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September 15, 2017

MERMAID RETURNS TO AQUARIUM FOR HALF TERM FUN A breath-taking real life ‘mermaid’ is returning to Blue Reef Aquarium this October half term. On Wednesday October 25th  visitors can take part in a meet and greet with Mermaid Anna, a mythical and magical interactive character. Anna last swam ashore in August to meet guests at […]


September 12, 2017

A huge Tyrannosaurus Rex is set to descend on Blue Reef Aquarium this October half term. On Thursday 26th October guests to the Rock-a-Nore Road attraction will be able to get up close and personal with the beast between 10am and 3pm. The impressive four metre animatronic dinosaur, known as Pete, will also be bringing […]

‘Mermaid’ swims ashore to meet aquarium guests

June 26, 2017

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is playing host to a breathtaking, real-life mermaid this summer.   On Saturday, August 19th visitors can take part in a meet and greet with Mermaid Anna, a mythical and magical interactive character.   As well as taking ‘shellfies’ with Mermaid Anna, guests can also enjoy storytelling, wish granting and learning about ocean conservation.   As part of the fun, a mermaid themed trail will also be taking place around the aquarium. […]


April 3, 2017

Three of Hastings’ biggest tourist attractions are promising guests an EGG-cellent time over the school holidays with fun-filled Easter trails and activities. Visitors to Blue Reef Aquarium, Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle – collectively known as Discover Hastings – will have to hunt out clues and solve puzzles for the chance to win annual passes. […]

Blue Reef Aquarium Plans Beach Clean

January 19, 2017

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is inviting volunteers to join them on a pre-spring beach clean next month. Staff from the Rock-a-Nore Road wildlife attraction will be hosting their first official beach tidy event of the year from 11am on Saturday, March 25th on the stretch of beach beside the aquarium. Last year’s beach cleans have […]

Visitors invited to help with Stock Take

January 16, 2017

The annual stock-take is taking place over the February Half Term holidays (Feburary 11th-19th) at Hastings Blue Aquarium with their own version of a ‘fishy census!’ Staff at the Rock-a-Nore Road aquarium are inviting visitors to volunteer to help spot and record the number of certain species including sharks, rays and seahorses. The experts at […]

Reindeer Trail at Blue Reef Aquarium

December 8, 2016

Visitors to Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium are being invited to help Santa Claus find his missing reindeer. The Rock-a-Nore Road attraction is running a special festive trail around its display for youngsters in the run up to Christmas. Visitors have to spot all the hidden reindeer around the aquarium and write down the letter next […]

Santa to take the plunge at Blue Reef Aquarium

November 24, 2016

Santa Claus is taking time off from preparing for Christmas by taking the plunge at Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium on Saturday, December 10th (11am-1pm). The fearless Father Christmas will be donning scuba gear and making a splash to entertain visitors at the Rock-a-Nore Road attraction. The sub-aquatic Saint Nick will be temporarily sharing the giant […]

Halloween Half Term Fun

October 20, 2016

Two of Hastings’ most popular visitor attractions are getting in a mischievous mood for a horribly entertaining Halloween half term.  Running from Monday, October 24th to Monday, October 31st visitors to both Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium will be able to join in ghostly goings-on and spooky trails.  Blue Reef are running a […]

World Octopus Day

October 4, 2016

Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium is holding a series of special events and activities to celebrate World Octopus Day on Saturday, October 8th. This year’s event will be the 10th annual international celebration of the amazing octopus as well as other members of the cephalopod family. There will be a talk and feeding demonstration with the […]