Top spots for oudoor theatre, music and film

Celebrate summer with outdoor performances at some of our most beautiful places. Join the party when dusk falls on a balmy summer evening, invite friends and family, load up the picnic hamper and enjoy some outdoor theatre, film and music with us.

    Open-air theatre

    Visitors relaxing in the sunshine during open air theatre

    The great British tradition of outdoor theatre isn’t to be missed and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the variety plays and venues on offer this summer.

    East
    Starting in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, you’ll find Macbeth (1 August) and Peter Pan (29 August).

    South West
    You can enjoy Romeo and Juliet at the Cornish gardens of Trelissick (29 & 30 July) or hop aboard a boat and visit Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour for Henry IV (23, 25, 28 & 30 July and 1, 4, 6 & 8 August).

    London and South East
    There’s Jungle Book at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey (19 July) and the comic opera Pirates of Penzance at Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (19 July).

    Midlands
    In the Midlands you’ll find the comic opera The Pirates of Penzance at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire (27 July) and for a spot of family fun, Roald Dahl’s classic George's Marvellous Medicine will be at Attingham Park, Shropshire (2 August).

    Wales
    The castles are a fine setting for theatre and Powis Castle and Garden will be hosting Peter Pan and the Lost Boys (7 August).

    Yorkshire and North East
    In Cheshire you’ll find the Pirates of Penzance performance at Dunham Massey (26 July), see Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet performed in the way the Bard first envisioned, at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire (19 August) while over in West Yorkshire, Alice in Wonderland opens at Nostell Priory and Parkland (22 August).

    Music al fresco

    Steel band perform outside Gibside Chapel

    Enjoy a balmy summers evening in one of our beautiful gardens and parks and relax and unwind to live music.

    East
    Relax to the sounds of the Essex Blues Brothers at Peckover House and Garden, Cambridgeshire (26 July).

    Northern Ireland
    Scottish dancing and folk music are the order of the afternoon at The Argory, Co. Armagh (20 July).

    Wales
    Celebrate Welsh and international artistic talent at Gwyl Gardd Goll at Plas Newydd, Anglessey (27-28 July).

    London and South East
    Choral favourites can be experienced at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire (30 August) while Eighteenth-century classical music can be enjoyed in London at Fenton House, Hampstead (12 September).

    South West
    Folk legends The Bad Shepherds will be at Tyntesfield (16 August) and The Festival of the Voice will be visiting Stourhead, Wiltshire (7, 14, 21 & 28 September).

    Midlands
    There’s Tales and Tunes to be enjoyed at Dark Peak in Derbyshire (15 August) and Status Quo make their first appearance at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire (15 August).

    Yorkshire and North East
    Visit Gibside near Tyneside for a Party in the Park (1 August). Meanwhile at Gibside, Tyne & Wear, you can enjoy an evening of live music in the open air at Music in the Park (27 July & 10 August).

    Outdoor film shows

    Cinema nights at Stowe

    Enjoy the British version of great American drive-in cinema screening at one of our special places.

    South West
    Celebrate the Purbeck Film Festival with a whole host of films under the stars, at Corfe Castle in Dorset (2, 22 & 24 August).

    North West
    Our pub in the Lakes, Sticklebarn will be hosting action and adventure films (18, 25 July), (1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August ) and (5 September), films to be announced.

    London and the South East
    Sissinghurst Castle will be hosting Cinema under the stars where you can enjoy classic cinema in a beautiful setting (27 July), while the turrets of Waddesdon Manor will be the backdrop for their screening of Some Like It Hot (5 September) and Skyfall (6 September).