Life Science Centre Newcastle
International Centre for Life Times Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4EP
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
Life Science Centre offers more than 100 curriculum-linked STEM workshops for Early Years through to adult learners, delivered in teaching laboratories and a state-of-the-art planetarium. At KS3 and above it offers workshops for any STEM curriculum topic but has specialist expertise and equipment for astronomy, maths, molecular biology (including PCR), microscopy and dissection.
Furthermore, the permanent exhibitions have been designed with the national curriculum in mind. In the Curiosity Zone, students are encouraged to follow the scientific process: question how things work, devise ways of testing ideas, make observations and discuss their findings. The Brain Zone has much to offer psychology students, but it also offers broader insights, such as how scientists carry out experiments when data is hard to capture. The educational content is further complemented by a changing programme of temporary touring exhibitions.
School groups can combine a visit to Life with a whirl on its open-air ice rink. Recreational ice skating can lead on to a variety of winter sports, as well as improve posture and balance. Ice marshals are on hand to provide coaching for tentative skaters and Life has special packages available if you would like to combine a skate with a visit to the Science Centre or with a workshop.
What makes us a great choice?
Life Science Centre brings incredible touring exhibitions to Newcastle – perfect for inspiring young minds and helping to even the playing field for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to see the exhibitions in London or overseas. Life is also home to the North’s biggest and best planetarium.
Situated in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Life Science Centre is only a few minutes’ walk from the city’s mainline train station, making it easily accessible for schools to travel via public transport. Life also has a private service road where coaches may park if space is available – please notify us in advance to book a parking space.
Accreditation and Awards
Life Science Centre is LOtC accredited.
Group Sizes Catered For
The minimum number of pupils per visit is 12, although there may be flexibility on this depending on your school’s requirements, such as for children with learning difficulties. There is no maximum number, but you may be required to split your groups into smaller groups on the day.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Groups will be given a schedule on arrival detailing times to visit different areas of the Science Centre, which includes time for lunch and time in the gift shop. This allows you to pace your visit, ensures good flow of visitors around the Science Centre and makes sure that your group has the opportunity to try everything Life has to offer.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
In general, visitors are encouraged to capture and share their visit on social media. However, there may be some exceptions in the changing programme of exhibitions. You will be notified if there are any exhibits that you are prohibited from photographing or filming.
Risk Assessment Details
You will receive a risk assessment in advance.
Skating and Science Centre: £9 per pupil
(available until 9 February 2018)
Skating, Science Centre and workshop: £12 per pupil
(available until 9 February 2018)
Workshop only: £4 per pupil
Playful Science (Early Years Workshops): £6 per pupil
Science Centre visit only:
(available from 19 February 2018) £6 per pupil
Workshop and Science Centre visit:
(available from 19 February 2018) £9 per pupil
Masterclass: £150 (full class) or £75 (half class)
Outreach: £360 per day
Teachers and adult helpers: FREE*
*A ratio of 1 adult to every 5 children is recommended for most groups. Additional adults over this ratio will be charged. In the case of SEN and reception/nursery groups, Life may offer further free adult support on request – please contact to discuss your requirements.
In general, no. However, please wear suitable clothing on the ice rink – layers are recommended to stay warm, plus waterproofs, hats and gloves.
First Aid Information
First aid is available on-site. While visiting the Science Centre, if you require first aid assistance, please contact a member of staff or report to reception immediately.
Life has two cafes. Times Square Cafe serves hot and cold drinks and snacks, including Starbucks coffee, and the Life Cafe offers a wide range of hot food. An indoor picnic area is also available for use by education parties and groups for packed lunches. Catering packages are available as part of your visit. Life stocks a wide range of fun, educational and themed gifts at a variety of prices in the gift shop. Life can also provide pre-booked goody bags if required.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Life Science Centre is a fully accessible venue providing access-friendly facilities for all visitors. The education department would be pleased to discuss any special requirements in advance of your visit. Please visit its Accessibility webpage (life.org.uk/accessibility) for more information or call (0191) 243 8223.
Opening Hours & Information
Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm (recommended last entry 4:00pm)
Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm (recommended last entry 4:00pm)
Life is open as usual on Bank Holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
TripAdvisor review: "I can't recommend this place enough. It was perfect! As soon as we arrived we were given a detailed timetable and secure place to put our packed lunches. A member of staff was also available to take us to every activity.
We arrived at 10am and left at 2pm but crammed so much in that it felt like longer. All children and staff thoroughly enjoyed this trip and I highly recommend it to anyone."