Centre for Life

Centre for Life
Times Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE1 4EP
England

Website

Our main website with a host of useful information.

www.life.org.uk

E-mail

info@life.org.uk

Telephone

Bookings Line

0191 243 8223

Information Line

0191 243 8210

Education

0191 243 8278

Fax

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.
BODY WORLDS Vital at the Centre for Life

BODY WORLDS Vital - Extended until 30 November!

  • 17 May — 30 November 2014 *on now

BODY WORLDS Vital brings together a collection of real human bodies, specimens, organs and body slices which have been willed by donors and preserved through Plastination, a ground-breaking method for specimen preservation invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. This special collection of specimens is designed to show visitors the basics of human health and wellness. The exhibition includes whole-body plastinates, a large arrangement of individual organs, organ and arterial configurations, and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the human body works. Vital tells the fascinating story of how best to fight life-threatening diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart ailments, through healthy choices and lifestyle changes.

Note - We recommend that BODY WORLDS is suitable for ages 8 and up, but many younger children have enjoyed the exhibition - use your own judgement.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Family -£29.50
Adult - £12.00
Concession (OAP, Student, Unwaged) - £9.50
Child (2 - 17) - £7.50
Child (under 2) - FREE

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/body-worlds#.VC02JvldXmM

A Visual Representation of Stem Cells

Super Cells

  • 28 February — 19 April 2015

Super Cells explores the controversial subject of stem cells and stem cell research. Find out more about how stem cells live, what they are, how they work and discover the diseases they could potentially be used to cure.

Life is the only UK venue to host this exhibition, brought from The Canadian Stem Cell Network and the Museum of Nature and Science, in partnership with the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, the Catapult Centre and the New York Stem Cell Foundation brought to the UK by the UK Stem Cell Catapult

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£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 up-to-date details and prices.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/super-cells#.VDaul_ldXmM

Test and play in the Experiment Zone

Experiment Zone

  • 3 April 2015 — 3 April 2016

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

Admission

£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.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

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.
Frankenstein Close-Up

Frankenstein: Escape the Monster

  • 4 October — 7 November 2014 *on now

Frankenstein: Escape the Monster is a spine-chilling race through a creepy castle - can you escape? Experience every twist, turn, high and low as your seat moves in time to the 3D action on screen in our 4D Motion Ride. You can expect to be blasted with wind, smoke and water, and you'll even be able to smell the action! This is only one of the treats on offer at Life Science Centre this October; visitors can also take part in a gooey slime-making workshop and visit the planetarium for a peek at the night skies.

Warning: because of the storyline and 4D effects, young children and some adults may find this scary.

Frankenstein: Escape the Monster is showing from 4 October - 7 November. Other activities are available throughout half term (25 October - 2 November).

*For safety reasons you have to be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride. There are plenty of other things to enjoy if you’re smaller - just ask a member of staff.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Frankenstein: Escape the Monster is included in the price of admission at Life Science Centre.

Admission Prices:

Family - £29.50
Adult - £12.00
Concession (OAP, Student, Unwaged) - £9.50
Child (2 - 17) - £7.50
Child (under 2) - Free

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/frankenstein-escape-the-monster#.VC1UNfldXmM

A Swarm of Ancient Stars

Live Skies

  • 25 — 26 October 2014 5-5:30pm

Live Skies takes place at 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, and every day during school holidays and bank holidays.

Sit under the stars in our planetarium to see the planets and constellations and learn where to find them in the night sky. There's a chance to ask questions at the end of the show.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12.00 - Adult (18+). £7.50 - Child (2 - 17). £9.50 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged). Free - Child (under 2).

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/visit/science-centre-prices#.VCqfLRYQO3E

BODY WORLDS Vital

Lates at Life

  • 31 October 2014 7:30-11pm

For Halloween thrills you can’t beat a visit to BODY WORLDS Vital, our exhibition of real human bodies! Enjoy something a little different this Halloween, come and explore all that Life Science Centre has to offer – with no kids around! Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine on arrival and groove to the sound of DJ PK!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£7.50, pre-booking at www.life.org.uk highly recommended.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/lates-at-life-halloween#.VC1lMvldXmM

A preview from Night at the Toy Store 4D Motion Ride

Night at the Toy Store

  • 8 November 2014 — 6 January 2015

A brand new show on Life’s 4D Motion Ride*, race through a busy toy store after closing time, and see just what the toys get up to when the shoppers have gone home for the night... 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!

