YuriGagarin50 is an umbrella for activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's spaceflight on 12th April 2011.  All sorts of activities are being planned across the UK, including exhibitions in museums and art galleries, talks, hands-on workshops, charity fund-raisers and competitions. 

This site gives details of events planned, before, during and after the anniversary.  You can search for events on the calendar or by location.


If you are organising an event and would like to see it listed in our events calendar, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the following information: 

  • Event name
  • Brief synopsis
  • Venue name and postcode
  • Date, plus start and finish times
  • Contact name and details


  • Up to two images (jpegs, copyright free)
  • Website details


Do you want to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s anniversary but don’t know where to start?


The easiest way is to join YuriGagarin50’s ‘Rockets for Yuri’ initiative. 

You could also host an event, exhibition, lecture or performance, commercial or promotional product, print or electronic publication. Or simply join the ‘World Space Party’.

YuriGagarin50 encourages widespread use of the YuriGagarin50 logo by individuals and groups who organise or support YuriGagarin50 activities

For you to be able to use the YuriGagarin50 logo you must be able to demonstrate that your activity helps to advance the aims of YuriGagarin50.

For more information on the proper usage of and to download the YuriGagarin50 logo and other promotional material please go to: Event Organisers



Useful Links:

Rockets for Yuri –  How to Build Your Own Rocket! – Join in with a nationwide rocket launch on 12th April 2011

RIA Novosti – Russian News Agency. Contact Ralph Gibson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information of the Yuri Gagarin archive images and material available for exhibitions.  

Vix Southgate – Educational resources for Yuri Gagarin and space-related workshops and talks.

Yuri’s Night – Website dedicated to the World Space Party.

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