Brighton SEA LIFE Centre offers an educational visit like no other. Exploring our centre will make your children want to dive in and discover more. Go on a journey of discovery together and uncover the secrets of stunning oceans, rivers and lakes and the fantastic creatures that swim within, including the chance to board the UK’s first glass bottomed boat in an aquarium, our incredible turtles in our vast ocean tank and hold a crab and touch a starfish in our Rockpool Experience.
Foundation stage and Years 1 & 2 from Dunottar Junior School in Reigate, Surrey, thoroughly enjoyed a day trip to the Sea Life Centre in Brighton.
They enjoyed learning about many fish and sea creatures. They particularly liked touching the sea anemones and starfish.
One of the students, aged 4, commented: “I was scared about touching the starfish but I’m not anymore!”.
They were also thrilled to view sharks, sting rays and turtles. Interestingly, the turtles and not the sharks were the stars of the aquarium!
Lisa Caley, High Trees Foundation Stage Coordinator, commented: "The Foundation Stage have been studying the topic 'Commotion in the Ocean' & Years 1 & 2 have been studying the topic 'Water'. The girls had a fabulous day learning all about life under the sea and encountered a few sharks on their journey through the Sea Life Centre tunnel. The definite highlight of the day was touching the sea anemones and feeding the turtles with lettuce.".
Read a review from Dunottar Junior School
Your visit to SEA LIFE will include:
- Rockpool Talk – an interactive, curriculum linked experience
- Free Teacher Places – 1 in 5 for primary schools, 1 in 10 for secondary schools
- Use of our classroom/lunch facilities - subject to availability
- Free return visit with our SEA LIFE Expert certificate given to every school child (when accompanied by a full paying adult)
- Brand New Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 resource packs available for download
- Free downloadable Activity Packs - packed with fun-filled activites and perfect for the recreational visit
- Planning supports - handy hints and information to make your trip run smoothly
- Free downloadable risk assessment
Teacher Preview Visits
We'd like to offer you two teacher inspection visits to help you plan your school visit.
Come and familiarise yourself with the site and ask our staff any questions you may have.
Resources and Planning
Click HERE for curriculum linked resources for Key Stage 1 and 2, Powerpoint educational slides for use in the classroom, fun activity packs and planning documents to ensure your SEA LIFE visit is a hassle free, enjoyable adventure for you and your pupils.
VIP Tours and Additional Products
Upgrade to a VIP tour and a dedicated SEA LIFE expert will escort you around each display, giving fascinating facts and answering any burning questions! A VIP Tour last approximately 1.5 hours.
You will be contacted by the site after making your booking for an opportunity to purchase a stationery pack on the day worth £3.
Planning your travel
With low prices for coach travel already arranged for you, you won’t need to worry about getting quotes from various companies, adding valuable time to your booking process. The prices below are exclusively available to schools visiting the SEA LIFE Centre – just call Brighton and Hove Bus & Coach Company on 01273 886222 and quote ‘SEA LIFE’.
- Primary schools (1 free teacher for every 5 pupils)
- Secondary schools (1 free teacher for every 10 pupils)
£6 per pupil September - April
£6.50 per pupil May - August
Call 0871 222 6934 to book (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras)
After your Visit
We are constantly striving to improve the experience of a school visit and would very much appreciate if you could complete a feedback form, All comments and recommendations will be taken on board and fed back to the attraction.
For more details on creature and event updates please register with us.
Conservation is at the heart at everything we do here at SEA LIFE. We are pioneers of marine animal rescue, marine breeding programmes and petitioning governments to ensure the amazing underwater world is protected for future generations to enjoy. During your visit to SEA LIFE we strive to inform your pupils of our conservation efforts, encourage them to ask questions and carry out independent study. We believe this knowledge empowers students to make a difference.
The Greek island Zakynthos has been one of the main nesting locations for Mediterranean loggerhead turtles for thousands of years. Sadly, due to the tourism boom in the area, nesting adult females are being disturbed, eggs are being accidentally destroyed, and new hatchlings become confused by the lights and sounds of hotels and bars on the beaches. We are currently campaigning to build a turtle rescue facility and sanctuary in Laganas, Zakynthos.
So far, the SOS SEA LIFE Turtle Project has raised 150,000 Euros for the sanctuary and building work is continuing with assistance from volunteer electricians and carpenters from England.
To find out more about this project, download our Turtle Conservation Pack which is filled with activities, competitions and information for your class.
Turtle Fact Pack
SEA LIFE has developed our existing relationship with WDCS to provide an education initiative that encourages children to learn about whales and to take an active part in their conservation.
The Whale Diploma is a fun, curriculum-linked education pack teaching children about the world of whales, whilst encouraging them to get actively involved in whale protection. Suitable for use in schools and at home. Aimed at 8-12 year olds but can be tailored to suit other ages.
Download our WDCS Whale Diploma to support your classes. The password can be found on your visit booking confirmation.
WDCS Whale Diploma