See First Man screened in the planetarium – 50 years after the first moon landing
Damien Chazelle’s 2018 film First Man is the latest flick to get the planetarium treatment at Greenwich’s Royal Observatory. Sit back (far back) and swap the starry night sky for this dramatic retelling of Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon, starring Ryan Gosling in the lead role. The screening comes almost 50 years to the day since Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind. Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ. July 27, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Admission: £12/£6 children. www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory
See Moon Festival out with a proper pucker party
The inaugural Moon Festival, a week-long celebration of the moon that has coincided with the 50th anniversary of man first landing on it, comes to an end this Friday. But the festival isn’t fading away quietly. Instead, The Night School, Moon Festival and the National Maritime Museum have clubbed together to put on a closing party, and you’re invited.
Expect an evening of moon-themed science and fantasy, along with campfire stories and conspiracies. There will be make-up artists on hand to help you ‘rock a glam look’. National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NF.
July 26. Admission: FREE, tickets required. www.moonfestival.co.uk
It’s all about fossilised dung at Greenwich Theatre
Mary Anning, the daughter of a Lyme Regis carpenter, discovered the world’s first Ichthyosaur when she was twelve years old. Before she was thirty, Mary had made discoveries that transformed our understanding of the universe. This was in the 1800s and since then, she’s nearly been forgotten. But not by theatre company Scandal and Gallows, who are bringing her tale of genius, gender and dinosaurs to Greenwich Theatre in She Sells Sea Shells. Catch the show in its preview performance before it’s taken up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ES. July 27, at 7:30pm. Admission: £13. www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/
The Drifters to dazzle at Churchill Theatre
Shake your hips at the Churchill Theatre this Friday, while watching legendary soul group The Drifters perform live, as part of their 66th Anniversary tour. Expect a night of singing along to the band’s best-known, upbeat hits from the last six decades, including: ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Under the Boardwalk’ and more. Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA. July 26, at 7:30PM. Admission: £30/£29 concessions. www.churchilltheatre.co.uk
Help clear up the woods
Head to Oxleas Woodlands this Saturday to be part of a team doing their bit for the environment. This family-friendly volunteering event promises to make the task of litter clearing good fun and you’ll walk away with the satisfaction of leaving the area litter-free. Gloves, bags, litter pickers and high-vis jackets provided. Oxleas Woodlands, Crown Woods Lane, London SE18 3JA. July 27, from 10am – 1pm. Admission: FREE.