Outdoor spots for theatre, music and film

Make the most of the balmy summer weather and extra hours of daylight to enjoy al fresco entertainment at our places. Pack a picnic hamper and bring along your family and friends to see cinema, theatre and music performances, in the open-air settings of beautiful gardens and parkland.

Audience waching a music event at Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Music al fresco 

Whether you’re a fan of jazz or folk, classical orchestras or acapella, you’re sure to enjoy a balmy summer’s evening relaxing to live music in the great outdoors. Pack a picnic and soak up the long evening sunshine in one of the parks of gardens we care for.

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

Open-air theatre 

Britain has a long tradition of outdoor theatre performances, and you’ll be spoilt for choice at places we care for this summer. Enjoy 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.

Luna cinema at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Outdoor film screenings 

Enjoy silver screen classics, Oscar-winning movies and much-loved film favourites under the stars at a special outdoor film screening. Grab a rug and get stuck into the British version of an American drive-in, all against the backdrop of beautiful houses, gardens and parks.

Enjoy a night at the opera

Summer opera nights 

For an evening of drama and music combined, why not take in an al fresco opera performance? Settle down in the summer sunshine to be enthralled by the soaring voices and passionate tales, and maybe enjoy a picnic too.