On 20 July 1969, the world watched in awe as US astronauts took a giant leap for mankind and set foot on the moon. Now 50 years on from the lunar landing, celestial-themed events are taking place around the globe to mark the special anniversary, including many right here in Bristol. Read on to find out what’s planned.  

We The Curious

Dark Side of the Moon: The Fulldome Experience  

As you’d expect, Bristol’s state-of-the-art science and arts centre has some special events to coincide with the moon landing anniversary.

Sound-tracked by the eponymous album by Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon is showing on the 5 July, 19 July and 16 August, as part of the ongoing Planetarium Sounds series. With a full 360º dome, 5.1 surround sound and abstract projection, it promises to feel out of this world.

Planetarium at We The Curious, Bristol

Image credit: Lee Pullen

In the Steps of Apollo 3D

We The Curious is also getting musical for In the Steps of Apollo, a 3D show that explores the legacy of the lunar landing in five different musical journeys. As well as specially commissioned pieces of music and showstopping visuals lighting up the Planetarium, fascinating scientific insights will be provided by a presenter. Tickets are available for the 20 July, 2 August or 30 August.

Even if you can’t make it to either of these events or want to include the kids, a visit to We The Curious is a great way to mark the moon landing. Take your own trip to the stars and back in the Planetarium and immerse yourself in the rest of the astronomical information on offer.  

Bristol's Millennium Square and We The Curious in the evening

 Image credit: We The Curious 


Apollo 11

Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon may have been on TV screens around the world, but there’s 11,000 hours of audio and video footage that has never been seen by the public – until now.

Apollo 11, a film crafted from a selection of that recently discovered footage, is a chance to get a brand-new perspective on the monumentous mission and the people involved in making it happen. You can catch showings from 28 June until 4 July.

Aerospace Bristol

Concorde at 50

The moon landing is not the only piece of aeronautical history celebrating a landmark birthday - the supersonic airliner Concorde also turns 50 in 2019. At Aerospace Bristol, you can step aboard the last Concorde, which was designed, built and tested in the city. Join one of the Spotlight Talks to discover more about the history of this world-famous aircraft too. 

Spend a day here discovering the rest of Bristol's aerospace links - everything from satellites and engines to the future of aerospace technology. On Thursdays and Saturdays during the summer holidays, there's also the Fly Through History tours, which include some background on the space race. 

Concorde Hangar at Aerospace Bristol

Image credit: Aerospace Bristol 

The Royal Photographic Society

Apollo Science a Personal Retrospective with Keith Wright

Covering Apollo 11 to 17, there is a rare chance to hear from a speaker who was personally involved with the operations on 11 July. Keith Wright, who is a fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and member of the International Academy of Astronautics, will share his thoughts and stories behind unpublished photographs, scientific results and more.

The Story of Apollo 11

Photography was crucial in sharing the lunar landing story with the public and The Royal Photographic Society is highlighting its vital role in The Story of Apollo 11. The talk is running twice on 20 July, the exact anniversary of the landing, at RPS House.

Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond

The team behind Space Steps has gathered together film clips from Apollo 11 and prominent preceding missions, an interactive installation and rare cameras with a connection to the lunar landing for one remarkable exhibition. As well as taking you along on the journey with Armstrong and Aldrin, the exhibition will illuminate the less well documented role that women played in the space programme.

To coincide with the anniversary, The Royal Photography Society have announced that there will be free entry on 20 July. If you’re not in Bristol for the anniversary, the exhibition is running from 5 July up until 29 September, so you have plenty of time check it out.

Astronaut from Apollo 11 mission

Image credit: The Royal Photographic Society 

The Wardrobe Theatre 

Roustabout present Luna 

Perfect for kids aged 7+, Luna combines storytelling, puppetry, music, history and science to share a story based around mankind's fascination with the moon. There are two showings on 20 July at fringe studio The Wardrobe Theatre. 

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