Outdoor Cinema Near Me

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Outdoor cinemas really have our hearts! They are quirky, nostalgic, and relaxing environments that are cheap and cheerful too! You might be a family of four or you might be a couple, either or, it’s a great way to spend your evening. So, if you like the sound of watching cult classics out in the open (whatever the weather), then finding an ‘outdoor cinema near me‘ will be your next port of call.

We’ve found everything from cliff-top cinemas in the Summer, to all-weather drive-in cinemas, and so much more! Pick out your snazziest picnic blanket and begin building up your picnic hamper, it’s time to discover your local outdoor cinemas…

Why pick an outdoor cinema day out?

Outdoor cinema days out aren’t just magical but they are also pretty inexpensive! You can bring your own snacks with you, load up your car with blankets, and snuggle up peacefully under the stars.

They’re also very peaceful and tend to be hosted at the most spectacular venues. You can find them at historic houses, gardens, parks, castles, abbey ruins, and other breathtaking locations. The stunning backdrop adds an already magical experience and will create memories that will last a lifetime!

They also host outdoor film screenings such as James Bond, Harry Potter, West Side Story, Grease, Mamma Mia, Jurassic Park, and other feel-good classics. You should always keep your eyes open during seasonal periods for upcoming events.

Outdoor Cinema – Halloween Screenings 2023

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The Lost Boys Halloween Outdoor Cinema Experience at Dalkeith Country Park

Located only a few miles from Edinburgh city centre, in the heart of Midlothian, lies the beautiful Dalkeith Country Park. On a normal day you can get up to all kinds of fun from woodland walks to creative workshops and of course, getting your teeth into some ancient history. However, Halloween is now upon us which means one thing… LOTS OF SPOOKTACULAR FUN!

Kick back and enjoy a range of family-friendly films at the Outdoor Adventure Cinema. Films include Monsters Inc, Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, Lost Boys, Ghostbusters, Scream, Coco and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Get stuck into all kinds of ghoulish fun in other Halloween events at Dalkeith like kids’ craft shops, cookie decorating activities, spooky storytelling, and make a visit to the pumpkin patch! 

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Dalkeith Country Park
Via King's Gate, Dalkeith
Edinburgh
EH22 1ST

Opening Times

Halloween cinema screenings are running from 13th October - 17th October 2023

Pricing

Tickets start from £13.63

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Outdoor Cinemas in Scotland

Elvis being shown at Dalkeith Country Park

Dalkeith Country Park

Lay down your blanket and enjoy 1000 acres of Scottish countryside at the Dalkeith Country Park. Located just 30 minute drive away from Edinburgh, Dalkeith is a popular destination for history nuts and families.

You’ll be surrounded by ancient trees, historic buildings, manicured gardens, waymarked trails, and so much more. The house has welcomed guests for hundreds of years including King George IV and Queen Victoria!

Today families can enjoy outdoor cinema screenings as well as many other exciting events hosted by Dalkeith Country Park. For any movie lovers out there, come along and enjoy their next screening in the Summer for Elvis on the 30th June 2023. You have a choice of two tickets: standard (bring your own blanket and chairs) or premier (provided chairs with a clear view of the screen).

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Dalkeith Country Park
Via King's Gate, Dalkeith
Edinburgh
EH22 1ST

Opening Times

Elvis - 30th June 2023 at 20:00

Pricing

Standard Ticket
£15.50 + £1.68 Fee & Tax - bring your own chair and mat

Premium Ticket
£21.50 + £2.33 Fee & Tax
Premium Ticket price: £21.50 - includes luxury deck chair in a prime position

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Outdoor Cinemas in Northern Ireland

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Create your own outdoor cinema with Hot Tub/Cinema Party Hire N.I!

What if you could bring an outdoor cinema to your own doorstep? If you are planning a slumber party for your little ones or if your children feel more comfortable at home, Hot Tub/Cinema Party Hire N.I can bring the ultimate cinematic experience to you.

