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Visiting Weymouth Sealife Centre during COVID19 restrictions

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August 5, 2020

As local annual pass members, Weymouth SeaLife Centre is normally a regular day out for us throughout the year, so when we heard they were re-opening their doors we were keen to visit.

The first thing to note, is that pre-booking tickets is now essential, you cannot just turn up and hope to get in as they are strictly limiting the number of visitors and this costs money, even for season pass holders (£1 per ticket).

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

When we arrived, our temperatures were taken with a non-contact thermometer whilst we waited in the queue to enter. Luckily, as everyone has pre-booked tickets the queue moved nice and fast and we were soon inside the park.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

If you have not been to Weymouth SeaLife Centre before, it is a lovely day out, with plenty of outdoor areas to enjoy, but the majority of displays are inside buildings. On our visit face masks were not compulsory, however, as of Saturday 8th August, in line with updated government guidelines, all guests aged 11 and over will be required to wear a face covering whilst visiting the indoor spaces, including all the indoor aquariums.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

Visiting yesterday did feel very different to previous visits. There are 2m markers and anti-bac points outside each building and we had to queue to enter each one, whereas we normally just stroll around at our leisure.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

The queue then moves around each display window, making sure you give each other space. As you can imagine, you then move at the pace of the people in front of you.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

The kids enjoyed seeing all the displays, but I did find they got bored waiting in the queues as they got frustrated by the time it took for people to move forward.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

One of their favourites is the rockpool area where they normally get to touch crabs and starfish, but sadly it is now strictly look and don’t touch, which was disappointing.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

Most of the added safety measures are clearly visible to you from the moment you arrive at the SeaLife Centre, whereas others require consideration from other guests and at certain points it really did feel uncomfortable.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

For us, the new Night and Day tunnel should have been a fabulous addition, however, it was clearly a bottleneck for visitors as you have to queue to get through it. We followed the distancing markers on the floor, however the people behind us didn’t, which made us feel very uncomfortable.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

Thankfully it eased once we were past the Night and Day section and we got to enjoy the tunnel.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

It took us a good 2 hours to get through the displays, before the kids to enjoy the Caribbean Cove Adventure Park.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

This is manned by staff supervising to ensure that there are no more than 40 children enjoying the equipment at all times. You also have a 30 minute window to remain in the park, to ensure that everyone else gets a turn.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

The equipment is also closed at regular intervals during the day for cleaning, which is reassuring. The times are clearly displayed at the entrance, so it is worth checking before you head inside as some younger children were quite upset that they could not play.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

In the summer, the kids highlight of the SeaLife Centre is their paddling pool and splash park and we were relieved to find this open, although like the adventure park, this is also closed at regular intervals for cleaning.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

All-in-all the measures taken by the park felt adequate but do add time to your visit and be prepared to move on if other guests make you feel uncomfortable.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

We will be back, but after the summer holiday rush!

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    Samantha Donnelly

    August 5, 2020

    It is good to see that they are keeping with the restrictions and making the experience enjoyable for everyone, It looks like you all had a great day

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    August 5, 2020

    It’s good to hear it didn’t take too long to get inside. Mine would love the splash park, they didn’t have one at the sealife we visited. Glad to see they are making sure it’s all clean for everyone.

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    Beth Sachs

    August 5, 2020

    It looks like you had a great day. I’m trying to find activities to do with my three during the holidays. This might be on the list!

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    August 5, 2020

    What a lovely review post you have done of your trip to Weymouth Sealife Centre. Both my kids would love visiting the place to learn more about the sealife and hopefully we do get some time out during the summer break to head there.

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    Liam | Whatthedadsaid

    August 6, 2020

    We love a sealife centre, we utilise our Merlin annual passes a lot, especially as we live near Great Yarmouth for many years, this one looks good and is one of the only ones weve not been to and will have to visit one day.

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    Nichola - Globalmouse

    August 6, 2020

    Sounds like, all in all, you had a great visit. I love Sealife centres but haven’t been to this one. It’s good they’ve put so many measures in place.

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    Kira

    August 6, 2020

    Sounds like it was a good experience, not what I was expecting to be honest . We’ve missed going to the sea life this summer so I think we might make a trip now 🙂

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    Stephanie Merry

    August 6, 2020

    That’s great that they’ve re-opened, there seems to be a lot to see and do there and the fact that they’re making cleaning a priority is great to see! x

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    Melanie williams

    August 6, 2020

    It is nice to see that places are re-opening and it looks like you and your family had a fab day out xx

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    Rhian westbury

    August 6, 2020

    That’s so good that your temperature was taken, and I think it’s always good to be book only as it means you can control the number of people. It seems like Sealife are doing all they can to ensure you have a great day visiting x

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    Neha

    August 7, 2020

    Kara bet it was so nice to be out and about. Looks like they are taking the precautions here. The star fish look amazing

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