MERRY FISHMAS AT BRISTOL AQUARIUM

There’s a fun-packed programme of festive themed events and activities taking place at Bristol Aquarium over the Christmas Holidays (Saturday, December 21st – Sunday, January 5th).

The Harbourside wildlife attraction will be staging more than a dozen different daily talks, feeds and workshops throughout the festive period as part of their ‘Merry Fish-mas’ celebrations.

Visitors can enjoy a huge variety of events ranging from behind the scenes tours and craft workshops to fish feeding demonstrations, you can even see how their food is prepared – be warned though squid is on the menu!

For younger visitors there’s the chance to try and spot the aquarium giant cuddly costume character Charlie the Clownfish and relax during after story time with a selection of fishy-theme tales.

Bristol Aquarium’s Tina Patel said: “Christmas is the perfect time of the year to visit and we’ve all been busy decorating the aquarium. There’s a giant Christmas tree in the foyer and even some of the fishy residents have joined in the fun.

“We’ve got a group of decorator crabs who are covering themselves in brightly coloured algae, starfish and, of course, angel fish in our tropical rainforest display,” she added.

The aquarium showcases native and tropical marine and freshwater creatures from around the world in naturally themed habitats designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Visitors embark on a fascinating journey from the British coast through warmer waters to exotic tropical seas.

Highlights include a life-size recreation of a sunken ship – home to native sharks, rays and huge shoaling cod, a Bristol harbour scene – complete with stunning murals, a ‘walk-in’ seahorse display and a wooden footbridge, over the open-top giant coral seas display; home to tropical sharks and stingrays.

More than 40 other naturally-themed displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep from crabs and lobsters to the amazing giant Pacific octopus, moray eels, lionfish and clownfish.

• The aquarium has a selection of annual passes for sale which are perfect Christmas gifts for fish-mad friends and family. For more details visit www.bristolaquarium.co.uk .
Issued by the Bristol Aquarium. For more information please contact Tina Patel or David Waines on 0117 929 8929.