The day we found Dory

This summer, the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham are holding a Disney•PIXAR Finding Dory event. Until 11th September, visitors can follow a trail around the sea life centre that is based on the famous movie. Different characters have clues for you in the tanks, and you jot down the letters they are holding into a book that is given to you on arrival.

We headed to the National Sea Life Centre yesterday to check out the Finding Dory event. On arrival, we were given the book to note down the letters, plus our deep sea dive log-book for stamping on the way around. We were also given a pencil each to allow us to make a note of the letters we were looking for.

On entering the National Sea Life Centre, you go straight into the penguin area, where some people were feeding the penguins. They were also blowing bubbles for them, which the penguins seemed to be fascinated by. To find out a bit more about the penguins and all the other creatures, it is possible to book a behind the scenes tour with an expert for just £3.50 which seems like a really good deal. The day we found Dory at Sea Life BirminghamAnother attraction that really made me laugh on this visit was the little tunnel behind the pool right towards the start of the tour. I’m not sure if this is a new addition but we’d never noticed it before, and my husband saw it first and thought a child had got into the pool. It turns out it was just an optical illusion and they were behind the pool, looking through a glass screen. The day we found Dory at Sea Life BirminghamI’m always fascinated by how bright some of the fish are, and when both girls were babies this was what they enjoyed the most about visiting. Today though, it was all about finding Dory. As well as following the trail throughout the attraction, children could have Dory themed photographs, do drawing, colouring and activities involving Dory and even win a badge at the end once they’d completed the trail.The day we found Dory at Sea Life BirminghamThe day we found Dory at Sea Life Birmingham

The girls always love the film in the 4D cinema, and at the moment the film is the Octonauts. They also love to see the bigger fish like the sharks swimming around in their tanks, and Libby’s particular favourite part is touching a star fish or sea anemone in the rock pool. The day we found Dory at Sea Life BirminghamThe day we found Dory at Sea Life BirminghamPlease note, we are ambassadors for the National Sea Life Centre but all views, opinions, images and sea-creature loving children are my own.



  1. August 17, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    I love aquariums, there’s something so peaceful about watching fish. I’m jealous though as the ones down here definitely don’t have any penguins in!

    Stevie x

  2. August 17, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    This looks so much fun, Alice would love finding Dory. We are due a visit and will try to squeeze one in before 11th. X

  3. August 22, 2016 / 9:50 am

    I’ve heard the Birmingham one is huge compared to the Manchester one so I keep wanting to pop in one day. It looks like it was a really lovely day out!

  4. August 22, 2016 / 10:56 am

    If only we lived closer to Birmingham as this looks like such fun and my daughter has a bit of a Dory thing going on at the moment. It looks like a great day.

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