Easter holiday fun that is grisly, yucky and mucky

Illustrator Tony De Saulles, Robyn Foster, 10, and author Nick Arnold at the Submarine Museum
Illustrator Tony De Saulles, Robyn Foster, 10, and author Nick Arnold at the Submarine Museum
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Most Easter events at nearby family attractions are sunny affairs – pastel bonnet parades, brightly coloured egg hunts, fuzzy chicks and fluffy bunnies. But, at Blue Reef and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, things are decidedly darker.

Here the gruesome, grisly, disgusting and dastardly are being celebrated because at Blue Reef the theme is Yucky Easter and at the Submarine Museum it’s Horrible Science.

Professor Penny Puffer with shark jaws at the Blue Reef Aquarium

Professor Penny Puffer with shark jaws at the Blue Reef Aquarium

As kids’ TV favourite, Horrible Histories, returns to CBBC on Monday, the submarine museum is extending the fun educational phenomenon and turning a horrible eye on science in a brand new family exhibition.

Horrible Science of Submarines arrives just in time for the Easter holidays and runs for the rest of the year. It offers families the chance to find out just how smelly submariners were, as well as what ghastly food they ate and how terrible the toilets were.

Five themes cover food, filth, pesky pets, scary dives and stinky submarines.

Nick Arnold, author of the Horrible Science books and co-creator of the exhibition, says: ‘The gory details took us to new depths and we loved every minute of it!’

Tony De Saulles, who illustrated the books and the exhibition adds: ‘The smelly, dirty, cramped conditions onboard submarines in years gone by has provided vast amounts of Horrible Science material.’

The Submarine Museum is open every day from 10am to 5.30pm.

Admission costs £9 to £12.50 with a 10 per cent discount if bought online. See submarine-museum.co.uk or call (023) 9251 0354 ext 240, for more information.

Over at Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea, there is a Yucky Easter event running until next Sunday, April 15.

It’s dedicated to some of the animal world’s most disgusting members.

As well as finding out all the frightful facts and horrible habits of the animals that live in our seas, families can also get ‘yucky mucky’ with a series of hands-on experiments.

Crazy scientist Professor Penny Puffer will be inviting visitors to help her make fish slime and get involved with her other gooey and ghastly experiments in her Yuck Lab.

And there’s a chance to meet prickly stick insects and hissing cockroaches. More than 10 activities taking place daily include yucky mucky mini tours, rockpool encounters, special talks and animal feeds.

Blue Reef’s Jen Atkinson says: ‘We’re all fascinated by the more disgusting aspects of the animal kingdom, the things that make you go ‘‘yuck!’’

‘From starfish that throw up their own stomachs to gelatinous jellyfish and the disgusting dinners we feed our aquatic inhabitants, there’s loads of gross goings-on.’

Blue Reef is open every day from 10am to 5.30pm. Admission costs £7.50 to £9.75.

See bluereefaquarium.co.uk or call (023) 9287 5222, for more information.