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Important information for visitors

Life Science Centre is currently closed. This decision has been made in the interests of the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors. 

If you have a future booking with us, we will be in touch when we reopen to reschedule your visit or issue a refund.

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Read our full statement on our closure here.

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Ready to book? Call 0191 243 8223 Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm To enquire about educational content and suitability call 0191 243 8211 or email us.

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Ice skating for school groups

Bring your pupils to Life this winter for a whirl on our open-air ice rink in the heart of Newcastle.


9 November 2019 - 14 February 2020*

Life’s Ice Marshals are on hand to provide coaching for tentative skaters and we have special packages available if you would like to combine a skate with a workshop or a visit to Life Science Centre where you can experience our amazing planetarium, live theatre shows and a range of exciting hands-on zones.

Why not treat your pupils to a warming hot chocolate rink-side for just £1.50 per child?

For more information or to book, call (0191) 243 8223.


*Please note, school skating sessions are only available during term time on weekdays.


Helpful information


  • Ensure that you stick as closely as possible to your estimated arrival time – if you arrive late you may get less time on the ice rink or in a workshop.
  • Bring your own skates if you prefer (although skates are included in the price) but we cannot offer a reduction in price if you do.

  • Wear warm, waterproof clothing which is suitable for the ice (including hats and gloves). It’s a good idea to bring a change of clothing too (particularly spare socks.)

  • Advise your group to skate in an anti-clockwise direction. This keeps things moving (and safe) on the rink.

  • Listen to the Ice Marshals, who are there to ensure that your visit is enjoyable and safe.  Feel free to ask them for advice and should they ask you to do something, please listen - they talk sense and want you to be safe.


  • Throw ice/snow balls.

  • Join hands with friends: chains might look good but experience shows that this results in accidents.

  • Take food or drink onto the ice.

Thanks for reading - have a great trip!