Saturday 21st July – Sunday 29th July – Shark Week!
Find out everything you need to know about sharks during this ‘sharktastic’ week. Despite their reputation as man-eaters, sharks worldwide are under increasing threat from us. Learn all about the secret world of these amazing creatures and what we can do to help protest them in the wild. With quizzes and colouring, plus we also have some great sharky prizes to give away!
Suckers Week Monday 30th July – Monday 6th August
In celebration of the amazing octopus, join us for Suckers Week. Discover how these fascinating creatures have adapted to survive in our oceans and enjoy close encounters with our Giant Pacific Octopus!
Wednesday 15th Aug – Dinosaur Day – 10am – 3pm
A huge Tyrannosaurus Rex is set to descend on Blue Reef Aquarium over the summer holidays. The impressive four metre animatronic dinosaur, known as Pete, will also be bringing a selection of baby dinos – Rita, Bob and Alan.
The dino crèche features Alan the lazy Velociraptor, Bob the new-born Triceratops and Rita the baby T Rex.
Pete will be walking around the attraction during 20 minute sessions and will be available for photos with visitors all day. Face painting is available between 11am – 2pm for £2.50. This event is included in the standard admission price. To save money, book your tickets online. Please note this event is anticipated to be busy and delays may occur.
Wednesday 22nd August – Mermaid Anna Meet & Greet – 10am – 3pm
Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is playing host to a breathtaking, real-life mermaid this Easter. 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 wish granting and learning about ocean conservation. As part of the fun, a mermaid themed trail will also be taking place around the aquarium.FREE face painting is available between 11am – 2pm. This event is included in the standard admission price. To save money, book your tickets online.
Predators Saturday 11th August – Sunday 19thAugust
From stingrays to sharks, deadly stonefish to piranhas, the aquatic world is divided into the hunters and the hunted. Discover the amazing techniques different species have evolved to catch their prey and come face to face with the oceans’ ultimate predators.
Fishy Stock Take Saturday 25th August – Sunday 2nd September
The annual stock take takes place this week at Blue Reef with our very own ‘fishy census’! Blue Reef is inviting you to volunteers to help spot and record the number of certain species including seahorses, sharks, octopus and lionfish. The experts at Blue Reef will then do an official check and the child who most accurately reports the population of each of the animals will win a year’s free membership!
The Big Draw – all month
Join the national campaign for drawing and become an artists for the day as part of The Big Draw event. Sketch a seahorse, paint a puffer fish or create your own fishy artwork inspired buy the amazing variety, patterns, colours, shapes and sizes of our marine creatures. Prizes up for grabs!
Halloween Week Saturday 20th October – Wednesday 31st October.
Join in the fiendish fun here at Blue Reef Aquarium, from searching for hidden pumpkins to designing your very own sea monster with the chance to win a child’s annual pass for the best entries! Then scuttle down to our jungle discovery room where you will find our hair-raising tarantula amongst many other gruesome treats including Beetles, millipedes and of course our snakes!
It may be cold outside but Blue Reef Aquarium is open all year (closed Christmas Day only) and you are guaranteed a warm welcome – whatever the weather. With naturally themed tropical displays and underwater walk through tunnel, Blue Reef is an oasis of light and colour, even on the darkest days. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of a bustling coral reef, its easy to forget the winter blues and imagine yourself basking in the sunshine! What better way to relax and unwind than to watch our graceful Black Tip Reef Shark glide effortlessly past, next to hundreds of brightly coloured reef fish.
Stay tuned for more information on Christmas activities.