Join the Celestial Celebration: Newbury's Festival of the Moon Enters Final Days
31 August 2023 — Since its launch on 15 August, the Festival of the Moon has illuminated Newbury with an array of captivating events and activities that celebrate the moon’s enduring influence on art, culture, and science.
As the enchanting Festival of the Moon enters its final few days, the event, organised by Newbury Business Improvement District (BID), the not-for-profit organisation behind Visit Newbury, has captured the hearts of both locals and visitors alike, offering a celestial experience that will be cherished for years to come.
Some of the festival’s standout moments have included Dr Chris Pearson’s enlightening talk on the “Life of an Atom” held at Chequers Hotel, a Moon School experience at Parkway Shopping Centre complete with aliens, rocket building and more, and even a Moonlit Gin Cruise Boat Party along the Kennet & Avon canal.
Other memorable events have included a Moon Walk Roller Disco, a whimsical roller skating event that transformed the Kennet Shopping Centre into a night-time wonderland, and a lunar themed Artisan Market which showcased a cosmic array of moon-inspired crafts for all attendees.
The celebration continues until 3 September with an exciting line-up of events, including a Lego Rocket Challenge at West Berkshire Library and a sponsored Blue Moon charity walk in support of Swings & Smiles, a local charity which offers support for disabled children and their families in a unique and accessible environment.
For those seeking a deeper connection with the moon, two exclusive events are taking place at Newbury’s very own Donnington Castle – a Full Moon Cacao Ceremony and 108 Sun Salutations Full Moon challenge both unfolding with the castle as a stunning backdrop.
This week marks the final chance to visit Luke Jerram’s Museum of The Moon installation before the moon journeys to Canada as part of its global tour.
Free tickets are still available until 3 September, inviting all to immerse themselves in the captivating brilliance of this extraordinary artistic marvel.