Summer nights in the North West

With the arrival of warmer days and longer evenings why not experience some alfresco entertainment at our places this summer? Pack a picnic blanket, chill the wine and invite friends along for a night out with a difference.

Visitors attending an outdoor cinema

Theatre classics and cinema greats at Dunham Massey

The deer at Dunham Massey may be winding down for the evening but the entertainment is just getting started. Go on a journey of discovery with the theatre adaptation of The Secret Garden or be transported into the world of Jane Austen with Pride and Prejudice. Bring your singing voice along for big screen favourites later in the summer with Grease, Mamma Mia:Here We Go Again and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Outdoor theatre on the North Lawn at Speke Hall

New twists on theatre classics and summer cinema at Speke Hall

Think you know Jane Austen and Shakespeare? Think again! The Pantaloons will be injecting imagination into their adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, before The Three Inch Fools roll into Speke to perform their fast-paced and musically-driven version of Much Ado About Nothing. The big screen comes to Speke in September too with Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Terminator 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody.

An audience enjoying outdoor theatre in the gardens at Quarry Bank

Treasure and fairies at Quarry Bank

The upper garden at Quarry Bank becomes a stage this summer with outdoor theatre for all ages.. Sail away with a brand-new adaptation of everyone's favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Let yourself be whisked away to a magical forest with A Midsummer Night's Dream where star-crossed lovers, playful fairies, and woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable garden theatre.

A crowd watches an outdoor performance.

Fun-filled family evenings at Hare Hill

Adults and youngsters can enjoy outdoor theatre in the walled garden at Hare Hill this August with two performances by Folksy Theatre. Join Mr Magnolia on his wacky adventures, filled with bold characters, live music, puppetry and audience interaction. Enjoy a classic tale of mistaken identities with a music-filled and downright silly take on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.