13th May 2021

A stunning mural created by local aerosol artists Spray Creative will be on show to visitors when The Deep opens its doors again later this month. Telling the story of ocean plastics, the project was only made possible thanks to sponsorship from Yorkshire Water.

Designed by graffiti artists Kaine & Ollie of Spray Creative, who are responsible for some of the large murals which can be seen around the city. Their latest creation can be viewed on the scenic stairs as you leave The Deep and includes glimpses into the Endless Oceans exhibit, home to sharks, rays, sawfish and sea turtles.

Ollie from Spray Creative said “We were able to complete the project in 4 long days using 100+ cans of spray paint! The hardest part were the small albatross which you can see towards the end of the stairway. We were really excited to add in the UV elements which is not something we have done before but really helps to highlight the journey of plastics in the ocean.”

Andrew Prest from Yorkshire Water confirmed, “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to work with one of Yorkshire’s top tourist attractions. We have seen an increased awareness and interest in ocean plastics thanks to what we refer to as the David Attenborough effect. In response to this, using creative art we hope to engage the audience and tell the whole story, from litter making its way in to local waterways and eventually into the oceans and the food chain to bigger issues such as microbeads in everyday products.”

The Deep’s Chief Executive, Katy Duke said “We have worked hard to reduce our own plastic foot print, and sharing the message of issues associated with ocean plastics and the part we can all play is something we are passionate about. The mural is a fantastic visual way of engaging our visitors making the subject instantly more accessible.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Yorkshire Water for making the project possible and the talent of Kaine and Ollie from Spray Creative for creating this fantastic mural. We are delighted with the end result and cannot wait for our visitors to see it!”

Take a peek at the mural and watch interviews with Ollie (Spray Creative) and Andy (Yorkshire Water) here.

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10th May 2021

We are excited to announce that we will be opening our doors on Monday 17 May. After a difficult year we are ready to welcome everyone back reconnect with the amazing species who call The Deep home and enjoy a fIntastic day out. 

Our crew have been working hard to prepare for reopening and welcoming everyone back, so here is a reminder of how things will work to ensure we adhere to current Government guidelines:

  • All visitors will need to book a date and a timeslot for their visit, this includes Day Plus Pass holders, Tesco Club card vouchers, essential carers or a current serving member of the armed forces. For details on how to book, please follow the instructions in the red box on our ticket page
  • All tickets include free return visits for 12 months.
  • We will be extending all valid Day Plus Passes by the amount of time that we have been closed by. This includes passes from our first closure in March 2020. If you would like to know your pass expiry date, please email the ticket holders name, postcode and confirmation number if you have it to and a member of our crew will confirm the extension date.
  • Opening times - we will be open 10am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 6pm weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. Last entry will be at 5pm, we are closed 24/25 December. 
  • Group/coach visits are welcome and will be required to book a date and timeslot for your visit. For more information and how to book click here
  • We proud to be officially recognised by Visit England’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ Covid-19 compliant industry standard.

To see what a visit with us might look like watch our reopening video here

COVID-19 Measures

We still have extra measures in place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit with us including a one-way system, directional signage and sanitiser stations. To find out more and plan your visit see our FAQ page here. 

We can’t wait to ‘sea’ you!



30th April 2021

Wow! The Deep and Mighty Pens hoped that the entries for their joint writing competition would be good but they were not expecting a tidal wave of brilliant ocean inspired stories created by young people of all ages and backgrounds.

The response has been amazing with hundreds of entries,” said Mighty Pens editor Mica Bale. “We thought it would be popular but this has just been totally amazing with hundreds of children taking part including schools.”

Judge, Paul Chuckle said, “When I started to look at some of the entries which came ‘To Me To You’ I could not believe that  I was reading stories written by children – the standard is fantastic and so many of them too.  They are so good that I want to read them over and over again.”

Mighty Pens Mica added, “There is great diversity of stories and some are hilarious while others are very emotional. There must be a lot of proud Mums and Dads and teachers out there and they are right to be proud. Here at Mighty Pens we are used to seeing a wide range of writing skills and our coaching services are for all genres. We have to take a critical view of writing in order to help people but it was hard to take a critical view of what we have seen in this competition. They were all so good.”

Louise Kirby The Deep’s nominated judge said, “The entries didn’t just come in handfuls, they came in shoals and it is brilliant to see. The winners are about to be announced and that is the hard bit – everyone deserves to be a winner.” Each of the winners will recieve a family ticket to The Deep and have their stories pumlished on the Mighty Pens website.

View the winning stories here and keep your eyes peeled for furture competitions!



21st October 2020

The Deep have been inundated with generous donations of crochet coral and sea life, after launching Project Crochet on 12 September for International Crochet Day 2020.

A call was put out across social media to all The Deep’s crocheting supporters to create and donate items which would form a new exhibit in the reception for October half term.

The Deep were inundated with amazingly detailed corals, shells and animals including starfish, seahorses, pufferfish and more. The project saw families coming together to work on creations together.

There was amazing support from Hull including local crochet group Babes in the Wool as well as donations from further afield including Leicester, North Lincolnshire, Grantham, Colchester, Northumberland and North Shields.

Katy Duke, CEO said “The Deep is financially going through a very challenging time and we were not in a position to be able to create a new display for October half term by ourselves. Launching the crochet project in September was primarily a way in which we hoped to engage with our supporters, harness their talent and involve them in a little project which would result in a small display at The Deep, however the response has been amazing! Donations have been flooding in ever since and the result is a fantastic coral reef! 

We are so grateful for every ones hard work, imagination and skills. Coral reefs, are in effect, underwater cities containing so much life, diversity and colour which is why it has come together so well. Everyone’s contributions have created the perfect reef and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the importance of biodiversity and the need to protect our environment. A huge thank you to all who have donated their time and creations to create our community reef”.

The Deep’s resident coral expert, Seb Prajsnar was involved in the build of the display, ensuring as much accuracy as possible on the positioning of particular species. He commented “It’s fantastic to see the efforts our supporters have gone to, the detail on some of the coral and sea life is so accurate, I am really impressed”.

Visitors can see view the crochet display within The Deep’s reception area free of charge, face coverings must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to. For those wishing to visit the aquarium, tickets must be pre-booked at 



9th September 2020

The Deep is delighted to have been awarded bronze in the education category of the BIAZA Annual Awards for a training programme delivered to Hull University 3rd year students in IUCN Red List assessments.

The Deep has been supporting species conservation and Red List assessments for four years, via its IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List Officer, working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

The IUCN Red List has been assessing the extinction threat faced by species around the world for over 50 years. It is the most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of the world’s species. Driving conservation actions towards threatened species and enabling conservationists to reduce or prevent extinctions.

The aim of the project was to deliver the unique IUCN Red List training programme to undergraduate university students, providing them with real-world conservation skills and experience.

Including such training as part of a degree programme was a novel approach, broadening student learning opportunities. The Deep has supported University of Hull student learning (undergraduate and postgraduate) for many years through project facilitation and mentoring. Offering students a Red Listing module was a natural progression to share the experience of Deep staff and diversify learning experiences.

Students spent time researching, analysing and writing Red List assessments for species in the UK. The results of the student’s assessments will be collated for potential inclusion in National Species Status Updates with Natural England. These species reports form a headline indicator for governmental biodiversity conservation under the 25 year environment plan published in 2019. 

The impact of human activities and climate change on species and the planet are not going away, we need to secure a stable future for all. As such, collaboration in conservation is key. This award recognises the value and achievement of a successful conservation partnership right on our doorstep. 

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