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 feed

See our penguins being hand fed by our team of Aquarists at 11:30am and 3:30pm each day. Our loveable colony of Gentoos enjoy a diet of sprat, herring and krill and their food intake is closely monitored to ensure they are kept in tip top health. Please be aware, that the penguin feed can last anywhere up to 1 hour and takes place at the lower level penguin window.

Marine Art: Nick Hunt

Dates:
July 1, 2017 - August 23, 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 has a real passion for photography, both above water and below. After leaving a corporate career in 2008 he began travelling around the world for 2 years but now resides in South East Asia working as an underwater photographer.

Having grown up in Hull he now lives in Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand working between seasons in Thailand (Nov – April) and Indonesia (May – Oct).

Since making the decision to leave the UK, he has crossed many continents, visited a number of places and dived many oceans.  As well as exploring the underwater world he has enjoyed his time exploring new countries, cultures and meeting new people from many backgrounds.

He has a real passion for sharing his knowledge and experience amongst his students and jointly with his photographic skills has provided an experience of a lifetime with memories to last.

You can find out more about Nick and view his galleries on his website.

Summer holiday fun

Dates:
July 22, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Get creative this summer as we celebrate Hull’s year as City of Culture.

We are challenging you to show off your creative skills in craft corner (open from 11am - 4pm each day) to help us create a giant montage showcasing your favourite things about The Deep. But first, you have to have to explore the attraction to remind yourself of which exhibits you love, as well as discovering some of our newest additions.

Where to begin? From the very start of time of course! Make your way through prehistoric seas, past tropical lagoons, into the vast open oceans, down to the darkest depths, through the chilly Kingdom of ice and into the future.

Be sure to stop and marvel at the variety of amazing marine life including our newest arrivals, the Loggerhead sea turtles and discover more about them from our guiding team. Enjoy their daily presentations about the animals that live at The Deep throughout the day.

Don’t forget to wave hello to our Aquarists too! You will see them feeding the penguins at 11.30am and 3.30pm, as well as carrying out our daily dive show to feed the animals or give the tanks a good spruce up at 2pm.

So will you accept the challenge? Come on down and show us your jaw-some talents!

Find a full programme of our summer holiday activities here.

Opera North - Music and Movement at The Deep

Dates:
August 29, 2017

Join Opera North at The Deep this summer for a series of fun 45 minute workshops, where adults, tots and babies can explore music together in a friendly environment. Participants have the chance to sing songs, explore instruments, play games and generally have fun with music.

Participants have the chance to sing songs, explore instruments, play games and generally have fun with music.

"Absolutely wonderful. We loved the songs (lovely to hear new ones!) the instruments made it magical - the sea theme is fantastic!"

Sessions aim to introduce music and movement at the earliest stages of a child’s development to spark a life-long connection with the arts. 

They also provide the ideal environment in which adults and infants can bond through creative play.

Workshops are available at the following times:

11.30am
1.30pm
2.45pm

Join us to explore some of our favourite inhabitants of The Deep!

Tickets can be purchased via the Opera North website.

PLEASE NOTE: entry to the Deep is not included in the ticket price

Opera North - Music and Movement at The Deep

Dates:
August 31, 2017

Join Opera North at The Deep this summer for a series of fun 45 minute workshops, where adults, tots and babies can explore music together in a friendly environment. Participants have the chance to sing songs, explore instruments, play games and generally have fun with music.

Participants have the chance to sing songs, explore instruments, play games and generally have fun with music.

"Absolutely wonderful. We loved the songs (lovely to hear new ones!) the instruments made it magical - the sea theme is fantastic!"

Sessions aim to introduce music and movement at the earliest stages of a child’s development to spark a life-long connection with the arts. 

They also provide the ideal environment in which adults and infants can bond through creative play.

Workshops are available at the following times:

11.30am
1.30pm
2.45pm

Join us to explore some of our favourite inhabitants of The Deep!

Tickets can be purchased via the Opera North website.

PLEASE NOTE: entry to the Deep is not included in the ticket price

Marine Art: Ernst Haeckel

Dates:
September 1, 2017 - October 22, 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.

Haeckel was a German Biologist, Naturalist and Artist who discovered and named thousands of new species. In 1899 he began to publish a series of extraordinary images that changed the way we viewed the relationship between Art and Science.

100 of his images were put together to create 10 volumes of Art Forms of Nature. Many of the organisms included within these collections were first described and classified by Haeckel himself. This stunning combination remains, to this day, an astounding record of life on earth.

Opera North - Music and Movement at The Deep

Dates:
September 1, 2017

Join Opera North at The Deep this summer for a series of fun 45 minute workshops, where adults, tots and babies can explore music together in a friendly environment. Participants have the chance to sing songs, explore instruments, play games and generally have fun with music.

Participants have the chance to sing songs, explore instruments, play games and generally have fun with music.

"Absolutely wonderful. We loved the songs (lovely to hear new ones!) the instruments made it magical - the sea theme is fantastic!"

