Pack a picnic, bring your classic drinks and cling onto the last of summer’s light nights with a variety of open air entertainment. In the middle of a blustery, dim Autumn we will be wishing for the return of those late nights spent lounging about outside, so make the most of them now. With musical performances, film screenings and theatre productions there’s something to attract the whole family. Venues include Westminster Abbey, Blenheim Palace and numerous National Trust properties, allowing you to enjoy a warm August evening sitting under the stars amidst beautiful parklands and fantastic surroundings.
The Luna Cinema
The cinema no longer needs to be saved for rainy days. When you feel like getting cosy and watching your ultimate classics or the latest Oscar-winners, open air screenings are the perfect way to experience them without missing out on summer’s balmy nights. With the Luna Cinema, the UK’s leading pop-up cinema, you can laugh, cry and sing along in a crowd to family favourites under the starlight. Screenings stretch out until October nearly every night in a range of incredible locations across the UK, such as Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park. And whilst it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy your own picnic, you can also indulge in the Luna Cinema’s very own classic drinks bar and Sicilian food stand, complete with pizzeria. For the ultimate experience, the option of Premium tickets is also on offer, allowing you queue-jumps, prime viewing position and a complimentary drink. With the more popular films selling out in advance, be sure to check What’s On soon so not to miss out on an unbeatable summer experience to be spent with family or friends.
The National Trust
Whether it’s a country walk or a simple picnic, The National Trust guarantees family fun during the summer months, and now you can extend your visit long into the evening. Numerous properties offer alfresco entertainment such as concerts, screenings and theatre productions. Experience live music, film favourites and re-imaginings of British literary classics with their open-air theatres all in the National Trust’s beautifully kept, famed gardens. Watch Shakespeare’s and Jane Austen’s works come to life, surrounded by beautiful parklands, family and friends. The National Trust is not just for a summer’s day, so settle down with a picnic and bring some bubbly.
Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival
Similarly to the Luna Cinema, Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival screens much-loved movie classics with the exception of some new favourites, such as La La Land or Mama Mia!. Leave your food at home and instead, seize the opportunity to sample the ultimate British picnic from one of Summer Nights’ own premium Hackwood Farm hampers at selected events. With beautiful locations situated primarily in the Midlands, you can tuck into scones, sausage rolls and classic drinks whilst enjoying your film late into the night.
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