Booking opens for Gaia Earth evening viewings at Peterborough Cathedral

Thursday 4 July 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 19 August until 15 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 6.30-9.30pm 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 £2.00 per person or £6.00 per family (2 adults, 2 children). One of the evenings, Sunday 25 August, is a special Quiet Evening, for those who prefer to contemplate the beauty of the earth in silence, whilst on Wednesday 28 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 19 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 22 August and 9 September, a Silent Disco on 31 August and a Goodbye Gaia summer recital by mezzo soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues on 14 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. To book tickets for any event visit

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 12.00pm 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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