Gaia, a replica of the Earth


The UK’s largest cathedral will be home to the earth this weekend in preparation for Liverpool’s popular River Festival.



Gaia, a stunning 23ft replica of the earth featuring accurate and detailed NASA imagery, will hang from the Anglican Cathedral’s Well - and for one of the first times anywhere in the world, the installation will rotate to bring the artwork alive. The rotation is 360 times faster than our real planet, turning once every four minutes.

In Greek mythology, the name Gaia means the personification of the earth.

Open to the public from Saturday 25 May 2019, a week before the free maritime festival takes place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June.

It has been created by renowned British artist Luke Jerram, and will be complemented with a sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.

The earth will be in place for four weeks (until Sunday 23 June) and a programme of FREE events and talks will take place under the installation.

These include interactive storytelling for youngsters, a piano recital by award-winning pianist William Bracken, poetry readings, performances by the Liverpool String Quartet, songwriter and singer Lizzie Nunnery will present new material inspired by Gaia, unique play sessions for children and their parents or carers will take place as well as a relaxing yoga session.

There will also be a number of autism-friendly ‘quiet-hour’ sessions, where visitors can view the earth in peaceful surroundings.

A ticketed event will see Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman CMG OBE, take part in a special ‘in conversation with’ event on Sunday 2 June. Helen will talk about her experience of space travel and the intense preparation that went in to her launching into the history books in May 1991. The following day, Helen will take part in a private event for school children. This event also forms part of Liverpool’s RISE programme which celebrates extraordinary women.




GAIA TIMETABLE SATURDAY 25 MAY - SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2019


Saturday 25 May 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience09:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café11:00 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant09:00 - 18:00food served until 17:00*
*Please note, the Welsford Restaurant will offer a revised menu. From 09:00 - 11:00 you can enjoy breakfast baps. After 11:00 you'll be able to choose from the BBQ, sandwiches, wraps or salads.

Events and Services

Storytelling with Lucy Fiori - session 111:00 - 11:30Free, no booking required
Storytelling with Lucy Fiori  - session 212:00 - 12:30Free, no booking required
Piano performance by William Bracken17:00 - 17:30Free, no booking required
Liverpool String Quartet performance18:00 - 18:30Free, no booking required
Liverpool String Quartet performance19:00 - 19:30Free, no booking required
Other events and services.

Sunday 26 May 2019

Gaia viewing 12:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience12:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop12:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café 16:00 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant 12:00 - 18:00food served until 17:00
Other events and services.

Monday 27 May 2019

Gaia viewing13:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience13:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop13:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café 13:00 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant13:00 - 18:00food served until 17:00*
*Please note, the Welsford Restaurant will offer a revised menu. You'll be able to choose from the BBQ, sandwiches, wraps or salads.

Events and Services

Whit Bank Holiday Organ Recital                                    11:15 - 12:30 Admission £5. Please use Main Entrance
Storytelling with Sharon Lowe and George Melling13:30 - 14:00Free, no booking required
Storytelling from SOLA Arts with Andy Johnson14:15 - 14:45Free, no booking required
Storytelling with Sharon Lowe and George Melling15:00 - 15:30Free, no booking required
Storytelling from SOLA Arts with Andy Johnson15:45 - 16:15Free, no booking required
Earth Poems by Mersey Poets16:30 - 17:00Free, no booking required
Other events and services*
*Please use the Lady Chapel Entrance for both Morning Prayer and 10:30 Holy Communion.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Gaia viewing 08:00 - 19:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 19:30last ticket 19:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 19:30
Mezzanine Café11:00 - 19:00
The Welsford Restaurant 09:00 - 15:30food served until 15:00

Events and Services

Out of This World - Early Years Creative Play Sessions10:30 - 11:30Free, book your place here
Out of This World - Early Years Creative Play Sessions13:00 - 14:00Free, book your place here
Belvedere Academy Chamber Choir18:30 - 19:00Free, no booking required
Yoga under the Earth with Roisin (fully booked)20:00 - 21:30Free, book your place here
Other events and services

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience 10:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café 11:00 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant09:00 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Thursday 30 May 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience 10:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café11:00 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant09:00 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Friday 31 May 2019

Gaia viewingRestricted access*Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 17:00last ticket 16:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 17:00
Mezzanine Café 11:00 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant09:00 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services
*You will be able to visit the Cathedral but there is limited access to the area where Gaia is installed while we set up for an event. For the best opportunity to see Gaia you may prefer to plan your visit for another day.

