First time Mum, Travel

The Deep ๐Ÿฆˆ

Today we visited The Deep in Hull. We pre-booked our tickets online which saved us ยฃ1.25 each and Samuel was free as he is under 3. When we arrived we assumed that as we had already got our tickets we would be able to go straight in or at least join a different queue however there was only one line for everyone. It went down quickly and when we reached the counter we realised that it was so we could have our picture taken for the tickets that then get you into The Deep free for the next year. 

We decided against taking the pushchair, knowing it would be busy, and used the carrier instead. We have the Mamas & Papas Morph and Samuel absolutely loves it. As soon as we put him in it his little arms and legs start going and his face lights up. 

We headed to the cafe first as Samuel wanted a feed. The Deep state that they are ‘breastfeeding friendly’. Does anyone else think that is such an odd thing to say? Thankfully I have never had any issues where ever I have fed but I do know people who have. It always amuses me that such a natural thing can evoke such reactions in people. Anyway that conversation is for another day. Lee decided he was hungry too so had a full English to ‘keep him going’. 

When we were all fed and watered we headed into the attraction, starting off in The Awakening Seas exhibit. Here you explore the history of the ocean. It’s more about fossils and interactive exhibits rather than real fish at this point. Samuel and Daddy liked the 3D screens where it looked as if turtles and prehistoric creatures were coming out at you. 

Next we went through into the Lagoon of Light. This exhibit was undergoing renovation so wasn’t open yet. Looking at what was there though I think it’s going to be beautiful. A man gave a talk about the project and explained that the windows in the exhibits were not screwed into place only sealed and the pressure of the water is what makes them secure. Scary!

The Penguins were next and we arrived just in time to see them being fed. I love penguins. I find them so comical. I love how clumsy they are on land but are then so gracefully in the water. 

Lee’s favourites the Sawfish were up next in the Endless Ocean tank. Here were a whole host of fish, sharks and rays. This exhibit is so large it is visible from quite a few points. 

We then walked past the slime exhibit finding Nemo on our way!

Before having lunch we went into the dark Cool Seas section. Here we saw creatures that like the deep, cold waters. Samuel enjoyed looking at all the lights that lit up the area.

We had lunch in the dedicated picnic area. I liked how they also had a small cafe here so you could get a hot drink or extra snacks. 

After we had eaten we walked through the ‘Kingdom of Ice’. Here we felt the ice and came upon the penguins once again, getting to see them under water this time. 

We headed round and came to the area displaying creatures that are found around the rivers of the world. One of my favourite exhibits here were the ants that were carrying little paper hearts from one tank to the next. There was a young children’s play area in this section too. 

The Underwater viewing tunnel then gave us chance to see the creatures in the Endless Ocean tank close up. I love the little faces on the rays and seeing the sharks swim over our heads. 

The Endless Ocean lift took us back up to where we began with even more closeup views of those Sawfish. 

A lovely day out that Samuel absolutely loved. He stayed awake the whole time only giving in to sleep as we pulled out of the car park. I think we will definitely make the most of our years free pass!


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