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Life is delighted to be the venue for an NHS large vaccination centre, but the operation of the centre, including appointments and queueing, is solely the responsibility of the NHS. Sorry, but Life will not respond to any queries relating to the NHS vaccination programme.

The NHS has issued the following information: Only people who are invited to have a vaccine can book an appointment. For more information go to this NHS website.

Parking is available in nearby Times Square Car Park. Limited spaces are available on site on a first-come, first-served basis – sorry, but we are unable to reserve spaces. 


Due to Government restrictions, Life Science Centre, Life Meetings and Events and Times Square Café are currently closed. For any queries, please email We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Stay safe.

Life Science Centre will not be running its outdoor ice rink this year due to ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Read the full statement >

Due to the Government-imposed lockdown, Life Science Centre is currently closed.

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Life celebrates 20th anniversary during English Tourism Week

The International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, celebrates its 20th anniversary on 27 May 2020 with a week of virtual events and activities.

The landmark anniversary for Life – home to the popular visitor attraction Life Science Centre, biomedical research facilities and two NHS clinics – falls during VisitEngland's English Tourism Week, which this year will focus on supporting the recovery of tourism and raise awareness of the importance, quality and value of the sector to the UK economy.

Life's Chief Executive, Linda Conlon, said: "We had big plans in place to celebrate Life being 20 in 2020, but we've quickly adapted our operations and celebrations to a digital format. Like many others, we will continue to celebrate our birthday under lockdown – it just takes a bit more ingenuity and creativity to do so, and they're skills that lie at the heart of science."

Over the past 20 years, Life has been home to the research team that created the world’s first cloned human embryo; the first fertility clinic in the world licensed to treat patients using mitochondrial replacement therapy, which was also researched and developed onsite; and a pioneering stem cell treatment that has restored the sight of many people. Now, researchers are working onsite to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Life Science Centre welcomes about 300,000 visitors a year – inspiring the next generation of scientists and health heroes, and helping people of all ages to explore science and to discover its relevance to their own lives.

Linda said: "The mission of Life Science Centre has never been more crucial than it is today, in the midst of a global pandemic and climate crisis. Science centres can play a valuable role in communicating cutting-edge science to the public."

Life's virtual celebrations start today [Tuesday 26 May], with a birthday-themed making activity for families to take part in for #LifeGoesONline on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For adults, later this evening, Life will host a science-themed virtual pub quiz.

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