Fifty years ago man went to the moon and Dorchester is celebrating with a weekend of FREE lunar-themed events, all taking place under the internationally famous ‘Museum of the Moon’ – a 23-foot diameter giant moon, suspended and shining over Maumbury Rings.

Moonbury-RingsTo celebrate this landmark in human history, on the evening of Friday 19 July Dorchester Arts is staging a huge free performance of Apollo – One Giant Leap, a cantata by local composer and musician Geof Edge for 500 children’s voices and a 13-piece ensemble, with community singing.
There will also be a performance of Japanese drumming. The event will be preceded by a parade through Dorchester with hundreds of moon and Apollo lanterns created by local children, leaving from the Corn Exchange, and heading to Maumbury Rings, where they will form a magnificent display as a backdrop to the event. On Saturday 20 July from 4-9pm there will be a free, space-themed open-air cinema event showing two films, along with some original space footage from the period.

On Sunday 21 July there will be a Learn to be an Astronaut science fun day from noon to 4pm hosted by the Institute of Physics, Thomas Hardye School and Dorchester Town Council. Come and take part in a range of tests and learn about what it takes to be an astronaut. You will get an astronaut training card and be invited to take part in fun activities to evaluate your skills. You will get to meet astronomers, astrophysicists, engineers and rocket scientists – including one who worked on the Apollo 11 rocket.

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