Follow the trail – Wild Coastal Explorers Trial

From Easter 2019 you can pick up a pair of binoculars and trail sheet* from the main entrance to go on a voyage of discovery!
Stop at our 'wild spotter stations' around Living Coasts and use them to spy the secret animals hiding in our enclosures - from penguins to seals, birds to crustaceans, there are a plenty to discover. Hand back your binoculars and trail sheet at the Tradewinds gift shop when you've finished to receive a fantastic prize! Plus, you'll be entered into a monthly draw to win some amazing gifts. We look forward to seeing you for this new trail!
*£2.00 deposit for the binoculars and £1.50 trail charge apply. The £2.00 deposit will be returned once your binoculars are handed back in. Feel free to bring your own binoculars if you have them! The £1.50 trail charge will still apply. 

Get up close with an Animal Experience

Our animal experiences allow you to get up close and personal with some of our most popular animals, such as the penguins, seals, otters and more! As part of your experience, you will meet and chat with the keepers - a great opportunity to learn about the animals and their natural habitat from the people that know them best. Depending on the experience, you may also get to help out with feeding time!
Please remember to book your experience in advance here;

Build an island with our interactive sandpits

Our animated sandboxes are great fun for all ages! Shape the sand to create mountains and oceans with augmented reality, adding a whole new level to the classic idea of the sandpit. An overhead sensor maps the area, analyses the change and reacts to it. The raised areas turn green and plants appear randomly. In the low areas, the projection is sea blue and marine creatures appear there and move around. The coastal areas become yellow, like sand on a beach, and crabs appear.

Explore our ‘Let’s turn the tide’ exhibition

Created from rubbish collected on local beaches, this bright and colourful exhibition aims to inspire our visitors to collect, create and recycle whilst doing their bit to help our planet. If you’re keen to do even more, why not sign up to one of our beach cleans here;

Draw Alive

Colour in a tropical fish, seahorse or ray, scan it in and watch it come to life on our electronic wall! You can even interact with them – stand near the screen and the creatures will swim towards you and sudden movements will make them scatter. It’s the first time this kind of tech has been seen in the UK and is great fun for all.

Learn more about our animals with educational talks

Every day we run a varied selection of free talks for our guests to attend with extra talks at weekends and over the holidays. Find out more about our animal species and the individuals we have here at Living Coasts including penguins, seahorses, octopus, stingrays and more!
Take a look at our talk schedule on our website, app or the board when you arrive.

Grab a bite to eat in our restaurant

The Terrace Café at Living Coasts offers a wide selection of freshly prepared food, from paninis, baguettes and main meals baked on the premises to a choice of chef's daily specials. There are also plenty of delicious side dishes, many different fries options and desserts. A selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are also available for our guests.

Quotes All the animals are lovely with plenty of space to move about and play. Quotes