Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman will be hosting two special events for River Festival Liverpool

Britain’s first astronaut is heading to the city in June as part of River Festival Liverpool and will take part in two unique events under the huge 23ft replica earth in Liverpool Cathedral.


Last week it was announced that Luke Jerram’s installation Gaia is coming to Liverpool as part of the festival’s creative programme. The artwork will be on public display from Saturday 25 May and a series of events will be programmed to take place under the earth until Sunday 2 June.

As well as that the first Briton in space – Helen Sharman CMG OBE will be in town taking part in two special events at Liverpool Cathedral. She will be talking about her experiences in space and in being the first Brit to reach for the stars. Helen will also give a set of talks to school children from the region.

River Festival Liverpool takes over our waterfront on 1st and 2nd of June bringing with it tall ships, giant urchins, live music and more. We spoke to Culture Liverpool boss, Claire McGolgan about exactly what we can expect during the festival. Watch the chat here.

The two events Helen will take part in are:

– Out of This World – Taking place on Sunday 2 June from 6.30pm, Helen will talk about her experience of space travel and the intense preparation that went into her launching into the history books in May 1991. She will touch upon the meticulous training and preparation as well as reflecting on the importance of teamwork, leadership, communication and motivation. Helen will also take part in a question and answer session. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for under 16s (over 10s only) plus £1 booking fee.

– How to be an astronaut – This is a private event aimed at school pupils from Year 6 and above. During this session, Helen will focus on the wonder of science, talking about her eight days spent orbiting the earth and her time living and working on the MIR Space Station. Any schools interested should visit www.theriverfestival.co.uk. Tickets will be £5 per student and teachers go free with every ten pupils. Additional staff/adult tickets will be £8 per person. There will be £1 booking fee per ticket.

For more information or to buy tickets visit www.theriverfestival.co.uk.

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