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Polar Fest

THE DEEP, Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

20 - 31 Jan 2023


Family Friendly


We are excited to present a winter event, ‘Polar Fest’ in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute. The event will be a celebration of science and adventure amongst the most extreme elements in the world – the Polar Regions.

Explore the world of polar science including research into topics like the effects of climate change on the Antarctic, plastic in Antarctic oceans, Antarctic food webs, Alien invaders and the history of Antarctic exploration. Find out how researchers live and work in such challenging climates and why the work they are doing is so important, for the planet and all who live on it.

Make sure you pick up a trail sheet from reception, follow the clues to answer the questions to be in with a chance of winning some polar goodies! Visitors will be able to get hands on and learn real research methods applied by polar scientists and the science of snowflakes. Plus see real stomach content from an Albatross which includes plastics, litter and find out how plastics are effecting the oceans and the species who live in them. Find out how tall you are compared to different species of penguins including an extinct species which was 1.75m tall before warming up with a delicious hot chocolate and a sweet treat.

Continue your journey with a stop by the researcher’s field camp and find out what life is like for a researcher in the frozen Antarctic. Learn about the specialist equipment they take with them from sleeping bags and cooking equipment to different types of clothing to ensure they can survive in one of the most hostile and environments on the planet.

Find out more about the vast array of careers available through the British Antarctic Survey and the diversity of skills required to operate research stations in the Antarctic, from researchers and scientists to plumbers, chefs, cleaners and electricians.

Venue Details

Tower Street,

01482 381000

Visit The Deep, Hull’s award-winning aquarium and be taken on a journey through prehistoric seas, past tropical lagoons, into the vast open oceans, down to the darkest depths, through the chilly Kingdom of ice and into the future. The Deep is home to spectacular animals including sharks and stingrays, the UK’s only pair of Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical reef fish, Loggerhead sea turtles a colony of Gentoo penguins, and much more to keep all ages entertained. Take a walk through the viewing tunnel and ride in the glass lift through the 10 metre Endless Ocean tank. Little nippers can enjoy the interactive magic floor, fossil brushing station and designing their own sea creature at Digi:Sea. The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Annual Pass. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website. Please note that all tickets must be pre booked online (including Annual Pass holders). Access at The Deep The Deep is fully accessible and offers a wide range of access aids to assist visitors with additional needs. These include audio and Braille guides, large print leaflets, foreign language leaflets, social stories, mobility aids and a Changing Places facility. Please visit the website for more details.


Accessible Information Points

Accessible Toilets

Assistance Dogs

Baby Changing

Blue-Badge Parking

Hearing Loop

Level Access

Wheelchair Access

Opening Times