Sessions aim to introduce music and movement at the earliest stages of a child’s development to spark a life-long connection with the arts. 

They also provide the ideal environment in which adults and infants can bond through creative play.

Workshops are available at the following times:

11.30am
1.30pm
2.45pm

Join us to explore some of our favourite inhabitants of The Deep!

Tickets can be purchased via the Opera North website.

PLEASE NOTE: entry to the Deep is not included in the ticket price

Little Nippers

Dates:
September 5, 2017
September 12, 2017
September 19, 2017
September 26, 2017
October 3, 2017
October 10, 2017
October 17, 2017

Don’t get crabby, come to little nippers at The Deep! Join us on Tuesday mornings 9:30am-11:00am for our fun-filled discovery and play sessions.

Enjoy sing-a-long and story time in the soft play area along with a light snack.

Simply pay standard adult admission once (£12.50) then visit with your little nipper as many times as you like for FREE for 12 months. This includes all visits to the aquarium too!

No need to pre-book simply turn up on the day!

Please note: These sessions are term time only. Please check our website for dates.

Home Educators' Day

Dates:
September 12, 2017

Dive under the water this Home Educators’ day and explore the hunters of the sea. But watch out! Surviving can be tricky, especially when danger comes in all shapes and sizes.

Using scientific enquiry, uncover whether creatures are the hunters, the hunted, or both. These sessions are ideal for children who are taught at home and give families the chance to explore The Deep alongside an education session. This fun and informative event is perfect for children aged 3 to 16.

Places cost £6 per child (includes one workshop, additional workshops £3), accompanying adult places cost £7.50.

View the timetable of available workshops below, then call the team on (01482) 381000. Pre booking is essential, full payment will be required at time of booking:

Want to be a Diver! (Age 3-5 years) 11.20am

Let's get up close and personal with the creatures that live in our world's oceans. Take part in a virtual tour; be hands-on with real dive equipment and watch one of our divers at work. Get to know some of our friendly and strange creatures that live at The Deep.

Find a Secret Superhero (Age 5-7 years) 10.20am or 11.20am

Journey to where the Amazon meets the ocean. Meet creatures that are unlikely superheroes and identify special skills that help them survive in their natural habitat. Pupils gain practical first-hand experience, observing live Hissing cockroaches encouraging them to ask questions about how creatures survive in the natural world. Book now!

Bite Back (Age 7-11 years) 12.20pm and 1.20pm

What do sharks eat? What does a shark’s tooth look like? Take a fascinating peek into the eating habits of some of the world’s top predators. This session considers how animals feed, independence and the importance of adaptation. Book now!

CSI Sharkey (Age 7-11 years) 10.20am and 11.20am

Help us solve this dastardly crime! Identify our mystery murderer by discovering who’s eating who. This exciting multi-activity workshop is based on food chains and predator-prey relationships. Children use scientific enquiry to predict and draw conclusions and use microscopes. Book now!

Great White Mystery (Age 11-14 years) 12.20pm

Do we have Great White sharks in our waters? Some people think so! Use you investigative skills to solve the mystery, drawing your conclusions from a range of real-life evidence. In this multi-activity workshop students will; study real sharks’ teeth plus photographs of both bite marks and sightings and genuine reports from newspaper articles. Book now!

Apex Predators (Age 12-16 years) 1.20pm

This interesting workshop written especially for home educators’ explores apex predators. What is an apex predator? Students consider the necessary adaptations to be successful and occupy the niche at the top of the food chain. Students progress to design their own apex predator and investigate the importance in maintaining the natural balance of the world’s oceans. Book now!

Quiet Day

Dates:
September 14, 2017

Experience The Deep in a more tranquil environment. The audio will be turned down, the lights will be brighter to make our information more clear.

You can enjoy:

  • Scheduled British Sign Language (BSL) presentations throughout the day
  • Audio, braille and large print guides to assist your visit
  • Serene marine life
  • Touch pool sessions

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

Beach Clean

Dates:
September 16, 2017

We are on the lookout for volunteers for our second beach clean of 2017 at Hessle Foreshore.

This event is part of the Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) Beachwatch campaign, a nationwide annual beach clean-up and organised litter survey which takes place on beaches all over the UK.

Each piece of litter collected is identified, weighed and recorded before being carefully disposed of. The data collected goes towards the Marine Conservation Society’s national survey, which is subsequently used to help raise public awareness of the impact of litter on the environment.

Suitable for children aged 3 upwards, this is a great way of helping your local environment.

To book your place, simply email us. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times and will receive a free goody bag for taking part. Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes and sturdy footwear. Gloves and hand sanitiser will be provided on the day. 

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 at a cost of £2 for four hours

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 £11.25 £12.50
Child (aged 3 to 15) £9.45 £10.50
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £10.35 £11.50
Senior (60+) £10.35 £11.50
Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36.90 £41.00
Family of 5 (max 2 adults) £44.55 £49.50
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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