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Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay
Towan Promenade
Newquay, Cornwall
Tel: 01637 878134

About Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay

Blue Reef is a new generation of thrilling sealife family attraction designed to instill an appreciation of the seas and provide an engaging and truly memorable family day out. A ticket to a Blue Reef Aquarium – located in Southsea, Hampshire; Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear; and Newquay, Cornwall – is a passport to an exotic parallel world, with open-top tanks allowing ticket holders to get up close and personal with stingrays, the inhabitants of tide-pools, and the sharks and shoals of coral reef fish in its giant ocean tanks.

Blue Reef offers an undersea tour from the British coast to the tropics for a family day out with a difference, taking in giant crabs, lobsters and seahorses in over 40 displays. The family attraction holds regular talks and feeding displays, and the multi-level Blue Reef viewing facilities can be booked for special occasions like children’s parties. These include a Guided Tour, birthday tea, and party bags for each child, with themes such as Finding Nemo, with a tour to spot characters from the animated film, including clownfish in their sea anemone homes. For fans of Pirate Of The Caribbean, the Pirates Party is just the ticket, with an eye patch and cutlass for each Pirate King or Queen, and a treasure trail to find hidden gold dubloons. Ha ha, me hearties!

The Shark Party features shark feeding (not with guests), a shark-themed goody bag and shark expert certificate. The Mermaids Party introduces sea creatures that inspired children’s stories and legends, and a fairytale storytelling session is supplemented by a mermaid-themed goody bag.
The family attraction additionally stages Educational Tours including Food Chain; Pollution; Myths & Legends – looking at seahorses, fish that create their own electricity and others that blow up as big as a balloon; Habitats –  from seabeds to coasts, reefs to deep-sea trenches; Camouflage – featuring the octopus, decorator crab and colour-changing flatfish; Hunters; Art & Design – focusing on the sea as an inspiration for artists, and providing visitors the chance to sketch a seahorse or paint a puffer fish; Reproduction – including male seahorses that give birth; and Sharks.

Additionally, Blue Reef venues offer workshops including the Rockpool workshop, where school parties can experience close encounters with crabs, lobsters and starfish; Shark workshop; a Seashore Safari beach visit for 45 minutes (Newquay); and Rockpool Roadshow (Newquay). The family attraction offers a Kids Go Wild Tour, with a special feeding demonstration, ugh touch boxes, rockpool encounter and quiz trail, and an Undersea Garden Tour taking in undersea fauna. Just the ticket for a fascinating, fun family day out.

Blue Reef centres are not just a family attraction, but can be booked for weddings and corporate team-building. But with disabled access and a café, Blue Reef offers an all-year round family attraction for everyone that the weather cannot spoil.

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay is located at Towan Promenade, Newquay, Cornwall, and is a bewitching family attraction providing an all-year round family day out that the weather cannot spoil. It provides ticket holders with the chance to encounter local and exotic marine species in a giant 250,000 litre ocean tank with underwater tunnel and more than 40 multi-level displays.

Situated in the centre of Newquay, the family attraction is opposite the island and close to Towan Beach, and Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay is internationally recognised for its rescue work with stranded turtles. Turtle Creek features Mata Matas from Brazil, Mud turtles and endangered Pig-nosed turtles from Australia. Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay has rescued, rehabilitated and released three sea turtles, while its aquarists are involved in the breeding of turtles and scores of other species, having success in 2004 with the birth of the UK’s first captive-bred tropical stingrays. The family attraction’s nursery displays contain baby clownfish and seahorses, and other successes include sharks, pipefish, Bangaii cardinal fish and cuttlefish, while the Jelly Babies nursery focuses on jellyfish.

A family day out at Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay also takes in the centrepiece coral reef and its angelfish, puffer fish, cuckoo wrasse, giant groupers, black tip reef shark and moray eels. Among the family attraction’s more lethal inhabitants are stinging jellyfish, venomous lionfish and giant Pacific octopus, which have three hearts and the ability to change shape and colour. The Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay’s Amazing Octopus exhibition will astound ticket holders, as will the fact that one octopus can unscrew jam jars to get at food inside! Squid, cuttlefish, nautilus and argonauts are additional draws on a family day out with a difference, while other unusual species include giant conger eels, pipefish and ‘walking’ gurnards, as well as British sea bream and bass.

A ticket to Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay grants access to a host of crabs, including hermits and giant spider crabs, plus lobsters and cleaner shrimps, while displays of rockpools and deep-sea trenches explore the habitat of these amazing creatures.

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay’s feeding demonstrations mean a varied, informative family day out, and children’s parties are catered for (as are other groups, including corporate entertainment). Parties include a tea and party bags, with themes like Finding Nemo, with a tour to spot characters from the film, including clownfish and their anemone homes.

For fans of Pirate Of The Caribbean, the Pirates Party is a hot ticket, with an eye patch and cutlass for every ticket holder, and a treasure trail to find hidden gold. Splice me mainbrace! The Shark Party features feeding (not with guests) and a certificate, while the Mermaids Party looks at sea creatures that inspired fables and legends, and there’s a fairytale storytelling session.

The family attraction has a Kids Go Wild Tour, with ugh touch boxes, a rockpool visit and quiz trail, and there’s an Undersea Garden Tour taking in fauna, as well as a Rockpool Encounter and Shark Workshop. Just the ticket for a captivating family day out.

Furthermore, Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay boasts a picnic area, refreshments, giftshop and disabled parking, meaning that Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay is a perfect family day out for everyone – just the ticket!