Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration Events

On the 20th July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon and the year 2019 represents the 50th anniversary of this remarkable feat. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate what is arguably mankind’s greatest achievement thus far and we at Go Stargazing are very keen to help raise awareness of any events taking place to mark this anniversary.

If you are organising an event yourself (or are aware of one) and would like it featured on our website please contact us and we’ll be very happy to add it to our events database so that it appears on this webpage.

We’ll be updating this page frequently so do please check back to see if there is anything happening near you! If you’re looking for an event outside of the UK please see the International Astronomical Union’s www.moonlanding50.org website.

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Forthcoming events


Destination Moon Launch

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings at Dynamic Earth. This special evening will be the premier of our Destination Moon program which tells the epic story of humanity’s first voyage to another world through fun, family...

Tuesday 28th May 2019 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

The First Men on the Moon - 50 Years On

The View - Panshanger Golf Complex, Welwyn Garden City, AL6 0QT

Join the members of Hertford Astronomy Group for this special event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings...Using contemporary images and video, and bringing along 50-year-old models, newspapers and other materials, and drawing...

Wednesday 12th June 2019 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Over the Moon Apollo 50th Celebration

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, this fabulous event will bring music and astronomy together. With a mix of vocal performances and solo piano performances married together with photographs and video, this promises to...

Saturday 15th June 2019 from 19:30pm to 23:59pm

To The Moon and Back Again

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

It's our nearest celestial neighbour, but only 24 humans have ever made the epic voyage to the Moon and back. With the help of astronomy experts Alastair Bruce, Martin Black, William D. Taylor from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, celebrate the 50th...

Tuesday 18th June 2019 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

50th Anniversary of Apollo Exhibition

Wells & Mendip Museum, Wells, BA5 2UE

Wells & Mendip Astronomers in collaboration with Space Detectives present a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, man's first landing on the Moon.10:00 - 16:00 - Free entry to exhibition and activities including astrophotography,...

Saturday 22nd June 2019 from 10:00am to 21:00pm

The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Royal Aeronautical Society, London, W1J 7BQ

Enjoy a presentation by Pat Norris, former NASA contractor at the time of the Apollo missions, and re-live the iconic space mission Apollo 11 guided by an engineer who participated in its development. This event is open to the public however spaces...

Thursday 27th June 2019 from 18:00pm to 19:00pm

From Myth to the Moon

University Centre Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ

Shropshire Astronomical Society are marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with this fantastic event tracing the path to the first moon landing with Pete Williamson, FRAS. Admission is free, refreshments available.

Friday 28th June 2019 from 19:39pm to 21:00pm

Destination Space - Apollo

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Each Saturday and Sunday from 29th June through to 21st July the Winchester Science Centre is celebrating the momentous achievement of the first moon landing with a Destination Space live science show and activities. Visit the planetarium and enjoy...

Saturday 29th June 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Destination Space - Apollo

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Each Saturday and Sunday from 29th June through to 21st July the Winchester Science Centre is celebrating the momentous achievement of the first moon landing with a Destination Space live science show and activities. Visit the planetarium and enjoy...

Sunday 30th June 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Destination Space - Apollo

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Each Saturday and Sunday from 29th June through to 21st July the Winchester Science Centre is celebrating the momentous achievement of the first moon landing with a Destination Space live science show and activities. Visit the planetarium and enjoy...

Saturday 6th July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Destination Space - Apollo

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Each Saturday and Sunday from 29th June through to 21st July the Winchester Science Centre is celebrating the momentous achievement of the first moon landing with a Destination Space live science show and activities. Visit the planetarium and enjoy...

Sunday 7th July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

SmallSpace8 - Apollo Models

Hanslope Village Hall, Milton Keynes, MK19 7NZ

The 8th space and science-fiction model show, celebrating 50 years of the first men on the Moon!

Sunday 7th July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Apollo 50th Anniversary Moon Watch

Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE

Join the friendly astronomers from Sunderland Astronomical Society for this special "Moon Watch" event taking place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Event includes interactive talks, observing through large telescopes...

Friday 12th July 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:30pm

On The Moon Again with Monkton Stargazers

Thanet Observatory, Monkton, CT12 4LH

The Monkton Stargazers are hosting a "On the Moon Again" event celebrating the Apollo 50th anniversary including observing the moon using telescopes as well as talks, displays and other activities.