*Please note, you must be a minimum of 1.2 metres to ride the 4D Motion Ride.

Night at the Toy Store runs from 8 November - 6 January.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Night at the Toy Store is included in the Science Centre admission price.

Admission Prices:

Family -£29.50
Adult - £12.00
Concession (OAP, Student, Unwaged) -£9.50
Child (2-17) - £7.50
Child (under 2) - Free

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/night-at-the-toy-store#.VC1yQvldXmM

Skaters enjoying the rink at Life

Skating@Life

  • 8 November 2014 — 22 February 2015

Ice skating is a fun winter activity for kids and adults - and it's good for you too! Come for a spin around the ice and even treat yourself to a festive hot chocolate for a fabulous winter day out.

You can turn your skating trip into a full day out by upgrading to a Science Centre and Skating combo ticket - just ask at reception. Take a trip on our festive 4D Motion Ride, Night at the Toy Store, from 8 November - 6 January, and explore everything else the Science Centre has to offer, including the planetarium, Science Theatre, Curiosity Zone and Young Explorers' Zone for under 7s.

Opening hours subject to change in cases of bad weather or for private parties, Christmas opening hours may vary. We also offer combined Skating and Science Centre packages for a great value day out, please check website for full details and opening hours.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Skating and Science Centre prices from 3 November 2014* - 22 February 2015

*Life's open air ice rink opens on 8 November 2014.

Science Centre only
£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)

Skating only
£24.50 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£8.50 - Adult (18+)

£6.50 - Child (2 - 17)

£7.50 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

£5.50 - Child (under 2)

Skating and Science Centre combined
£32.50 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£12.50 - Adult (18+)

£9.50 - Child (2 - 17)

£10.50 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

£5.50 - Child (under 2)

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/skating-at-life#.VC1wwPldXmO

A young visitor enjoys meeting a giant snail at Pre-school day

Pre-school Day

  • 18 November 2014 9:30am-3pm

Perfect for any budding scientist, Pre-school days are designed to allow under 4s to explore the Science Centre in a safe and fun environment. These special days include a range of exciting activities such as Piccolo Music workshops; mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco alongside a range of new activities! Access to the interactive Young Explorer’s Zone and special planetarium show Little Bear is also available during this event, however BODY WORLDS Vital is not 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. Adults are responsible for the supervision and safety of the children in their care at all times. As water play is available, we advise adults to bring spare clothes for children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£5.50 per adult, accompanying children (under 4 years of age) go free!

Performers at Bright Club

Bright Club

  • 18 November 2014 8-10pm

Organised by the Centre for Life in collaboration with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, Bright Club is perfect for an alternative night out. A variety performance with a difference – combining comedy, music, art, new writing, science, performance and anything else that can happen on a stage! Advanced booking recommended via The Stand Comedy Club, this event is suitable for adults only (18+).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

The Stand Comedy Club
31 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1EW

Admission

£4.00 per person

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/bright-club-newcastle-nov-2014#.VDZrdPldXmM

Young Scientists experiment in Science Sessions

Science Sessions - Solvents

  • 30 November 2014 2:30-4:30pm

Science Sessions are regular events organized for young people aged 13 – 18 who like hands-on science. The next session will cover solvents, and try and steer participants away from the traditional negative association of solvents (which are often only referred to in terms of solvent abuse amongst young people). This session will involve plenty of practical chemistry and will last around 2 hours. Places must be booked in advance at life.org.uk or by calling 0191 243 8223, but attendees can pay on the day.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£5.50 per person

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/science-sessions-solvents#.VDaHMvldXmM

Santa visits Life!

