Weymouth Sealife Centre

We’ve visited Weymouth Sealife Centre in Dorset a few times over the years, but we haven’t been for a while. Coupled with some half price vouchers, and a weekend with family and friends free, we brought it all together for another visit.

 

Where is Weymouth Sealife Centre?

Based in Dorset by the seafront, Weymouth Sealife Centre parking is situated at Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth. It’s worth noting that the car park carried a charge of £8 for all day. You can reduce the cost by lowering the time you stay for, but if you’re visiting on holiday and want to look at all the attractions surrounding the sealife centre and beaches, then the £8 is worth your while.

How Much Is Weymouth Sealife Centre?

Tickets to the Sealife Adventure park and Jurassic Skyline will cost £22.95 per adult, and £18.95 per child (under 3’s free). You can pre book for some considerable savings on these costs, but we were armed with some half price vouchers which made out visit for the three of us £35.25 which was a bargain.

Weymouth Sealife Centre

 

Activities and Attractions

Once inside, we familiarised ourselves with the surroundings. The children were all armed with a log book to stamp at each activity. They can then turn these in at the end of the visit for a small prize. We were also given an activity card for the seasonal activity that Weymouth sealife centre have operating.

During our visit, it was a Lego City activity,, however these change frequently. The children had to find some missing Lego equipment in some of the tanks which was fun for them to look out for as we made out way around the park.

Weymouth Sealife Centre

We made our way around the park in order for the children’s log books, diverting now and again to make feeding times and a break for lunch.

Everyone has their favourites, and we were all enthralled with different areas of the parks. My particular favourites are visiting the penguins, seals and turtles. What I did like in each area was that there are plenty of fact cards for both children and adults to add to their knowledge. Each tank also had a tablet or poster next to it informing you of the different species that are in the tank.

Weymouth Sealife Centre

We chose to take a picnic with us, but there are places to stop and get food. The prices aren’t too high for a day out, I have certainly seen worse. Hot drinks were well priced which we were grateful of when the weather turned a little sour in the afternoon.

When it starts to rain there’s nothing better to do than ride Crocodile Creek, the water flume ride. It’s a gentle ride for children and adults, but be prepared to get wet. I chose not to ride on this occasion as Miss A is tall enough to ride alone and I didn’t want to stay in wet clothes for the rest of the afternoon. I was prepared enough to pack a spare set of clothes for Miss A as the sealife centre also has a splash park which is great on warmer days.

How Long Will You Spend at Weymouth Sealife Centre?

If you’re looking to spend a day at Weymouth Sealife centre, then I would realistically set aside three to four hours to wander around the park and make time for feeding sessions. I like the layout of the park which naturally flows from one attraction to another, however one area that really needs improving is exiting the turtle house.

There is a photo opportunity at the exit of the turtle house but you can’t exit any other way so if there is a group having a photo taken you have to wait. We got caught up in people waiting for their photo to be taken, half of our group had exited and we were stuck behind a rope not being able to leave.

This left us grumbling that we couldn’t join our group, the people waiting to have their photo taken grumbling as they had to wait longer, and then the member of staff letting us out which meant the poor people waiting for their photo had to wait longer. Another exit would solve this problem very easily and I’m sure just as many people who wanted their photo taken still would take the opportunity.

We had a great day out at Weymouth Sealife Centre, and it was just a shame we didn’t have longer to explore all of the other attractions there were to offer surrounding the sealife centre.

Watching the seals being fed and trained

 

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11 Comments

  1. August 30, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    Argh! I hate that photo bit you just can’t escape it!!! We went to Weymouth a few times this summer and I had planned to go back to the Sealife but the holidays have vanished! Looks like you had a great time x

    • spicers1976
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      August 30, 2015 / 7:30 pm

      I don’t think we’ve been for four years so it was nice to go back again.

  2. August 30, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    Awww looks so nice in there! Your photos are stunning too. We recently visited Bristol Aquarium and my photos are all blurry =P

    #countrykids

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 30, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      they are only taken on my iPhone. I was quite pleased with how they came out, but I do just snap away quite a lot, so some of them were rubbish.

  3. August 30, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    It sounds like such a fab day out, I love penguins and Turtles in particle and could spend hours watching them x

  4. September 2, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    It looks like you all had a fabulous time exploring the Sealife Centre, it’s great that you all spent so much time exploring together as a family. It’s great that the kids enjoyed the Lego activity, there’s nothing better than activities that get the kids really interested in all of the exhibits. It’s a shame that you were separated from part of your group for a while, let’s hope they figure out how to fix this issue! Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

    • spicers1976
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      September 3, 2015 / 11:45 am

      That’s what I love about days out like these. They’re educational without the kids realising it.

  5. September 3, 2015 / 10:38 am

    Ahhh, looks fab. I went to the London Aquarium a few weeks back (also Sealife), it was really cool though obviously nowhere near as big as this one.

    Fortunately we went pretty much as soon as it opened so didn’t get caught up too much in those photo areas as it was quiet, but I know it gets busy there later in the day and can easily imagine the same thing happens there. What a ‘mare!

    • spicers1976
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      September 3, 2015 / 11:44 am

      It really is a good value day out if you’re passing that way ever.

  6. Claire Ridewood
    September 5, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    We are quite local to this sealife center and we absolutely LOVE it! So much to see and do and there really is something for all ages! Thankyou so much for linking up with me on #busydoinglife this week, it’s so great to have you joining in, I hope you will be able to come back again next week!

  7. September 7, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Sounds like you had a great day. We have been to the Weymouth one a couple of times now and I think it is one of the best.

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