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Life Science Centre will be closed 8 January – 1 February (inclusive) while we make some exciting changes and carry out essential maintenance. Our ice rink and Times Square Café will be open as usual during this time.

The Young Explorers' Zone will close at the earlier time of 3.30pm on Wednesday 6 February. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

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Science Centre tickets do not include ice skating. Please purchase skating tickets on arrival. 

Combo tickets for science centre admission and skating are available from 3 December 2018 - 24 February 2019. Please purchase these separately at the Science Centre reception.

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

Science Centre day ticket prices valid until 24 May 2019:


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)

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Northumberland youth group celebrates a cool 10 years of skating at Life Science Centre

On Friday 15 December, the ice rink at Life Science Centre hosted a special Christmas celebration, with youth groups from rural communities in the region meeting up for a skating party.

It was the 10th consecutive year that Haydon Bridge Youth has booked exclusive hire of Life’s ice rink for their winter gathering, which brings together smaller youth groups from the Haydon Bridge school catchment area, including Allendale, Haydon Bridge, Haltwhistle and Bellingham.

Julie Humes, speaking on behalf of Haydon Bridge Youth, said: “Our Christmastime skating parties have become a bit of tradition for us. It brings the smaller youth clubs together in one place, which really helps to encourage a sense of community and positive participation amongst young people from the area.”

Last night also marked the final DJ night on the rink, with talented DJs from Newcastle College creating a party atmosphere for the youth groups.

Niamh Dale, Visitor Services Manager at Life Science Centre added: “Haydon Bridge Youth visit us every year, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without them! The pupils are a lovely bunch and our team really enjoy their visits. We hope to be able to celebrate their 20th anniversary with them in the years to come.”

Life’s outdoor ice rink will be in Times Square until 18 February 2018.

​Exclusive hire of the rink can be booked at a cost of £550 for one hour (maximum of 100 people), subject to availability, by calling (0191) 243 8223. Please visit for more information. 

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