Feature image credit Luke Jerram / University of Bristol


It has travelled all over the world and wowed thousands. Now Luke Jerram’s internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moon is making its way to Dorset for the first time as part of DORSET MOON; the exciting new arts event for summer 2019. Inside Out Dorset, b-side and Bournemouth Arts By the Sea presents Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon as the centrepiece for a full programme of FREE lunar-inspired events, creating an experience that is out of this world.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones

Sherborne is proud to be hosting #DorsetMoon at Sherborne Abbey from 5th-7th July, featuring a number of unique art installations along with a concert ‘The Seven Stars’ by Sherborne Abbey Choir. Sherborne is offering a town-full of activities to celebrate the event and welcome tourists to our historic town. The whole community, along with churches, schools, businesses, shops and organisations has come together to create a series of performances, displays, workshops, walks and competitions to complement the official #DorsetMoon programme.  Of course there will also be regular liturgical services ‘under the moon’ to which visitors are very welcome. Find out more at Sherborne TIC in Digby Road and www.sherborneabbey.com

Read the official Press Release issued 1st July 2019

Visit www.dorsetmoon.co.uk for information on all three #DorsetMoon venues and activities


Andrew Smith | Moondust Friday 5th July 7pm

An evening with Andrew Smith, author of the international bestseller Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth and the BBC documentary Being Neil Armstrong. This celebratory event to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing will combine lively conversation and Smith’s dramatic reading of his account of the first landing, with music and recently-uncovered film footage from a camera behind Buzz Aldrin’s head as the lunar module descended. Described as one of the books of the last decade this is one not to miss. BOOK NOW

‘Under The Moon’ Town Walks with a local Blue Badge Guide

Visit Sherborne Walks for more information or to book this very special experience

Space Detectives FREE Astronomy Workshops

Come along to the Space Detectives FREE family workshops after your visit to the Museum of the Moon. These are drop-in sessions for all ages so turn up whenever suits you.

Train Like An Astronaut
Saturday 6 July, 1pm to 5pm at Cheap Street Church
A highly interactive workshop using virtual reality experiences, learn what it takes to become an astronaut.

Blast Off!
Sunday 7 July, 12pm to 5pm at Digby Memorial Hall
Dress up as an astronaut, find out about different rockets and how they work and launch your own space rocket!

Summer Reading Challenge #SpaceChase

Join artist Darrell Wakelam and create rockets to mark the launch of the #SpaceChase #SummerReadingChallenge 2019 and the #DorsetMoon installation!

Drop in session for ages 4 – 11.  Sherborne Library Saturday 6th July 10am – 2pm (Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or carer)

‘The Seven Stars’ with Sherborne Abbey Choir

Be uplifted with a performance by Sherborne Abbey Choir in Sherborne Abbey on Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm. The Seven Stars programme includes favourites from the choir’s 2019 repertoire, along with pieces chosen especially for Dorset Moon, including Jonathan Doves’ Seek him that maketh the seven stars, Adam’s O holy night and Rutter This is the day. The choir will also give a second performance of the anthem Praise the Lord, O my soul by David Bednall, commissioned by Sherborne Abbey Festival and premiered at this year’s Festival. Free entry with retiring collection.

Director: Paul Ellis | Organists: Peter Bray, Kentaro Machida and David Bednall

Getting to Sherborne and accessibility

Here’s all you need to know about travelling to see #DorsetMoon in Sherborne and accessibility at Sherborne Abbey

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