Forget what you’ve heard about trips to the cinema being reserved for cosy winter evenings; the last few years have seen an influx of outdoor cinema and summer film events popping up across the UK. Here is a selection of our favourites taking place in 2019.
Little Lightning, West Sussex
Located in the heart of the South Downs, Little Lightning is a personally-curated arthouse cinema pop-up in the village of Lurgashall, West Sussex. Far more than just a film screening, the emphasis is on delicious home-cooked food and wine, with dishes themed around the country of each film’s origin. The Spanish event on 19 July includes a glass of Cava on arrival and two-course dinner of chicken and chorizo paella followed by chocolate almond cake, before a screening of Talk to Her, from legendary director Pedro Almodovár. Other themes throughout the summer include Sweden, New Zealand, Morocco, France and Tanzania. Advance tickets cost from £24 pp. Stay nearby at Park House Hotel & Spa.
Sunset Cinema, Pembrokeshire
Torch Sunset Cinema 2015; Picton Castle, Haverfordwest
Taking place across Pembrokeshire throughout July and August, The Torch Theatre’s Sunset Cinema brings classic films to a number of beautiful locations across the county. The spectacular medieval Pembroke Castle will host screenings of Dirty Dancing (31 July) and Jurassic Park (14 August), with guests encouraged to bring along their own picnic to enjoy as the sun goes down. Advance tickets cost from £11 pp. Stay at Grove of Narberth.
Movies by Moonlight at South Lodge, Sussex
South Lodge Hotel & Spa’s Movies by Moonlight will feature film screenings under the stars in the undulating Sussex Downs throughout the summer. Dinner and a Movie nights (£58 pp) include a delicious three-course meal before screenings of classics such as Top Gun (7 August) and modern favourites like The Greatest Showman (12 August), or bring your own snacks to a Picnic and a Movie night (£16 pp), which include Mamma Mia (18 August) and A Star is Born (26 August). Arrive by 7pm to get your spot before the film begins at sunset.
Time Out presents Movies on the River, London
Setting sail from Tower Pier, near Tower Bridge, London’s only floating cinema experience begins with a sunset cruise along the Thames, before docking up in the shadow of the city’s most famous landmarks for film screenings on the open-air top deck. Taking place five nights per week until 3 August, an on-board bar will sell snacks and a selection of drinks to enjoy with films such as When Harry Met Sally and Pretty Woman. Tickets cost from £29 pp. Stay at one of Pride of Britain Hotels’ London properties.
Luna Cinema on the Royal Crescent lawns, Bath
Luna Cinema, the UK’s leading producer of open-air cinema events, will bring screenings of A Star is Born (27 September), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (28 September) and Bohemian Rhapsody (29 September) to Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent to close off the summer. Screenings will take place on the lower lawns, with the beautiful Georgian architecture acting as a backdrop to the big screen. Tickets cost from £16.50 pp. Stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.
Stonyhurst Literature & Film Festival, Lancashire
To close this year’s Stonyhurst Literature & Film Festival, an outdoor screening of Bohemian Rhapsody will take place in the grounds of the magnificent Grade I listed Stonyhurst College, overlooking the Ribble Valley (17 August). Enjoy a quintessential English summer evening, sampling some of Lancashire’s finest food and drink, while enjoying one of the most celebrated films of the last year. Tickets cost from £15 pp. Stay at Northcote.