Friday 12th July 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Destination Space - Apollo

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Each Saturday and Sunday from 29th June through to 21st July the Winchester Science Centre is celebrating the momentous achievement of the first moon landing with a Destination Space live science show and activities. Visit the planetarium and enjoy...

Saturday 13th July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Planetarium Late Moon Landing Special at Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow, G51 1EA

Celebrating that one small step, this special edition of Glasgow Science Centre's Planetarium Lates event will take you back to 1969. Spend your Saturday night under the stars, follow in the footsteps of Neil, Buzz, and Mike, before voyaging into...

Saturday 13th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Lunar Observing Evening with Luton Astronomical Society

Stopsley Common - Luton, Luton, LU2 7XP

Everyone is invited to join the welcoming astronomers from Luton Astronomical Society for this free event which involves observing the Apollo landing sites on the Moon to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Saturday 13th July 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

On The Moon Again with Monkton Stargazers

Thanet Observatory, Monkton, CT12 4LH

The Monkton Stargazers are hosting a "On the Moon Again" event celebrating the Apollo 50th anniversary including observing the moon using telescopes as well as talks, displays and other activities.

Saturday 13th July 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Destination Space - Apollo

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Each Saturday and Sunday from 29th June through to 21st July the Winchester Science Centre is celebrating the momentous achievement of the first moon landing with a Destination Space live science show and activities. Visit the planetarium and enjoy...

Sunday 14th July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Apollo - A Moon Odyssey

Perton Library, Perton, WV6 7QU

The astronomy-enthusiastic team at Perton Library Astronomy Group are organising a two week long celebration of the Apollo moon landings taking place from Friday 15th July through to Friday 26th July. There'll have models, handouts, displays,...

Tuesday 16th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Apollo Stargazing Special

National Space Centre, Leicester, LE4 5NS

The National Space Centre in conjunction with Leicester Astronomical Society are organising a feww to attend stargazing event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the first man to step on the moon.

Tuesday 16th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society Apollo Special

Alderminster Village Hall, Alderminster, CV37 8PE

Everyone is invited to join members of Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society for this one of their regular "third Tuesday of the month" meetings.This particular week is a special event marking the very day 50 years ago of the launch of the...

Tuesday 16th July 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Apollo 11 - The First Men on the Moon

British Interplanetary Society, London, SW8 1SZ

Join Apollo expert and enthusiast Jerry Stone for this one of a number of presentations taking place at the British Interplanetary Society to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program. Using contemporary images and video, and bringing...

Wednesday 17th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

Telescope Workshop and Moon Landing Special

Perton Library, Perton, WV6 7QU

The astronomy-enthusiastic team at Perton Library Astronomy Group are organising a two week long celebration of the Apollo moon landings taking place from Friday 15th July through to Friday 26th July.For this event bring along your own...

Thursday 18th July 2019 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

The Moon Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum, London, SE10 9NF

Opening on July 19th 2019 this exhibition, featuring over 180 objects, is the UK's biggest dedicated to Earth's celestial neighbour. See the Hasselblad camera equipment that captured some of the most recognisable images of the 20th century as well...

Friday 19th July 2019 from 00:00am to 00:00am

Moonbury Rings & Apollo: One Giant Leap

Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, DT1 1QN

Fifty years ago this year man went to the moon! And Dorchester Arts will celebrate the anniversary of this monumental moment in human history with a huge outdoor musical event in Maumbury Rings, Dorchester – rechristened Moonbury Rings for a whole...

Friday 19th July 2019 from 12:00pm to Sunday 21st July 2019 12:00pm

First Man Festival - Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Apollo Moon Landing

Girsby and Over Dinsdale Village Hall, Darlington, DL2 1PL

Join the team from Go Stargazing for this family friendly weekend festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landing...On 20th July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the surface of the...

Friday 19th July 2019 from 16:00pm to Sunday 21st July 2019 16:00pm

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

National Space Centre, Leicester, LE4 5NS

Visit the National Space Centre for this exclusive event starting with a space-themed cocktail reception beneath the massive Blue Streak rocket (part of the European space programme in the 1960s), a private tour of the National Space Centre and see...

