Bath Abbey

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon

Luke Jerram’s incredible touring exhibition, Museum of the Moon, will be on display in the Abbey from 20 November – 24 December.

Come and see this amazing artwork in the Abbey’s newly restored worship space or join one of our many events that will take place during the exhibition.

It's free to visit the Moon in our opening hours and there is no need to book. However, we are very grateful for donations which help to fund our mission and ministry and preserve our beautiful church. Please note that we have lots of services and events taking place in December so we advise checking our opening hours before visiting

Please see below for our Moon-themed events. Details of all our other events can be found in our what's on section.

Families & Schools

Moon-tastic Family Days (Storytelling & Craft)
Sat 4 Dec & Sat 18 Dec, 10am-12.30pm

Ages 5 and over.

Join us for some family fun including listening to magical stories while sitting under the Moon and making Cosmic Christmas decorations in our new Learning Room down in the Abbey vaults.

Drop in. Free, no tickets required.

'Cosmic Wonder' Trail

Don’t forget to pick up our complimentary  ‘Cosmic Wonder’ trail from the Welcome Desk and explore the Abbey to find out more about both our amazing Moon and the wonderful birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Guided tour for school groups

We are anticipating that the Abbey will be very busy while the Moon is on display, so we encourage school groups to book a time slot with guaranteed entry. Polly Andrews, Learning Officer, will give a guided introduction, including fascinating facts about the Moon, plus a free trailsheet to explore the Abbey is available. 30 minutes – 1 hour.

A festive added extra: Make a moon themed Christmas decoration in our new Learning room – add £1 per student. 30 minutes.

£3 per student, adults free

The Learning room can be booked for packed lunches, please ask for more details.

For more information, please contact: pandrews@bathabbey.org

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Museum of the Moon

Moonlight Lates

Visiting after hours
6.30pm-9.30pm

  • Sunday 5 December
  • Monday 6 December
  • Sunday 12 December
  • Monday 13 December
  • Sunday 19 December
  • Monday 20 December

A unique opportunity to experience the magic of the moon after hours in the stunning Abbey. The accompanying soundtrack created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello winner Dan Jones can also be enjoyed during these magical evenings.

Tickets for the evening: £6, Adult; £3 Child available from Eventbrite.

Stargazing with the Bath Astronomers

As part of our Moonlight Lates, you can interact with Bath Astronomers in the Abbey Nave and there will be a ticketed opportunity to climb our Tower for some moon and star gazing (weather dependent).

Stargazing Tour & Moonlight Late Combined Ticket: £21 Adults, £13 Child; available from Eventbrite

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The Still Moon - Accessible Sessions

For those who find bright lights and noises distressing, visit the Moon between 9am and 10am on Tuesday mornings to experience the exhibition at a quiet time.

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Exhibition by Stephen Magrath

Artwork & Exhibitions

'Into the Silent Land' by Stephen Magrath

An exhibition of four pictures on the theme of circles and abstract space by Bath artist Stephen Magrath, resonating with Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ while it is at Bath Abbey. Visitors are invited to be still and contemplate the inner nature of life and God.

Mindful Art Workshops led by Stephen Magrath
Mondays: 6 Dec, 13 Dec & 20 Dec, 4.15-5.15pm

Local artist, Stephen Magrath, will help participants create their own personal design inspired by the Abbey’s moon exhibition, sacred circle art and the artist’s own work.

Age 8 upward

Tickets from Eventbrite: £3 (all materials included)

Choirs & Concerts

A Christmas Celebration with the Bath Abbey Choirs and Melody Makers
Saturday 11 December, 7pm -9pm

A festive selection of well-known Christmas classics for choir, organ and audience. To help get into the festive spirit, there will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation and to singalong. Featuring the Abbey Choir of Girls, Boys and Lay-clerks directed by Huw Williams, Director of Music, Bath Abbey, and the Abbey’s youngest Choir of 6-11 year olds, the Melody Makers directed by Bethan Dudley-Fryar, accompanists: Peter King and David Bryson.
Tickets: £18, 13, and £8 (16s and under half price), available from Bath Box Office.

A Baroque Christmas with the Bath Abbey Choirs
Saturday 18 December 7pm – 9pm

Featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit. Bath Abbey’s Choirs are joined by Baroque instrumentalists Rejouissance playing on historic instruments. With carols for audience and a feast of glorious Christmas music from Venice and Paris. Directed by Huw Williams.
Tickets £20, £15 and £10 (16s and under half price), available from Bath Box Office.

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Christmas Celebrations

Christmas is truly a wonderful time of year at Bath Abbey. There are a number of church services to choose from, and we hope you’ll join in with our worship this Christmas in our beautiful surroundings, under the magical light of the Moon.

Here are just a few of our festive services:

Shoppers Carols
Sat 4 Dec, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Sat 11 Dec, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Sat 18 Dec, 1pm, 2pm

All are welcome to join us for this short carol service. There will be a Christmas welcome from our clergy, a solo from one of our boy choristers and a chance to sing aloud to popular carols.

La Nativité - Messiaen
Tue 21 Dec 7pm

Come and hear Huw Williams, the Abbey’s Director of Music, perform Messiaen’s exquisite meditation on the organ, with accompanying scripture readings. All welcome, no tickets required.

Christmas Eve

4pm & 6pm Carol Praise
11pm Midnight Communion (ticketed)

Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Church Family Communion
11.30am Sung Eucharist

For more information and a full list of our Advent and Christmas services please check our website after 3 November or pick up one of our Advent & Christmas leaflets.