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Memberships are not available online. Purchase these at Science Centre reception.

Science Centre day ticket prices valid until 2 December 2018:

TYPE

Family (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children)

Adult (aged 18+)

Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)

Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

DAY

£36

£15

£8

Free

£11

ANNUAL

£94

£39

£21

Free

£32

Group Visits to Life Science Centre

Life is a great place for groups of all sizes! If you're bringing 10 people or more, it's best to book in advance.

​To make a group booking or to discuss your requirements please call our bookings hotline (0191) 243 8223

Our group benefits are open to all groups, from after-school clubs, professional associations and university societies to uniform groups like Brownies and Scouts.


  • Selected offers and discounts (varies depending on events and activities).
  • Priority entry.
  • Free coach parking (first come first served basis).
  • Tailored meal packages.
  • Familiarisation visits.

Standard group booking rates, valid until 2 December 2018 


Adult group rate

£12.00 per person


Child group rate

£7.00 per person


To make a group booking or to discuss your requirements please call our bookings hotline
​(0191) 243 8223 (open from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday).


*Terms and conditions: You must book and pay in advance to receive the group booking rates. Group booking rates are available for groups of 10 or more only (excluding children under 5). 

Ice skating at Life

November 2018 - February 2019

Coming in a group of 10 or more? Book in advance to take advantage of our special group packages and rates. Perfect for Christmas parties and children's birthday parties. 

All of our group packages include a skating session on our outdoor ice rink, plus a choice of different food and drink options and various added extras ranging from a 4D ride*, time to explore the Science Centre including the planetarium and hands-on exhibitions, and even party bags!

To make a group booking or to discuss your requirements please call our bookings hotline ​(0191) 243 8223 (open from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday).​​​​​​​
Girl Guiding and Scouting
Take part in special Space and Science Investigator Badge Days.
Activities and badge days for uniform groups
Corporate Visits and Family Fun Days
We can offer special Science Centre events and discounts for companies organising family fun days.
Schools
Life's schools' programme aims to provide hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on science education. Visit our Education section to find out how we can enrich what you’re teaching in the classroom.
 
Please note, education prices are only available during term time.
Visit our Education Section
Contact Us

To make a group booking or to discuss your requirements please call our bookings hotline

