Free event Family friendly


Now - Mon 30 Aug 2021


10:00 - 16:00

A stunning 7-metre replica of Earth, by artist Luke Jerram, featuring detailed NASA imagery, each centimetre of the internally-lit sculpture represents 18 kilometres of Earth’s surface, allowing visitors to see our planet floating in three dimensions, accompanied by a specially made surround-sound musical composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones.

The installation aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.


Ticketing Update: In partnership with Wakefield Council and the Festival of the Earth, the decision has been made to remove ticketing for General Admissions to see Gaia. This is to both remove any barriers to individuals wishing to book tickets but unable to access them online, whilst also giving as many visitors as possible the opportunity to see the exhibition, without the need for rigid timeslots potentially restricting visitor numbers.

Those who have already booked tickets will still be able to redeem these at the exhibition and will be given priority access at the timeslot they have booked for.

The safety of visitors to the cathedral remains of paramount importance so a revised capacity limit will still be in place, if the capacity limit is reached at any time visitors will be asked to queue with a simple “one-in, one-out” system in operation.


Opening Times:

Friday 20 – Saturday 21 August: 10am – 4pm

Sunday 22 August: 1pm – 4pm

Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 August: 10am – 4pm

Thursday 26 August: 10am – 1pm & 4pm – 8pm

Friday 27 August: 10am – 4pm

Saturday 28 August: 12pm – 8pm

Sunday 29 August: 1pm – 6pm

Monday 30 August: 10am – 4pm