Choose from screen sizes ranging from 1 to 4 metres to find the ideal display to suit your needs. Each set-up comes with a full demonstration of how to use the system. You can also rent out gazebos, popcorn & hotdog machines to create an authentic cinema experience! Talk about an enchanted cinema experience!

All you need now is to bring popcorn, blankets, sweet treats and drinks.

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52 Castle Lane, Comber,
Newtownards, BT23 5EB.

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N/A

Pricing

Get in touch for prices: https://hottubcinemahire.com/contact/

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The Big Drive-Inn, Co. Louth

Enjoy the newest and most acclaimed movies of all time across Ireland & Northern Ireland with The Big Drive-Inn. There are drive-in locations spanning from Cork to Antrim!

From feel-good movies like The School of Rock to The Nightmare Before Christmas, and even sporting TV shows! The Big Drive-Inn has a wide range of film screenings to choose from, so everyone in the family can enjoy some fantastic films.

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Unit 10a Northlink Retail Park, Coes Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 WV09, Ireland

Opening Times

New cinema dates coming soon

Pricing

No ticket prices have been released yet

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Outdoor Cinemas in Wales

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Pretty Woman Outdoor Cinema Experience, Cardiff

This summer, enjoy tasty snacks, fresh popcorn, hot food and drinks as you take in the stunning venue as you watch your favourite film. If you’re a Pretty Woman film lover, this is the ultimate experience for you that you won’t forget any time soon.

With wide open space, the crowd is just as excited as you and a few hours under the stars. What can be a better way to enjoy the British summer (hoping the weather holds up too!)?

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Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Front Lawn, Sophia Walk, Cardiff, CF11 9XR

Opening Times

16th July 2023

Pricing

Ticket prices start from £13.86

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Luna Cinema, Cardiff Castle

Are you ready for long summer nights? Do they feel enchanting to you? What about when you lie under the stars and watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?!

Enjoy a spellbinding evening, munch on delicious popcorn and moreish snacks as you watch your favourite movie that takes you back to your childhood!

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Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB

Opening Times

31st August 2023
Film starts at 20:00

Pricing

Tickets start from £17.50

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Outdoor Cinemas in the North East

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Cinema Outdoor, Thirsk

When was the last time you went out with your friends, Mum & Dad? At the Outdoor Cinema in Thirsk, you can enjoy a wide range of hot snacks, soft drinks, and even bar service! Reconnect with your friends and have the evening to yourselves with a big screen in front of you and a glass of wine in your hand.

Watch all your favourite films in the Summer twilight at the Beauchief Golf Club. Check out all the latest films and updates on the Outdoor Cinema Sheffield Facebook Page. There are no cinema showings during the Autumn in Sheffield but the outdoor cinema is returning next year!

You’ll be happy to know that Cinema Outdoor has venues all over the UK which you can find here. They have lidos showing Jaws and prisons showing Shawshank Redemption…so you know you’re in for a cinema experience like no other.

Through the summer of 2023, you’ll find crowd-pleasing films like Top Gun Maverick, Dirty Dancing and Grease playing!

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Abbey La, Beauchief, Sheffield S8 0DB

Opening Times

Events are running from 12th May - 26th August

Pricing

Tickets from £13.36

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Encanto Outdoor Cinema Experience, Sunderland

What screams family-friendly films more than Disney and Pixar? Round up the kids and head to Sunderland for a screening of Encanto!! With catchy songs, bright and colourful animation and a heartwarming story, you know it’ll make for a spectacular evening.

All you need is to bring the kids, snacks, blankets and your voice – because of course, you have to sing We Don’t Talk About Bruno!!

With a giant screen in the open air, it’ll be an amazing experience your kids will remember.