(0191) 243 8223

Open from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday

What's On

22 December 2018 - 28 April 2019 Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? What would life on other worlds look like? Will humans ever travel beyond our Solar System? Science doesn’t have the answers to these questions – yet! – but thanks to the imaginations of sci-fi television and movie makers, you can almost believe that we’re already there.   In our exhibition Alien Invasion, come and see 39 original and replica props from film and TV showcasing the best in sci-fi.  
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission
2 February 2019 - 31 March 2019 Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon displays the lunar surface in incredible detail on a seven-metre-wide sphere that is suspended in the air. It is massive, magnificent and mesmerising.   The exhibit uses imagery captured by the NASA spacecraft Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and, at an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the sphere represents five kilometres of the Moon’s surface.
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission
26 May 2018 - 2 December 2018 This family-friendly exhibition, created by the Science Museum in London, celebrates the 500-year work-in-progress story of building automated machines.   Children go FREE at Life Science Centre this October half term!* Get one free child admission to Life Science Centre with each full paying adult, from Saturday 20 October – Sunday 4 November 2018. Use code KIDSFREE online, or buy your tickets on arrival at reception. *Terms and conditions apply. Excludes concessions.   Start your journey with the humble beginnings of 16th century mechanical automatons before marching forward through the rich history of robotics to the latest humanoids.  The exhibits – ...
Perfect for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
Explore what makes you 'you'. Find out how your brain works and how it controls so many of your body's functions – often without you even realising it.   Play memory games, step into an optical illusion and (attempt to) interact with exhibits that require some mind over matter.   Developed with the national curriculum in mind, the Brain Zone has much to offer psychology students, but it also offers broader science insights, such as how scientists carry out experiments when data is hard to capture.    Don't miss: ​ Sip of conflict – A drinking fountain disguised as ...
Perfect for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
There are no right or wrong answers, no instructions, no rule book. Just follow your instincts as you experiment with a range of exhibits, including spinning turntables, sound-based games and a ‘Bernoulli Blower’ that floats a beachball in mid-air – always popular with younger children!   Ask yourself the kind of questions that a scientist would: “what happens if?”,  “what can I see here?” and “why is that happening?”. All of the exhibits in Curiosity Zone can be used in a variety of different ways, so you choose what you want to explore. When you come back next time, ...
Perfect for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
In the Experiment Zone YOU are the scientist! Ever wondered what it's like to be a real scientist? Find out in the Experiment Zone.Carry out practical experiments using real tools and materials.Work on your own, in a team, or enlist the help of a friendly Science Explainer.Meet real-life working scientists. See them at work and ask questions.Help in actual research projects taking place in the region's universities.Experiment Zone opening times - term timeMonday - Friday: 11.00am - 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm) Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm) Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)​The Experiment Zone may be ...
Perfect for ages 7+   Included in your science centre admission
Drop into the Making Space to design, play, weave, construct or create something special!All Making Space events are included in your Science Centre admission. Activities change regularly.The Making Space is open most weekends and during school holidays. 
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission
Get up close to our collection of skeletons and full body recreations of Neanderthal, Australopithicus and Homo erectus.These six models were created for the BBC TV series Prehistoric Autopsy, presented by Alice Roberts in 2012. They are highly accurate recreations of what the creatures would probably have been like. They are relatives of modern humans, but apart from Homo erectus they are not our direct ancestors. Find them on the ramp between the ground and upper floor.
Perfect for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
Children learn through play – it’s how they make sense of the world. Our Young Explorers’ Zone for under-7s is designed to encourage open-ended play and to help children build their imagination and other key skills, whilst having fun! Activities include:Big blocks, which are just waiting to be crafted into something wonderful. Will your child design a rocket, a unicorn or something totally new?A sensory den, where smaller tots and babies can explore light, colours, shapes and sounds – tucked safely away from some of the more energetic play from older toddlers! A fresh take on soft play, with linkable pieces ...
Perfect for under 7s   Included in your science centre admission
22 September 2018 - 7 January 2019 Our Earth is a welcoming place for us humans, but what might it be like on different, alien, worlds?​Humans love exploring – and we’re not stopping at our own planet! Although we can’t travel to most other worlds (yet!), in the immersive environment of our planetarium we can experience what it might be like.Dive through Saturn’s rings, fly above the Martian surface and find out what it’s like to walk on moons.
Perfect for Ages 5+   Included in your science centre admission
Take a tour of the night sky in Live Skies.   Our planetarium presenters take you on a tour of the night sky and describe current space missions to collect samples from asteroids.   Asteroids have had a bad press – we often think of the death of the dinosaurs – but they are a source of unparalleled information about the early history of our Solar System. Current space missions to collect samples from these distant space rocks and return them to Earth are both technically ambitious and intellectually exciting. They are a step on our journey to answer ...
Perfect for Suitable for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
Life Science Centre is home to the North’s biggest and best planetarium.   Here, the skies are darker, the stars are brighter, the planets are so clearly defined, it looks like you could reach out and touch them.   Thanks to the most sophisticated digital technology available, you can:   Experience the most immersive, absorbing journeys through space and the solar system. See stunning space films and visuals that you won’t see anywhere else in the region. Experience real-time Live Skies shows where you can find out what’s happening in space right now. Zoom through space and land on ...
Perfect for All Ages   Included in your science centre admission
19 May 2018 - 19 April 2019 We all love to explore gardens, playgrounds and secret hideaways, but when exploring space is too dark and dangerous for human explorers, we send robots who act as our eyes and ears, sensing around them and sending us messages to tell us about it.A lot of what we know about our Solar System comes from the space robots that scientists have sent to other planets. Listen in to Mission Control as the messages roll in.
Perfect for Under 7s   Included in your science centre admission
2 October 2018 - 7 January 2019 An evil genius has a dastardly plan to take over the world by stealing the keys to a magnificent Moon rocket. As you can imagine, stealing a Moon rocket isn’t easy, so the evil genius is recruiting a team of minions to help. On-the-job training is provided for wannabe minions, so step inside our theatre to uncover the science needed to complete the mission.
Perfect for 5+   Included in your science centre admission
Awesome experiments and audience participation help to unravel science fact from science fiction in our fun, family-friendly shows. Shows change regularly and cover all sorts of science themes like dinosaurs, the weather, aerodynamics (with fake flying pigs as test pilots), reactions, chain reactions... the list goes on! The Science Theatre is equipped with an analogue induction loop. ​Shows are on at various times throughout the day, daily show times are available on arrival.
Perfect for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
You can expect to be blasted with wind and smoke, 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. There are plenty of other things to enjoy if you’re smaller - just ask a member of staff. Shows are on at various times throughout the day, daily show times are available on arrival.
Perfect for anyone over 1.2m in height   Included in your science centre admission
1 October 2018 - 9 November 2018 Hurtle down an abandoned mine railroad to escape the clutches of Dr Frankenstein’s monster!   With seats that move with the on-screen action, you’ll feel like you’re really hurtling down an abandoned mine railroad to escape the clutches of Dr Frankenstein’s monster! At the end of the line you’ll tumble into a spooky graveyard for a final showdown with the monster.   Please note: some children may find some scenes in the film scary. We recommend parents and guardians watch the film in advance to make their own judgement on whether this is suitable for the child in their ...
Perfect for 8+ recommendation   Included in your science centre admission
10 November 2018 - 7 January 2019 When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. ​The Polar Express Journey to the North Pole is a six minute film based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal winning children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.   For safety reasons, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride.
Perfect for anyone over 1.2m in height   Included in your science centre admission

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