Saturday 1 June 2019

Gaia viewing Restricted access** Free, no booking required
Tower Experience09:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café 09:00 - 17:30
The Welsford Restaurant08:00 - 18:00food served until 17:00
Other events and services
**You will be able to visit the Cathedral but there is limited access to the area where Gaia is installed while theSummer Arts Market is taking place. For the best opportunity to see Gaia you may prefer to plan your visit for another day.

Sunday 2 June 2019

Gaia viewing 12:00 - 15:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience12:00 - 13:00last ticket 12:30
Cathedral Shop12:00 - 15:00
Mezzanine CaféClosed
The Welsford Restaurant12:00 - 15:00food served until 14:30
Other events and services
At 15:00 the Cathedral will close to visitors while we set up for an event. You are welcome to stay for Choral Evensong which is held at the East End of the Cathedral.
If you have a ticket for ‘Out of This World’ with Helen Sharman, you can come into the Cathedral from 17:15. ‘Out of This World’ starts at 18:30.

Monday 3 June

Gaia viewing13:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience12:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop 12:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café12:00 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant12:00 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services
The main parts of the Cathedral will be closed to visitors until 13:00 as school children from the Merseyside area enjoy ‘How to be an Astronaut’ with Helen Sharman. Tickets must be booked in advance. Find out how to book your school’s tickets here.
You will be able to access the Lady Chapel from 09:30 to 11:45
Please use the Lady Chapel entrance to come into the Cathedral for the 12:05 Holy Communion Service.

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Thursday 6 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00  - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Friday 7 June 2019

Gaia viewing 08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Saturday 8 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 13:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience09:00 - 13:00last ticket 12:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 13:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 13:00
The Welsford Restaurant11:00 - 13:00                                     
Other events and services
From 13:00 the Cathedral will close to general visitors for a large service.

Sunday 9 June 2019

Gaia viewing12:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience12:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop12:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine CaféClosed
The Welsford Restaurant 12:00 - 18:00food served until 17:00
Other events and services

Monday 10 June 2019

Gaia viewing15:30 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant 11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services
For the best opportunity to see Gaia, we recommend you visit the Cathedral after 15:30. You may prefer to plan your visit for another day.

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Gaia viewing 15:30 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience 10:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30                                    
Other events and services
For the best opportunity to see Gaia, we recommend you visit the Cathedral after 15:30. You may prefer to plan your visit for another day.

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Gaia viewing15:30 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services
For the best opportunity to see Gaia, we recommend you visit the Cathedral after 15:30. You may prefer to plan your visit for another day.

Thursday 13 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café 09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Friday 14 June 2019

Gaia viewing 08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Saturday 15 June 2019

Gaia viewing 08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience09:00 - 17:00last ticket 16:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 14:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:00 - 18:00food served until 17:30
Other events and services

Sunday 16 June 2019

Gaia viewing 12:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience12:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop12:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine CaféClosed
The Welsford Restaurant 12:00 - 18:00food served until 17:00
Other events and services

Monday 17 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience 10:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop 09:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop 09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 18:00last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop 09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Thursday 20 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 17:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 17:00
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Friday 21 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 18:00Free, no booking required
Tower Experience10:00 - 18:00 last ticket 17:30
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 18:00
Mezzanine Café 09:15 - 16:30
The Welsford Restaurant11:45 - 15:30food served until 15:00
Other events and services

Saturday 22 June 2019

Gaia viewing08:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience09:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop09:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café09:15 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
The Welsford Restaurant11:00 - 18:00food served until 17:00
Other events and services

Sunday 23 June 2019

Gaia viewing12:00 - 22:30Free, no booking required
Tower Experience12:00 - 22:30last ticket 22:00
Cathedral Shop12:00 - 22:30
Mezzanine Café Closed
The Welsford Restaurant12:00 - 22:00food served until 17:00
Other events and services

Occasionally the Cathedral, or parts of it, may need to close or only offer restricted access for a service, special event or day-to-day maintenance. We try to minimise these periods as much as we can, as we know that people travel long distances to visit us.
Please check for last minute changes prior to your visit as some events, such as funerals, are only arranged at short notice.
Gaia forms part of the ‘Changing Tides’ creative programme celebrating the port of Liverpool as an arrival and departure base for exemplary culture, music, food and wine from all over the earth.
It has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. You can find out more about Gaia here

Photographs © Bob Edwards Photography - Picture Liverpool