Two years – and what feels like a lifetime – ago excitement was mounting as Lighthouse played its part in Dorset’s first moon landing... 

Dorset Moon was centred on artist Luke Jerram’s monumental Museum of the Moon; an astounding seven metre diameter spherical sculpture of the moon featuring a minutely detailed NASA image of the lunar surface with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture representing 5km of the moon’s surface. 

Over three summer weekends at three stunning locations – St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth; Sherborne Abbey and the Nothe Fort in Weymouth – more than 41,000 visits were made to wonder at the sculpture and take part in a full programme of lunar-inspired events that orbited the sculpture. These included a silent disco by the light of the moon, and seven brand-new artworks that were created for the event. 

The stellar event was commissioned by the Arts Development Company, funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund, and produced by the Dorset Festivals Consortium, made up of Dorset’s three popular arts festivals – Inside Out Dorset, Bournemouth Arts by the Sea and b-side, with Lighthouse providing marketing support. 

An unqualified creative, artistic and commercial success, Dorset Moon attracted some 12,000 tourists from outside of Dorset and provided a welcome boost to the local economy at the start of the summer tourist season. 

The event was subsequently awarded the prestigious Events and Cultural Gold Award in Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Destination Awards. 

Published 28 June 2021