- Why pick an outdoor cinema day out?
- Outdoor Cinema – Halloween Screenings 2023
- Outdoor Cinemas in Scotland
- Outdoor Cinemas in Northern Ireland
- Outdoor Cinemas in Wales
- Outdoor Cinemas in the North East
- Outdoor Cinemas in the North West
- Outdoor Cinemas in the West Midlands
- Outdoor Cinemas in the East Midlands
- Outdoor Cinemas in the South East
- Outdoor Cinemas in the South West
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
The Lost Boys Halloween Outdoor Cinema Experience at Dalkeith Country Park
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!
Dalkeith Country Park
Via King's Gate, Dalkeith
Halloween cinema screenings are running from 13th October - 17th October 2023
Tickets start from £13.63
Outdoor Cinemas in Scotland
Dalkeith Country Park
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).
Dalkeith Country Park
Via King's Gate, Dalkeith
Elvis - 30th June 2023 at 20:00
£15.50 + £1.68 Fee & Tax - bring your own chair and mat
£21.50 + £2.33 Fee & Tax
Premium Ticket price: £21.50 - includes luxury deck chair in a prime position
Outdoor Cinemas in Northern Ireland
Create your own outdoor cinema with Hot Tub/Cinema Party Hire N.I!
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.
52 Castle Lane, Comber,
Newtownards, BT23 5EB.
Get in touch for prices: https://hottubcinemahire.com/contact/
The Big Drive-Inn, Co. Louth
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.
Unit 10a Northlink Retail Park, Coes Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 WV09, Ireland
New cinema dates coming soon
No ticket prices have been released yet
Outdoor Cinemas in Wales
Pretty Woman Outdoor Cinema Experience, Cardiff
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!)?
Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Front Lawn, Sophia Walk, Cardiff, CF11 9XR
16th July 2023
Ticket prices start from £13.86
Luna Cinema, Cardiff Castle
Enjoy a spellbinding evening, munch on delicious popcorn and moreish snacks as you watch your favourite movie that takes you back to your childhood!
Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB
31st August 2023
Film starts at 20:00
Tickets start from £17.50
Outdoor Cinemas in the North East
Cinema Outdoor, Thirsk
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!
Abbey La, Beauchief, Sheffield S8 0DB
Events are running from 12th May - 26th August
Tickets from £13.36
Encanto Outdoor Cinema Experience, Sunderland
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.
Herrington Country Park,
4th June 2023
12:00 - 15:45
Gates open at 12:00, film starts at 14:00
Tickets from £10.53
Elvis Outdoor Cinema Experience at Raby Castle, Darlington
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.
Raby Castle Park and Gardens Staindrop Darlington DL2 3AH
28 July 2023, 20:15
29 July 2023, 00:15
Tickets start from £13.84
Outdoor Cinemas in the North West
Luna Cinema at Tatton Park
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!
Tatton Park, Mereheath Drive, Knutsford WA16 6QN
Films running from Friday 25th to Monday 28th August 2023
Tickets start from £17.50
Outdoor Cinemas in the West Midlands
Outdoor Cinema, Wolverhampton
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?
Gorsebrook Road Wolverhampton WV6 0PE
2nd June 19:00 - 23:30
Tickets start from £13.36
At The Kingsway
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!
69 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7BH
No cinema showings yet but keep your eye out!
No prices available yet
Outdoor Cinemas in the East Midlands
Adventure Cinema at Wollaton Park
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.
Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
From the 24th August to 27th August 2023
Tickets start from £14.50
Outdoor Cinemas in the South East
Luna Cinema at Brighton Beach
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.
Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW
Returning Summer 2023.
No prices released yet so make sure you sign up to the mailing list to get notified for ticket releases.
Outdoor Cinemas in the South West
Drive-In Cinema, Watergate Bay Cornwall
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!
Lean’s Field, Trevarrian Hill, Watergate Bay, Newquay TR8 4AD
Next event is the Spring Classic which runs 27th - 30th May 2023!
Prices not released yet
Blackbeam Cinematic, Barnstaple
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!
Unit 10, Chivenor Business Park, Chivenor, Braunton, Barnstaple EX31 4AY
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
Adult from £15.95
Child from £9.90
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.