The ‘earth’ to land in Kirkby!

As part of Knowsley’s celebrations for its year as the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture, it has been announced that ‘Gaia’- a large scale replica of the earth - by Luke Jerram is set to come to St Chad’s Church, Kirkby in the new year.

But what can we all expect from this huge 6-metre-wide 3D ‘earth’ and why should we be so excited?

What is Gaia?

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram that aims to demonstrate the fragility of the planet. Measuring 6 metres in diameter it is a replica of the ‘earth’ created from detailed NASA imagery of the earth’s surface. The artwork provides a unique opportunity to view our planet, floating in three dimensions and revolving slowly.

Its creator Luke Jerram says: “I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home.”

In addition to being visually dramatic, Gaia is also accompanied by a surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones.

In Greek Mythology, Gaia is the personification of the earth – which seems a fitting name for this phenomenal artwork.


When is it coming to Kirkby and where will it be?

Gaia will arrive in St. Chad’s Church in Kirkby on Friday 28 January and be there for three weeks. During that time, you can come along and see Gaia throughout the day and into the evening.

Mondays and Tuesdays 2pm to 8pm (last entry 7.15pm)
Wednesdays to Saturday 11am to 8pm (last entry 7.15pm)
Sundays 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

Please note: Church services will continue at 11am each Sunday.

There will be some special events taking place during the three weeks and there may be occasions when the Church is busier than usual. There will also be some time slots or dates where the public won’t be able to view Gaia due to other events being held. More information about these events or times when the church may be closed will be provided in due course.


Do I need to book tickets in advance?

Pre-booking of tickets for individuals or small groups during busy periods may be required, so please ensure you check this website BEFORE planning your visit.

Group bookings larger than 6 people should contact Katy McLoughlin on 0151 443 5749 or email

Is there a cost involved?

No. Entrance to St. Chad’s and to see ‘Gaia’ is free of charge. Visitors are invited to make a donation to the church during their visit if they wish.

Who is Gaia for?

Gaia is something that everyone can enjoy – no matter what age or what your interests are – and is free to attend.

More than just being an artwork, Gaia provides visitors with an incredibly memorable experience – sometimes described as ‘Overview Effect’. This is when people get a feeling of being in awe of the planet and suddenly becoming aware of our lives and our responsibility to look after this place that we all live.

Gaia will create magical memories for visitors of all ages.

However, people should be aware of the following:

  • At busy times there may be queues, so we ask for your patience
  • People should be aware that to enter the church there are approximately 10 steps (a ramp is available for standard wheelchair users)
  • There are no public toilets available at the venue
  • Please do not bring food or drink into the church

Are disabled visitors or those with additional needs able to visit?

Yes, Gaia is intended for all the community to enjoy.

If you have mobility issues, a disability or additional needs you would like to discuss then please call the Culture and Events Team on 0151 443 5353 before visiting or planning your trip.

St. Chad’s Church is accessible for standard wheelchair users but due to the width of the entrance doors some adapted wheelchairs will not be able to access the church.

Dates and times are currently being finalised for Quiet Hours to view Gaia. More information will be published nearer the time.

Have I seen Gaia somewhere before?

Gaia is hugely popular and has been photographed millions of times as it travels all over the globe. Therefore, you may well have seen an image of it on its travels - but nothing beats experiencing it in person.

In 2019 you may have been lucky enough to be one of the 240,000 people who saw Gaia during a short visit to Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral where it was part of the River Festival.

Before it lands in Kirkby at the end of January, it will recently have visited Oslo, Copenhagen, Finland and China this autumn.

Are there any special events planned whilst Gaia is here?

Various community groups have been in discussions with the Council and organisers to come up with ideas to make the visit of Gaia even more special. These will be announced closer to the time and there will be lots of opportunities for local people to get involved.

Can I get more involved?

Absolutely. To ensure as many people as possible get to experience Gaia we will need an army of people to help! There are a range of volunteering opportunities available for people to give their time and enthusiasm to support this wonderful project. To register your interest to volunteer email or call 0151 443 5353.

If are part of a local group or organisation and would like to book at group visit you can call Katy McLoughlin for more information on 0151 443 5749 or email her

How to get to St.Chad’s Church

St Chad’s Church is located on Old Hall Lane, off Hall Lane in Kirkby. For sat nav users please use L32 5TH.

Kirkby Bus Terminus on Cherryfield Drive is located just opposite the church and Kirkby Train Station is located just a 10 minute walk away (Kirkby Row, L32 2BD)

If you are using public transport please visit the Merseytravel website to plan your journey.

Is parking available?

There is no on-site car parking available at St.Chad’s. The nearest car park is located on Telegraph Way, off Hall Lane – signage will be in place and the route clearly marked for pedestrians walking to the church. Other parking is available in Kirkby town centre.

If you are part of a large group and travelling by coach, please call 0151 443 5353 before planning your visit.

There are a small number of disabled parking spaces available to book outside St.Chad’s Church – these MUST be booked in advance by called 0151 443 5353.

Can I learn more about Gaia?

Gaia is created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

Visit for more information and prepare to be amazed!

An out of this world experience

People who were previously married in St. Chad’s Church can apply to renew their vows in a mass ceremony which will take place on Valentine’s Day – Monday 14 February – underneath the Gaia installation.

If you would like to get involved, please follow this link and complete the form.


Share your wedding day memories of St. Chad’s

Were you married at St. Chad’s Church in Kirkby?

We are looking to collect people’s memories and borrow memorabilia, photos and video footage from their special day to create a digital exhibition that celebrates a history of love and marriage at St. Chads.

If you would like to share your story, please follow this link and complete the form.



  • If you have tested positive for COVID 19 or are displaying symptoms of the virus please do not attend
  • Guests are advised to take a lateral flow test before they attend. You can obtain lateral flow test kits here
  • COVID guidance from the Government is subject to change so please ensure you check the latest restrictions before visiting