Our building was constructed in the early 90s, opening in 1993 as an aquarium operated by Merlin Entertainments.
The centre was purchased in 2000 by the Stockvale Group, owners and operators of the nearby Adventure Island fun park, who were expanding their empire just as Merlin were selling.
The centre was completely renovated with the addition of lots of new exhibits, throwing out the ideas of home aquariums and installing floor to ceiling displays, with head holes allowing guests to get closer to the action than ever before. Stockvale also opened the Little Tikes Play Area in the centre, adding an extra dimension to the days out thousands of families were enjoying every year.
In winter 2009 the center closed for another full refurbishment, this time to bring it firmly into the new decade with loads of new interactive elements, and we said goodbye to the play area in order to open our new mezzanine floor, creating unmatchable birthday party experiences for children. The £1million overhaul made the centre more accessible, more entertaining and more fun than ever before!
During the winter of 2016/17, Sealife Adventure carried out another major development, adding lots of exciting new exhibits including Meerkats, Otters and Humboldt Penguins. This work involved another close down, but the centre re-opened on the 11th of February to welcome everyone back to our most exciting aquarium ever.
Following the success of our development in the winter of 2016/17, we have embarked on our latest expansion – Sealife Adventure Wild! The first phase of this development opened in February 2018, with further phases planned throughout the course of 2018. The first arrivals for Sealife Adventure Wild are a family of Meerkats and 3 African Spurred tortoises, who arrived at Sealife Adventure following the closure of Tropical Wings Zoo. In October 2018, we also welcomed a troop of Macaque Monkeys, who were rescued from euthenasia in a testing lab in Italy.
Sea Life Adventure Aquarium is the south east’s premier aquatic attraction with over 40 unique displays featuring sea life from all over the world. Along with the incorporated Three Shells Cafe, it’s a great visit for the whole family any time of the year.