In honour of the release of our sea-tastic issues, we we have picked the best events and activities for kids and their parents this summer that celebrate all things under (and across) the sea!

Song of the Sea, The Ark, Dublin. 

One for the budding little artists and illustrators and fans of last year’s magical Irish animation Song of the Sea, this interactive exhibition at the Ark presents an insight into the making of the film through original drawings, prints, storyboards and animations. In an accompanying workshop kids can also make their own underwater creatures for a specially created stage set!

Wars and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

In this fascinating exhibition held at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, discover Sicily's history through a collection of unusual treasures found under the sea. It includes over 200 objects and artefacts discovered by underwater archaeologists, that were lost through wars, storms and shipwrecks dating back up to 2,500 years ago!

Sunken Cities: Egypts Lost Cities, The British Museum, London.

Two lost cities of Ancient Egypt are brought to life for the first time in this breathtaking exhibition held at the British Museum this year.  The amazing discovery includes everything from huge statues to intricate gold jewellery, all of which had been buried under the sea for two thousand years. One not to miss!

Bristol Boat Trips, Bristol. 

Take a ride on one of Bristol’s old tug boats, including the Pyronaut, Bristol’s former fire boat that protected the city during the Blitz and the Mayflower, believed to be the oldest surviving tug boat in the world!

Summer on HMS Belfast, London. 

All aboard the HMS Belfast this summer where you can explore all nine decks, including the captain's control room, and discover what life was like at war and at sea on this legendary vessel.

Octopus Hideout! Sea Life Centre, Manchester.

It wouldn’t be a sea themed post without mentioning an aquarium. While there are so many to choose from, Manchester’s Sealife centre is host to an exciting new octopus exhibition, including an Atlantic Long Arm Octopus, who have arms are longer than their body!

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth. 

After 34 years of strict conservation this impressive 16th Century Tudor ship opens to the public this summer, allowing visitors to fully experience the Mary Rose for the first time. 

by Helen Longstreth.