Spook-tacular events at a-scarium

Monkeys and pumpkin at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.
Monkeys and pumpkin at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

Spooky goings on are taking place at a popular visitor attraction in North Tyneside.

Visitors to Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium will be able to enjoy some extremely close encounters with a variety of creepy creatures, revolting reptiles and fearsome fish as part of a special October half term Hallowe’en event.

A wolf fish at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

A wolf fish at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

‘Hallowe’en at the A-scarium’ – which will run from Saturday, October 24, to Sunday, November 1 – will feature a series of events, animal encounters and activities with a deadly, dangerous or downright scary theme.

There will be a bonus to anyone who visits the aquarium in full fancy dress as they will get £2 off their entry admission.

In addition to eight daily talks, feeding demonstrations and encounters, special features will include ‘Face your Fears’ rockpool encounters and the chance to discover gruesome and grisly facts about the marine world’s weirdest inhabitants ranging from starfish that throw up their own stomachs to fish that eat poo.

Another feature of the event will be a Hallowe’en Torchlit Guided Tour around the aquarium. It will take place at 5pm on Saturday, October 31.

A spokesperson for Blue Reef said: “Not only will the aquarium be decked out in Hallowe’en themed decorations there will also be a fancy dress competition for visitors and staff will also be dressed in full costumes as well to help visitors get into the spooky spirit.

“The torchlit tour offers a spooky new way of seeing the aquarium and its inhabitants after the lights have gone out.

“Visitors will be touring the displays in a group, led by a marine expert and with only torches to illuminate the way.

“Places will be limited and visitors must book in advance, and bring a torch.”

To book a place on one of the Torchlit Tours taking place on Saturday, October 31, call (0191) 258 1031.

• Blue Reef Aquarium is in Grand Parade, Tynemouth. It is open from 10am, seven days a week, with last admission at 5pm. Admission is £10 for adults, £7.75 for children; or £9 for concessions.

For more information visit www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/tynemouth