Outdoor spots for theatre, music and film

Make the most of the balmy summer weather and extra hours of daylight to enjoy alfresco entertainment at our places. Pack a picnic hamper and bring along your family and friends to our ‘Summer Nights’ events. See cinema, theatre and music performances, in the open-air settings of our gardens and parkland. Our places' eclectic programmes include comedies and family-friendly performances, murder mysteries and gritty drama, jazz and classical music. Find out what's on near you, sit back and enjoy the performance and historical surroundings on a summer evening. All visits help support our work as a charity looking after special places for ever, for everyone.

Audience waching a music event at Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Music al fresco 

Whether you’re a fan of jazz or 40s swing, folk music or the sound of steel pans, orchestras or opera, enjoy a balmy summer’s evening relaxing to live music in the gardens and parks we care for. Places we look after will also be hosting indoor music concerts this summer.

An audience watching an outdoor theatre production in the gardens at Ickworth

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 of plays and performances on offer at places we care for this summer. Watch re-imaginings of literary classics, see favourite children’s tales come to life, listen to captivating storytellers, enjoy new dramatic works or take part in interactive theatre.

Audience settling down at an outdoor cinema event at Ickworth.

Outdoor film screenings 

Enjoy silver screen classics, Oscar-winning movies and much-loved film favourites under the stars at one of the special places we care for. Grab a rug and get stuck into the British version of an American drive-in cinema screening against the stunning backdrop of the houses and castles, gardens and parks, woodlands and coastline we look after.

Enjoy a night at the opera

Summer opera nights 

This summer, you can see operatic productions of works by Purcell, Gilbert and Sullivan and more in the grounds of some of our places. Pack a picnic and enjoy the soaring voices and passionate tales.