Here are the timings for the big day on Sunday July 21st:

12noon – 4pm Learn To Be An Astronaut day

6pm Gates re-open to audience for Apollo

6.45pm Warm-up starts

8pm Sun Lotus Taiko

8.30pm Apollo – One Giant Leap


About Moonbury Rings and Apollo – One Giant Leap

Moonbury Rings is a three day celebration of one of the great landmarks in human history: the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969 – fifty years ago this year.

The project started when Dorchester composer and musician Geof Edge approached Dorchester Arts about Apollo: One Giant Leap, a cantata for children that he had written in 2001 and which was premiered at London’s Barbican in January 2002. The Barbican performances involved 46 Surrey schools with two separate choirs of 600 voices on each of the evenings. Since then it had not been performed, and 2019 seemed an ideal year to bring it back to life in an orchestrated version.

From that point on the project just grew and grew. A partnership with Dorchester Town Council to bring Luke Jerram’s Museum of The Moon to Maumbury Rings led to not only the idea of staging a huge outdoor performance of Apollo: One Giant Leap but also to a whole weekend of events, involving outdoor cinema and a ‘science’ day focussed on the moon and space.

You will find all the information about the weekend on the different pages of the website – and you can be part of the whole event, by sending us your memories and pictures of the moon landings or anything else to do with ‘the moon and you’, or learning Touch The Moon, then come along and sing on July 19th how the ,