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18 November 2021

Winter Lights and icy delights at Life

Life Science Centre has announced a packed programme for winter 2021. Saturday 13 November marked the return of the much-loved outdoor ice rink, and also saw the launch of the captivating Winter Lights programme inside the science centre.


The ice rink, a must-do festive outing for many in the region, is now open to the public until Saturday 9 January.


Skaters of all ages and abilities can enjoy making magical Christmas memories with friends and family in the heart of the city, and there’s even an option to pre-order festive refreshments, to warm up after lots of chilly fun.


Online booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Booking information, including a super saver ticket option for combined skate and centre visits, is available here.


Inside the centre, the twinkling Winter Lights programme is the perfect way to cosy up as the nights draw in. Visitors will be captivated by Lumiere, an immersive live show that explores all things that sparkle and glow including a glowing fountain, colourful flames and a beautiful chemical tornado.


A lantern trail will guide visitors around the centre, while magical light play in the Making Studios encourages curious minds to experiment with creations that capture and project light.


The festive fun continues in the Experiment Zone, with the chance to extract DNA from the humble sprout.


Elin Roberts, Head of Public Engagement at Life said, “Many people will be looking forward to the return of the ice-rink which has become one of the city’s most loved festive experiences.


“The Winter Lights theme indoors, powered by science with a little dash of seasonal magic, are sure to leave all our visitors feeling merry and bright! ”


The Centre’s most recent addition, Gaia, is also on display. The seven-meter diameter model ‘Earth’ suspended from the Centre’s main entranceway is sure to make an impression on new and returning visitors. Created by British Artist Luke Jerram, Gaia  highlights the fragility and wonder of our planet and is one of only five permanent installations of the artwork in the world.


Other exhibits and activities to enjoy include Space Zone where you can launch your own rocket; be the boss in Mission Control and check out how astronauts’ poo in space! Visitors can also explore the planets and night skies in the North’s biggest planetarium and see our Earth in whole new light with the stunning digital globe Sphere. 


LEGO® creations built by pro LEGO® artists will inspire those hoping to get some bricks in their stockings this year. Highlights include a 1.5m model of The LEGO Movie’s Space UniKitty and a steampunk submarine– the handiwork of Warren Elsmore – and Stephenson's Rocket locomotive, by local artist Steve Mayes.


A new Play Zone, created especially for under 7s is now open. This fun, interactive space includes a mini kitchen and café. Budding science buffs can try imaginary cooking and learn to recycle (it’s never too early to save the planet!). There’s also a chance to play with light play and build creations and structures from soft play.


Discovery back packs are also available at reception and contain lots of fun items including prisms to see a rainbow indoors and some noisy toys. You can grab your bag from reception to help your little ones explore Life.

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