The Deep School Trips
The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world and is home to a whopping 3,500 fish including Europe’s only pair of green sawfish, spectacular sharks and rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins.
Why are The Deep great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Every year, The Deep welcomes over 30,000 primary and secondary pupils to our purpose built Learning Centre. An educational visit consists of an educational workshop relevant to your pupil's Key Stage, time in The Deep visitor attraction, secure storage baskets for personal items and a lunch area if required.
We have a colony of Gentoo Penguins, who have taken up residence in the Kingdom of Ice, and are delighted to say that we will are the only aquarium in the North of England to have these beautiful creatures. Our teachers have created a range of new ‘penguin themed’ workshops, encompassing topics such as threats to their habitat, climate change, ocean acidification, food chains and animal biology.
Workshops, presentations and hands-on activities are delivered to groups from pre-school pupils to post sixteen by our team of experienced in house teachers. We cover a wide selection of topics including Science, Geography, English, Citizenship, Maths and for older students Marketing, Customer Care and Travel and Tourism.
Let your students enjoy a unique and memorable experience as you travel from the beginning of time and into the future. Dive into exciting exhibits including our breath-taking coral reef at the Lagoon of Light, interesting creatures in our Slime exhibit, some of our biggest sharks in Endless Oceans and creatures of the Amazon in the Amazon Flooded Forest. To see more of what The Deep has to offer, take a look at our virtual tour.
Activities available during group visits
A full range of these can be found on the school trips section of our website.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
The Deep has three classrooms, male/female toilets are located close by. There is a picnic area, café and gift shop outside of the main attraction.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
The Deep is well catered for visitors with disabilities and additional needs. The attraction has been awarded Gold in the National Enjoy England Awards - Access for All category, 2011, and Silver in the Enjoy England Award in the Access for All Category, 2009. The Deep is based on three levels all of which are accessible by lift. The route, which you will take around the attraction, is gently sloped and accessible for wheelchair users. There is limited seating available within the exhibition. Our qualified Learning Centre team are available to discuss the most appropriate learning sessions for special needs groups. It is possible, with sufficient notice, to modify most learning sessions to meet individual requirements. Visitors who wish to discuss their requirements further should call 01482 381000 (option 3) Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
VA wide variety of marine themed gifts are available from our Department Store with items from as little as 25p. For schools wishing to bypass the shop we can arrange sticker books at £2.50, goodie bags at £2 or shark grabbers at £1.20. Please order before your visit.
Video conferencing for pupils. School Groups which are booked into The Deep for a visit may enjoy chatting with one of our Guides before we open in a morning. Standing in front of the main tank window, a Guide can provide a Q&A session together with a mini presentation about the animals on view. This facility is suitable as a pre-visit activity or after the visit has taken place. Schools located too far from The Deep to visit may also benefit from a remote look at the animals. Please ask for more information.
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