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Herrington Country Park,
Chester Road,
New Herrington,
Sunderland,
DH4 7EL

Opening Times

4th June 2023
12:00 - 15:45

Gates open at 12:00, film starts at 14:00

Pricing

Tickets from £10.53

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Raby Castle

Elvis Outdoor Cinema Experience at Raby Castle, Darlington

Enjoy an evening of cinema at one of England’s finest medieval castles, Raby Castle! You can always explore the beautiful castle grounds beforehand too. Check out the deer park, play around in The Plotters’ Forest at Raby Castle, or browse the 18th – 19th-century coaches and carriages at the castle.

Watch the King of Rock n Roll in action in the NEW star-studded bio-pic, Elvis. This vibrant retelling shows the roots of Elvis’ music, as well as many other rock n roll influences, like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, B.B King, and Little Richard. Watch the highs and lows of Elvis’ career until his untimely death and learn about American attitudes towards racism and inequalities along the way. If you are a film lover and a music lover, this is the film for you!

Bring along your blanket and camping chair and watch Elvis under clear skies this Summer! This film is aged 12+ and under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There is no seating provided unless you purchase a premium ticket. There are onsite toilets with accessible facilities too.

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Raby Castle Park and Gardens Staindrop Darlington DL2 3AH

Opening Times

28 July 2023, 20:15
29 July 2023, 00:15

Pricing

Tickets start from £13.84

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Outdoor Cinemas in the North West

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Luna Cinema at Tatton Park

In the height of the summer, it’s time you get outside, enjoy the fresh air and sit back and relax under the setting sun. What’s one of the best ways to live out summer? With an outdoor cinema! At Tatton Park, you can chillax and let Luna Cinema do all the hard work for you.

From setting up in a parkland with a stunning backdrop to screening the very best films. From Pretty Woman and Top Gun: Maverick to the musical madness of Mamma Mia! You can even buy some drinks from The Luna Bar and delicious street food, popcorn and snacks – to further enhance your experience!

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Tatton Park, Mereheath Drive, Knutsford WA16 6QN

Opening Times

Films running from Friday 25th to Monday 28th August 2023

Pricing

Tickets start from £17.50

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Outdoor Cinemas in the West Midlands

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Outdoor Cinema, Wolverhampton

Ever wanted to feel goosebumps outside in the open? Not from the cold, but from watching your favourite movie of course! Feel the music and the dance resonate in your bones as you sit under the stars.

Well, that’s what will happen when you watch Dirty Dancing at the Wolverhampton Racecourse! It’s a fully immersive way to watch a movie, with a glass of bubbly and a bucket of popcorn. Name a better way to end a summer evening!

Are you ready for the time of your life?

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Gorsebrook Road Wolverhampton WV6 0PE

Opening Times

2nd June 19:00 - 23:30

Pricing

Tickets start from £13.36

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At The Kingsway

At The Kingsway

We are really excited to share this Birmingham attraction! Not only does it host outdoor cinema events but live music, food festivals, vintage fairs, and lots of other wonderful events for all ages to enjoy.  

At The Kingsway is an old cinema that is nearly 100 years old! It was previously known as a super cinema. In 2007, the cinema was almost completely destroyed due to a fire. It has since been restored and used as a colourful and vibrant hub for exciting community events. Outdoor cinema events aren’t as common as other attractions we have mentioned in this blog but we think you should keep your eyes on this one. Just take a look at their Instagram and you’ll see what we mean! 

Check Skiddle for the latest events and outdoor cinema screenings here!

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69 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7BH

Opening Times

No cinema showings yet but keep your eye out!

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No prices available yet

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Outdoor Cinemas in the East Midlands

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Adventure Cinema at Wollaton Park

Welcome to the UK’s number 1 outdoor cinema experience! Where it’s an unscripted way to enjoy your blissful summer evening. And boy, are the screenings super fantastic!

Throughout the summer, you can enjoy The Dark Knight Rises, Top Gun: Maverick, Pretty Woman, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical and so much more!

