About Explore

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Patron : Lee Hall

About 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. 
  • Our diverse programme includes art history, practical art, archaeology, astronomy, classics, politics, literature, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, science and more. 
  • Our 2016-7 curriculum has so far covered topics as diverse as banned books, the Russian Revolution, Icelandic sagas, Dante's Inferno, relativity and Alfred the Great.
  • We are open throughout the day and early evening, Monday to Saturday.

Explore Membership

Explore is open to all. No previous knowledge or qualifications are needed – just enthusiasm and an interest in learning new things.  Our Newcastle city centre base provides a lively environment where students can exchange views and socialise. 
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  • Lifelong learning is fundamental to our endless curiosity to know and share knowledge. The Explore programme is unique, enriching, life-giving.” Max Adams, Writer, Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, Explore Tutor
  • “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 is the backbone of my week – it amuses, intrigues, challenges and inspires - a thoroughly sociable way to broaden my horizons.” Angela Young, Explore member
  • “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 

Contact Explore

Call into the Explore office on the 4th floor of Commercial Union House.  The office is staffed on weekday mornings during term time.
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