Events

We're enjoying our fifth year of Explore Lifelong Learning, with fantastic sessions for members to enjoy all week every week. Just take a look at our programme!  

If you'd be interested in joining Explore you can find out more information by clicking HERE or by using the different tabs along the top. Try a free taster session!

Events

Friends of Explore Walkers Group with Harry Rose

Friends of Explore Walkers is a group of Explore members and friends who enjoy walking and talking and stopping for tea and cake. We began in 2017 and hope to continue for ever and ever and ever and...

The walks are held once a month, usually on the last Sunday BUT it is not written in stone so, if members wish a different day, that can be arranged. We are Friends!

Some of the members offer to lead a walk which means we are all contributing to something we enjoy. The walks are not long or strenuous but are between three and five miles. Crampons & ice axes not needed!

The walks contain features that are of interest to as many as possible; geography, geology, natural history, social history... so that different members on the walk can contribute.

Plans are afoot for Sunday 25th March but there might be events earlier depending on demand so do get in touch with Harry if you're interested - you can email him HERE
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Explore Evenings - New Evening Courses from January!

Interested in Explore but not available during the day? Explore Evenings is specially designed for you! 

Season Two's Explore Evening classes include The Cold War and Music and Changing Times - you can enjoy all of the courses as part of our membership programme or sign up just for individual courses.

You can find more information on our Explore Evenings Page  or learn more about our full programme HERE 

If you would like to come along to Explore Evenings or want to find out more about  Explore please do get in touch!
Enquire or Book for Explore Evenings course

More coming soon!


Calendar

2018
January
Tuesday 9th January -FREE taster event 11.00 to 13.00 click HERE to find out more
Monday 15th January - Start of EXPLORE Season 2 2017-18 and FREE WEEK ONE 

March
Saturday 17th March - Science Day
Saturday 24th March - End of EXPLORE Season 2 2017-18 

April
Monday 23rd April - Start of EXPLORE Season 3 2017-18 and FREE WEEK ONE 

June
Saturday 30th June - End of EXPLORE Season 3 2017-18 


Events archive

Explore Christmas Party - Friday 8th December from 12.30

The Explore Christmas party is a laid-back opportunity to get together for nibbles and fun before we break up for Christmas. The event welcomes anyone interested inn Explore; members, Explore Evenings joiners, tutors, friends and anyone who might enjoy sharing time with some like-minded thinkers. We know December diaries can book up quickly so this year we're having an earlier start with an afternoon party, starting at 12.30 on Friday 8th December. After the fun here, party animals can continue on to other events, busy bees can get on with their Christmas shopping and wise owls can head home for a relaxing evening and an early night.
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Sunday 22nd October 2017 - Friends of Explore Walkers Group
A walk led by Nova Brockbank around Blaydon Burn nature reserve. 

The walk is about 3 miles, mostly on good paths but some steps to and from the car park. There is a choice of routes depending on the weather, and some industrial archaeology to see too! 
Sunday 25th June 2017 - Friends of Explore Walkers Group

A walk led by Geoff Cullen, historian and wine buff! Starting just past the Cenotaph in Whitburn village the walk will take in panoramic views of the North Sea, Tyneside, Wearside, Cheviots and as far south as Redcar - you might like to bring binoculars! 

Gentle hills and a coastal path, the walk will take about 3 hours plus coffee stops, expected to be approximately 7 miles or less depending on weather.

Meet just past Cenotaph in Whitburn Village ready to set out at 11.00.

Please click HERE for full details including directions. 
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Saturday 27th May 2017 - Explore Walkers Group

A walk up by the Carey Burn, one of the prettiest Northumberland valleys. Expect to see lots of upland birds and flora. (Harry saw ring ouzels, dippers, grouse and slow worms at the end of April with lots of primroses and gorse in flower). 

Please click HERE for full details. 
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Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Explore Walkers Group

The 23rd April walk was an adventure in Tynemouth led by Harry Rose. 

The walk covered Tynemouth village, round to North Shields Quay and Old Low Light Museum café, ship wrecks, King Charles and a hidden river? Fight the Dutch, prisons, hospice, coffins, torpedoes, mines.... and then back to the station. 
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Wednesday 22nd March 2017 17.30-19.30

Book Launch Event - Bronwen Calvert's 'Being Bionic: The World of TV Cyborgs'

This free public event invited anyone and everyone to celebrate the launch of Bronwen's new book 'Being Bionic: The World of TV Cyborgs'. 

You can find out more about the book by viewing the invite here.
Saturday 18th March 2017  11.00-13.00

Celebrating Science and Engineering Week, Explore Presents: 
"Parsons and Pametrada Marine Steam Turbines in the Great Liners"

A FREE,drop in, public talk on turbines and the era of the great liners given by Geoff Horseman, Chief Turbine Engineer, Siemens plc.

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This talk looked at the Parsons-type turbines which were installed in many of the great passenger liners from Mauretania up to the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, including the four funnel super-liners plus many notable ships including the Titanic, Aquitania, Empress of Britain, Bremen, Europa and Rex. For more information click here .

Explore Christmas Party

The Explore Christmas party took place on Saturday 10th December from 18.30 to 21.30 at Ampersand Inventions on the 4th floor of Commercial Union House.  

Front Street gig - November 2016

Max Adams' band, Front Street played a gig in aid of the Sybil Durno Memorial Explorers' Fund on 12th November 2016.  
Great photos below by Explore member Rob Campion.
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The Late Shows 

The Late Shows take place in mid May each year as part of the 'Museums at Night' national event.  Explore has regularly taken part in the Late Shows courtesy of Ampersand Inventions.  Our expert tutors have given a series of mini lectures to give an idea of the programme for visitors.

Watch the short video of tutor Miguel Ángel Gomes telling the story of Beowulf in old English!


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British Science Week

In March 2016, Explore was pleased to host an event for British Science Week with eminent local scientists discussing mitochondrial donation. 
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