What's on at the Deep

There are always lots of exciting events here at The Deep alongside daily talks, presentations and dive shows. Simply choose your month below to see what's on.

Daily highlights

Join us and enjoy an extensive programme of daily activities.

Dive show

This takes place at at 2pm each day at Endless Oceans (Monday to Friday), the Lagoon of Light (Saturday) and the Amazon Flooded Forest (Sunday). Watch the video of our divers feeding the sharks here. Please note: the dive shows taking place on Tuesday and Thursday in the Endless Oceans tank are cleaning only. The animals are fed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Touchpool Sessions

Handle some of our smaller species native to the UK at Dylans Discovery Corner including starfish, velvet swimmer crabs and sea urchins. These sessions take place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Make sure you also try your hand at fossil brushing in this area as well as testing your skills on the interactive magic floor. 

Penguin Feeding

See our keepers hand feed the loveable Gentoo penguins in the Kingdom of Ice at 11.30am and 3.30pm every day. This is accompanied by a talk on the lower level of the enclosure, just through the ice tunnel, by one of our Guides who will explain more about the penguin's feeding and behaviour, as well as threats faced to penguins in the wild. 

With a special interest in fish ecology, Nuno uses his images as a tool for research, conservation and education. His photos have been published in exhibitions, newspapers, magazines and both national and international books. He is the author of the book, Marine Fishes of Portugal and co-author of two books about marine fauna, one of which is currently being finalised (Marine Fishes of São Tomé & Principe, Africa). Nuno works as the Assistant Curator at Oceanário de Lisboa (Portugal) and researcher at MARE IPLeiria.

The gallery is free to view on the 3rd floor of the aquarium. 

Deep Experience

Dates:
June 7, 2018 - December 31, 2018

The Deep 1 to 1 Experience is a morning with a difference for those with a love of the marine world.

Get hands on and help The Deep crew with a series of day to day activities as well as seeing behind the scenes. Experience days are ideal for youngsters with a passion for the marine world or those looking at getting into a Marine Biology career, but are also perfect for adults with an interest in aquaria. The Deep Experience is suitable for participants aged 8 and above. Exact details are dependent on participant age - please click here to find out more. 

Various dates are available throughout the year. Please call the team on 01482 381000 to discuss your requirements.

Slime Time!

Dates:
July 21, 2018 - September 2, 2018

It’s all about slime this summer at The Deep from 21 July to 2 September.

Join us at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for ‘The Slime Show’ where your little scientists can help with exciting experiments as we explore which animals use slime in their everyday lives. There’s props galore, and of course, lots of gooey green stuff. And if that’s not enough, you can even make your own pot of slime (12-4pm) to take home for just £1 – the question is, what colour will yours be? Don’t forget to take a picture at the mad scientist photo board too and share it with us at #thedeephull. 

UPDATE: We want to reassure you ahead of our summer activities that our slime is perfectly safe! The Boron levels in the slime at The Deep are well below the EU Limits – similar levels are actually contained in toothpaste! (although we don't recommend brushing your teeth with slime!) We have made thousands of pots of slime at the Deep over the years with no adverse affects. We hope to see you during the summer holidays for safe slimy fun!

Meat Free Friday

Dates:
August 31, 2018

Join us on Friday 31 August at Two Rivers for our very first Meat Free Friday designed by our own in-house chefs.

 Sample our delicious vegetarian and vegan menu, with two courses for £25.95 or three courses for £29.95 located in the heart of the aquarium with stunning marine life. Call us on 01482 382883 to book your table. Please click here to see the menu. 

Little Nippers (term time only)

Dates:
September 4, 2018
September 11, 2018
September 18, 2018
September 25, 2018

Don’t get crabby, come to little nippers on Tuesday mornings 9:30-11am for our fun-filled discovery and play sessions.

Suitable for children aged 2 and under. Enjoy a sing-a-long and story time in The Deep’s soft play area. Pay admission to The Deep once, and receive a Day Plus Pass which entitles you to visit as often as you like for free. Booking is not required. Simply turn up on the day. 

Adults pay £13.50 for 12 months entry, plus £1 per session for your little nipper! Please note - charges apply for your little nipper from Tuesday 17 April.

Tranquil Tuesdays

Dates:
September 4, 2018

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month (TERM TIME ONLY) for Tranquil Tuesdays. From 3pm until closing the lights will be brighter and the audio turned down, creating a tranquil environment for our visitors.

This event is perfect for those who prefer to visit during a quieter and more peaceful environment. Everyone is welcome to attend. Normal admission rates apply and there is no need to book. 

We have a range of aids available to hire free of charge for visitors with access needs including ear defenders, Braille guides, large print guides, MP3 audio guides, international language leaflets, rollators, electric mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Our access guide and social story can be viewed here

Home Educators' Day

Dates:
September 6, 2018

Explore pole to pole this Home Educators’ Day! Travel with us to a world of ice and snow, and meet some peculiar penguins. Investigate the different animals who share their habitats.

Perfect for children aged 3-18 who are taught at home, there are a variety of workshops to choose from. 

