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Friday, 31 May 2013

Sealife Centre Manchester Preview

We have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Sealife Centre at the Trafford Centre and with just a week to go until the doors open, we were lucky enough to be invited in for a sneak preview ( thanks to Laura from Blogs up North)

The tour began at ' Turtle Beach' where we listened to an interactive talk on the history of Turtles that was packed with interesting facts, special effects and encouragement for the children to shout and join in. Little man was particularly taken with the illuminated turtle.

Interactive Turtle talk
Following the talk we were guided through to the see the Sealife which began with the Shoal Room which was rounded tanks where as the little man said the fishes were 'going round and round'. This created a lovely visual effect and was the start of lots of beautifully thought out colourful displays.

Shoal Room

As we moved through each of the 'areas' i was pleasantly surprised to see that there were lots of things to keep the Little man engaged, with tanks on his level so that he could really get a good look in. Some of our personal favourites were the turtles,  the seahorse nursery and the little tunnel tank in the coral reef section which the Little man spent a long time walking through and spotting the fish.

Little man sat watching

So Colourful

All in the Tunnel

Little man at a handy peek hole

The underwater Ocean tunnel was fantastic and i could have spent a lot longer in there as there was so much to see.

Towards the end of the attraction there was a play area which although wasn't open for the preview looked like a good inclusion to the centre. Although the gift shop was not open on the day, after a cheeky peek through the window it looks well stocked with a huge range of goodies.

The tour ends at the rock pools where there is the opportunity to touch crabs and starfish, we didn't see any starfish but the little man was eager to touch a crab. My young nephew spent a long time listening to the information given by the friendly host, taking it all in as he held a crab himself and gently placed it pack into the water. I also chatted to a lady who was visiting from the Blackpool Sealife Centre who told me all about how each centre is different.

Little man touching a crab

Although the Sealife centre wasn't quite finished we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and could have spent a lot longer in there. Am sure we will return and see the centre again when its fully open.

Disclaimer: We were given free entry into the attraction but all opinions are our own.


  1. The peek holes were brilliant - loads at child height :)

  2. We've only been to the one in Bray in Ireland and it was before I had the girls - I LOVED it and I'm sure they would too.

  3. I really want to go to the sealife centre.

    Love those peep holes do they have them at adult heights as well?

  4. It was a great day, wasn't it? I definitely want to return when it is open properly.


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