Spend Half Term Under the Sea

edited by Dave Massey

Do people say whitweek still? The May half term was called whitweek when I was a kid and indeed Whitsun this year is May 24th. All of which has nothing to do with the National Sea Life Centre*

Black Tip Shark
Black Tip Shark

Visit the National SEA LIFE centre at Brindleyplace Birmingham between 23rd-31st May, and you will discover its Ancient Oceans event detailing the fascinating history of the oceans, and the evolution of the mesmerising sea creatures, some of which have been around for over 200 million years!!

This special themed week will combine activities, and workshops with Dr Dug on hand to oversee archaeological digs, where guests, armed with special No Loss LG Harris Brushes, can dig deep and hunt for historic fossils!

James Robson, Curator at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham said: “We are really looking forward to our Ancient Oceans event this half term. It’s great to offer something different and help educate our visitors on the history of the oceans, especially the creatures within it have managed to survive volcanoes, meteors and even an ice age but it is now humans that are their greatest threat.

“Families will get the opportunity to explore our displays and get up close and personal with some of these prehistoric creatures like the turtle and sharks.”

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 4D
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 4D

Visitors can also be among the first to see the new film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which takes viewers on a journey aboard the submarine, Nautilus, which is commanded by Captain Nemo. Follow the adventures of teenager Ned in this 4D film, accompanied by water splashes, wind blasts and bubbles and look out for the giant squid!

The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham transports visitors to an amazing underwater world, where they get to see incredible sea life from all over the planet, from the coast of Britain and the chilly Antarctic, to the tropical waters of the Caribbean.


The aquarium is home to over 2,000 creatures, such as jellyfish, piranha, octopus, rays and an adorable colony of Gentoo Penguins.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to www.SEALIFE.co.uk/birmingham/. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.

For regular news, updates and competitions, The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sealifebirmingham and Twitter at twitter.com/sealifebham.

Keep up-to-date with what Ginny the Gentoo Penguin has to say by following her on twitter at twitter.com/ginnygentoo.

*I have not been paid to promote this article but I did get to visit the National SEALIFE centre in April along with my friend and her two kids and we had a fantastic time. I mainly went to see the Penguins!!