VISITORS have been streaming back into a reopened Cheshire Oaks attraction.

The Blue Planet Aquarium reopened its doors on Saturday, July 4, with new Covid-19 safety measures in place.

Visitors have safely returned to see their favourite underwater creatures from large sand tiger sharks and stingrays to caimans and a giant Pacific octopus.

Odin Morris, general manager at Blue Planet Aquarium, said: “Before this closure, the aquarium had never closed to the public for more than a day since we opened in June 1998 and it has been a great emotional and financial strain.

“During the past 15 weeks the Aquarium team have continued to work incredibly hard caring for the animals and maintaining the site, they have done a fantastic job.

“Since closure we have received numerous messages of support from our members and from the local community – we cannot thank everyone enough for the kind words and we can’t wait to welcome you back now we’re open!”

In addition to signage, hand sanitising facilities and hygiene guards, Blue Planet Aquarium is observing a strict one-directional journey and site capacity has been restricted to ensure all staff and visitors can safely adhere to the social distancing government guidelines.

Blue Planet Aquarium, home to the UK’s largest collection of sharks, is now open five days per week, 10am-5pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

To find out more about Blue Planet Aquarium’s safety measures and to purchase tickets, visit