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Science Centre Visits

Visit an exhibition, get hands-on in our interactive zones and see a show in one of our breathtaking show spaces. We'll provide you with an itinerary which is tailored to the learner level and focus of your group, so you don't miss a thing!

We’re not like a museum where you’ll find stuff in cases and be expected to look and not touch. At Life, you’re encouraged to get stuck in: explore, create, have fun. Our friendly Science Explainers are always around to answer questions, explain activities and suggest new things to try.

We have a changing programme of exhibitions, events and activities, three stunning show spaces and our amazing interactive zones.

 

Opening times


Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm

What's here

The planetarium

This is an amazing immersive experience – which basically means that once the lights are dimmed, the doors are shut and you’re sitting on one of the comfiest seats in the region, it’s easy to forget you’re still on planet earth. We show a range of films and shows in here.

Live theatre shows

Our Science Explainers explore a science topic or theme with props, demos and a bit of audience participation (not compulsory if you’re a wall flower). Shows change regularly.

4D Motion Ride

Moving seats, 3D visuals and smells - what's not to like? A quick trip on our Motion Ride is a great way to shake up your day and blow off some steam during an educational trip. You have to be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the ride (for safety reasons) but there are plenty of other activities to enjoy if you’re too little for this.

Young Explorers' Zone

Our Young Explorers’ Zone for under-7s is designed to encourage open-ended play and to help children build their imagination and other key skills, whilst having fun! Time in the Young Explorers' Zone is included in our Playful Science Sessions for Early Years Foundation Stage groups. Scroll down to see curriculum links.

Brain Zone

Explore the workings of your amazing brain with hands-on exhibits. You'll even have the chance to recreate some of the studies and illusions which have revolutionised the way leading scientists think about the human brain. Scroll down to see curriculum links.

Curiosity Zone

Build a big machine, make music, create a chain reaction. No rules, no rights, no wrongs. Just curiosity, cause and effect and exploration.​ Scroll down to see curriculum links.

Teacher's Guide to the Science Centre

Download our handy Teacher's Guide to the science centre exhibits here.

Curriculum links

Curiosity Zone

Curiosity Zone is about the PROCESS of science. The variety of exhibits encourage students to:
  • Ask questions.
  • Devise ways of testing ideas.
  • Behave cooperatively.
  • Make observations.
  • Discuss their findings.
  • Ask more questions and carry out further experiments.

Brain Zone

Brain Zone includes lots of fun activities which explore how the brain works, but the most important message of the exhibition is 'how do we carry out experiments where data can be hard to capture?'. It is of specific interest to students studying psychology but is an interesting illustration of How Science Works for all students from UKS2 upwards.
  • The Brain Atlas shows what each part of the brain does. The peripheral information shows the neuroscientific techniques that have been used to find out this information.
  • The Gaze Experiment places pairs of students in the role of subject and observer, recreating an important psychological experiment.
  • Quantifying Behaviour is another opportunity to explore how data can be collected from complex environments to identify differences in behaviours.
  • Block Building is an anthropological experiment in which the students become subjects. On different days, the partitions between the stations are made opaque, transparent or removed altogether and the contact and interaction between students is monitored.

Young Explorers Zone

All the exhibits, equipment and props in this zone are designed to promote learning through play. It is a space designed to promote creativity in young students.

Browse our workshops

Early Years Foundation Stage

Playful science sessions for very young groups. These include free time in our Young Explorers' Zone, a fully interactive play environment designed to introduce the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling through fun, self-directed role play activities.

Key Stage 1

Over 20 different workshops to choose from on topics ranging from water, plants and animal adaptation to stars and planets, fossils and forces.

Lower Key Stage 2

Over 30 curriculum-linked workshops to choose from on topics ranging from animal adaptation, micro-organisms and maths to astronomy, materials and fossils. 

Upper Key Stage 2

Over 50 curriculum-linked workshops to choose from on topics ranging from micro-organisms, maths and astronomy to animal adaptation, coding and forces.

Key Stage 3

Over 60 curriculum-linked workshops for Key Stage 3 students on topics ranging from DNA, micro-organisms and chromosomes to comets, rocketry, maths and coding.

Key Stage 4

Over 50 curriculum-linked workshops for Key Stage 4 students on topics ranging from DNA, organic food and chemical engineering to coding, cells and bacterial evolution.

16+

Over 40 curriculum-linked workshops to choose from, including in-depth PCR and DNA investigations using high end laboratory equipment.

Adult

A range of engaging, topical workshops including long-standing favourites like Science of Cocktails and Botany of Gin - perfect for team building sessions.

We also offer Continued Professional Development (CPD) sessions for STEM educators with practical tips to improve teaching practices.
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