Despite Storm Dennis making an appearance last weekend, it didn’t stop us travelling to Brighton to visit the Sea life centre.
Built in 1872, it’s the world’s oldest operating aquarium. As soon as I stepped inside, I loved the Victorian architecture. It had beautiful lights, colours and ambient sounds.
Sea Life Brighton had a half term event on, Jawsome Sharks and Friends. It involved an exciting immersive trail to meet Sea Life’s aquatic creatures and help Professor Finn find the missing Top Trumps cards to become a Jawsome ranger!
In total, there are around 150 species on show life including jellyfish, octopus, turtles and sharks.
“Look Mummy, we’ve found Nemo and Dory” is what Isla and Emmie shouted across to me.
In 2019, Sea Life Brighton opened a new Day and Night exhibit, the first of its kind in the UK, allowing visitors to experience 24 hours of the ocean, including a glass bottom boat feature. You can purchase tickets for this seperaely at the entrance, but unfortunately we didn’t realise this until we were inside. I did take a photo of it to include in my review.
Our favourite part of the day was the Bioluminescent Beach, which lit up when you moved through the water and showed the waves crashing beneath your feet. It really was spectacular, and the girls really enjoyed it, especially Raya. We spent 15 minutes, having so much fun!
At the end of the trail, the girls met with Professor Finn where they qualified and received a special reward to take home and use for more exploring!
The Jawsome Sharks event is running now until 19 April
Sea Life Centre Brighton, Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB. Approx one hour from London via train. Open daily 10am-4pm
How to book?
Tickets can be booked in advanced here saving up to 30%. Entry isn’t cheap but I noticed the queue for walk up tickets was a lot longer than that for the pre-bookers on my visit, with plenty of people missing out on the saving.
Disclosure: Tickets were gifted in exchange of this review