Cheshire celebrates as Jodrell Bank counts down to Lunar Landing anniversary
Cheshire is celebrating its unique role in the space race as Jodrell Bank counts down to the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landings, 20 July, and waits to hear if it will be named the UK’s latest Unesco World Heritage Site.
The giant white dish of the Lovell Telescope, which captured the first images of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, will provide the dramatic backdrop for the bluedot international festival of music, science and cosmic culture, 18-21 July, plus special events and activities that will run throughout the year.
Visitors to Cheshire can explore Jodrell Bank as part of a newly launched campaign, Cheshire: Where Science Meets Nature, a celebration of arts and culture for all the family themed on the county’s rich scientific and natural assets. Other moon-themed events in the programme include Space Odyssey, a free exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery about the town’s important role in all Europe’s major space missions, with hardware including part of the Hubble Space Telescope. In October, Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ will be the centrepiece of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.
The exciting county-wide campaign helps visitors create days out and short breaks from three inspiring itineraries of events and attractions – Forests, Festivals & Family Days; Moons, Movies & Memory Making; and Inventions, Ideas & Imaginative Outings – which have been designed to appeal to all ages. Users browsing online can add events and attractions to an editable, downloadable planner, which generates a list, handy map and advice on journey times and distances.
As well as the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landings, Cheshire: Where Science Meets Nature marks the 100th birthday of the Forestry Commission in September – Delamere Forest, one the oldest woodlands in Britain, managed by the Forestry Commission, sits at the heart of the Cheshire countryside.