Sheffield Cathedral is taking visitors to space and back with a brilliant light show - and this how you can see it

Visitors to Sheffield Cathedral can experience walking on Mars, view the Earth from space and travel to the edge of the universe when the church hosts another dazzling light installation.

By Richard Blackledge
Saturday, 8th February 2020, 3:30 pm

The Observatory opens in March and is another production by Luxmuralis, who staged an event called The Angels are Coming at Sheffield’s Anglican cathedral before Christmas.

The new light show will run for eight days. A ‘spectacular immersive experience’ is promised, as artworks are projected onto the interior of the building while special music plays.

Visitors will also have the chance to watch original footage of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969, find out what it would be like to walk on Mars and see a picture of the Earth as seen from space under a galaxy of stars.

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A space-themed Luxmuralis production at Lichfield Cathedral.

The Observatory is part of a three-year programme of activities designed to boost visitor numbers at the cathedral. More than 11,500 people saw The Angels are Coming, a response the Dean of Sheffield, the Very Rev Peter Bradley, said was ‘incredible’.

“It was a big decision for the Cathedral to commit to The Angels are Coming but we’re so glad we did,” he said.

“It was wonderful to see so many families here. We are thrilled to be working with Luxmuralis again and can’t wait to see the Cathedral transformed again through the imaginative use of light, sound and digital imagery.”

The Rev Canon Keith Farrow, vice dean and canon missioner, pointed out that 2020 has been declared the Year of Cathedrals.

A space-themed Luxmuralis production at Lichfield Cathedral.

“These amazing buildings hold something special within them in the beauty of the architecture and the hugely interesting history and heritage story,” said Rev Canon Farrow.

The Observatory runs from March 13 to 20. Tickets are priced £6 for adults and £4 for children aged 4 to 12, while children aged under three go free. A family pass – two adults and two children – costs £17.50.

First entry to the Cathedral will be at 6:40pm and every 20 minutes thereafter. Last entry 9pm. Visitors should allow around an hour for the full experience.

See or go to the Cathedral gift shop to book.

A space-themed Luxmuralis production at Lichfield Cathedral.
A space-themed Luxmuralis production at St Andrews in Scotland.