Pirates set to take over at aquarium

Left to right: Maggie Jo Gunton, Christopher Harley and Isla-Marie Hedley.
Left to right: Maggie Jo Gunton, Christopher Harley and Isla-Marie Hedley.

Pirates are set to take over a popular tourist attraction this weekend.

Buccaneers, brigands and privateers will be descending on Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium for a Pirates’ Weekend event from Saturday, August 29, to Monday, August 31.

Staff are busy putting the finishing touches to their own pirates’ costumes and any child who arrives in full fancy dress will get £2 off the normal admission price.

Pirates’ Weekend features a variety of fun activities including flag making and swashbuckling fun and games.

As well as all the displays – including the giant tropical ocean tank, the reptiles and monkeys in the Amazing Amazon feature and the otter holt – visitors will also be able to take part in treasure hunts, colouring competitions and special talks around the aquarium accompanied by staff in pirate fancy dress.

Blue Reef’s Rosie Wiggin said: “Tynemouth is a seaside town with a lot of maritime history and our Pirates events are always very popular – not only with visitors but also among our staff as well.

“There’s a great atmosphere and everyone really gets in to a mutinous mood and joins in the fun.”

Blue Reef Aquarium offers visitors a dazzling undersea safari through the oceans of the world.

At the aquarium’s heart is a giant ocean tank where an underwater walkthrough tunnel offers incredibly close encounters with the stunning beauty of a tropical coral reef – home to hundreds of colourful fish and the newly-arrived cownose rays.