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Need to Know!
Important information for visitors

Thank you for your interest in Life’s schools programme. Unfortunately we are unable to welcome back school groups until further notice.

We’re following Government guidance and working with teachers to inform our offer and when we can reopen. We look forward to welcoming you and your students back as soon as we can.

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Make a booking

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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The experience

An educational trip to Life typically includes a curriculum-linked workshop, plus time to explore the science centre. From November - February you might also have a skate on our open air ice rink. From planning to booking and on the day, our experienced team provides everything you need to ensure your visit goes without a hitch. 

On the day

We provide everything you need for an enjoyable and stress-free visit:

  • Tailored itineraries to make sure your group have enough time to see everything relevant to their learner levels and interests, including time for breaks, lunch and to browse the gift shop (if desired).
  • A space for breaks and lunch.
  • Packed lunch options.
  • Safe storage for coats and bags.
  • Fully accessible facilities including disabled toilets, induction loops and level access.
  • A member of staff to greet you on arrival and help you to get organised.



Our workshops are tailored to different age groups, developed and delivered by fully trained science communicators, and reviewed and revised regularly. You're guaranteed the most up to date educational content, relevant to your group's learning level and interests. There are over 100 workshops for you to choose from, and if you can't find what you're looking for we're happy to develop something specially for your group.

Stress Free Planning

Expert Team

Our expert team are on hand to answer your questions while you're planning your visit and on the day.

Our workshops are devised and delivered by trained science communication professionals, and during your Science Centre visit you'll be looked after by our friendly graduate Science Explainers.

Prices and opening

Prices for adult workshops vary, please get in touch for details.

Dates and times can be discussed over the phone when you're ready to book.


If you can't find the info you're looking for, read our Frequently Asked Questions before you pick up the phone.


We provide space for you to eat your lunch, and can also offer catering options for your convenience (these must be booked in advance). We have two cafés on site serving hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks, and are located just a couple of minutes' walk from various restaurants, cafés and convenience stores.

We prepare an itinerary for your visit which you receive on the day - this includes scheduled times for breaks and lunch.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop stocks a wide range of fun, educational and themed gifts at a variety of prices. Time in the Gift Shop can be included in your Science Centre itinerary, if desired. We can also provide pre-booked goody bags.

Contact us

When you're ready to book, or if you have a question we haven't answered on the website, get in touch.

Risk Assessments

We will provide you with a full risk assessment for your visit after you book.

You can download a risk assessment for your Science Centre or Skating visit below.

Risk assessments for workshops are availavble from the relevant workshop page.

Kenton Bar Primary School

"Wow! What a fantastic trip. All staff were very friendly and engaged well with the children. The children said it was the best trip ever!"