A Behind the Scenes Peek at Deep Sea World

A few week ago I was invited, along with a group of other bloggers, to a behind the scenes evening at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry, beautifully situated underneath the Forth Rail Bridge.  As it’s relatively close to where we live and the type of place I’d visit with the family I was keen to go along and find out a little bit more about how they work.

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We were greeted by the lovely team who were armed with some great information packs and bags of knowledge and enthusiasm. They guided us round the tanks and told us all about the Seahorses, the Octopus (and it’s amazing power to squeeze through the tiniest of holes) and some of the creatures that they have rescued.

We then moved on to the underwater safari where we were able to see so many of the fish up close, including their sharks. ‘At 112 metres long the Underwater Safari at Deep Sea World has the longest moving walkway in Europe. The exhibit holds a million gallons of sea water, making it the largest temperate marine exhibit in the UK and one of the longest underwater safaris in the world’. And it really is fascinating. Especially with the lovely guides telling you all about the creatures as you move round.

We were then invited along to learn more about the seals and to watch them being fed. It was fascinating to learn about them and their individual personalities.

We were also lucky enough to pop ‘backstage’ to the quarantine area where many of the creatures are housed until they are ready to move into the main tank. From here we were able to see the main tank from above and to see for our own eyes how the acrylic glass makes the fish look much smaller than they are in real life. Those sharks be BIG, take my word for it!

Finally, before our evening came to an end we checked out their summer exhibition, bare bones, a fascinating look at what the skeletons of various animals actually look like.

It was a really great night out and a chance to ask all the burning questions I had about all their marine creatures. It was reassuring to see how hard the team work to ensure that their creatures are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitat as possible and to see how much they all care. Deep Sea World houses an amazing array of sea life, many of which have been rescued or are endangered (which was a surprise to me).

I’m really looking forward to taking the whole family back and being able to share some of my newly acquired knowledge with them.

For opening time, prices and any other information check out their website or visit their Facebook page

*I was invited along with some other bloggers to this behind the scenes evening. I have not been paid for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. Some photographs used are official Deep Sea World photographs, used with their permission.

 

 

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Kids go racing with Musselburgh Racecourse

I’ve never been horse racing before and to be honest it’s not something that would have crossed my mind to do, especially as a family day out. So when the lovely team at Musselburgh Racecourse invited us all along to their Family Fun Day we were a lil excited to try something new.

And what a great day out we had. We arrived in time for the doors opening and took the handy little shuttle bus from the car park to the door. (Great start when you have a 2 year-old who doesn’t want to walk anywhere.)

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Once inside we were shown to our own picnic table, which just happened to be right beside the racecourse. The views were amazing!

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We were gifted a beautiful picnic lunch each which contained so many treats we had to bring half of it home with us. After our lunch we set off to explore the grounds.

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The team at Musselburgh Racecourse had gone out of their way to make sure that the children were well entertained with a whole host of great kids rides, face painting and Luca’s ice cream, all provided FREE of charge. And FYI all kids entry tickets were FREE too with a paying adult so it really is fantastic value. The kids can go on the rides as many times as they like so are easily entertained for the entire afternoon. The only slight disappointment for us was that the queue for face painting was so long that the kids didn’t manage to get theirs done. Face painting is always going to be super popular though and we probably should have gone straight there on arrival before it got too busy. And they were easily distracted by the free ice cream and the other rides that it didn’t matter too much.

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If all that wasn’t enough entertainment, there was of course the reason we were all there….the races themselves. We popped a little flutter on the first race and actually won (I never win anything so this was most exciting to me)! The kids were so excited to see the horses so close up, as were us grown ups to be honest.

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photo credit: Laura from The Breasest News

As I said, horse racing isn’t something I had really considered as a day out, but we had such a fab time we know we’ll definitely be returning next year. Thanks to all the team at Musselburgh Racecourse for inviting us and putting on such a great day out for the whole family.

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*This was a collaborative post but all views and opinions are entirely my own.