Celebrate summer with outdoor cinema, theatre and music events

Press release
An audience enjoying outdoor theatre
Published : 25 Jun 2019

Make the most of the balmy summer weather and extra hours of daylight to enjoy alfresco entertainment at National Trust locations. Pack up a picnic hamper and bring along your family and friends to the Trust’s outdoor entertainment events, from big-screen cinema to theatre and music performances, all set in colourful gardens and parkland.

Tyntesfield, near Bristol
Outdoor theatre on the croquet lawn
‘Alice in Wonderland’ with Immersion Theatre. 16 Aug, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Things are getting curiouser and curiouser at Tyntesfield this summer, as Immersion Theatre invite you to their adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story: Alice in Wonderland. Settle down on the Croquet Lawn with a picnic and spend immerse yourself in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical.
Why not come dressed up as your favourite character too?
Price: Adult £16.00, Child £8.00, Family (1 adult + 3 children) £32.00, Family (2 adults + 3 children) £48.00. Booking essential.

Brownsea Island, Dorset
Outdoor theatre: ‘Richard III’
24, 26, 29 & 31 July & 2, 5, 7 & 9 August, 7.30-10pm
Where better to spend a summer’s evening than on a tranquil island, with a theatre performance to keep you entertained? Join Brownsea Open Air Theatre for an adaptation of Shakesepare’s ‘Richard lll’ – a classic tale of family struggles and power-hungry villains. Bring a picnic and enjoy the island after-hours.
Price: £25 (separate charge for ferry – not NT). Booking essential 07845 782924

Corfe Castle, Dorset
Cinema under the stars
23 - 25 Aug, 8.45pm (gates open 7.30pm) - 10.30pm
23 August - How to train your dragon, the hidden world
24 August - Mary Poppins Returns
25 August - Bohemian Rhapsody
Purbeck Film Festival present open air cinema at Corfe Castle. Why not pack a picnic and experience the magic of watching a film with family and friends in the castle ruins?
Price: Adult £10, child £6, family £27. Booking essential 0344 249 1895

Lacock, Wiltshire
Outdoor Theatre: Pride and Prejudice
11 Jul, 7pm - 9pm
Step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s notorious heroine. Bring along a rug and a picnic for an evening of theatre beneath the stars, against the backdrop of this atmospheric country house.
Price: Adult £16, child (age5-16) £11. Booking essential 0844 249 1895

Baggy Point, Devon
Outdoor cinema: Ginger & Rosa
6 July, 9.30pm – 11pm
Watch the sun set into the horizon from the natural amphitheatre at Baggy Point, and enjoy the magic of cinema under the stars. Blackbeam Cinema will be screening Ginger and Rosa, an evocative portrait of teenage friendship in post-war Britain. Bring a picnic, or treat yourself to tacos by Latitudes Catering.
Price: £10. Booking essential via www.blackbeam/tickets or 01271 817647 

Arlington Court, Devon
Outdoor theatre
The Tempest, 29 June, 6pm – 8pm
Legend of King Arthur, 28 July, 6pm – 8pm
It’s getting dramatic at Arlington Court this summer as three theatre companies bring their spectacular performances to the lawn outside the house. Come along to watch The Tempest performed by Illyria Theatre Company, or discover the legend of King Arthur with Boxtree Theatre’s inventive take on the tale.
Price: Adult £13, Concession £10. Booking essential via www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

South East

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Outdoor theatre month
The Wind in the Willows, 30 July, 2.30 – 4.30pm
Three Men in a Boat, 3 Aug, 7 – 8.30pm
The Tempest, 10 Aug, 7 – 8.30pm
Gangsta Granny, 13 Aug, 2.30 – 4.30pm
Private Lives, 30 Aug, 7 – 8.30pm
This summer offers five opportunities to see outdoor theatre in the beautiful setting of the atmospheric Water Garden at Cliveden. From Shakespeare and Noel Coward to David Walliams, there’s a performance for every taste and age. Bring a picnic and a chair to make the most of the evening.
Price: Adult £17, Child £10.50. Booking essential.

