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The Great North Time Machine Live Science Show

Included in science centre ticket
Age 5+ recommendation
Set aside about 20 minutes
Visitors laughing during a live science show.

Enjoy exciting, immersive live science shows in our theatre. 

Enter the Time Machine – also known as the science theatre!

Journey into the past as we explore local inventions that changed the world. You might even be inspired to be the next amazing North East inventor! 

Shows are on at various times throughout the day, show times are available on arrival.

During busy times, we request that you visit the Planetarium and Science Theatre once. This is to allow other visitors to enjoy the experience too. Thanks for your consideration.


Science Centre Explainer in dimly lit theatre explaining a science demonstration.
See inside the Science Theatre

Live science show highlights

Person cut out icon.

Disappear behind an invisibility shield.

Air icon.

Witness fiery explosions from a dust cloud.

Target icon.

Can you shoot lasers at a target?

Rocket icon.

See and hear an air-powered rocket.

Theater icon.

Enjoy a live science show in our purpose-built theatre, presented by one of our fantastic Explainers.

Video footage

Shows change throughout the year, so there’s always something new to enjoy!

Accessibility information

The Science Theatre is a dimly lit area where live shows take place. A limited number of people will be able to go into the theatre at one time, and you will be able to sit within your group. Shows take place several times throughout the day and times are given to visitors on arrival.

Levels of music change throughout the show and might be loud in parts. Sometimes, people in the audience might clap or cheer. Ear defenders are available from reception for a refundable deposit. Lights and colours will change throughout the show.

‘The live science show was excellent, my son loved it!’

Gayle, visitor. 

‘The show was brilliant, the host was engaging, and my son had a great time, he loved being able to participate.’

Lesley, visitor. 

‘Absolutely fantastic! The member of staff had us all anticipating the whole thing was excellent.’ 

Helen, visitor. 

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