Friday, 24 June 2016

Alfresco summer nights: Outdoor cinema

The National Trust’s best locations for outdoor cinema

Written by National Trust


South West

Knightshayes Court, Devon
Soupstock Cinema, 9 September, 7.30pm – 10pm
Grab your hover board and get over to Knightshayes for some free outdoor cinema. Cult classic 'Back to the Future' is the movie of choice, and the screen will be set up outdoors to make the most of the long summer evening. The proceeds of the event will go towards vital conservation work, in this case fixing Knightshayes' Stable clock.
Price: Free event
For more information, please call 01884 254665

Studland Bay, Dorset
Stars at the beach, 13 August, 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Experience dinner and a show in a beautiful coastal location with a trip to Studland Bay's outdoor cinema. The Knoll Beach Café will be serving fish and chip suppers from 7.30pm, followed by a screening of 'The Full Monty' (cert. 15) at the Discovery Centre.
50 tickets will be on sale initially, with more made available if the weather is good.
Price: £16 (booking essential)
For more information, please call 01929 450500

South East

Hatfield Forest, Essex
Outdoor cinema
26 August, 8.30pm – 10.15: Beverly Hills Cop (1984, cert. 15)
27 August, 8.30 – 10.45: Pretty Woman
28 August, 8.30 – 10.15: Ghostbusters
Enjoy an evening of open air cinema in the atmospheric setting of Hatfield Forest.
In cult classic Ghostbusters, three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Beverley Hills Cop sees a freewheeling Detroit cop (Eddie Murphy) dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills whilst pursuing a murder investigation
Pretty Woman: A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for a series of social events. He hires a beautiful call girl - only to fall in love with her.
Price: £9 (booking essential)
For more information, please call 01279 874045

Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
Summer Nights Film Festival
12th Aug, 6.30pm – 11pm: The Innocents
13th Aug, 6.30pm – 11pm: Spectre
Experience cinema under an open sky with exclusive screenings on Sheffield Park's historic cricket pitch, which was laid out in 1876 by the third Earl of Sheffield.
The Innocents (1961): a psychological thriller, which was filmed on location in the house and garden at Sheffield Park. A woman who takes a governess job for two orphans in a Victorian home, who she comes to believe have supernatural powers.
Spectre (2015): in the most recent offering from the James Bond series, a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While the new M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal a terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Price: £13 (booking essential, normal admission applies) or call 01332 290606

East of England

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Open Air Cinema
11 June, 6pm – 7.30pm: The Lorax
11 June, 8.30pm – 10.30pm: Pride and Prejudice
12 June, 6pm – 7.30pm: Shaun the Sheep
12 June, 8.30pm – 10.30pm: Sense and Sensibility
Bring a picnic and enjoy a lazy summer evening of outdoor cinema magic. Sundown Cinema are back at Wimpole for the third year running, bringing you classic films for all the family on a special LED daylight screen. Choose an early evening viewing for family-friendly films, or head down later to watch adaptations of two of Jane Austen's classic novels. Period costume is welcome, but not compulsory.
Price: £10.50 (booking essential)


Attingham Park, Shropshire
Summer Nights Film Festival
9 September, 6.30pm – 10pm: The Great Gatsby
10 September, 8pm – 10.30pm: Les Miserables
This year, the Summer Nights Film Festival is bringing two classic period dramas to the beautiful heritage location of Attingham Park. Pack your picnic hamper and bring your friends along for an unforgettable evening under the stars.
The Great Gatsby: Leonardo DiCaprio plays the enigmatic Jay Gatsby who lures Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) along with friends Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Tom (Joel Edgerton) and Jordan (Elizabeth Debicki) into his lavish world.
Les Miserables: The legendary stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel gets the Hollywood treatment. The plot follows the lives and interactions of several characters over years of increasing tension in France, culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris. Be inspired by Jean Valjean and Fantine and dress up in your best Les Miserables costume to belt out the classic songs from the musical.
Price: £11 earlybird (booking essential, normal admission applies)
For more information, please call 01743 708165 or call 01332 290606

Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire
Summer Nights Film Festival
29 July, 9.15pm – 11pm: The Lady in the Van
An exciting opportunity to watch one of your favourite films against the backdrop of the moated manor house at Baddesley Clinton. Bring a picnic and settle down for an evening with the stars of the big screen. Writer Alan Bennett brings to life a true story with this tale of eccentric homeless woman Margaret Shepherd (Dame Maggie Smith) who parks on Bennett's driveway for 3 weeks... and stays for 15 years.
Price: £11 earlybird, £13 standard (booking essential)
For more information, please call 01564 783294 or call 01332 290606

Belton House, Lincolnshire
Summer Nights Film Festival,
10 September, 6.30pm – 10.30pm: Grease
Bring a picnic and settle down in the grounds at Belton to enjoy a big-screen showing of the classic 'coming of age' musical. Set amid the 1950's teenage social and peer prejudices of the tumultuous final year of high school, Grease tells the story of young love and the trials and tribulations it brings with it.
Price: £11 (booking essential)
Book online at or call 01332 290606

North West

Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Summer Nights Film Festival
2 September, 8.15pm – 10.45pm: Spectre
3 September, 8.15pm – 10.45pm: Dirty Dancing
Spend a magical evening under the stars in a spectacular with Dunham's
first foray into outdoor cinema.
In the most recent offering from the James Bond series, a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While the new M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal a terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Dirty Dancing
Settle back and enjoy this classic American film. Drama, music and romance are the order of the day for Frances "Baby" Houseman as she spends summer in a holiday camp and falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).
Price: £13 (£11 earlybird). Booking essential. or call 01332 290606

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