Turn up with your blankets and snacks, park yourself in the best place possible and enjoy the lively surroundings around you. Purchase some more snacks and drinks if you wish and just sit back and enjoy a movie experience like no other.

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Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE

Opening Times

From the 24th August to 27th August 2023

Pricing

Tickets start from £14.50

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Outdoor Cinemas in the South East

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Luna Cinema at Brighton Beach

Picture this: you’ve had a day on Brighton Beach. Your hair is crispy from swimming in the sea, you’re spent out from the pier arcades, and your cheeks are rosy red from the sunshine. You’re looking to finish up your day with a relaxing activity where the kids can curl up next to you. Luna Cinema at Brighton Beach is the perfect way to end your day. 

Luna Cinema does lots of wonderful outdoor cinema events from drive-ins, to stately homes and beaches, they’ve got it all. Luna Beach events are hosted during the Summer months when the nights are lighter, the air is warmer, and there is, of course, a sea of smiling faces.

Grab an ice cream or beverage and park yourself on a stripy folding chair. Go VIP and rent out a beach hut! Watch family-friendly movies, live sports, and other great content. Returning Summer 2023 you can sign up to the mailing list to be notified about ticket releases – this is a very popular event so we recommend doing this.

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Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW

Opening Times

Returning Summer 2023.

Pricing

No prices released yet so make sure you sign up to the mailing list to get notified for ticket releases.

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Outdoor Cinemas in the South West

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Drive-In Cinema, Watergate Bay Cornwall

Running through the Summer until the start of September, Watergate Bay is a beautiful spot to watch a film. This drive-through cinema overlooks the Cornish Sea and the two-mile surfing beach below it. As the sun sets, the film begins.

Fill up your tummies with a range of locally sourced food (hot and cold food), and confectionery. Ever tried a Skimmy’s mocha? What about ales or artisan spirits? You can also expect the sweet sounds of live music against the backdrop of the turquoise sea. 

Whether you’ve got a teenager looking for some ‘first date locations’ or you are a family after a quirky evening, The Drive-In Cinema in Watergate Bay is a must-visit. Their next event is the Spring Classic which runs 27th – 30th May 2023

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Lean’s Field, Trevarrian Hill, Watergate Bay, Newquay TR8 4AD

Opening Times

Next event is the Spring Classic which runs 27th - 30th May 2023!

Pricing

Prices not released yet

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Blackbeam Cinematic, Barnstaple

Based in Braunton, Blackbeam Cinematic runs cinema shows throughout the Summer months and September. They also rent out cinema screens if you wish to plan your own outdoor cinema event!

Praised for its giant screen, slick sound, and great choices of films, the Blackbeam Cinematic company is a real hit in the South West of England. They have recently held cinema showings at National Trusts’ Baggy Point – an area of natural and historical significance that has direct links to the Mesolithic era (middle of the stone age). So yeah, you could say this location is a pretty impressive one!

Their recent film showings include Jaws II and Endless Summer. This summer you can enjoy The Dark Knight Rises, Pulp Fiction and Morning of the Earth!

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Unit 10, Chivenor Business Park, Chivenor, Braunton, Barnstaple EX31 4AY

Opening Times

2nd and 3rd June for The Dark Knight Rises and Pulp Fiction
1st and 2nd September for Morning of the Earth and Life of Pi

Pricing

Adult from £15.95
Child from £9.90

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Have you found the perfect outdoor cinema for you? Whether you choose a feel-good movie or a sing-a-long musical on the sunny cliff tops in Cornwall. There’s an outdoor cinema for everyone. We hope you’ve found this article useful!

Looking for some more cool activities? Check out our Drive-in Cinemas Near Me article or start planning your next UK staycation from our list of 13 Unique Airbnbs. If you’re struggling with things to do with teenagers, rest assured, we have all the best instagrammable places from quirky museums to climbing centres in cathedrals. 

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