Accessibility

Life Meetings and Events is a fully accessible venue providing access friendly facilities for all visitors.


If you have any special access requirements please get in touch before you visit so that we can meet your needs.

For visitors with limited mobility and wheelchair users


  • Level access, with lifts to all floors.
  • On-site disabled parking on request.
  • Drop-off points for minibuses and coaches (must be pre-arranged before visit).
  • Fully accessible car park located close by.
  • Disabled toilet facilities.
  • Wheelchair spaces available in the planetarium - please contact us in advance to arrange this.
  • Wheelchairs can be loaned for the duration of your visit – please contact us in advance to arrange this.

Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors

  • Induction loop at reception and inside the planetarium and Science Theatre.

Blind and partially sighted visitors

  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.
  • All Life print can be made available in large print formats. Call (0191) 243 8208 with your request.

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Capacity of our rooms

  Theatre Cabaret Classroom Boardroom U-Shape Dinner
Scotswood Suite 380 180 160 100 100 240
Grainger Suite 180 96 70 60 60 120
Malborough Suite 140 64 60 60 60 100
Blaydon/Gibbs (combined) 45 24 25 24 20 40
Blaydon Suite 20 0 9 16 0 12
Gibbs Suite 20 0 9 16 0 12
Ridley Suite 20 0 0 15 0 12
McClintock Suite 45 24 24 24 20 30
Darwin Suite 80 48 36 36 30 60
Jenner Suite 20 0 0 12 0 12
Mezzanine 0 0 0 0 0 150