Centre for Life

Centre for Life
Times Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear


Our main website with a host of useful information.





Bookings Line

0191 243 8223

Information Line

0191 243 8210


0191 243 8278


0191 243 8201

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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Life is an independent educational charity that aims to engage the local community with science in a fun and interactive environment. Life hosts a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions alongside a rolling programme of science shows. Times Square cafe is on site offering a range of food and Starbucks coffee, and a the gift shop is full of scientific goodies for all the family.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Centre for Life is open every day except Christmas Day:
Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm* (Last admission 4pm)
Sunday 11am - 6pm* (Last admission 4pm)

* Please telephone our customer information line on (0191)243 8210 for up to date information on our opening and closing time as these are subject to seasonal variations.

Closed Christmas Day

Admission charges

Adult £12.00 Child (2-17) £7.50 Child (Under 2) Free. Concs (Students; Snr Citizens; Unwaged) £9.50 Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £29.50

Getting there

5 Minute Walk from Central Station Metro, Times Square Multi Storey Car Park nearby

Additional info

Wheelchair Access

Travelling exhibitions visit every year and we have an open air ice rink every winter

Collection details

Medicine, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Test and play in the Experiment Zone

Experiment Zone

  • 3 April 2015 — 3 April 2016 *on now

In the Experiment Zone you can explore how 'proper' science is done, carry out practical experiments using professional tools and equipment and meet real-life scientists, all included in the admission price to the Centre. Work alone or enlist the help of one of Life's friendly Science Explainers - it is up to you!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


£27.80 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£9.95 - Adult (18+)

£6.95 - Child (2 - 17)

£7.95 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

FREE - Child (under 2)

2015 Admission Prices TBC. Please see www.life.org.uk for the most up-to-date details and prices.



photograph showing several screens displaying video games

Game On 2.0

  • 23 May — 1 November 2015

This major international exhibition is coming to Newcastle’s Life Science Centre in May 2015.

Explore the vibrant history, culture and future of gaming entertainment and technology through more than 100 playable games. Retro lovers can play on consoles from the 1970s and there’s a dedicated arcade games section, including Pac-Man, Defender and Donkey Kong. Your gaming journey takes you through the decades up to contemporary favourites, including Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 with games such as Halo 3, Wii Sports Resort and Rock Band.

Game On 2.0 takes an in-depth look at the people and technologies that have revolutionized games and how we play them. See the design process from concept to packaging for some of the most important games of recent times: Donkey Kong, Pokémon, Spore, Uncharted, World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider and The Sims.

The exhibition gives a global take on video games, the highlights include an exploration of the influence of manga and anime on computer games; films that have been influenced by and influenced computer games; online gaming, music composed for games and new games technologies.

Please note: food and drinks are not allowed in the exhibition.

*Depending on the game played - age restrictions may apply.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply.



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Brilliant Brain

Our Brilliant Brain

  • 3 March — 14 June 2015 *on now

This brand new show in Life’s popular Science Theatre explores what makes me, me and what makes you, you! Explore the wonders of sensory perception and the brain with Life’s Science Explainers. This show is recommended suitable for ages 7+ and is included in the admission price to Life.

Our Brilliant Brain will run several times throughout the day.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Included in admission to Life Science Centre. Please see life.org.uk for more details.



Still from SpongeBob Motion Ride

SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue (4D Motion Ride)

  • 13 April — 2 October 2015 *on now

Join SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy on a wildly hilarious 4-D adventure to rescue the Jellyfish of Jellyfish Fields from Plankton's evil clutches. Experience every twist, turn, high and low as your seat moves in time to the 3D action on screen. You can expect to be blasted with wind, smoke and water, and you'll even be able to smell the action! For safety reasons you have to be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Included in Science Centre admission price: Family (2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children); £27.80, Adult; £9.95, Concession; £7.95 Children (aged 2-17); £6.95, Children (Under 2); Free.

Prices subject to change at peak times, please see life.org.uk for the most up-to-date information.



A pair of brave performers at Bright Club

Bright Club

  • 5 May 2015 8:30-10pm

Bright Club takes place at The Stand comedy club in the city centre, and offers a platform for comedy, music, performance, science and new writing. Each brave performer has an eight minute set – and any subject goes – making for some seriously unpredictable entertainment. This event is organised in collaboration with Newcastle University, Northumbria University and the Centre for Life. Booking is recommended at www.thestand.co.uk.

Suitable for

  • 18+


The Stand Comedy Club
31 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear


£4.00 per person (Adults only, 18+)



A girl plays with the water table at pre-school day

Pre-school Day

  • 19 May 2015 9:30am-3pm

Pre-school day activities include Piccolo Music workshops; mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco alongside new activities, so that every event is different. This event is suitable for children aged 4 and under. Access to the hands-on Young Explorer's Zone and special planetarium show 'Little Bear' is also included in your pre-school ticket. Please note: For all sessions, we advise that the ratio should be 1 adult to a maximum of 3 children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4


£5.50 per adult, accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free.



Getting there

5 Minute Walk from Central Station Metro, Times Square Multi Storey Car Park nearby