Sea Creatures Tour Opens It’s Doors To The Public

 

On Saturday 4th of August the UK welcomes the Sea Creatures: Life Beneath The Oceans Tour opens it’s doors to the general public.  Sea Creatures is a groundbreaking new exhibition that allows visitors to explore the secrets of life beneath the ocean waves through incredible cross-sections of marine animals. Full body specimens include whales, penguins and great white sharks, and visitors can also get an up-close glimpse into the complex organs and body parts of a large number of species.

We were lucky enough to visit the tour for a sneak peak before it’s doors are opened to the general public to see how exciting this fascinating exhibition was. The event was a press only event with lots of famous faces (I felt a little underdressed!) and we even got to rub shoulders with Bill Oddie!

The overwhelming message of the exhibition is about reducing the amount of plastic waste that we find in our oceans. A hot topic that currently fills all of our news sources, TV shows, social media and even slaps us right in the face when experiencing our British Coastlines in the flesh.

The Sea Creatures tour, which – in a UK first – allows visitors to explore life beneath the ocean, with over 200 exhibits including 50 incredible cross-sections of REAL animals like whales, penguins and Great White Sharks, using the same plastination process developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The main attraction is the perfectly preserved Minke whale, sourrounded by a huge stingray, dolphins and porpoises.

Alongside the complete creatures, visitors can explore the VR experience, watch episodes of The Blue Planet II and children can play in an interactive ball pit. There really is something for everyone. Step aside old school museums and make room for an immersive and interactive touring masterpiece.

The exhibition is being held at the Royal Horticultural Society halls in The Westminster area of London. I’ll be honest I was a little surprised at what the venue was like .I imagined a Grand Hall full of plants (as the venue name suggests) so I was a little taken aback that we were effectively in what looked like a school hall. But despite the surroundings the exhibition was truly marvellous.

We visited with Willow our six-year-old. She did find it hard to understand that the specimens were real because yes they do look very plastic! It’s hard for her small brain to process that a sea creature can be so immaculately preserved forever for her to see and that these creatures were once alive within our oceans.

All of the specimens are ethically sourced and were not murdered for the sake of art. They are there to teach scientists (and the rest of us!) about the wonders of our oceans and the horrific affects and the dangers of plastic found within the oceans. This event is truly spectacular and well worth a visit for every member of the family. If you are looking for something to do this summer holidays I urge you to take your children to visit the Sea Creatures Tour. Not only to show them how amazing our sea creatures are, nor to just look at wonderful specimens or learn about the Anatomy of these creatures , but also to teach our children about the awful impact that plastics are having on our oceans and the incredible creatures that that live there.

Sea Creatures: Life Beneath The Ocean is stopping in Edinburgh, Harrogate, and Belfast, and will see 50 real-life specimens of creatures including a Minke Whale, Baleen Whale, Whale Shark, Great White Shark, Dolphin, Seal, Octopus, Penguin and Sting Ray on display, allowing visitors to glimpse inside the majestic beasts, learning about the complex life systems within and why we need to protect precious ocean life.

For more information of the tour, and to buy tickets visit the Sea Creatures Tour website here.

Our Night At The UK Blog Awards 2017 As A Finalist!

Back in January it was announced that The Newhouse Family Blog had been chosen as a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2017. Fast forwards to Friday night (21/04/17) and the big night had arrived! Full of nerves, and my nails painted for the first time in what feels like forever, we made our way to the luxurious Westminster Plaza Hotel in London for the most glamourous event of the blogging year.

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I was a finalist in the Green and Eco Individual category alongside some other amazing blogs. Eco Fluffy Mama, Incredibusy, Thinking Country, HungryCityHippy, Tracing Green, Kate On Conservation and Make Wealth History.

The evening was sponsored by Odeon cinemas and the theme was Blog Hero’s and Heroines. Stepping into the venue, the lights were dimmed and a pop up cinema rolling trailers for the hottest upcoming movies were ready for viewing. Staff were busy bees buzzing around with free flowing drinks, popcorn, and nibbles. I allowed myself a glass of wine and then stuck to orange juice for the rest of the evening, due to being pregnant with baby number 4!

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After an hour of networking and chatting to some amazing other bloggers, posing for photo’s and enjoying the buffet, it was time for the awards ceremony to start. Check out all of the evenings winners and their awesome blogs here.

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It quickly came round to my category, Green and Eco and I cannot deny that I was nervous. The winner for my category was announced as the lovely Tamsin from Eco Fluffy Mama, and I was so happy for her that I let out a rather loud ‘whoop!’, Tamsin fully deserved the award and I had been saying to several people in the lead up to the awards that I fully expected her to win it. I have been a follower of Eco Fluffy Mama for a few years now, and Tamsin truly is an inspiration.

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After the awards had all been announced it was time for more food, drinks and posing for even more photographs. Unfortunately we couldn’t hang around for too long as we had a train to catch back to Bedfordshire, but we had time to grab our goody bags and take a steady stroll across Westminster Bridge soaking up the sights before catching our tube train back to Kings Cross.

We finally got home just after 1am, we were exhausted but still buzzing from a wonderful evening. I am hoping that we get to do it all over again next year… and I might even be able to take advantage of the free champagne next time!

We managed to have a quick look through our special goody bag before bed. Books, phone cases, emergency phone chargers, Festival essentials, sweets and even an adorable rubber duck. The coffee came in handy on the train home…

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I would just like to take this moment to thank every single one of you who originally voted for me to be considered for an award, and again for those of you who all voted for me when I was announced as a finalist. A MASSIVE thank you for the judges Michael Perry (Plank Geek) and Janey Lee Grace (TV and Radio presenter) for all of the many hours you spent reading our blogs, judging and filling out forms. You did a fantastic job!

So… here’s to next year!