Make the most of the long days and warm nights with the best outdoor events. From outdoor theatre to opera in the park, there’s lots to enjoy this summer.
London / South East – The Nomad Cinema
They seek it here, they seek it there, those film buffs seek it everywhere… but where they’re most likely to find the Nomad Cinema is in some of London’s most intriguing, beautiful and historic outdoor spaces. On this year’s programme are Rebecca and Jane Eyre at Brompton Cemetery; Blade Runner at Queen’s Park; Some Like it Hot at the Festival Gardens, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shape of Water at the Hyde Park Lido. And here’s one more reason to go – Nomad donates 100% of its profits to The Sustainability Institute, a pioneering sustainable living and learning centre based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Adults, from £10; children from £7. www.whereisthenomad.com. Stay nearby at The Arch London, The Capital or The Goring
Various Venues, London until 26 October
14 July – Romsey, Hampshire
More than 100 acts will take to Romney’s streets, stages, pubs and parks to perform at this exhilarating all-day event. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the festival showcases local talent.
Central England – Guys and Dolls at Kilworth House Theatre, South Leicestershire
This theatre, built in a lovely wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds of Grade II-listed Kilworth House, is an absolute delight, and surely one of most picturesque in England. Pack a picnic or enjoy a pre-theatre meal at the outstanding Orangery before taking your seat to enjoy the show. Other summer events planned for the summer include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jasper Carrott and The Last Night of the Proms. £35. Stay at Kilworth House.
Until 8 July
The South West – Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Opened just six years ago, in 2012, Tremenheere, which was for years as secret a garden as you’re ever likely to find, is now one of the Cornwall’s leading attractions. Its beautiful subtropical gardens provide a perfect backdrop for sculpture by Kishio Suga, David Nash, Richard Long and James Turrell. Perfect in every way. Adults, £8; children £4.50; under-11s, free. www.tremenheere.co.uk
Wales – LLandudno Jazz Festival
The Dave Newton Trio, Gareth Lockrane, Alan Skidmore Claire Martin and Art Themen are among the stars appearing. There’s also a fringe festival with loads more performances and entertainment for children. Day passes for the main stage, from £50; day passes for the fringe, from £10, adults; children £1. www.llandudnojazzfestival.com. Stay nearby at Bodygallen Hall & Spa
Bodnant Farm Park, Conwy 27-29 July
The Cotswolds – Much Ado About Nothing
Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 4 August.
Enjoy al fresco theatre at Sandford Parks Lido, where the Rain or Shine Theatre Company set Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in 1918. Don Pedro and his men arrive back in Messina, where romance and revelry await…
Adults, £14; children, £6. www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk/events
Stay nearby at Ellenborough Park
The North – Kynren – An Epic Tale of England
See 2,000 years of English history, myth and legend through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy in this 90-minute epic that involves 29 scenes, 1,000 performers, pyrotechnics and amazing special events. Covering the Roman occupation, the Viking and Norman invasions, medieval feasts, jousting knights, Tudor rebellions, the English Civil War, the two World Wars, and more. Adults, £25; children, £12.50. www.kynren.com.
Stay nearby at Seaham Hall
Auckland Castle, Durham, 30 June–15 September
Scotland – The Walking Theatre Company
Various venues, including Falkirk, Fort Augustus and Dornoch
Based in Argyll, the award-winning Walking Theatre Company stages interactive events that take audiences on walks through forests, gardens and woods as they enjoy the play. Their ‘theatre without walls’ productions include Macbeth, Robin Hood and Treasure Island, as well as new writing. Fabulous. Prices vary, Please check online. www.thewalkingtheatrecompany.com.
Article written by Xenia Taliotis