The Deep celebrates its 20th anniversary!
The infamous tourist attraction The Deep is celebrating its 20th anniversary after years of providing fun and education for all ages.
After opening its doors for the first time on March 23, 2002, the aquarium has welcomed roughly 8.5 million visitors through its door, with the hope to hit nine million by the end of the year.
The Deep is home to 5,000 marine animals and a colony of Gentoo penguins.
Hull’s aquarium was constructed as part of the city’s regeneration and is not the most successful Millenium project in the UK.
Designed by Sir Terry Farrell and Partners, The Deep is now a well-known landmark for people up and down the country, even being featured on a Royal Mail stamp.
As well as providing entertainment to families through their exhibits. The Deep also educates school children on marine life.
As they are a conservation charity, the aquarium also helps nurse injured marine animals before either releasing them back into the wild or housing them in the aquarium where they can be looked after.
Katy Duke, Chief Executive said “We are extremely proud to have reached our 20th year. Initially, as a regeneration project, helping to put Hull on the map as the most successful Millennium Project and as a conservation and education charity. The Deep Crew have been working on an exciting calendar of events for the year, which we are very much looking forward to sharing with all our visitors. The last few years have been incredibly hard but we are full of enthusiasm and optimism for the next 20 years!”
Events planned for 2022 include school holiday themes of ‘Extinction and the history of life on earth’ to ‘Life on the Humber’ and ‘Sharks’ , hosting local authors for readings and book signings, a series of informal and relaxed talk evenings, gin tasting with local gin maker Emma from Five Fathoms Spirits and a photographic competition.