hot and cold meals, and for £20, as a family of 3 we each got a hot dinner, a sweet treat for pudding and a drink. 
  • The cafe also has a baby food station offering bottle warming and microwave, high chairs and wheelchair friendly tables.
  • There's wells stocked gift shop, which offers the usual soft toys and souvenirs, along with some eco-friendly options too. 
  • We massively recommend using the lift when leaving the aquarium, as it travels up through it's centre giving an either deeper look into the lives and homes of the animals.
  • If you decide to watch one of the talks, make sure to get there around 10 minutes before the get a good spot.

Little boy looking into a jelly fish tank

For more information on The Deep, visiting times and pricing, have a look on their website here

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