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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

Are you looking for entertaining and varied learning delivered by experts in their subjects?

Explore is a lively, ambitious programme of courses, 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.

What is special about Explore?
The high standard of our programme taught by expert tutors.
The programme is guaranteed to run - no minimum enrolment.

Current Programme 

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Try Explore 

The third season of Explore's fourth year as an independent organisation will start on 24th April 2017 with our FREE Week One or contact the office to arrange your free taster session by clicking here.

NEW MEMBER OFFER - pay £100 per term if you are new to Explore.
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Explore lifelong learning 2016 taster event adult education

Jeremy Corbyn visits Explore

Jeremy Corbyn MP visited Explore on Monday 3rd October on the first morning of our new season for 2016-17.  Our VIP visitor said hello to members who were enjoying art tutor Peter Quinn's lecture on the body in art.
Dorothy Stainsby, chair of JCLLC CIC and Jeremy Corbyn MP.  Jeremy was interested in and impressed by our innovative member run, professionally delivered programme. 

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


Newcastle Business School consultancy

Explore is pleased to be taking part in the Newcastle Business School Student Consultancy project.  You may see the students around Explore as they gather data to analyse!
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