Can you #BraveTheBugs at the new Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life London?

March 27, 2018


Sea Life London have just unveiled a brand new bugtastic experience that we know you’re going to love! It’s an immersive rainforest adventure, that promises to entertain, excite and ignite a passion for all creatures weird and wonderful. A perfect treat for your little (and big!) explorers. Here’s what we got up to on our visit.



Visiting the new Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life London

We were very (VERY) lucky to have been invited along to take a preview peek at the new Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life London, literally just a few of hours before it opened to the public on Saturday 24th March. #VeryExciting. I’ll admit that I did have my reservations. As someone who jumps out of their skin at the sight of a house spider scuttling along the hallway floor, getting up close to some of the world’s creepiest critters isn’t something that’s been high up on my bucket list. But, with my mini explorer absolutely thrilled to bits at the prospect of coming face-to-face with the world’s heaviest spider… gulp, we set off ready and determined to #BraveTheBugs.


We love visiting Sea Life London, which just happens to be located in prime position along one of our other favourite places to visit – London South Bank. It’s a hop, skip and a bus ride away from us, so we really got to enjoy the build up before heading in.


London South Bank


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London


A spot of breakfast was put on for all the explorers by the huge shark tank within Sea Life London, and once fuelled, everyone was fired up and ready to set off on the jungle expedition!



The Rainforest Adventure

The Rainforest Adventure is a permanent new feature to Sea Life London. It’s clear that no expensive has been spared to recreate that magical feel of a rainforest habitat for the species housed here. It’s pretty convincing stuff and quite like stepping into another world.


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London


By the Rangers Hut at the beginning, virtual rainforest ranger, Andy Torbet, introduces the adventure and really sets the scene for what’s to come.


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London



Top tip: As tempting as it is to race ahead, it’s the patient explorer that will be rewarded, as empty looking tanks spring to life with curious creatures.


Right from the word go, we were completely wowed by the jungle critters and their curious nature. Teeny tiny vivid blue frogs, which hardly seemed real, sprang out of nowhere. Giving us a glimpse into their world.  


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London


A gentle green python and a heaving tank full of scorpions (ermmm… lovely) set the pace for what we knew was going to be an awe-inspiring expedition.


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London




As we headed further in, there was a real sense of journeying deeper into the jungle. The sound effects and lighting were unmissable! And just around the corner lurked the gruesomest bugs of them all! Hissing cockroaches, leaf cutter ants, community spiders and the world’s heaviest spider: The Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula. Naturally, this was my little explorers highlight, and my worst nightmare.


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London


Sea Life London have cleverly made these critters tanks interactive so that you can actually get in there with them! *Whilst of course being kept safe behind glass.


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London


Now, as I said before I have a leg trembling fear of spiders. Even the little ones. It’s not uncommon for our neighbours to hear me shrieking at the top of my voice if one happens to leg it across our stairs. So, there was no way I was getting in with them, right?    



But I did.


And I still can’t quite believe that I did it, and all with a bit of help from Sea Life London’s experts. You see, the people who work behind the scenes are so passionate about their rainforest creatures. They know their stories, where they came from and are so proud to share that with visitors. That massive tarantula is actually only a baby, though give her a few months and she will be the size of a dinner plate. If she mistakenly did bite you in the wild, it would just be a bee sting. She wouldn’t be out to get you! The more I learnt about our Millicent here, the more I could see just how incredible she really is. And not quite the monster that I had conjured up in my own mind.


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London



Water loving predators

Now, the jungle critters did somewhat steal the show, however, it was the stunning ‘Bowser’ the Snapping Turtle that completely stole our hearts. This is probably where we spent most of our time in the Rainforest Adventure, happily gazing back at the inquisitive Bowser, and finding out how he was rescued and adopted by Sea Life London, after being found in Richmond Park in West London abandoned and scared. You wouldn’t know it, as he bobbed along, content and curiously watching my little explorer back.


