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Saturday Swashbuckle is here!

July 31, 2021

AVAST YE LILLY-LIVERED LANDLUBBERS! Join us at Hastings Aquarium next weekend for SATURDAY SWASHBUCKLE – an afternoon of live pirate performance. Hear the ghostly tale of Barnacle Bob, chief rapscallion of the high seas. Make sure you do our adventure trail too… ELSE YE WALK THE PLANK! AAAAAAAAARRRRR. Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th / 11am […]


June 5, 2021

We’re delighted to announce a brand new development at Hastings Aquarium. That’s right…. we’ve gone interactive! Through the use of unique QR codes you can now use your mobile or any device with a digital camera to access more information about our amazing animals when visiting the aquarium. Simply point your camera at the QR […]

Love is in the air in our Clownfish Tank

April 12, 2021

We don’t know whether it’s down to the effects of lockdown but our Clownfish pair at Blue Reef Hastings have seemingly laid some eggs! Clownfish have a number of fascinating methods when it comes to rearing their young and the Aquarist team are keeping a very excited eye on things to see how they progress. […]

Blue Reef Aquarium Closes Temporarily in Response to COVID-19

March 21, 2020

Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings Closes Temporarily in Response to COVID-19 As a precautionary measure and in an effort to protect the health and safety of staff and visitors, Blue Reef Aquarium is temporarily closed to the public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Aquarium will be closed to the public starting 22/03/2020. While […]

The world’s scariest underwater predators

October 15, 2019

Ahead of our spooktacular Pumpkins and Predators event this October half term, we’ve put together this list featuring some of our favourite frights from under the sea. 

Discover The Animals Of The Coral Reef

August 27, 2019

Hiding beneath the waves of the ocean are huge tropical structures known as coral reefs. Found all over the world, from the coast of Alaska to the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, coral reefs found today are between 5,000 to 10,000 years old and are home of all sorts of wildlife. Find out what […]

Monster Week at Blue Reef Aquarium

May 20, 2019

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium will be taken over by sea monsters as part of a special week-long event which runs from Saturday May 25th to Sunday June 2nd. Among the ‘monsters’ on display will be the world’s biggest octopus species and a selection of toxic fish. Other activities on offer to younger visitors throughout the […]

What’s On in Hastings This Easter

April 16, 2019

It’s Easter time! The time of year that brings joy, longer days, and plenty of chocolate eggs! With many top attractions across the borough planning their Easter events and special activities, you won’t be short of things to do this weekend. If you’re looking for family-friendly ways to celebrate with the kids on their Easter […]


October 16, 2018

NEW SHARK JOINS AQUARIUM COLLECTION A baby shark has made his debut at Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings just in time for the half term holidays. The Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni) was added to the Rock-a-Nore Road attraction’s main ocean display and keepers say he is settling in well. Nicknamed PJ, the baby shark […]

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About Octopuses

September 11, 2018

Everyone knows that octopuses have rounded bodies, bulging eyes, and eight long arms; you may even know that the correct plural term of these interesting invertebrates is not octopi – but did you know that all octopuses are venomous? Want to learn more about this amazing animal? Here are seven fascinating facts about the octopus […]