One week left of Festival of the Moon

03/09/2019, PR-9166

Cllr Peter Box at the Festival of the Moon
Cllr Peter Box at the Festival of the Moon

​Wakefield's Festival of the Moon has now welcomed more than 25,000 visitors and there is still a week of moon-themed activities left to enjoy.

The centre-piece of the festival is the Museum of the Moon, a giant, seven metre-wide, illuminated scale replica of the moon, courtesy of acclaimed artist, Luke Jerram.

Some of the highlights so far have included performances by The Cribs' Ross Jarman alongside Blur drummer Dave Rowntree at the Moon Safari, talks by Britain's first astronaut Helen Sharman and Star Wars Day, which saw the screening of three of George Lucas's epic films.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

​Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "Wakefield has completely embraced this exciting festival. The growing visitor numbers and excellent feedback are testament to its success and it has been great to see so many children and families enjoying the experience.

"Bringing events like this to Wakefield is great example of how we can help support our local economy by giving residents and visitors another good reason to come and enjoy everything the city centre has to offer."

Public Service Broadcasting will perform their acclaimed 2015 album 'The Race for Space' on Friday 6 September. Telling the story of the space race through archive footage and propaganda of the time, the album weaves its way from Sputnik's launch in 1957 to the last mission to the moon, Apollo 17, in 1972.

Tickets are sold out, however, those still keen on attending this very special event are encouraged to keep an eye on social media for details of any returned tickets being made available. Please note there will also be a sound-check at 12pm on Friday.

Game Republic will take place on Saturday 7 September, offering an entire day of gaming, not limited to contests and advice sessions for those wanting to break into the industry.

Free, drop-in wellbeing events, including Moonlit Yoga and Sound-Baths - a calming, immersive sound experience – also takes place on Thursday 5 September.

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, added: "People have been so positive about the festival and everyone who has visited has enjoyed the experience. There is still a week to go so please come and check out what's still on offer – there's something for everyone."

The Festival of the Moon will be closed on Wednesday 4 September but you'll still have plenty of chance to visit. On Tuesday 3 September, the festival will be open until 9pm and on Thursday, after closing for public viewing at 4pm, the Wellbeing Event runs until 9pm.

For information on opening times and all the activities and entertainment still to come, visit