An afternoon at the SEA LIFE Centre in Hunstanton, Norfolk.
Back during our trip to Norfolk in July, we occupied a rainy day with a trip to the SEA LIFE Centre in Hunstanton. The girls were really excited about going but I’d been put off a bit by the ticket prices and wondering whether a few fish (!) would really keep them entertained for a whole afternoon.
Looking on their website, we realised that if we booked online we could get a fair bit off of the ticket price, plus we didn’t need to print off the tickets (handy if you’re on holiday!). The attraction is also part of the Merlin entertainment empire and Kellogg’s were doing offers on their cereal boxes at the time, so my second option had been to pop into Budgeons in Holt and bulk buy cornflakes!
The attraction is right on the coast and we parked in the general beach parking (£6 for all day) at Hunstanton, 2 minutes walk away. The girls were immediately captivated by the fish in the entrance whilst we waited (a minute or 2) to get in. We were given a kids’ trail which had a prize (a badge) to collect if you answered all the questions. The trail was useful in making sure we got to see all areas of the Aquarium.
We started by getting very close to the rays (who have amazing facial features!) and happened to be there at he same time as a talk about them.
Next it was touching (gently) a starfish and getting a medal for doing so.
After that it was a blur of fish as the girls happily ran from one brightly coloured tank to the next (including the obligatory Nemo). Sadly, the centre had been flooded out back in December 2013, as was a lot of that coast. This does mean that as it has been recently rebuilt, it’s a clean, modern layout, with lots of fun, interactive bits. We all liked popping up in the pods in the middle of the tanks and walking through a walkway with fish above us!
The centre also has penguins, turtles, otters, seals (the centre is a rescue hospital for seals) and a couple of lizards.
Both girls loved the Pirate Ship play area which we managed to get to before it rained! It’s more suitable for over 5’s but Imogen was able to climb up most of it and enjoyed playing in the sand. We ate our lunch at a picnic table next to the ship.
By the time we had finished our tour, it was really, really raining so we stayed in the cafe for drinks and the therapy of watching the rain against the window. All in all, we were there for about 3 hours before heading home via a ride or two at the fairground next door.
SEA LIFE Hunstanton
Southern Promenade, Hunstanton PE36 5BH
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