Scotney Castle, Kent
Outdoor theatre
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 20 July, 7pm – 9.30pm
Wind in the Willows, 10 Aug, 6pm – 8pm
Wuthering Heights, 17 Aug, 7pm – 9.30pm
Looking for somewhere to relax and unwind during the long summer evenings? Why not head to Scotney Castle, where you can settle down in front of the mansion house as twilight falls to enjoy an enchanting theatre performance. Bring the family and set out your picnic for a night to remember.
Price: £13 Adult, £8 Child. Booking essential.

Smallhythe Place, Kent
Summer theatre
Various dates 13 July – 22 Sept (see website)
With a mixture of indoor and outdoor productions, there’s something for all ages this summer at Smallhythe Place. The Barn Theatre hosts classic and modern tales made for the stage with plenty of laughter for children and drama for adults. Balmy evenings are a chance to enjoy a picnic while watching a performance in the grounds. Full of humour, song and colour, these are special events that will be a real treat to remember.
Price: see website for details. Booking essential.

Hatchlands Park, Surrey
Summer outdoor theatre
Wuthering Heights, 14 July, 7pm – 9.20pm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 4 Aug, 7pm – 9.15pm
Private Lives, 11 Aug, 6pm – 8.15pm
Alice in Wonderland, 26 Aug, 6pm – 8.30pm
After a hot summer’s day there’s no better way to relax than open air theatre at Hatchlands Park, in the welcome cool of the evening air. It’s also a great way to introduce children to theatre, in a relaxed open setting, or take teens to see a play they are studying at school. Whichever play you choose, you’re sure to be transported into the story.
Price: Adult £16, child £8, family (2 adults, 2 children) £40, except for Alice in Wonderland: Adult £12, child £8, family (2 adults, 2 children) £32. Booking essential.

East of England

Sheringham Park, Norfolk
Summer music nights
Blues rock, jazz, and the UK’s number one Glam Rock tribute band. Sheringham’s summer nights programme is back, with three music events and two outdoor theatre events. From the return of the Glamtastics (UK’s number one Glam Rock tribute band) to Sense & Sensibility, there’s something for everyone. 
Blue Touch, 2 Aug, 7pm – 10pm
Dixiemix, 16 Aug, 6pm – 9pm
The Glamtastics, 30 Aug, 7pm – 10pm
Price: £7.50 (£9.50 on the door)
Outdoor theatre
Sense and Sensibility, 29 June, 6.30pm – 9pm
The Jungle Book, 20 Aug, 6.25pm – 9pm
Price: Adult £12 (£14 on the door), child £9.50 (£11 on the door).

Ickworth, Suffolk
Outdoor theatre
Much Ado about Nothing, 5 July, 6.30pm – 9pm. Adult £16 (£18 on the door), child £10
Sense and Sensibility, 16 Aug, 6.30pm – 9pm. Adult £15 (£17 on door), child £10 (£12 on door)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 25 Aug, 6.30pm – 8.45pm. Adult £17 (£20 on door), child £10 (£12 on door)
Whether you fancy a Shakespearian comedy or the wit and romance of Jane Austen, there’ll be a theatre performance to suit you at Ickworth this summer. Bring a picnic and a blanket and settle down with the iconic rotunda as your backdrop for some spectacular dramatics.
Booking essential.
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Outdoor theatre: Edith in the beginning
24 , 25 & 26 Aug, 7.30pm – 9.10pm
Take a trip back to the 1920s as the Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company perform in the garden of Tranmer House at Sutton Hoo – the home of Edith Pretty. Edith was the driving force behind the archaeological dig that uncovered one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon discoveries of all time. This performance will see the story of Edith brought back to life, set against the backdrop of the famous Sutton Hoo mounds.
Price: Adult £15, child £13

Melford Hall, Suffolk
Outdoor cinema: Peter Rabbit
11 August, 6pm – 8pm
Beatrix Potter visited Melford Hall several times to stay with her cousin Lady Hyde Parker – so it’s fitting that her most famous creation should appear here on the silver screen. Pack your hamper, get out a rug and enjoy your picnic whilst watching the adventures of Peter Rabbit in Melford Hall’s beautiful surroundings.
Price: Adult £12.50, child £7.50. Family pricing options available – see website. Booking essential.

