Whilst reviewing our lovely stay at Sand Le Mere, we scheduled a visit to The Deep in Hull. It is a spectacular aquarium, with giant tanks filled with an assortment of marine life (a staggering 3,500 creatures when you include the bugs!!!).
Two very enthusiastic boys, keen to see everything, dragged us round but in such a frenzy I do not think we did it justice. Luckily when you buy your ticket you can fill in a form and then return to The Deep for a further 12 months free of charge (terms and conditions apply). Which makes it a complete bargain! If we lived in the area I would definitely be back plenty of times as it was a very atmospheric experience, I have never seen such big tanks.
The boys were completely fascinated seeing one of the staff with her hand in the cockroach enclosure, she was putting in fresh fruit and the cockroaches were roaming all over the place. She seemed completely calm about it! I bet she does not need someone else to get rid of the big spider in the bathroom… like when I call hubbie in a panic!
Somehow in our rush of the aquarium we managed to miss the 3D “Bugs” screening, so although we went round the entire place in a few hours, you could happily spend a whole afternoon here. Some couples (minus children!) seemed quite content, happily watching the fish. Mine were like “oooohh what’s that?” “Oh look over here?” (Cue frantic chasing after them!).
Then they saw the soft play, when it comes to soft play they have complete and utter focus. It is lovely though having a soft play area midway through the aquarium, for the parents to rest their weary legs (especially given their pace) and the boys enjoyed hiding in the tunnel.
The boys were especially pleased seeing the divers in the water, you watch a live screening of them preparing for the dive, what is important when getting their suit ready and learning about what essential jobs they do in the tank. It was all very educational and you could see the boys’ eyes sparkling with their newfound knowledge!
The aquarium as a whole is very interactive, there are opportunities to get closer to some of the creatures during the discovery sessions and there are plenty of interactive screens to help teach about endangered habits and the effects of pollution.
At the end of the aquarium you can take an exciting ride in the popular glass lift to see the whole of the 10-metre tank and admire the green sawfish, giant rays and sharks. We chose to take the stairs, as there was a queue (plus we like to keep burning the boys energy levels so come bedtime we have no fighting, they fall asleep as soon as their head’s hit the pillow).
Overall it was a fantastic experience. I do recommend a visit if your in the area. To find out more head to their website: http://www.thedeep.co.uk