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Days Out in Cornwall

The Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay Cornwall


I have always loved Aquariums and luckily the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay isn’t that far for us to drive to visit. It isn’t the biggest aquarium that I have been to, but there is still plenty to see.


As an added bonus, the Blue Reef Aquarium is located right next to the beautiful Towan Beach in Newquay, perfect for combining a beach day and a visit to the aquarium.


Towan Beach - Newquay Cornwall


The last time that we visited it was just me and Harley and it was a really hot sunny day. It was actually quite nice to get inside the aquarium, which was quite cool as we walked around.


blue reef aquarium Newquay


The staff at the aquarium are always really friendly, I’ve never met a grumpy person working there. As you walk in there is a staircase close by, which leads up to the cafe and the gift shop upstairs. This is also where you exit the aquarium after going around – everywhere loves to make you walk your children through the gift shop ha!


Perfect marketing tactic, the nag factor. Luckily the gift shop has gifts in it of all different price ranges, so it won’t be too painful a visit.


Blue Reef cafe


One of the boys have been to a birthday party at the aquarium before and the cafe is where you eat for that. The food looked good at the time I can remember, but don’t ask me what they ate as it was a while ago ha!


Blue Reef Aquarium


As you walk around the aquarium, there are some bits that are open to the air a bit – i.e open to small children’s hands, so just be aware if they’re the type to want to pick a fish up for a cuddle! Some of the fish are really well camouflaged and you have to wait for them to move slightly to spy them.


blue reef aquarium Cornwall


Others are so bright that there really isn’t any missing them. I love how similar to real life they try to keep the habitats and some of the colours of the plants are just gorgeous. The Blue Reef Aquarium always makes me smile, I find it weirdly hypnotic and relaxing watching fish swim around.


Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay - Fish


There are so many types of fish that I can’t show photos of all of them or this page would never load. There were also a lovely family of freshwater turtles swimming around when we were there. The babies were ridiculously cute following their parent around everywhere.


There’s also a dwarf caiman crocodile, jelly fish, octopus and so many other species of fish. We always seem to spy something new when we go as there tends to be a year or so in between visits. As you walk around there are loads of boards full of information about the fish and creatures and conservation. There’s also an interactive screen with information for adults and fun bits for children.


Fish at the blue reef aquarium Newquay


The boys’ favourite bit is always the tunnel, where you can ‘walk under water’ with the fish above you. Fish, sharks and a huge Loggerhead turtle. I’m hoping to make a video soon to show him off as he’s pretty awesome in the boys’ words.


The blue reef aquarium tunnel


Around the sides of the tunnel you can also see through different glass areas into the big tank for a different angled view of sharks, turtles, stingray and fish. My favourite bit though, is when you go up the stairs and can see into the big tank above the tunnel. A word of warning people up there can see into the tunnel and the people in it ha!


Blue Reef Aquarium


I love it up there, as you are so close to the sea creatures. Just heed the ‘this turtle bites’ warning and no trying to pet him. Also be aware this area exists for children who are likely to want to try and climb in for a swim … I’m not trying to call your children wild by the way, it’s just that I have lived through the toddler years and just about made it out the other side!


The aquarium is open all year every day other than Christmas Day. You can visit the Blue Reef Aquarium¬†website for more information and details on events and more. It is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Newquay. We have never spent a whole day there as it doesn’t take up a whole day really unless you go for an event.


However as I said before, it is so handy for the beach and it is pretty much in town, so a morning there with lunch followed by the beach or a mooch around the shops – or rather playing on the 2p machines in the arcades for us – is definitely a good way to spend a whole day.


Don’t forget to check out my post with over 100 places to go in Cornwall and my things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining post – sadly a popular one during most school holidays!


Stevie x


  • Kayleigh Watkins

    My children love visiting aquariums, we often visit them and zoos when on holiday in Devon, my son is 12 and loves watching the sting rays and sharks and my four year old daughter loves seeing the seahorses and nemo fishes, we haven’t taken the baby yet, she’s only 4 months old xxx

  • Stevie - A Cornish Mum

    I love them too! If it wasn’t for the whole having to clean it bit I would love a huge tank in the house. I think I need to win the lottery so I can afford it AND someone to clean it out for me ;)

    Stevie x

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