EXPLORE is a lively, ambitious programme of talks, workshops and visits.  We are open to all and run on a not-for-profit basis.

Season 1 2016-17 programme now available on the Programmes page

You can arrange a free taster session at any time by calling us on 0191 261 1633 or by e mailing us at weareexplore@gmail.com


Introducing our patron - Lee Hall 

Lee is the Newcastle born writer of 'The Pitmen Painters', 'Billy Elliot' and the screenplay for `War Horse'.  

Click on the photo to read his message to Explore.


Where do the classes take place?  

Mainly at Commercial Union House (opposite the Tyneside Cinema) on Pilgrim Street.  We also use Newcastle Arts Centre and the Lit & Phil.

Do I need to book for an Explore class?

No – Explore members drop in for classes except for a few instances in which we have a maximum capacity.  These specific classes are clearly indicated in the Season programme with advice on how to reserve a place.

Who are the tutors?

Highly regarded specialists, many of whom teach at Newcastle’s two universities and for the Open University.

Who runs the Explore programme?

The Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre is a Community Interest Company with an elected board of directors.  The Explore programme is currently in its third year as an independent organisation.  The programme now has over two hundred members.

How much does it cost to join?

The fee to join Explore for 2016-17 starting in October 2016 will be £325.  Members are asked to pay in advance in order to facilitate administration. 

EARLY BIRD OFFER - join by 31st July and pay £300.

If you are unable to pay the set fee in advance please contact the Directors via josephcowencentre@gmail.com and we will endeavour to offer an appropriate payment option.  

Click here to download a membership form.  Make your cheque payable to The Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre C.I.C and send it to the following address:  Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre C.I.C., c/o Essell Accountants, 29 Howard St, North Shields, NE30 1AR.

Is there a reduced cost option for potential members with limited means? 
If you would like to join Explore but would be  prevented from doing so by financial difficulties, you are encouraged to apply to the S.Y. Killingley Memorial Trust for assistance.  Click on this link to download the information leaflet. 

If you have a comment about any aspect of the Explore programme, either complimentary or critical, then we could like to hear from you.  Please use the Feedback page at the bottom of the menu.

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