Friday 19th July 2019 from 18:00pm to 23:00pm

The Moon Festival Opening Event - Free Street Party!

General Gordon Square - Woolwich, London, SE18 6ET

The Moon Festival is a week long celebration involving numerous events over a week long period coinciding with the anniversary of the first moon landing. The celebrations start with this free street party and a night of music, circus, star gazing,...

Friday 19th July 2019 from 18:00pm to 22:30pm

Apollo at 50 with Huddersfield Astronomical Society

Huddersfield Astronomical Society Clubroom, Huddersfield, HD1 1JP

Join the members of Huddersfield Astronomical Society for a presentation on the history of NASA and how and why the Apollo program was developed and progressed, outside of political influence. Free admission with no prior booking required.

Friday 19th July 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

50 Years Since the First Moon Landings

Othery Village Hall, Othery, TA7 0QU

Join the astronomers from Somerset Levels Stargazers for this special event to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing! Re-live the moment man first walked on the moon and follow the mission from start to finish with exciting...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing at Dumfries Museum

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura, Dumfries, DG2 7SW

Visit the Dumfries Museum on the anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landing! Using a Moon landing backdrop you'll be able to recreate the moment yourselves for a unique family photo. There will also be numerous space related craft activities,...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10:00am to 23:59pm

Apollo Anniversary Exhibition at Perton Library

Perton Library, Perton, WV6 7QU

The astronomy-enthusiastic team at Perton Library Astronomy Group are organising a two week long celebration of the Apollo moon landings taking place from Friday 15th July through to Friday 26th July.This particular event takes place on the day...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10:00am to 18:00pm

Apollo Anniversary with Liverpool Astronomical Society

Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool, L3 8EW

Experts from Liverpool Astronomical Society are hosting an all day free event at Liverpool Central Library to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing including talks, displays and memorabilia.

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10:00am to 16:00pm

Destination Space - Apollo

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Each Saturday and Sunday from 29th June through to 21st July the Winchester Science Centre is celebrating the momentous achievement of the first moon landing with a Destination Space live science show and activities. Visit the planetarium and enjoy...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Moonday with UK Astronomy

Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury, HP20 2QF

Join the team from UK Astronomy who in collaboration with Aylesbury Town Council are organising a special event at Friars Square Shopping Centre in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10:00am to 16:00pm

One Small Step Artwork Installation

Lichfield Cathdral, Lichfield, WS13 7LD

Visit Lichfield Cathedral and experience 'One Small Step' - an interactive artwork installation that will give visitors the opportunity to walk on the Moon as the Cathedral Nave floor is transformed into a lunar landscape. Come and take a...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Stars in Your Skies - Moon Landing at 50

Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, SY6

The Stars In Your Skies team at Carding Mill will be providing a week long exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the epic journey to the moon with free stargazing activities for the family.

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 10:00am to Friday 26th July 2019 17:00pm

Apollo 50 Festival at Goonhilly

Goonhilly Earth Station Nature Reserve, Helston, TR12 6LQ

Celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversary in style at Goonhilly Earth Station who are organising a huge festival including big name music acts (Public Service Broadcasting and Orbital), workshops and film screenings. If you're interested you'll need to...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 11:00am to Sunday 21st July 2019 04:00am

The Moon Landing 50th Anniversary at National Museum Cardiff

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

20 July 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landings and to celebrate the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff are throwing a big, family moon party!On 20 July 1969 the first person walked on the moon, and the sample of moon rock within the...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 11:00am to 16:00pm

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Saxon Hall - Raunds, Raunds, NN9 6LT

Join astronomer Dave Eagle at the Saxon Hall in Raunds for an afternoon celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This family day starts in the afternoon with a number of full-dome interactive planetarium shows.Under a...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 12:00pm to 21:00pm

Apollo 50 Years on the Moon

St Richard's Catholic College, Bexhill, TN40 1SE

Celebrating 50 years of the First Man to set foot on the Moon, Astronomy Adventures along with St Richards Catholic College are bringing together artefacts, scientists and much more, to tell the story about the Race to be first on the Moon. Event...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 13:00pm to 19:00pm

Moon Landing Party at Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow, G51 1EA

