If there is one thing we Brits do well, it’s coping with a soggy holiday weekend.
So with the Easter weather predictably grotty, why not go somewhere even wetter?
Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre has been packing in families for almost 20 years but continues to impress.
Its latest attraction, Sea Stars, opened this year.
This shows off a colourful array of starfish from across the globe.
Visitors can peer inside pods shaped like goldfish bowls for up-close views of incredible creatures that can measure up to a metre wide.
For a moment it really feels like you are in their underwater world.
Looking in: An eye-catching array of starfish from across dazzle in Birmingham
Almost as soon as you enter the venue you encounter the incredible Gentoo penguins who arrived here last year.
A glass-sided pool gives you an amazing view of their lives both under and above the chilly water.
Like all the displays in the Sea Life Centre, the glass reaches to the floor, making it especially child-friendly.
Kids can also stroke a starfish in the aquarium’s rock pool and see real-life “Nemo” clownfish.
There’s a penguin film in the 4D cinema but the loud music and vibrating seats left our tot of 19 months terrified.
The centre’s final attraction is the ocean tunnel, where you can “virtually swim” with the crowd – including sharks, sting-rays and a giant turtle.