Here’s your one-stop guide to the best outdoor movie venues across the country this summer.

Film4 Summer Screen – Somerset House

  • Setup: Films are shown in the magnificent 18th century courtyard (our featured image is by Pranksky). Be sure to bring plenty of blankets and cushions, as the stone paving isn’t sympathetic to filmgoer posteriors.
  • Schedule highlights: About Time (August 8), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (August 20)
  • Admission: Official tickets are sold out

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Picnic Cinema – various locations, north of England

  • Setup: Classic films played on a big screen in the middle of a forest. You then camp in the forest overnight.
  • Schedule highlights: 28 Days Later in Hamsterley Forest (July 20), Apocalypse Now in Gisburn Forest (August 24).
  • Admission: £25

Luna Cinema – Kew Gardens, London

  • Setup: Open air screen positioned in front of the iconic backdrop of Kew Palace.
  • Schedule highlights: Rocky Horror Picture Show (September 13)
  • Admission: £12

The Burghley Film Festival – Burghley House, Lincolnshire

  • Setup: Giant screen in the stately home’s gardens will screen four films a day over the four days (except Sunday, which has three). There’ll be kids movies during the day, whilst the evening showings are aimed more at adults.
  • Schedule highlights: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (August 2), Les Miserables (August 4)
  • Admission: Day tickets for adults are £10 (children £4)

Hot Tub Cinema – Rockwell House, Shoreditch, London

  • Setup: Iconic London rooftop is covered in giant inflatable hot tubs (with room for as many as eight people), from where bikini-clad and boardshort-clad 20 and 30-somethings watch a classic film on a projector screen. There’s champagne waiter service too.
  • Schedule highlights: Human Traffic (July 20), Ghostbusters (July 25)
  • Admission: £30

Luna Cinema – Warwick Castle, Warwick

  • Setup: Outdoor screen positioned in the castle grounds, with the wall and turrets gently lit behind.
  • Schedule highlights: Takes place over the weekend on August 22-24 (Gladiator, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia).
  • Admission: Tickets cost £12.50 adults and £8.50 for under 15s


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