10 Open Air Cinemas & Theatres to book now
Nothing says summer like an alfresco night out watching fab movies under the stars. From gardens to castles, here's where to head, popcorn and blanket at the ready...
The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, NOW – until 30 Aug
For your guaranteed summer of fun, you’ll want to know about The Festival Theatre which is an open air venue set in the gardens of Hever Castle. They plan music acts, operas, films, plays and family shows every year all summer long and this year will be no different! They have a whole calendar of exciting events and this summer you can expect family favourites The Hug (22 July), David Walliam’s Awful Auntie (29 July) and Rapunzel (30 July) plus the hottest comedy talent in the UK at Comedy at The Castle (28 July), cult hit event Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote (30 July), the acclaimed James Bond Concert Spectacular (5 Aug) and cinema stars A Star Is Born Sing-Along (7 Aug) and West Side Story (11 Aug) and lots, lots more!
Luna Cinema, Tonbridge Castle, Fri 1 – Sun 3 July
This summer, The Luna Cinema is back to transform the grounds of the majestic Tonbridge Castle into an impressive setting for open air cinema. Enjoy a unique cinematic experience under the stars with a superb line-up of films on the giant screen like: Rocketman, Dirty Dancing or Notting Hill. Enjoy refreshments from The Luna Bar or delicious Arancini from Sicility StrEATS. Why not go all out and upgrade your experience? Book the Luna Luxe Sofa and get entry for 2 with premium sofa seating in prime position with a fire pit, snuggly blankets and a bottle of Prosecco. Cheers!
Adventure Cinema, Whatman Park, Maidstone, Fri 1 – Sun 3 July
This 18-acre beauty spot includes wildflower meadows, treetop walks, a skate park and now an open-air performance area! See West Side Story, Mamma Mia! or The Rocky Horror Picture Show in idyllic surroundings for an unforgettable evening of movie magic. Picnics are welcome or visit The Bean Box for delicious drinks and snacks. Gates open 8.15pm, films starts 9.45pm.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, Bateman’s, Sat 2 & Sun 3 July
Quantum Theatre are back with an enchanting new adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved tales, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. Grab the kids, a blanket and a picnic and join Peter and Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures – a magical afternoon of fun at Bateman’s for all the family! Performance is 11:30am – 2pm. Adult tickets: £15, Child tickets: £10 and Family (2+2) is £45.
Othello & Cinderella, Belmont House & Gardens, Fri 15 July & Sat 20 Aug
Set in the stunning gardens at Belmont House near Faversham watch William Shakespeare’s Othello performed by renowned theatre company Changeling. Love, jealousy, deception, murder. Othello is an edge-of-the-seat thriller. Changeling’s production promises to fizz with passion, intrigue and dark humour – we love! Adult tickets: £24, Child (10-18 years): £14 and under 10s free. Gates open at 6:30pm, performance starts at 7:30pm.
Or be taken to an enchanted kingdom in a faraway land and enjoy one of the best fairytales where nearly anything is possible especially before midnight! Children old and young alike are invited to dress in their favourite fairy tale characters to join the midsummer ball dance. Don’t forget your picnic blankets or chairs! Adult tickets: £18, Child (5-16 years) £11 and Children under 5 are free. Gates open at 2pm, performance starts at 3pm.
Twelfth Night & A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scotney Castle, Fri 22 & Fri 29 July
There’s two productions at the beautiful Scotney Castle this summer! See one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, chock full of love, mistaken identity, high comedy and lots of music! Heartbreak Productions brings you an open-air production of Twelfth Night as you’ve never seen it before. Orsino, Olivia, Viola and the others join reality-TV coupling show “Twelve Nights” – think Love Island meets Big Brother. Gates open 6:30pm, curtain up at 7pm. Adult tickets: £12. Child tickets: £8.
Or watch Quantum Theatre‘s outdoor production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and soak up the magical atmosphere at Scotney Castle with an evening of love, intrigue, mischance and marriage. Gates open 6:30pm, curtain up at 7pm. Adult tickets: £14. Child tickets: £9.
Canterbury Shakespeare Festival, Fri 22 July – Sun 14 Aug
This open-air festival is back! Newcomer and avid Shakespeare fans alike will love this theatre festival experience with diverse productions that provide for all the family around various scenic venues across the historic city of Canterbury. Enjoy well-known productions with experimental experiences all performed by local talent such as: Henry IV, Peter & Ignez, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Richard II and Sir Thomas More.
Open Air Cinema, Leeds Castle, Fri 28 July – Sun 31 July
Roll out your picnic blanket and enjoy a night at the flicks with a difference at Leeds Castle, the perfect setting for cinema under the stars. Located on Cedar Lawn, it’s a magical setting! Watch West Side Story, No Time To Die, The Greatest Showman Sing-Along or Moulin Rouge – which one will it be?
Music Nights at the Mote, Ightham Mote, Sat 30 July
This summer, join for an evening of live music at the Mote with Masterclass, playing live music from soul and pop to rock classics. Bring a picnic or grab something tasty from our food stall and dance the night away with friends on the lawn. 6:30-10pm. Adult tickets are £15 each.
Children’s Theatre: Rapunzel, Leeds Castle, Fri 5 & Sat 6 Aug
Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel. Grab the kids and enjoy the laugh-out-loud script, heaps of audience interaction, catchy songs, unforgettable characters and even the odd water gun or two! With magic and mayhem throughout, this is one hair-raising adventure the family won’t want to miss. Arrive at 5pm to get the spot spot before the show starts at 5:30pm and finishes approx at 7:30pm with a 20min interval. Under 3s go free!
The Importance of Being Earnest, Penshurst Place, Fri 12 Aug
Renowned Kent-based theatre company Changeling Theatre will be at Penshurst Place & Gardens this summer. The talented cast will be performing Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest on Penshurst Place’s South Lawn which overlooks the beautiful Italian Garden. Doors will open at 5:30pm so enjoy a private wander through the gardens and the opportunity to purchase some delicious food and drinks from the bar before curtains up at 7pm. Don’t forget your folding chair or picnic blanket!