Can you #bravethebugs at the @sea_life_london aquarium? We just have! We had a bugtastic time exploring SeaLife London’s brand new immersive Rainforest adventure this morning. We jumped, ooohhhed and arhhhed at the amazing jungle critters on show. It was absolutely fascinating and we can’t recommend a visit enough. This is the super gorgeous Bowser the snapping turtle 🐢 who completely stole our hearts 💕 . . Thank you for having us! . #happylittlebuttons #myfamilyadventures #letthembelittle #curiouslittleexplorers #rememberingthesedays #myhappycapture #littlefierceones #Ukparentbloggers #visitlondon #london #southbanklondon #sealife

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Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London


Bowser was joined by a whole host of exciting water creatures (homed in different habitats) including the UK’s largest population of Red-Bellied Piranhas and 3 West African dwarf crocodiles. Exciting stuff!


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London



The journey’s end

So, we tiptoed into the rainforest and were swallowed up by the tropics. We met some pretty weird and wacky creatures. Came face-to-face with jungle critters, but despite having the heebie jeebies, learnt that actually these are some pretty stunning and awe-inspiring characters. And after falling in love with a water predator, we have come to the end of our journey. Now feeling extremely honoured to have been invited into their habitat! Thank you Sea Life London!


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

*Bug lollies – a parting gift!



Our Final Thoughts

The new Rainforest Advenutre is incredible! It captured our hearts and imaginations, in ways that we hadn’t expected. I’m not joking when I say that the first words out of my little explorer when we left were “I loved it” which were quickly followed by “when are we coming back… tomorrow?”


Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London

Rainforest adventure in Sea Life London


Without a doubt we would recommend a visit to Sea Life London. Enjoy the expedition, and who knows, we might even see you there!   


*Want to know more about Sea Life London? Check out our Ocean Invaders at Sea Life London post.


Disclosure: We were invited to an exclusive preview of the new Rainforest Adventure at SEALIFE London Aquarium. All views are my own and I can definitely say that we all LOVED IT!




47 responses to “Can you #BraveTheBugs at the new Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life London?”

  1. Soffy says:

    I was looking forward to this post ever since I read your tweet that your were going. I have a massive fear of bugs, spiders. I don’t think I’d be able to #bravethebugs although a part of me wants to go check it out… it seems like a great way to face your fear and overcome it though…

    Soffy //

  2. Mrs Lighty says:

    This looks completely amazing Annette! What a fabulously immersive experience!!

  3. My little one would absolutely have a fit of joy if he was to go to the rainforest adventure! He’s all about bugs so this is right up his street, it sounds so amazing and I definitely want to experience this.

  4. Jenni says:

    This looks absolutely brilliant! We’ve never been to the Sealife in London, but we did visit the Berlin one a few years ago and that was really great too.

  5. Talya says:

    Oh wow this looks so awesome! We will have to get back up to Sealife in London to go see this!

  6. This looks like a fab addition to Sealife London. I love the frogs but I think I’ll need to hurry past the spiders!

  7. oh this looks like so much fun, my girls are really into bugs etc right now so would love this!

  8. Chloe says:

    This looks amazing- like such a nice family day out!!

  9. Natalia says:

    My eldest would LOVE this! We’ve not been to Sealife London for a few years so will definitely be checking out the new additions!

  10. Laura Haley says:

    This sounds like a great experience. I’m also scared of spiders-yet saw one in the wild in Cuba and didn’t freak out. Weird, eh?

  11. This sounds like a great way for children to experience a part of the natural environment they wouldn’t normally see. Well done Sea Life, we will have to pop in and take a look

  12. Oh so many hearts for Bowser! I loves him I do! I’m remaining uncharacteristically quiet about little miss 8 legs there though. You know me and how much I like spiders! I think you’re very brave . Gorgeous pics of Little Button too. We miss you all! xx #DreamTeam

  13. Jayne says:

    Looks like you had an amazing time, lovely photos, really cannot wait until my babies are old enough to enjoy adventures like these! #DreamTeam

  14. Vicky says:

    This looks so amazing!! I would love to take the kids here, fab pictures lovely x #dreamteam

  15. My girls love visiting the aquarium and it so educational. Looks like you had fun #dreamteam

  16. Sounds like something my boys would love and i would have to be brave. glad they are behind galss haha. its hard to stop the children racing through these places #dreamteamlinky

