The gold ring from Lord of the Rings. Inside the ring reads "The Magic of Middle-Earth" a new exhibition coming to The Hub from 24th September to 11th December 2022

The Magic of Middle-earth

A major new exhibition celebrating the incredible fantasy world brought to life by J.R.R. Tolkien and the generations of creators it has influenced.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit…”

With those famous words J.R.R. Tolkien welcomed visitors into Middle-earth, a seemingly living breathing world both mythical and yet familiar. Regarded as the “father” of modern fantasy literature, Tolkien’s cultural influence has extended far beyond just other authors.
Middle-earth has inspired creative minds of all types and acted as a Minecraft-like toolbox for generations of artists, musicians, film makers, environmentalists, and game designers.

The Magic Of Middle-Earth takes visitors on a journey beyond the books to explore that expansive artistic legacy. Discover jaw dropping dioramas, stunning paintings, incredible sculptures, even Middle-earth themed Lego sets. This is an exciting exhibition for all ages, whether you’re a little halfling or a wizened wizard you won’t want to miss this one!

The exhibition runs from 24th September – 11th December 2022. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am – 4pm* (last entry 3.30pm) and on selected Sundays (listed below).

Open on the following Sundays 10am – 2.30pm (with Autism Friendly Hour 10am – 11am):

Sunday 25th September

Sunday 23rd October

Sunday 30th October

Sunday 6th November

Sunday 13th November

Weekend and Half-Term booking is advised. 

Booking / tickets not required at all other times.

Free Entry (Donations welcomed)

The Magic of Middle-earth

Booking Advised For Weekends and Half-Term - Timed ticket entry

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When booking your tickets you will be asked if you’d like to make a donation. The Hub at St Mary’s is a registered charity and not for profit coffee shop. Please donate if you can so that we can continue to be a place for the community where everyone can enjoy great exhibitions, art, performance and coffee!

*Please note that due to other events taking place at The Hub the exhibition will close early on the following dates:

Thursday 29th September closing at 2.30pm

Friday 30th September closing at 2pm

Saturday 1st October closing at 2pm

Tuesday 4th October closing at 1pm

Monday 24th October closing at 2.30pm

Tuesday 1st November closing at 1pm

Tuesday 6th December closing at 1pm

Statement from collector Matt Fox: This exhibition has not been prepared, approved or licensed by the estate of J.R.R Tolkien or any of its assignees. This is not an official exhibition. The exhibitor recognises that some words, names and designations mentioned within are the property of the trademark holder. They are used for identification purposes only.

This exhibition supports the Woodland Trust to protect and plant trees.


24 09 - 11 12

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