Visit the Glasgow Science Centre for this unmissable one-off family party, exactly 50 years from the moment we landed on the moon. Delve into our very best space themed experiences, and be transported back in time in our retro moon memories living...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Moon Landing Party at Thinktank Birmingham

Thinktank - Birmingham Science Museum, Birmingham, B4 7XG

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Apollo moon landing at this very special Moon Landing Party! Enjoy an immersive full dome movie in the brand new 4k digital planetarium along with plenty of Moon-themed activities as you explore the museum...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with Salford Astro

Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

Join the enthusiastic members of Salford Astronomical Society for this special event marking the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Lots of activities are planned including a large screen projector showing the original live footage of...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Moon Landing Anniversary

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Visit the Observatory Science Centre for a fabulous weekend of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first astronaut on the Moon. There will be lots of fantastic activities during the day including rocket launching plus there will be a...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 18:30pm to 22:00pm

Apollo A Moon Odyssey

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent are running free to visit exhibition over the Summer titled "Apollo 50: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the First manned Lunar Landing" including numerous presentations one of which...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Apollo Astronight at the Science Museum

The Science Museum, South Kensington, SW7 2DD

This July, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landing, the Science Museum invites you to a one-off, family-only, overnight space spectacular.Discover what astronauts eat in space, hitch a ride and journey across the...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 19:00pm to Sunday 21st July 2019 10:00am

Apollo Moon Landing Talk

Woolsthorpe Manor, Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, NG33 5PD

Dr Nigel Bannister, Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester, gives insight into the Apollo 11 moon landings 50 years ago.

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Moon Party with Monkton Stargazers

Thanet Observatory, Monkton, CT12 4LH

Join the Monkton Stargazers for this special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing with poetry readings and a photography exhibition.

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Norman Lockyer Observatory Apollo 50th Anniversary

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Tonight's open evening of the Norman Lockyer Observatory will be a special event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing including a presentation, planetarium show and historic telescope tour with viewing if clear.

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm

Moonstones Music Performance and Moon Observing

The Theatre Chipping Norton, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NL

Celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversary in style at this music performance by the Stratford Festival Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Simon Kemp, playing music inspired by the moon, the stars and the night time sky.After the performance, the...

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Destination Space - Apollo

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Each Saturday and Sunday from 29th June through to 21st July the Winchester Science Centre is celebrating the momentous achievement of the first moon landing with a Destination Space live science show and activities. Visit the planetarium and enjoy...

Sunday 21st July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

One Giant Leap - Celebrate the Apollo Moon Landing at Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum, York, YO41 4AU

Visit the Yorkshire Air Museum for a family friendly day of fun activities including a presentation by Martin Lunn MBE FRAS about space and stars, women in space and of course the Apollo moon landing. Also there will be a cinema projection of NASA...

Sunday 21st July 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary with Scopes4SEN

Tissington Village Hall, Ashbourne, DE6 1RA

Join the wonderful team from Scopes4SEN, a charity that distributes telescopes to organisations who support special educational need children and vulnerable people, for this free stargazing event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on...

Sunday 21st July 2019 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Interstellar Spectacular - Apollo Moon Landing Anniversary

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Nottingham, NG1 1LA

Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena will be holding an epic display of light and sound where audiences will be taken to outer-space, as they experience footage of famous moon landings during a unique performance from a Secret Symphony’s Limelight...

Saturday 27th July 2019 from 19:30pm to 23:30pm

Past events

Apollo Lead Flight Director Gerry Griffin - Dinner and Talk

Llanwddyn Community Centre, Llanwddyn, SY10 0LR

Llanwddyn Community Centre presents this unique opportunity to spend the evening with Apollo Lead Flight Director for three lunar landing missions, Mr Gerry Griffin.During the evening event, you will have a three course meal with Gerry at the...

Tuesday 14th May 2019 from 19:00pm to 23:00pm

Apollo 10 Anniversary Dinner

National Space Centre, Leicester, LE4 5NS

On the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 10, the National Space Centre is joined by some very special guests to celebrate the unsung heroes of the Apollo space programme.Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried, Gerry Griffin, Sy Liebergot and...

Saturday 18th May 2019 from 18:30pm to 23:15pm


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