  17. It looks so cool! #DreamTeam

  18. Nita says:

    We love sea life in London, but not sure if we (I) would be able to brave the bugs!!! Looking at some of your photos made my skin crawl! This definitely is a great experience for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about the little life around us. #DreamTeam

  19. I think you were incredibly brave getting in there, they have these viewing domes at Blijdorp zoo too but I’ve never dared enter one. Your daughters hair is beautiful!!! This looks like a great day out. Thank you for hosting #dreamteam

  20. Kayleigh says:

    Oh wow my little ones would love this! Me… not so much (I hate bugs!!) but seriously, we all love Sea life and this looks amazing! #dreamteam

  21. Looks like an amazing place! Not a fan of bugs but as long as they are behind glass we should do ok! #dreamteam

  22. Sounds like a great day out but oooooh im not sure id have liked being so close to those bugs in the dark #dreamteam

  23. Laura: Adventures with J says:

    It looks very atmospheric and exciting in the Rainforest section. I’m not bothered by bugs as long as they don’t jump on me! #dreamteam

  24. Sophie says:

    This looks awesome! What a fabulous review Annette and that turtle is mighty cute! #dreanteam

  25. This sounds like a wonderful and very interesting addition. #DreamTeam

  26. That looks great! Should definitely visit there again when we go to London! #dreamteam

  27. Louise says:

    We have never been to sea life London although we have been to their other locations. This looks like it will definitely be on our list of places to visit when we take the monkeys for their first London experience in October half term. #DreamTeam

  28. Chloe says:

    Wow what an amazing place to visit. I’m not the biggest fan of bugs but what a great way to learn for all ages #dreamteam

  29. My daughter would love this – we brought her to an aquarium a few months ago when my mum was visiting and she loved it! #dreamteam

  30. Sounds like an interesting visit—I’m sure my kids would love it! #dreamteam

  31. Chloe Wood says:

    Looks like you had a fab time! #DreamTeam

  32. Laura Dove says:

    Oh wow! I think 5 of us could but Megan? No way!! Actually that’s a lie, I think Gaz would be cowering at the door too! He HATES creepy crawlies! #dreamteam

  33. Kirsty says:

    Looks great! I am not funny about spiders, but my flesh was slightly crawling at the thought of being in with ones that big. Good for you! #dreamteam

  34. looks awesome. My daughter would love that #dreamteam

  35. I think my swift response to this would be “no”… My son would love it though. Do not make me go in there! #dreamteam

  36. Kate says:

    Such a great post full of details and would certainly inspire me and mine to go for a fun and educational experience #DreamTEam

  37. Julie Downes says:

    This looks like a fantastic place to visit. Well done you for getting so close to that big spider! #DreamTeam

  38. I think creepy crawlies are fascinating, I just panic when they are in my house or garden! I’d love to take the kids to visit Sea Life London and meet Bowser the turtle. #dreamteam

  39. Charlie says:

    Ah my boys would love this day out. Fantastic!!

  40. Rachel says:

    This looks like something I would love, never mind my little boy! We both love anything related to animals. Potentially minus the spiders! The way they’ve made it dark it looks like a really great atmosphere:)

  41. Heather Keet says:

    This looks so cool! I’m okay with bugs but spiders are frightening. #DreamTeam

  42. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to face this, but it looks like you had a fab day #dreamteam

  43. Soffy says:

    Showing some love again for the #DreamTeam ! We’re taking Little A to Sea Life this summer and I’m still in two minds whether I’d be able to #BravetheBugs haha we’ll see!

  44. Helena says:

    What a wonderful new exhibition. I am sure children will learn lots from going to see this. #DreamTeam

  45. Michelle says:

    Bugs aren’t my thing but I like the Rain Forest idea. Plus, the bugs are behind glass so that helps. Sorry, bugs just really aren’t my thing. Which is weird because I love being out in nature. I guess I’m okay with some of them as long as they don’t bother me lol. #DreamTeam

  46. Crummy Mummy says:

    This is making me itch & scratch just reading about it! My boy would love this! #DreamTeam

  47. What an amazing day out, my little one would be fascinated (and I would too!). I don’t like the sound of the cockroaches though, I see enough of them in real life and I really can’t stand them! #dreamteam

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