Celebrate summer with outdoor cinema, theatre and music events

Press release
An audience enjoying outdoor theatre
Published : 25 Jun 2019 Last update : 31 Jul 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.

South West

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 (includes ferry fare and admission). 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: Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves
2 Aug, 7pm - 9pm

Illyria Theatre Company return with one of their most popular shows, adapted from the One Thousand and One Nights stories. Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves is packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters and laughs galore.
Price: Adult £16, child (age 5-16) £11. Booking essential 0344 249 1895

Arlington Court, Devon
Outdoor theatre
Sense & Sensibility, 7 August, 6pm – 8pm

It’s getting dramatic at Arlington Court this summer as two theatre companies bring their spectacular performances to the lawn outside the house. Come along to discover the legend of King Arthur with Boxtree Theatre’s inventive take on the tale. The Vine Café will be open from 5-6pm and at the interval for light snacks, ice cream and hot and cold drinks, including, beer, cider, wine and prosecco.
Price: Adult £13, Concession £10. Booking essential via www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

South East

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Outdoor theatre month
Three Men in a Boat, 3 Aug, 7 – 8.30pm
The Tempest, 10 Aug, 7 – 8.30pm
Gangsta Granny, 13, 14 & 15 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
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.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle 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
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.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park East of England

Sheringham Park, Norfolk
Summer music nights:
BlueTouch, 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:
The Jungle Book, 20 Aug, 6.25pm – 9pm
Price: Adult £12 (£14 on the door), child £9.50 (£11 on the door).

Blues rock, jazz, and a bit of drama – Sheringham’s summer nights programme is back, with three music events and family friendly outdoor theatre at its best. From the return of the Glamtastics (UK’s number one Glam Rock tribute band) to an open-air performance of the Jungle Book, there’s something for everyone this summer.

Ickworth, Suffolk
Outdoor theatre
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 1930s as the Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company perform outside 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.
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 (gates open 12 noon)

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.

Theatre-lovers at in for a treat at Wimpole this summer. Make the most of the longer evenings by settling down in the gardens to take in a show. From classic Jane Austen to the great bard’s Macbeth, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Booking essential.


Hanbury Hall & Gardens, Worcester
Outdoor cinema:
Monsters Inc., 3 Aug, 5pm – 6.30pm.
The Greatest Showman, 3 Aug, 8pm – 10pm
Price: Adult £11, child £6. Booking essential
Outdoor theatre:
Alice in Wonderland, 10 Aug, 6:30pm – 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 a secret location on the wider Attingham estate. Witness aerial acrobats 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 www.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.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston-hall North

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.

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 www.summernightsfilm.co.uk


Powis Castle, Powys
Outdoor theatre
Much Ado About Nothing, 6 Aug, 7pm – 9pm

Join Three Inch Fools for their rip-roaring adaptations of 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
Peter Read presents The Brothers Yorke
4, 10, 18, 24, 31 August, 2pm and 3:30pm

Combine striking architecture and relaxing spaces with live entertainment this summer. Award-winning playwright Peter Read presents ‘The Brothers Yorke’: a thirty-minute play that tells the story of the last two squires of Erddig, Simon and Philip. Full of humour and pathos it brings to life two very different brothers who worked to rescue a crumbling Erddig as it fell into decline.
Price: Free event, normal admission applies

Bodnant Garden, Conwy
Outdoor theatre: The Secret Garden
August 12, 6.30 - 10pm

The sweeping lawns and beautifully billowing flower beds of Bodnant’s formal, Victorian upper garden are the perfect setting to enjoy a production of the much loved children’s classic The Secret Garden. This summer, unwind in style with an evening performance of this century-old and timeless story by Frances Hodgson Burnett performed by Chapterhouse Theatre on the grand Front Lawn of this world-famous garden. Sit back, tuck into your picnic and enjoy.
Price: Adult £16 adult, child £11, family £46. Booking essential

Northern Ireland

Castle Ward, County Down
Summer Music Sundays
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

Crom, County Fermanagh
Music by the Lake
Midnight Graffiti
10 August, 7pm - 10pm

This summer, treat yourself to an evening of music beside the tranquil shores of Lough Erne in Crom, as Midnight Graffiti treat you to some jazzy pop classics. 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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