Giant penguin to welcome feathered friends to the town


A penguin as tall as a single decker bus is set to pop up at three Bournemouth locations in July, to celebrate the launch of our brand new penguin enclosure, opening in the school summer holidays.

Those who spot ‘Humbug’ the giant penguin and photograph themselves with him are asked to share their image on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BournemouthPenguin for the chance to win a family of four 2015 Silver Membership, an invite to the VIP family launch and a penguin themed goodie bag.

Sara Kirchel, Oceanarium Marketing & PR Manager, said: “The colony of penguins is going to make a great addition to the Oceanarium and excitement has been building since we made the announcement. We want to add to this buzz and get people involved in our giant penguin hunt around Bournemouth. We hope everyone has their cameras at the ready and we look forward to seeing the photographs.

Each week one winner will be selected and awarded a family of four 2015 Silver Membership allowing them unlimited entry to the Oceanarium until Thursday December 31.

Humbug will appear at a secret location in Bournemouth on the following dates:

Friday July 3 to Sunday July 5

Friday July 10 to Sunday July 12

Friday July 17 to Sunday July 19

A clue to where Humbug is hiding will be published in the Bournemouth Daily Echo on the Thursday before each of his weekend appearances.

Click here to find out more about our new extension and penguin exhibit.