Flatford, Suffolk
Outdoor theatre: Treasure Island
31 August, 2pm – 4pm
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. When he stumbles across a coveted treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of finding Treasure Island. But not everyone is to be trusted, and a dark secret is lurking on board the ship...
Price: Adult £16, child £11. Family pricing options available – see website. Booking essential.

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire
Outdoor theatre:
Sense and Sensibility, 11 August, 7.30pm – 10pm. Adult £16, child £10, family (2 adult 2 child) £48.
Macbeth, 31 August, 7.30pm – 10pm. Adult £16, child £10, family (2 adult 2 child) £48.
Music in the gardens:
Handel's ‘Samson’. 6 July, 7pm – 9pm. Adult £20, child £9
Django's Tiger, 13 July, 7.30pm- 9.30pm. Adult £10, child £7
Whether you’re a music aficionado or a theatre-lover, there’s something for everyone at Wimpole this summer. Make the most of the longer evenings by settling down in the gardens to take in a show. From jumping jazz to opera and classic Jane Austen to the great bard’s Macbeth, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Booking essential.


Hanbury Hall & Gardens, Worcester
Outdoor cinema:
The Favourite, 29 Jun, 7pm - 10pm.
Monsters Inc., 3 Aug, 5pm – 6.30pm.
The Greatest Showman, 3 Aug, 8pm – 10pm
Price: Adult £11, child £6. Booking essential
Outdoor theatre:
Wuthering Heights, 12 July, 7.30pm – 10pm
Alice in Wonderland, 10 Aug, 7pm – 9.30pm
Private Lives, 31 Aug, 7pm – 10pm
Price: Adult £16, child £10. Family pricing options available – see website. Booking essential
If you’re looking to make the most of the long summer evenings, why not head to Hanbury Hall for an evening of outdoor cinema or theatre? Enjoy some well-earned down time with friends and family, and take in a show among the beautiful surroundings of Hanbury’s parkland. Bring the picnic blanket, some snacks and maybe even something with bubbles to really make an evening of it.

Attingham Park, Shropshire
Whispering Woods
Fri 30 Aug, 2.30pm - 4pm & 7pm - 9pm
Experience theatre with a nature-y twist this summer, as you join in with a promenade theatre production through the trees at Attingham. Witness aerial acrobats high up among the branches, and be immersed in the magic and enchantment of the woods through masterful storytelling.
Price: Adult £15, child £10. Booking essential

Belton, Lincolnshire
Summer Nights Film Festival
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, 9 Aug, 9pm – 11.30pm
Bohemian Rhapsody, 10 Aug, 9pm - 11.30pm
Enjoy a movie under the stars on Belton's Oval Lawn this summer. This year has great options for music lovers: will you sing along to ABBA songs in the Mamma Mia sequel, or rock out to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody? Pack up a picnic and be transported into the world of musical superstars.
Price: Adult £15.50, child (under 12s) £10.50. Booking essential via https://summernightsfilm.co.uk

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
Outdoor theatre: The Secret Garden
30 June, 7.30pm – 9.45pm
Chapterhouse Theatre Company present a family favourite in the picturesque pleasure grounds at Kedleston Hall. Bring a rug or chair and pack a picnic to make the most of this special evening performance.
Price: Adult £16, child £11, Family pricing options available – see website. Booking essential.


Sticklebarn, Cumbria
Sticklebarn sessions
Various dates, see website for details
Time to unwind, kickback and take in the music at the Sticklebarn Tavern this summer. They’ll be hosting a variety of acoustic folk musicians, both traditional and contemporary. Come along to enjoy some beautiful tunes against the backdrop of the Lake District fells.
Price: varies, see website. Booking advised.

