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

Daily Event

Join us and enjoy an extensive programme of daily activities.

These include:

  • 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.
  • Penguin feed - See our penguins being hand fed by our team of Aquarists at 11:30am and 3:30pm. 

Marine Art: Mandy Barker

10:00am January 1, 2017 - 6:00pm February 28, 2017

The Deep’s 3rd floor gallery will play home to a thought provoking series of artworks from six artists in 2017, all with a marine theme.

Mandy Barker is a photographic artist whose work involving marine plastic debris has received global recognition. The motivation for her work is to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans whilst highlighting the harmful effect on marine life and ultimately ourselves.

Born in Hull, her recently recognised work was originally inspired from visits to Spurn Point. Barker has since been commended with a number of awards and her series 'SOUP' has been published in over 25 countries. 

Little Nippers (term time only)

9:30am January 3, 2017
9:30am January 10, 2017
9:30am January 17, 2017
9:30am January 24, 2017
9:30am January 31, 2017
9:30am February 7, 2017

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. 

Quiet Day

12:00am January 27, 2017

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 (Zone 3) - BSL
  • 11.00 – Endless Oceans Presentation (Zone 5) – BSL
  • 11.30 – Conservation Film at Endless Oceans big screen (Zone 5) - BSL
  • 13.00 – Conservation Film at Endless Oceans big screen (Zone 5) - BSL
  • 13.30 – Touch Pool session at the Discovery Corner (Zone 3) - BSL
  • 14.00 – Dive Show at the Main Tank at Endless Oceans (Zone 5) – BSL
  • 14.30 – Touch Pool session at the Discovery Corner (Zone 3) - BSL
  • 15.00 – Endless Oceans presentations (Zone 5) - BSL
  • 15.30 – Penguin Feed at the Kingdom of Ice (Zone 10) – 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, Penguin film, Lagoon Feed, Dive Show in the Main Tank, Penguin Feed
  • 11.45am arrival – Lagoon Feed, Penguin Film, Touch Pool, and 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.  

Home Educators' Day

10:30am February 6, 2017

Especially aimed at children who are educated at home, this fun and informative event is perfect ages 3 to 16.

This Home Educator’s Day come and develop your investigation skills through hands-on activities using real artefacts and equipment.

A series of workshops are available for all ages.  Our science educators will explore the marine environment considering how animals evolve and become suited to their habitats with primary aged children.  Older students will develop an understanding of classification used today by scientists all over the world.  A certificate of attendance is given out at the end of the workshops.

Places cost £6 per child and include one workshop. Additional workshops cost £3. Adults cost £7.50 each. 

Click here to view the timetable and available workshops.

Call 01482 381000 to book your place. Full payment is required at the time of booking. 

Tropical Reefs

10:00am February 11, 2017 - 6:00pm February 26, 2017

See our new look Lagoon of Light in its final stages of construction from Saturday 11 February. Learn more about how this exhibit has been created (before we add the water!) and hear fascinating facts about the fish who will soon be joining us.

This display will soon be home to hundreds of brightly coloured fish including our very own juvenile zebra sharks who were born and bred right here at The Deep.

Representing where the rainforests meet the reef, the lagoon will reflect the diversity of aquatic life and unique habitats found in and around many of the islands and archipelagos in the Western pacific oceans, from North tropical Queensland to the outer islands of Palau in Micronesia.

It will boast amazing new corals and large mangrove trees, which are both very important to the health of a coral reef and its surrounding coastline. They provide an essential nursery ground for a number of species amongst their submerged root system.

It will also features a wave machine that replicates the tidal movements of a true coastal habitat so our animals feel right at home.

Find out all about how the exhibit has been created in ‘Meet the Mangroves’ presentations at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and get up close in Touchpool sessions with smaller creatures such as Hermit crabs, Velvet Swimmer crabs, starfish and sea urchins that are native to British shores at half past the hour through the day. 

Then it’s time to create your own Lagoon of Light by colouring in your own coral reef scene, or make a fabulous fishy badge in craft corner. Or why not become a deep sea diver at our photoboard?

Make sure you join in with some our regular daily activities too. Watch our divers feed the sharks or clean the tank in our daily dive show at 2pm at Endless Ocean and catch our penguins having a fishy snack at 11:30am and 3pm.

So if you’re look for a fun day out this half term, The Deep is definitely the ‘plaice’ to be!

Shark Egg Case Hunt

1:00pm February 11, 2017

We are excited to announce the return of The Sharks Trust Great Egg Case Hunt! This year we have teamed up with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Flamborough South Landing to deliver a fun-filled family day out.

Starting at 1pm at the Living Seas Centre at Flamborough South Landing, we will be taking to the beach to hunt for washed up egg cases and using your ‘Egg Case Hunters Pack’ discover what sharks and rays we have living off the Yorkshire coastline.

Suited for children aged 3 years we will be taking a closer look at our native shark species and what we can do to help them. With hands on exploration and shark based craft activities this is sure to be a great day out for all the family. Every pre-registered child that takes part will also take home a goody bag. The event is expected to finish at 3pm. 

For more information or to register your attendance please click here.

Valentine's Special

7:00pm February 11, 2017
7:00pm February 13, 2017
7:00pm February 14, 2017

Bookings are now open for our Valentine’s Special at Two Rivers Restaurant. Enjoy a sumptuous three course meal, cocktail on arrival, single red rose and coffee to finish for just £80 per couple.

Choose to dine in Endless Ocean, close to the sharks, or in the more intimate Cool Seas area with the jellyfish. A £10 deposit per person is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due on the evening. 

We are also offering our Exclusive Dining experience on all 3 nights for £250 per couple. This includes a private drinks reception and cocktail on arrival in the Observatory, private walk around The Deep, bottle of Mumm champagne, mineral water, 3 course meal in the tunnel and after dinner coffee. A £100 deposit is required at the time of booking. 

Click here to see the menu or call us on 01482 382883 to make your booking. 

Junior Experience Day

8:15am February 22, 2017

Is your child aged between 8-11 with a passion for marine animals? Then join us for a fun-filled experience day where your youngster can help carry out some of The Deep’s daily activities.

Join a group a like-minded kids (two groups of up to 8) for a junior experience day where The Deep crew will lead you through a number of activities including:

  • touring the Cool Seas plant room and Turtle Tank preparation area
  • cleaning the tank acrylic
  • a touchpool session
  • trying on a dive kit and watching the dive show
  • taking part in a slime workshop
  • handling the cockroaches

 Places are £29.95 each, please call us on 01482 381000 if you would like to book your child into these dates. Please click here to see the current timetable. After this event, the next date will be April 11 2017.


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