Animal Experiences


Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus COVID-19 (see our latest updates here) we have taken the decision to suspend all sales and bookings of Animal Experiences at this time. Please keep checking back as we will resume bookings once this crisis is over.

For anyone with a currently unbooked voucher, we will be looking to extend your expiry date once we are accepting bookings again. Further information will be emailed to you when you are able to book again.

Thank you for your understanding.


Our Animal Experiences are amazing. They give you the chance to be even closer to some of the most awesome animals.

All experiences are subject to availability - call 01202 311993 ext 208

VIP Penguin Feeding

Ever wanted the chance to get up close to playful penguins? Well now is your chance with the Oceanarium’s new VIP Penguin Feeding Experience!

Spend a whole day (9am-4pm) alongside our Aquarist team and learn all about the Oceanarium and the wonderful creatures that live here.  

The creatures

Visitors can get hands on and find out more about creatures like the starfish and bearded dragon.

Get up even closer to some of our most loved creatures with our Turtle Feeding Experience.


Be enchanted by our mischievous otter family as you go behind the scenes and help with feeding time and enrichment exercises.

Reef Shark Feeding Experience

Come face to face with our spectacular Black Tip Reef Sharks in our NEW Black Tip Reef Shark Feeding Experience!

Zebra Shark Feeding Experience

Come face to face with Zane our spectacular Zebra Shark in our NEW Zebra Shark Feeding Experience!

Stingray Feeding Experience

Be captivated by our Southern Stingrays Poseidon and Neptune in our NEW magical Stingray Feeding Experience!

The health of our aquarium family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we will be temporarily closing the Oceanarium Bournemouth effective immediately, until further notice.

We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. Thank you for your patience and we really look forward to welcoming you back to the Oceanarium when we re-open. Stay safe everyone.