12 October – 3 November 2021
Welcome to the home of Wells Cathedral’s Festival of the Moon 2021 – a fantastic constellation of events surrounding Luke Jerram’s touring artwork: Museum of the Moon.
Wells Cathedral’s Festival of the Moon is proudly sponsored by:
Wells Cathedral is open daily from 7am – 6pm for visitors to come and see the Museum of the Moon!
In order for us to sustain the Cathedral for future generations to enjoy, we ask all our visitors for an entry on donations. English Cathedrals do not receive any regular funding from either the Government or Church of England.
Suggested donations: £6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £15 for Families.
Thank you for your support.
Discover the mysteries of time and space at Wells Cathedral with a self-guided Astronomy Tour! Here at Wells Cathedral you will find lots of astronomical symbols that connect us with our past, present and future. Pick up your handy space-themed guide at the Donations Desk to help you find them.
On the back of your Astronomy Tour sheet is a Star Trail! Find all nine stars to reveal the secret word and bring it to the Donations Desk to receive a special sticker!
What would your ideal planet look like? Who or what would be on it?
Design your own planet on the sheet provided, and send it to us via Facebook or drop it off at the Donations Desk in the Cathedral for your chance to win a Wells Cathedral goodie bag!
Don’t forget to include your name, age, and contact telephone number with your entry.
deadline for entries: 3pm on Saturday 6 November 2021
Click the button below to download the templateDownload
On Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st October, the Cathedral will be open from 6.15pm – 9.00pm (last entry at 8.30pm) for visitors to come and marvel at the Museum of the Moon after dark!
Entry is by donation with a suggested donation of £2 for evening visits.
No booking required.
Tickets: £25 – £40
Kicking off the Festival on Wednesday 13th October is our keynote speaker, Helen Sharman: the first British Astronaut. Helen is a pioneer, a role model, a superb communicator, and a world-class inspirational speaker. She became the first British Astronaut in May 1991, aged 27, when she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
She spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the Mir Space Station (*in the modern Russian language, “Mir” can be translated as “peace” or “world”.) Helen celebrates her 30th Anniversary in May 2021.
A superb speaker, Helen enthuses her audience about Space, STEM and the wonders of science. She brilliantly describes the meticulous training and preparation, learning Russian, launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and readjusting to life on Earth.
Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5 (family tickets available)
Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo
We all know how beautifully the choristers sing for the daily services but here’s a chance to hear them singing something quite different! Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo was written and composed towards the end of 1970. The work is a light-hearted oratorio on the Noah story and the musical style is unashamedly eclectic, giving our choristers a chance to show you truly how versatile they are!
Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out
Wallace and Gromit enjoy a day out with a difference when a quest to find cheese prompts a visit to the moon. Despite a few hiccups with their homemade rocket, the duo makes a successful lunar landing, arriving just in time for lunch. But a strange, mechanical being isn’t too happy to see Wallace eating slices of moon cheese…
Tickets: Adults £10, Concessions £8
The Festival event to make your toes curl and your jaw drop!
“It’s a love of balance combined with a desire to give people the opportunity to look up from the floor and see something different that keeps me on the wire.
I am proud to dedicate myself to the ancient art of funambulism continuing to draw inspiration from the great tradition of ropewalking, I am excited to embark upon ever greater adventures in balance.”
– Chris Bullzini
After marvelling at the incredible talent of Chris Bullzini, ticket holders will be able to wander around Wells Cathedral at night and see the stunning gothic architecture bathed in candle and moon light…
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets: £20 – £35
Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same -Fairport’s passion for performance.
Their concert at Wells Cathedral during the Festival of the Moon presents a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including their latest album ‘Shuffle & Go’ which was released in 2020.
Come and marvel at the incredible passion and talent of Fairport Convention this autumn at Wells Cathedral’s Festival of the Moon.
Tickets: £20 – £40
The London Handel Players is a world class ensemble bringing together leading period-instrument specialists in the field of baroque chamber music.
Praised by the New York Times for their “soulful depth” and their “consummate skill and musicianship”, the London Handel Players captivate audiences across the world with their performances and recordings. From the smallest forces (duos, trios and quartets) their ensemble expands to flute/recorder with strings and harpsichord (larger-scale chamber works and concertos) to present a vast repertoire of gems from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Visit Wells Cathedral and hear the acclaimed London Handel Players perform in the shadow of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.
Tickets: £20 – £35
If Jazz music puts a spring in your step, then the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra’s concert is the one for you! Conducted and presents by clarinettist Peter Long, this show will take you on a sonic big band journey through the Jazz Planets – Gustav Holst’s well-loved melodies re-orchestrated for a Duke Ellington-style orchestra.
The Echoes Of Ellington was first formed in 1994 to celebrate the music of Edward Ellington, and to bring it by live performance to a modern audience. Jazz enthusiasts the length and breadth of the nation, and later on in Europe and the United States were amazed by the group’s ability to get inside the scores and really bring out the Ellington flavour.
Tickets: £10 – £20
Wells Theatre Festival is back with its hugely popular Community Theatre production, directed by a professional creative team but cast entirely from the residents of Wells and surrounding area. This year’s production – A Midsummer Night’s Dream will performed inside the Cathedral as part of The Festival of the Moon for three nights: Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 October.
Complementing the current Wells Literary, Arts, Comedy and Food festivals, the Wells Theatre Festival aims to attract a theatre-going public of all ages, whilst also encouraging young people to participate in theatre practice. Oscar winning actress, Dame Judi Dench and renowned director, Sir Richard Eyre are patrons for the festival.
Tickets: £20 – £50
Admission: One Shilling was first performed by Patricia Routledge and Piers Lane in 2009 as part of the annual Dame Myra Hess Day at London’s National Gallery. Through spoken word punctuated with piano music by Brahms, Schubert, Chopin and more, this acclaimed production, written by Nigel Hess, tells the extraordinary and inspiring story of the famous lunchtime concerts which took place at the Gallery throughout the Second World War
Enjoy this wonderful production in the shadow of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at Wells Cathedral this autumn.
Tickets: £20 – £35
MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM WEDNESDAY 8th SEPTEMBER
If you have a seven-metre replica of the moon suspended in Wells Cathedral, what better accompaniment would there be than a live performance of Pink Floyd’s epic The Dark Side of the Moon plus other great Floyd songs? This is precisely what you can expect in Wells Cathedral on Saturday 30 October 2021, and it promises to be a stunning show. Darkside, the Pink Floyd Show has worked together with Wells Cathedral and The Museum of the Moon to bring this spectacular to life.
You can expect an excellent live musical performance, lighting & laser show and unique projections in a show that will last approximately 3 hours including interval. It will also include The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety.
Tickets: £10 – £20
Dominic Beeton of the Sanctus Project teams up with French-born vocalist Muriele and saxophonist, flautist and clarinettist, Sarah Bolter for this special Moon Suite concert. The music will transform the cathedral into a moonscape with ethereal waves of synthesizers, bell trees, chimes, and reverie harp, accompanied by the other-worldly vocals of Muriele.
With compositions emphasizing the various lakes, mountains and valleys of the moon and looking back at the fragility of our blue planet, the music will take you on a virtual journey to the gigantic moon suspended above the audience’s heads.
This promises to be a spectacular event not to be missed, and a fitting finale to the Festival of the Moon before Wells Cathedral bids farewell to the wondrous art installation.