Staying out late 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

Outdoor theatre and popular cinema at Dunham Massey 

The deer at Dunham Massey may be winding down for the evening but the entertainment is just getting started. Peter Pan flies in for theatre adventures on Saturday 12 August and big screen films Ghost and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be hitting the big screen at the Summer Nights Film Festival on the first weekend of September.

Outdoor theatre on the North Lawn at Speke Hall

New twists on two theatre classics at Speke Hall 

Think you know Shakespeare? Think again! Travelling actors The Three Inch Fools roll into Speke Hall on Wednesday 9 August for a fresh take on Shakespeare’s most popular love story, Romeo and Juliet. On Tuesday 22 August The Pantaloons will be injecting even more laughs into the fairy-filled comedy classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Rufford Old Hall Outdoor theatre handlebards

Pedal-powered theatre and musical mayhem at Rufford Old Hall 

All the world’s a stage at Rufford Old Hall this summer as the bard is brought to life in the most imaginative ways. The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal in on Saturday 22 July to bring you their take on As You Like It and the Three Inch Fools prove that music really is the food of love on Thursday 10 August in their lively performance of Romeo and Juliet.

Murder mystery dinner at Quarry Bank

It’s all Loom and Doom at Quarry Bank 

There's been a murder at the Mill! As you settle down for a two course dinner Absolute Murder bring you a unique murder mystery inspired by this atmospheric very setting. But can you solve the mystery as characters from 1834 weave and spin their tales?

Visitors at Little Moreton Hall

Shakespeare in the ultimate Tudor setting at Little Moreton Hall 

To experience the works of the great playwright there’s no finer backdrop than a monochrome Tudor building. Watch outdoor performances of Shakespeare favourites As You Like It on selected dates between Thursday 13 and Saturday 22 July and don’t miss a performance of Twelfth Night on Tuesday 8 August.

Family sat on the grass watching an outdoor open-air theatre performance

Summertime open air at Hare Hill 

Adults and youngsters can enjoy outdoor theatre in the walled garden at Hare Hill with puppetry, colourful characters and songs that will have you singing along when The Smartest Giant in Town strides in on Friday 11 August. One of Shakespeare's most famous comedies, Twelfth Night, comes to Hare Hill Saturday 26 August promising live music, bold characters and audience interaction.