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. 

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 Tropical North 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 feature 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 throughout 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! You can see the full what's on list here.

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 display preparation area
  • cleaning the exhibit 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.

Little Nippers (term time only)

9:30am February 28, 2017
9:30am March 7, 2017
9:30am March 14, 2017
9:30am March 21, 2017
9:30am March 28, 2017

Don’t get crabby, come to little nippers on Tuesday mornings from 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. 

Marine Art: Nick ONeill

10:00am March 1, 2017 - 6:00pm April 30, 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.

Nick is a British artist who specialises in contemporary marine and wildlife art.

Growing up among a family of divers, his passion for the sea and its creatures grew during holidays to destinations by the Red Sea, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Nick's stunning works have been highly acclaimed by collectors and the Press, appearing in Sport Diver magazine, Marlin, Crest magazine. He has been selected as a finalist in the International Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition every year since 2010, winning the "Into the Blue" category in 2016.

Wedding Fayre

7:00pm March 1, 2017

On Wednesday 1st March 2017 from 7pm to 10pm,  The Deep will open its doors once again for Hull’s biggest wedding fayre. This is the only evening that we showcase this unique wedding venue.

Now in its 6th year The Deep’s wedding fayre provides the ideal opportunity for future brides, grooms, their friends and their families to experience the potential of this iconic venue. With over 45 exhibitors, catwalk shows, demonstrations and much more, it is sure to be an evening to remember!

Our stunning venue will have a tankside ceremony area and dressed reception tables set up alongside other wedding specialists and our dedicated Events Team will be on hand to advise as to date availability and arranging appointments for a personal viewing.

To see a list of who will be exhibiting on the night, click here. 


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