At the national Lobster Hatchery we aim to raise awareness about the wonderful life of lobsters and sustainable fisheries.

We love sharing knowledge through education, in hope we can raise awareness of the vulnerability of our fisheries and of the many positive ways in which we, as consumers, can help to ensure sustainable stock levels. We have also linked this to the curriculum, covering a variety of themes and subjects.

We also happy offer talks to local clubs and interest groups, student placements, scholarships, in-house lectures and an interactive tour of the aquaculture facilities at the hatchery.

Here are some of the opportunities you can get involved with!

On site Hatchery educational group visits
A unique opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with our little lobsters! Go behind the scenes to see our marine biologists at work, enjoy unlimited access to our Visitor Centre, take part in activities and lessons in our beautiful classroom.

Please note – Educational visits are only available on Wednesdays and must be booked at least two weeks in advance due to the working nature of our laboratory facility.

‘Behind the Scenes’ tours are suitable for children from 8 years and over.

Educational visits are only available during term times.

We can only facilitate a maximum of 35 Children per visit.

If you would be interested in an educational visit please fill in the form below.

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As well as a fascinating visitor centre and working laboratory, the hatchery houses first class teaching facilities consisting of a large lecture room with multimedia projector, hearing loop, whiteboard and microscopy facilities.

Our location next to the Camel estuary and the nearby beaches, combined with the benefit of our facilities, our expertise in identifying aquatic organisms and explaining aspects of the marine environment, makes the National Lobster Hatchery the ideal base for field trips to the coast.

Information for teachers

The National Lobster Hatchery is one of the few marine biology laboratories in the world open to visitors. Our educational programmes are aimed at stimulating imagination and creativity as well as improving environmental awareness. We are dedicated to educating pupils about the importance of conserving our marine environment and its living resources.

Our educational visits expand the boundaries of the classroom, linking to the curriculum to enhance learning objectives, and allowing children to participate with applied marine conservation in action. As well as seeing first hand the fascinating progression of a lobster from egg to adult and learning about our own conservation and research work, children can learn about the wider marine environment and why we should protect it.

Curriculum linked topics available include:
• Lobster life cycles
• Food chains
• Adaptations and Evolution
• Habitats
• Fishing methods
• Sustainability
• Food production
• Economics
• and bespoke to you.

Enquire about our educational resource packs to take back to the classroom with you.

For your tour, lecture or fishy activity ring us on 01841 533877 or email so that we can tailor your day to suit your needs.

The education/research facility at the National Lobster Hatchery was part funded by:

The National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow, PL28 8BL Tel: 01841 533877
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