Santa Claus at Life

  • 6 December 2014 11am-1pm
  • 13 December 2014 11am-1pm
  • 20 December 2014 11am-1pm

Santa Claus is taking time out of his busy schedule to meet visitors in the Young Explorers' Zone at Life! Normal Science Centre admission prices apply. There will be a small charge for a gift from Santa.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Life Science Centre Admission Charges

£29.50 - Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children)
£12.00 - Adult (18+)
£7.50 - Child (2 - 17)
£9.50 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)
FREE - Child (under 2)

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Green Dragon

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

  • 10 January — 19 April 2015

Now in its 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition boasts talent from professional and amateur photographers of all ages. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth - the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Group discounts are available. Contact our bookings team for details on (0191) 243 8223 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£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)

Ticket Prices for 2015 TBC. Please check www.life.org.uk for the most up-to-date details and pricing.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/visit/science-centre-prices#.VDaeq_ldXmM

A Young Visitor enjoys Pre-school Day

Pre-school Day

  • 10 February 2015 9:30am-3pm

Perfect for any budding scientist, Pre-school days are designed to allow under 4s to explore the Science Centre in a safe and fun environment. These special days include a range of exciting activities such as Piccolo Music workshops; mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco alongside a range of new activities! Access to the interactive Young Explorer’s Zone is also available during this event. Please note: For all sessions, we advise that the ratio should be 1 adult to a maximum of 3 children. Adults are responsible for the supervision and safety of the children in their care at all times. As water play is available, we advise adults to bring spare clothes for children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£5.50 per adult, accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free! There is also the option of a half hour skate on Life's outdoor ice-rink - this will incur an extra cost of £2 for the adult but accompanying children may skate for free.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Performers at Bright Club

Bright Club

  • 17 February 2015 8-10pm

Organised by the Centre for Life in collaboration with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, Bright Club is perfect for an alternative night out. A variety performance with a difference – combining comedy, music, art, new writing, science, performance and anything else that can happen on a stage! Advanced booking recommended via The Stand Comedy Club, this event is suitable for adults only (18+).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

The Stand Comedy Club
31 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1EW

Admission

£4.00 per person

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Pre-school day Fun!

Pre-school Day

  • 17 March 2015 9:30am-3pm

Perfect for any budding scientist, Pre-school days are designed to allow under 4s to explore the Science Centre in a safe and fun environment. These special days include a range of exciting activities such as Piccolo Music workshops; mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco alongside a range of new activities! Access to the interactive Young Explorer’s Zone is also available during this event. Please note: For all sessions, we advise that the ratio should be 1 adult to a maximum of 3 children. Adults are responsible for the supervision and safety of the children in their care at all times. As water play is available, we advise adults to bring spare clothes for children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£5.50 per Adult. Accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free!

An external view of Life Science Centre

Science of Game of Thrones

  • 2 April 2015 6-7:30pm

As Game of Thrones returns we explore the science behind this TV phenomenon, with award winning comedy performer and writer Helen Keen ('It's Rocket Science'). This event is suitable for ages 14+ and booking in advance is required at www.life.org.uk. More details to be confirmed closer to time.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£4.00 per person

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Chocolate Heaven Workshops at Life - Delicious!

Easter Holidays at Life

  • 3 — 19 April 2015

Whether you carry out experiments with real scientists in the Experiment Zone, take a spin on the 4D Motion Ride* or simply explore, Life has something for the whole family during the Easter break. All of this is included in the price of admission to the Science Centre. A particular highlight comes from the popular 'Chocolate Heaven' workshops, which will be running from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Please Note - You must be a minimum of 1.2 metres tall to ride the Motion Ride. Don't worry if you're smaller, there is still plenty to do! Just as a Science Explainer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£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.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Young Visitors enjoy Pre-school day at Life

Pre-school Day

  • 21 April 2015 9:30am-3pm

Perfect for any budding scientist, Pre-school days are designed to allow under 4s to explore the Science Centre in a safe and fun environment. These special days include a range of exciting activities such as Piccolo Music workshops; mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco alongside a range of new activities! Access to the interactive Young Explorer’s Zone is also available during this special event. Please note: For all sessions, we advise that the ratio should be 1 adult to a maximum of 3 children. Adults are responsible for the supervision and safety of the children in their care at all times. As water play is available, we advise adults to bring spare clothes for children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£5.50 per Adult. Accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free!

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Robot greets guests at Maker faire 2014

Maker Faire UK

  • 25 — 26 April 2015 10am-6pm

Maker Faire is a two-day celebration of science, technology, performance and craft that brings together makers of all kinds. Maker Faire encourages a DIY spirit and runs interactive workshops, as well as displays of everything from puppetry to robots - and almost everything in between. Makers from around the world will flock to Life to display their creative flair and handmade goods. It is sure to be a weekend like no other!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

To be confirmed.

Getting there

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

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