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.
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.
Starting in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, you’ll find Macbeth (1 August) and Peter Pan (29 August).
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).
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).
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
Enjoy a balmy summers evening in one of our beautiful gardens and parks and relax and unwind to live music.
Relax to the sounds of the Essex Blues Brothers at Peckover House and Garden, Cambridgeshire (26 July).
Scottish dancing and folk music are the order of the afternoon at The Argory, Co. Armagh (20 July).
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).
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
Enjoy the British version of great American drive-in cinema screening at one of our special places.
Celebrate the Purbeck Film Festival with a whole host of films under the stars, at Corfe Castle in Dorset (2, 22 & 24 August).
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).