Jules Verne Vibe at SEA LIFE Brighton – a wet day out!

Colour changing Jelly Fish at SeaLife Brighton
Colour changing Jelly Fish at SeaLife Brighton

It was a wet Saturday morning. We had cabin fever, plus a 2-for-1 offer on entry to SEA LIFE Brighton. Ah ha, solution to our problems! My two year old thought she was going to the ‘Sea Lion Centre’ (a slight misunderstanding from my pronunciation obviously). However she wasn’t disappointed when she visited her first aquarium…small fish, big fish, crabs, turtles, sharks, rays, even a dancing sea horse (thank you Mr Sea Horse you made our day).

The SEA LIFE centre has a real Jules Verne vibe about it…set amongst the old Brighton seafront arches and opened in 1872…just two years after Verne published Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

The delight on Little G’s face was probably equalled by the delight in mine, Daddy and Granny’s too. She stroked a starfish, stroked a crab and threw a piece of cabbage into the big pool to help feed the giant sea turtles. There was so much to see and enjoy that we didn’t even get to the ‘Octopus’s Garden’ at the end (next time). Our visit was cut short by a tired and hungry small person, caffeine deprived adults and mainly by the fact that Little G took off her shoes as they were hurting her (a visit to good old Clarks a few hours later showed that her feet had indeed grown since the last time she wore them…back in spring?). We’ve not stopped talking about our visit and I think that it will be a regular in years to come. Oh I do love to be beside the seaside!

Little G stroking the starfish in the rock pool
Little G stroking the starfish in the rock pool
The beautiful architecture spectacularly lit up for a 'wow' effect
The beautiful architecture spectacularly lit up for a ‘wow’ effect
Sea Turtles playing chase...
Sea Turtles playing chase…

Where: SEA LIFE Brighton, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TB (there is a café right in the middle of the centre, but with so much excitement I don’t think we’d have been able to sit down for long!).

Tip: Book online first for a discount!

More reading: History of the aquarium and dolphinarium, 1872 – 1987 by Tim Carder

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