Summer outdoor theatre and cinema on the Isle of Wight in 2017

Women in theatre audience for outdoor summer event

This was about our summer 2017 events which have now ended. We'll update this article with information about our 2018 events in time for the summer. With extra hours of daylight and warm balmy nights, there's nothing more enjoyable than spending a summer evening outdoors. Gather together with family and friends and experience watching a play or film against the backdrop of a historic location on the Isle of Wight. Bring along a picnic full of tasty treats and a little something to drink. Pack a rug and blanket. And as the sun sets, see the curtain rise on a murder mystery, classic film or orchestral performance.

Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemon in Some Like it Hot

A hot summer's night

On Saturday 15 July, as darkness falls and the stars come out, settle in to watch this iconic comedy farce. When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they have to go into hiding – by joining an all-female band. Staring Tony Curtis, Marilyn Munroe and Jack Lemon, this classic film is the perfect way to spend an evening laughing out loud with family and friends.

A drawing of a female with peace sign glasses and multicoloured hair.

Dying for love

This year our murder mystery has travelled back to the summer of love. But not all is groovy and peaceful, for a murder has taken place and we need you to find out whodunit. On Saturday 22 July & 5 August, dress in your most psychedelic 1960s outfit, and turn detective as you investigate murder.

The Pocket Orchestra playing various instruments in an outdoor setting

Jazz on a summer evening

The Pocket Orchestra are a talented trio of musicians who enjoy making music from when life was simpler. Each plays a range of instruments including banjo, tuba and cornet, and this summer they’ve brought their own style of early 20th century tunes to the Island. On Friday 11 August, expect hot jazz, ragtime, blues, classical and country music all set in the tranquil surroundings of Mottistone Gardens.