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‘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. […]


March 9, 2017

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is giving its animals a ‘Fish-tastic’ time as part of new scheme. The Rock-a-Nore Road attraction has embarked on a new enrichment programme aiming to provide added mental and physical stimulation to its collection. Animal enrichment is a way for aquarists to encourage and stimulate natural behaviours in animals through sight, […]

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 […]

Exotic pets not just for Christmas

January 9, 2017

Experts at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium are urging people not to buy exotic pets unless they are committed to giving them a forever home. The warning comes after the Rock-a-Nore Road wildlife attraction received a number of reports over the Christmas period of people looking to re-home unwanted reptiles on social media. The aquarium is […]

Blue Reef Donates Tickets to Women’s Charity

January 3, 2017

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium has donated tickets to a local women’s charity.  The Rock-a-Nore Road attraction has offered a set of five adult and six children’s tickets to a group of women from the Oasis Woman Recovery Service.  The Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) is a substance misuse service for women and families in the heart […]

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 […]

Aquarium inviting visitors to do their thing for Children In Need

November 17, 2016

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is hosting a week-long series of fundraising events and activities for the BBC Children in Need appeal.  Visitors are being invited to make a donation and ‘face their fears’ at daily animal encounters – with special guest appearances from a selection of snakes and creepy crawlies.  There’s a charity raffle to […]