• Explore lifelong learning 2016 Latin and history class with tutor Alan Beale adult education

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    Latin class field trip to Chesters with tutor Alan Beale

  • Explore lifelong learning 2016 print workshop with tutor Margaret Adams adult education

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    Artist and tutor Margaret Adams teaching printmaking

  • Explore lifelong learning 2016 Howick baby field trip with tutor Michael Leddra adult education

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    Field trip to Howick bay with geologist Mike Leddra

  • Explore lifelong learning 2016 forensic anthropology with tutor Sanita Nezirovic adult education

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    Forensic anthropology with Sanita Nezirovic

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    'The Luminaries' study group with tutor Bronwen Calvert

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    Sunderland and Seaham geology field trip

  • Explore lifelong learning 2016 art workshop with tutor Cecilia Holmes adult education

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    Art tutor Cecilia Holmes explains a point

  • Explore lifelong learning 2016 taster event adult education

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    Explore taster event at Newcastle City Library

  • Explore lifelong learning 2016 art tutor Lizzie Rowe adult education

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    Artist and tutor Lizzie Rowe teaching a workshop


Welcome to Explore

Explore is a lively, ambitious programme of talks, workshops and visits open to anyone with an appetite for learning.  Our purpose is to stimulate curiosity, expand minds and enrich lives.

We run over 450 classes a year, led by highly regarded senior lecturers, writers and practising artists.  We are based in Commercial Union House on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle opposite the Tyneside cinema.

Our diverse programme includes art history, practical art, archaeology, astronomy, classics, politics, literature, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, science and more.

We are open throughout the day and early evening, Monday to Saturday.
Current Programme

Explore Season One starting soon!

The first season of Explore's fourth year as an independent organisation will be starting soon.  We have special offers available to help you to find out if Explore is for you.

NEW MEMBER OFFER - pay £100 per term if you are new to Explore.
Join Explore

FREE Week One from 3rd October 2016 - attend any or all lectures in week one for free. No need to book!

FREE Week One
Explore lifelong learning 2016 taster event adult education
FREE taster event - drop in to mini sessions by our expert tutors Maria Goulding, Michael Greatbatch and Colm O'Brien at Low Fell Library on Saturday 10th September 2016 11.00 to 13.00.

About Explore : by our members and tutors

'Lifelong learning is fundamental to our endless curiosity to know and share knowledge. The Explore programme is unique, enriching, life-giving.'

Max Adams, author of 'The King in the North : The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria', Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, Explore Tutor
Photo credit Kona McPhee

'We must look after our minds as well as our bodies. Explore encourages me to accept new information and gently pushes my brain back into thinking mode.'

Harry Rose, Explore member
Explore lifelong learning 2016 Harry Rose adult education

'Explore is the backbone of my week – it amuses, intrigues, challenges and inspires - a thoroughly sociable way to broaden my horizons.'

Angela Young, Explore member
Explore lifelong learning 2016 Angela Young adult education

'I need structure, stimulation and social contact during the week. Explore provides all three in a distinctive and attractive setting.'

Maria Goulding, Explore tutor and member
Explore lifelong learning 2016 Maria Goulding adult education

Our patron - Lee Hall

Explore lifelong learning 2016 Lee Hall adult education
Lee Hall, the Newcastle born writer of 'Billy Eliot' and 'The Pitmen Painters' is our patron.  Lee is passionate about creating opportunities for everyone to learn.  Read more from Lee on the 'About Explore' page.
About Explore

FREE Week One

 starting 3rd October 2016

Explore lifelong learning 2016 week one programme adult education
FREE Week One Season 1 2016-17


All at Explore wish Scheme Manager Rachel Simmons good luck in her new job at Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery!

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