The Moon at the Cathedral

Photo by Jonathan Sisson

Friday 11 – Sunday 20 October 2019

Leicester Cathedral, in partnership with BID Leicester, are delighted to welcome back Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon in the year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Admission is by donation, suggested: Adults £2.00 | Under 18s £1.00
After costs, any profits from this week will support the Cathedral’s work including Leicester’s Homelessness Charter.
Evening Events priced individually, per person.

Opening Times and Events

On the following days, the Moon can be viewed, alongside the Tomb of King Richard III and the Art of Reconciliation exhibition, during these times. Last entry to the Cathedral is 15 minutes before closing.

Friday 11 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Launch Evening

Saturday 12 October
1.30pm–5.00pm: Open* (Please note the Cathedral is closed for a service from 9.00am-1.30pm)
7.30pm: A Moonlight Concert | £8.00, £5.00 (under 18s) – Tickets

Sunday 13 October
12.15pm–5.30pm: Open*
6.30pm: Service of Compline in the Light of the Moon | Free

Monday 14 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Talk and Exhibits with the National Space Centre | £5.00, £3.00 (under 18s) – Tickets

Tuesday 15 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Wine Tasting by Veeno | £20.00 – Tickets (must be bought in advance)

Wednesday 16 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Silent Disco for under 16s | £5.00, £3.00 (accompanying adults) – Tickets
Tickets for the Silent Discos must be purchased by 8.30am on Monday 14 October 2019. Tickets will not be available to purchase after this time.

Thursday 17 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
7.30pm: Silent Disco for students and adults | £7.00 – Tickets
Tickets for the Silent Discos must be purchased by 8.30am on Monday 14 October 2019. Tickets will not be available to purchase after this time.

Friday 18 October
10.30am–5.00pm: Open*
6.30–8.30pm: Evening Opening

Saturday 19 October
10.30am–4.00pm: Open*
7.00pm: Music and Light Concert | £10.00, £8.00 (concession) – Tickets

Sunday 20 October
12.15pm–5.00pm: Open*
6.00pm: Celebration Service | Free

* Please note there will be daily services held in the Chapel of St Dunstan at 8.30am, 1.00 and 5.30pm. Services also take place on Sunday morning at 8.00 and 10.30am.

Please note that it will not be possible to attend the Wine Tasting or Silent Discos without advanced booking. To avoid disappointment please book your tickets in advance!
Tickets for the Silent Discos must be purchased by 8.30am on Monday 14 October 2019. Tickets will not be available to purchase after this time.


Photo by Jonathan Sisson

The Moon returns to Leicester Cathedral with One Giant Leap

Artist Luke Jerram’s stunning ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation will return to Leicester Cathedral this October in a partnership with BID Leicester’s One Giant Leap programme.

Measuring a huge seven metres in diameter, the internally-lit moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and will create a truly awe-inspiring experience during the school half-term holiday.

As well as the chance to see the amazing moon installation suspend in the Cathedral nave from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 October, a series of evening events is being arranged for visitors who want to enjoy an added dimension to their moon-gazing experience.

These will include music concerts and silent discos under the Moon (a children’s and an adults’ session), a wine tasting evening and a talk with exhibits by the National Space Centre.

You can find out more about the various visiting hours and admission details as well as how to book a place at one of the special events above.

The Moon’s return to the city (it first came to the Cathedral in 2018 and then appeared at Belgrave) is part of a partnership with BID Leicester and features as part of their One Giant Leap programme, marking the anniversary of the first moon landing with events across the city this summer and autumn.

The Business Improvement District (BID) Leicester is a business-led, not for profit organisation working to transform Leicester city centre, making it a better place to live, work, visit, study and do business.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said: “Cathedrals are places of wonder and discovery. We are very glad to provide another opportunity for people to be inspired, to explore, to pray, to have fun, to dance and to have our minds and hearts expanded to explore our place in God’s good creation. Come and see for yourself!”

Simon Jenner, BID Leicester Director, said: “It is great for BID Leicester to be able to work with partners across the city including the Cathedral to put on such an ambitious programme with something for everyone to enjoy. The variety and scale of the events will no doubt attract visitors to the city over the October half term holidays.”

Admission to public viewing of the moon installation will be donation (suggested: adults: £2 and under 18s: £1). After costs, all proceeds will go to supporting the work of the Cathedral and the Leicester Homelessness Charter.

The One Giant Leap programme of events in the city offers a selection of other intergalactic activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The BRICKLIVE Outer SpaceTrail will bring 15 amazing models made entirely of bricks to venues around the city centre. See reconstructions of the rockets that took us to the moon and stand side-by-side with famous astronauts – follow the digital trail around the city to find them all!

Visitors can also join in with retro-style computer games inspired by the moon landing on public screens across the city, and marvel at Overview Effect, a spectacular digital show for all. Find out more at: onegiantleap-leicester.co.uk

The out-of-this-world programme has received funding from BID Leicester, Arts Council England and Leicester City Council.

The Cathedral’s new autumn season, which explores the theme of Reconciliation, will also include an exhibition by the Bogside Artists from Northern Ireland entitled The Art of Reconciliation. These murals tell a painful story of sectarian violence and these grass roots artists have been using their work to explore living peacefully.

Cathedral events and services will also include:

  • Explore Restorative Justice in Prison’s Week
  • Seek to learn from Northern Ireland
  • Welcome Lord Eames for the annual Far and Near Lecture
  • Keep Remembrance
  • Mark All Saints and All Souls
  • Apply that learning to our multi-cultural contex
  • Celebrate Celtic culture with a fun Cèilidh

Dean David said: “Reconciliation is never easy and it is always costly. St Paul writes that Jesus Christ has reconciled us to God and ‘has given us the ministry of reconciliation’ (2 Corinthians 5.18). This season is an opportunity to explore what this could really mean to help us grow in faith and reach out in service.”

More information on the Reconciliation season can be found on the Cathedral website here.