Pre booking is essential, full payment will be required at time of booking. Please see below for important information about the day including prices and how to book your places. A timetable of available workshops can be found here.

Places cost £6 per child and include 1 workshop. Additional workshops cost £3. Adult places are £7.50 each. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Simply choose the workshop/s you would like to participate in, then call us on 01482 381000 to make your booking. Adults with a current Day Plus Pass can use for free entry on this day (you will be asked for name and post code at time of booking) or upgrade this single use ticket to a year entry at time of booking for a cost of £13.50.

Registration begins at 10am. On arrival, please report to the 'Learning Centre' entrance (or register at the main entrance if arriving after 11:30am). Car parking on site is charged at £3.

There is a cafe on site to purchase food and drinks between 10am - 5pm, you are also welcome to bring a packed lunch which can be eaten in one of the dedicated picnic areas.

There are a variety of daily highlights happening at The Deep during your visit which can be found here, so please take a look at these to help you plan your day and make the most of your visit.

Quiet Day

Dates:
September 12, 2018

Experience The Deep in a more tranquil environment on our upcoming Quiet Day.

The audio will be turned down for those who find the sounds distracting and the lights will be brighter to make our information more clear. Audio and Braille guides are also available free of charge at reception, the timetable below includes all BSL signed presentations and shows throughout the day!

  • 10.30 – Touch Pool session at the Discovery Corner - BSL
  • 11.00 – Endless Oceans Presentation – BSL
  • 12:00 -  Scatter feed at the Lagoon of Light - BSL
  • 13.30 – Touch Pool session at the Discovery Corner  - BSL
  • 14.00 – Dive Show at the Main Tank at Endless Oceans  – BSL
  • 14.30 – Touch Pool session at the Discovery Corner  - BSL
  • 15.00 – Endless Oceans presentations - BSL
  • 15.30 – Penguin Feed at the Kingdom of Ice – BSL

We would suggest the following itineraries to suit your arrival time or you can mix and match to suit your preferences:

  • 10.00am arrival – Touch Pool, Endless Oceans presentation, Lagoon Feed, Dive Show in the Main Tank, Penguin Feed
  • 11.45am arrival – Lagoon Feed, Touch Pool, Dive Show in the Main Tank, Penguin Feed

Normal admission charges apply and there is no need to book. Please note, there will be no school visits on this day.  

British Science Festival

Dates:
September 12, 2018

Take a journey and explore The Deep after dark, plunging from the sunlight to midnight zones of the big blue. Meet ocean scientists from The Deep and beyond and get hands on with some of the most exciting and current sea-life research all whilst surrounded by the spectacular marine life the aquarium has to offer.

Discover cutting edge techniques in species and habitat conservation and immerse yourself in the cacophony of conversation on the reef whilst you learn about fish communication. Marvel at the eerie world of bioluminescence and discover how and why these living lights of the ocean depths use this to their advantage. With this, and so much more on offer, take a dive into a fascinating feast of zoological treats.

Tickets are FREE through the British Science Festival website. Timeslot booking is essential. Suitable only for those age 16 and over. Entry will not be permitted without a ticket. 

An evening of GIN-dulgence

Dates:
September 14, 2018

Join us in The Deep’s Observatory on Friday 14 September from 7-9pm to sample a wonderful selection of Yrokshire gins (including Hull Dry Gin from the Humber Street Distillery) paired perfectly with Fever Tree mixers and garnishes.

For just £30 per person, guests can enjoy stunning views over the River Humber as well as four drinks and a selection of sweet and savoury canapes. You can also find out how to make the perfect gin and tonic at home.

Pre-booking is essential by calling 01482 382883. Full payment is required at the time of booking. Limited places available. 

Plan your visit

Opening Times

  • Open daily from 10am until 6pm
  • Last admission is at 5pm, although we recommended you to arrive no later than 4pm
  • We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • The Deep’s peak times are between 11am – 2pm, should you prefer a quieter environment please visit outside these times.
  • Car parking is available costing £3 for six hours. It can become full during school holidays. Alternative car parks can be found here
  • For the safety and reassurance of visitors, The Deep reserves the right to carry out random bag searches at reception. To avoid delays, please avoid bringing large bags and rucksacks 

The Deep Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

01482 381000 Any questions?

SAT NAV (HU9 1TU) this will take you to Tower Street, Hull, the nearest main road to The Deep.

Ticket Prices

Type of ticket Online On the day
Adult £12.15 £13.50
Child (aged 3 to 15) £10.35 £11.50
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £11.25 £12.50
Senior (60+) £11.25 £12.50
Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £40.50 £45.00
Family of 5 (max 2 adults) £49.05 £54.50
Essential carer FREE FREE

* in full time education, valid NUS, University card or proof of age is required for school and Sixth form students.

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Safety Update

The Deep takes the safety and security of its staff and visitors seriously and continue to work with Counter Terrorism Police Officers to review security regimes on a regular basis. Whilst the details of such plans cannot be shared we have in place measures to respond to changes in the threat levels for international terrorism. In light of recent events the security within the building and external spaces has been reviewed.

As per Government guidelines more information on how to play your part can be found on line.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film https://www.mi5.gov.uk/what-you-can-do

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