Changes to moon landing celebrations in Dorchester

Changes to moon landing celebrations in Dorchester

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:36am 19th July 2019. (Updated at 12:49pm 19th July 2019)

The windy British weather has led to a change of location for one part of Dorchester's Moon landing celebrations this weekend.

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon will now be presented inside Dorchester Corn Exchange (in the town centre, High East Street) to ensure that the experience isn't marred by predictions of high winds.

The Museum of The Moon will be open from 1200pm to 1700 today (Friday July 19th), and 1000 - 2000 on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st.

Entry is free.

Due to predicted adverse weather conditions including the likelihood of thunder and lightning, Friday’s Apollo – One Giant Leap lantern parade and concert has been postponed.

The event will now take place on Sunday 21 July (gates open at 6pm) after the Learn To Be An Astronaut Day which, like Saturday’s Open Air Cinema, will go ahead exactly as planned.

A big, 7-meter moon will be appearing in Maumbury Rings, Dorchester

Mark Tattersall, Artistic Director of Dorchester Arts, said;

“Thousands of Dorchester residents have been preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and we had to make the safety of both performers and public our first priority.

"The weather is looking much better for Sunday and so we’re hoping that the good people of Dorchester will rally round and show their support for all the musicians, artists and hundreds of local school children taking part.

"The rehearsals have been going incredibly well, so we desperately wanted the children in particular to be able to perform this wonderful music – hence the change of plan”

'What's on Saturday'

Saturday will see the return of the ever popular and free Open Air Cinema event. This year, the theme is space!

Screening begins at 4pm with Wallace and Gromit in ‘A Grand Day Out’, followed by the charming ‘WALL-E’ at 4.30pm, and rounding off the thrilling ‘Apollo 13’ at 6.45pm.

Gates open at 2pm. Hot dogs (and some veggie friendly food), candy floss, popcorn, nachos, ice-cream and delicious coffee on sale.

Open Air Cinema returns with moon-themed films.
Open Air Cinema returns with moon-themed films.

'What's on Sunday'

On Sunday science fun day Learn to be an Astronaut will be running from noon – 4pm.

This event is hosted by the Institute of Physics, Thomas Hardye School and Dorchester Town Council.

Pick up an astronaut ‘passport’ and take part in a range of ‘tests’ involving local scientists and learn about what it takes to be an astronaut.

Come along to meet real astronomers, astrophysicists, chemists, engineers, physicists, mathematicians and rocket scientists - and find out how you could get started in a job that involves space!

For full details of all the weekend’s events see or the Moonbury Rings page on Facebook.