7 brilliant outdoor summer theatres and cinemas
Pass the popcorn, top up the Pimms and pitch up for an al fresco film. Follow the usher this way, for the best pop up cinemas in Kent
I’m writing a post on outdoor theatre, so I expect it to pelt down with rain any minute. Watching stars of the screen/thesps al fresco in gorgeous verdant surroundings is a truly magical way to pass a balmy summer evening, so here’s our curated list of the best imminent local productions. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Well, yes, why not – on the whole the forecast looks good…
Open Air Cinema, Betteshanger Country Park, Sat 2 June
Limber up your vocal chords, wrap up warm and join us for a special sing-along screening of Golden Globe award-winning musical, The Greatest Showman! Doors open at 7:30 and the film will start at 9pm. Pack a blanket or deckchair and a hamper. Sit back, (popcorn in hand) relax and enjoy an alternative cinema experience under the stars.
Moonlight Drive-In Cinema, The Hop Farm, various dates June – July
The Hop Farm, just outside Paddock Wood, boasts the UK’s largest drive-in cinema and they go hell for leather over the summer with a selection of amazing films (each on over several dates throughout July – Aug). This year’s line-up includes: The Greatest Showman, Deadpool 2, Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Breaking in, The First Purge and Sicario: Day of the Soldado. All shows start at 9pm or a bit later (to ensure it’s dark, I guess). You can see dates, viewings and ticket availability online.
The Luna Cinema, Tonbridge Castle, July 20 – 22
This summer, The Luna Cinema transforms the grounds of the majestic Tonbridge Castle into an impressive setting for open-air cinema! Go and enjoy a unique cinematic experience with this incredible line-up over a series of 3 days: The Greatest Showman, Pretty Woman and Gladiator. Show starts at 9:15, better book your tickets now.
Pride & Prejudice, Scotney Castle, Sat 21 July
This summer Scotney Castle will host five outdoor theatre productions. From Pride and Prejudice to The Railway Children, enjoy these classic stories with the beautiful mansion house as the backdrop to the performance. Don’t forget the fizz and cucumber sandwiches.
The Luna Cinema, Leeds Castle, Aug 2 – 4
Famed as the world’s most beautiful castle, Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent makes the perfect setting for cinema under the stars. Located on Cedar Lawn, it’s a truly magical setting and with a line-up like; Dirty Dancing, Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone and The Italian Job (with full orchestra), it’s an experience not to be missed. Usual open-air rules apply – by which I mean, bring a camp chair, perhaps an umbrella to avoid getting soggy and there’s a bar (someone else is driving, right?).
Outdoor Cinema, Bewl Water, Sept 16 – 18
The big outdoor screen is coming to Bewl Water this September! The open-air cinema is set in the stunning surrounds of the reservoir and the Waterfront Cafe will be open for food, drink AND popcorn. Kicking off with Dirty Dancing on Friday the 16th, followed by Shutter Island on Saturday and Back To The Future on Sunday the 18th. The films start at 8pm, make sure you bring a blanket and possibly a jumper…
The Luna Cinema, Rochester Castle, Sept 21 – 23
The Luna Cinema is also coming to Rochester Castle, this time playing The Greatest Showman, Pretty Woman and Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets. Watch your favourite film with the imposing fortress in the background – definitely something you can’t do every day. Make sure you wrap up warm, movie begins at 7:30 pm.
Have we missed anything amazing off the list? Let us know in the comment box below!