Nostell, Yorkshire
Summer Nights Film Festival
Bohemian Rhapsody, 12 July, 6.30pm – 11pm
The Greatest Showman, 13 July, 6.30pm – 11pm
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than gathering family and friends together for an al-fresco movie experience. Enjoy hot food fresh from the BBQ, or bring a picnic and settle down for an evening under the sky.
Price: Adult £15.50, child £10.50. Booking essential via https://summernightsfilm.co.uk

Dunham Massey
Summer Nights Film Festival
Grease, 29 August, 8.15pm – 10.30pm
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, 30 Aug, 8.15pm – 10.30pm
Bohemian Rhapsody, 31 Aug, 8.15pm – 10.30pm
QUAD'S Outdoor Film Festival returns to Dunham Massey this summer. Spend an evening under the stars and sing along to some foot-stomping musicals, including Bohemian Rhapsody, the Mamma Mia sequel, and rock and roll classic Grease.
Price: Adult £15.50, child £10.50. Booking essential via https://summernightsfilm.co.uk


Powis Castle, Powys
Outdoor theatre
Treasure Island, 12 July, 7pm – 9pm
Much Ado About Nothing, 6 Aug, 7pm – 9pm
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company or Three Inch Fools for their rip-roaring adaptations of two classics: Treasure Island and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Bring along a picnic and immerse yourself in the drama playing out on-stage.
Price: Adult £16, child £11, Family pricing options available – see website. Booking essential.

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Summer Music Nights
19 & 26 July, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Aug, 5pm to 8pm
Make the most of the long summer evenings with a post-work trip to Dyffryn. Every Friday from 19 July to the end of August will be late opening in the gardens, so bring along a picnic rug and settle down on the lawn to enjoy the sun and hear the music being played on the south terrace. For an extra treat there’ll be cream tea, strawberries and prosecco packages on offer in the Gallery.
Different musicians will perform each week throughout the summer, please check the website for details.
Price: Normal admission prices apply. Refreshments available at extra cost.

Erddig, Wrexham
Outdoor theatre
The Secret Garden, 13 July, 6,30pm – 9.30pm
Pride and Prejudice, 9 Aug, 6,30pm – 9.30pm
Bring family and friends together for a treat at Erddig this summer. The walled rose garden will be playing host to two theatre productions, so pack up a picnic and come along to see spectacular performances of Pride and Prejudice or The Secret Garden. 
Price: Adult £16, child £11, Family pricing options available – see website. Booking essential.

Bodnant Garden, Conwy
Outdoor theatre: The Secret Garden
August 12, 6.30 - 10pm
With quiet corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, Bodnant is really several gardens in one, and the perfect place to find tranquillity. This summer, unwind in style with an evening performance of The Secret Garden set against the backdrop of this world-famous garden. Sit back, tuck into your picnic and enjoy.
Price: Adult £16 adult, child £11, family £46. Booking essential

Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
Lakeside concert
7 July, 2.30pm – 7pm
Enjoy an afternoon of music on the lawn as we host our lakeside concert at Stackpole Court this summer. Pack a picnic or treat yourself to a cream tea and relax with live performances from local jazz and choral musicians. There will also be a vintage mobile bar service offering prosecco and gin cocktails to keep you refreshed.
Price: Adult £12, child £4. Booking essential

Northern Ireland

Castle Ward, County Down
Summer Music Sundays
14, 21 & 28 July, 4, 11, 18 & 25 August, 2.30pm – 5pm
The summer is here and that can only mean one thing – Castle Ward’s annual Sunday music season is here. Bring a rug and a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a tranquil and beautiful setting listening to the musical melodies.
Price: Normal admission applies

Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
Music in the Park
14 July, 2pm – 4pm
If you’re looking for a way to unwind this summer, why not pay a visit to Castle Coole for an afternoon of relaxing music on the Drying Green? Bring a picnic or enjoy some tasty treats from the Tallow-house Tearoom.
Price: Normal admission applies

Crom, County Fermanagh
Music by the Lake
The Hand Me Downs 6 July, 7pm - 10pm
Midnight Graffiti 10 August, 7pm - 10pm
This summer, treat yourself to an evening of music beside the tranquil shores of Lough Erne in Crom. Rock out with local ‘folkabilly’ supergroup The Hand Me Downs, or opt for jazzy pop classics with Midnight Graffiti. Bring a rug and a picnic and enjoy a glass of wine on arrival - a sensational summer’s evening awaits.
Price: Adult £12, child £5. Booking essential, see website for details.

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