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 Booking opens for Gaia Earth evening viewings at Peterborough Cathedral

Gaia, an artwork by Luke Jerram, to be shown at Peterborough Cathedral, Monday 19 August to Sunday 15 September 2019

Booking has now opened for evening tickets to see Luke Jerram’s Gaia Earth artwork, which will be suspended under the central tower of Peterborough Cathedral from 19th August until 15th September.
The stunning seven metre artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. Lit from the inside, it will be seen to full effect as darkness gradually falls in the Cathedral during the 6.30pm to 9.30pm opening times.
Gaia rotates once every four minutes, 360 times faster than our real planet, and it is accompanied by a specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones.
The evening viewings are on numerous selected dates during the exhibition and booking is essential via the Cathedral’s ticket site Tickets are £2 per person or £6 per family (2 adults, 2 children). One of the evenings, on Sunday 25thAugust, is a special Quiet Evening, for those who prefer to contemplate the beauty of the earth in silence, whilst on Wednesday 28th August, there will be a talk and film show from the One to One Development Trust about 900 Voices of the River Nene, focussing on Peterborough’s connections with the river.
Visitors can also take the opportunity, on some evenings, to go ‘To the Northern Hemisphere’ by climbing the steps to the upper level of the Cathedral and looking down on Gaia from above, taking photos or video if they wish. There will be a small additional charge for this, payable on the day.
The Cathedral is also hosting a series of events under the Earth whilst it is at the Cathedral. At the Welcome World opening event on 19th August one lucky person will have the opportunity to switch on the mechanism to start the rotation of the earth – it will then run continuously throughout the exhibition. There is no entry charge for Welcome World, but booking is essential. A limited number of tickets is available so book early!
Other events include Creative Yoga sessions on 22nd August and 9th September, a Silent Disco on 31st August and a Goodbye Gaia summer recital by mezzo soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues on 14th September. Children will also have the opportunity to Be an Earth Champion for a Day, on two holiday club days during August.
The Cathedral’s regular Wednesday at One event will continue with a series of talks on an environmental theme, and there will be an extra service at 5.30pm on Sundays during the exhibition, called On Holy Ground. All are welcome.
Full details of all the events are on the Cathedral website book tickets for any event
Booking is only needed for evening events. There is no admission charge to visit the Gaia Earth exhibition during normal daytime visiting hours (donations are invited). These visiting times will usually be from 10.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, and 12.00 noon until 3.00pm on Sundays. There is restricted access sometimes so please check the website before visiting - - or call 01733 355315.
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All events held at Peterborough Cathedral unless otherwise specified.
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Evening Opening (selected dates between 19 August and 15 September)
For dates please visit or 
Tickets: £2 per person, £6 family (2 adults, 2 children)
Welcome World!
Monday 19th August 

See Gaia in all its glory on its opening night in Peterborough, witnessing the moment when the rotation of the Earth and the surrounding lights are switched on. Families are welcome and you are invited to dress with a ‘plants and animals’ theme if you would like to. There is no entry charge for this celebratory evening but booking is essential. There will be a pay bar and strawberries and cream on sale. Soft drinks free of charge. Suggested donation, £5 per person (cash or card on the evening).
Tickets: No charge but pre-booking is essential. No tickets on the door.
Be an Earth Champion for a Day
Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd August
9.30am to 4.30pm, Cathedral Visitor Learning Centre
A holiday club adventure for children aged 8 to 12 years to reflect on how beautiful and fragile the earth is, and find out about small things we can do to care for it better. See Luke Jerram’s artwork from above and below, and create your own earth-inspired artwork to hang in the Cathedral. Led by the Cathedral’s Learning and Engagement team.
Tickets: £30 per day, per child. To request details and a booking form, please email
Tower Tours
Selected dates – see 
Take a guided tour of the stairways, nooks and crannies of the Cathedral’s fascinating upper levels. Along the way, look down on Gaia from above, and see the view from the top of the tower. 
Tickets: £10 (£8 concs). Ages 8+. Conditions apply. Limited spaces available so advanced booking is recommended.
Awe and Wonder: Creative Yoga 
Thursday 22nd August and Monday 9th September

Settle down under the turning Earth to experience this imaginative and meditative session which will draw on the ancient traditions of yoga and our connectedness with the natural world. Led by priest and creative yoga practitioner, Helena del Pino. 
Tickets: £15 per person. Ages 14+. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Wheelchair users and seated participants welcome.
Quiet Evening 
Sunday 25th August
6.30pm to 9.30pm

Especially for those who prefer to contemplate the beauty of the earth in silence. It is an ideal opportunity for people who find coping with noise a problem, to come and see this inspiring installation.
Tickets: £2 per person / £6 per family (two adults, two children)
900 Voices of the River Nene 
Wednesday 28th August

Judi Alston and Andy Campbell of One to One Development Trust present films from the 900 Voices Collection, including ‘Railworld the Volunteers Story’ and ‘Nene – at Peterborough Cathedral’. Hear about the significance of the River Nene, its heritage and importance as an environmental resource. The 900 Voices Nene digital art installation will be available on a touch screen to explore.
Tickets: £2 per person / £6 per family (two adults, two children). The exhibition will be open to visitors – without the soundtrack - during this event.
Sense and Sensibility 
Friday 30th August
6.00pm for 7.00pm in the Cloisters

Come and see Jane Austen's much-loved novel, adapted by Dawn Bush and presented by Dot Productions, performed in the Cathedral Cloisters. Doors open at 6.00pm. The Gaia exhibition will be open in the Cathedral as usual.
Tickets: £12 (booking fee applies). Book via
Silent Disco Under the Earth
Saturday 31st August

Silently dance the night away with your friends and family, under the beautiful earth! 
Tickets: £7 per person (£5 per person for groups of 10+)
Heritage Open Days Weekend
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September
10.00am to 4.00pm, various locations

As part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend, take a look inside Cathedral spaces that are usually closed to the public. For details, check our website or visit
Goodbye Gaia!
Music for a Summer Evening
Saturday 14th September
A musical evening to celebrate the culmination of the Gaia exhibition, featuring mezzo-soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues, accompanied by Kate Wishart and some talented musical students.  Gabriella, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, began her music career as a chorister in the Cathedral Choir. Her repertoire will include pieces by Handel, Purcell and Andrew Lloyd-Webber, as well as songs from Les Misérablesand The Sound of Music. There will be an extended interval during which guests can view the exhibition for the final time. Don’t miss this magical evening.
Tickets: £12 per person. Unreserved seating.
Wednesday at One
Our regular lunchtime series will continue with a talk on an environmental theme, followed by a light lunch for those who can stay. No charge – donations are invited to cover lunch costs.
On Holy Ground
Taking place on Sundays at 5.30pm, this is an informal service to which all are welcome.
There will also be selected Evensong services with visiting choirs during August, with our own Choir returning in the second week of September, plus our regular Sunday services at 8.00am, 9.15am, 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Liz Hurst
Communications Manager
Peterborough Cathedral
direct 01733 355309 | office 01733 355315
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