Summer is just around the corner and one of our favourite things to do on a warm evening is head to one of the UK’s many open air cinemas. Naturally, some of the coolest are located in the capital – and for that we refer you to our lovely sisters at Average Janes for the Best Outdoor Cinemas in London – but we’re focusing on the best of the rest around the UK. So without further ado, here’s our best outdoor cinemas in the UK for summer 2016!

Best Outdoor Cinemas in the UK

Cult Screens – Oxford Castle

When: May-September
Films: Casablanca, Lost Boys, Back to the Future, Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

Cult Screens have tens of pop-up around the UK with some of the country’s most breath-taking settings on their list. One of the best in the Cult repertoire this summer is Oxford Castle who have an extensive programme spanning from now until September, including new releases and cult classics all within the perfect setting of the grand Castle.

Outdoor Cinemas UK Oxford Castle

Luna Cinema – Bournemouth Pier Approach

When: Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th August
Films: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Romeo & Juliet, Back to the Future, Grease

If you fancy a film by the seaside, you’ll struggle to find a better location than the Bournemouth Pier Approach. Courtesy of Luna Cinema, Joes can grab some fish & chips and look forward to a week including the new Star Wars and classics such as Back to the Future.

Outdoor Cinemas UK Bournemouth Pier Approach

Picnic Cinema – Muncaster Castle, Cumbria

When: Friday 5th – Saturday 6th August
Films: Labyrinth, Rocky Horror Picture Show

While it might not be accessible to every Joes given how far north it is, Muncaster Castle in Cumbria is the setting for one of the most picturesque outdoor cinema experiences on our list. The two evenings at the Grade I listed building are put on by a Picnic Cinema and offer Joes a truly unique evening with all income raised going to Remote, a Rural Touring Cinema project that enables rural communities to put on cinema screenings in their village venue.

Outdoor Cinemas UK Muncaster Castle

Open Air Cinema – Leeds Castle, Maidstone

When: Thursday 28th – Saturday 30th July
Films: Bridesmaids, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Top Gun

Believe it or not, Leeds Castle isn’t actually in Leeds. In fact it’s even south of London! But don’t let the silliness of the name put you off – this is a stunning venue with many locals modestly calling this piece of history, ‘the loveliest castle in the world!’ Ran by Open Air Cinema, there’s three screenings going on in summer 2016 with Top Gun finishing things off on Saturday 30th July.

Outdoor Cinemas UK Leeds Castle

Cult Screens – York Museum Gardens

When: Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd September
Films: The Lost Boys, Pulp Fiction, Dirty Dancing

For a traditional English country garden setting, look no further than the botanic gardens at York Museum. The 10-acre grounds were created in the 1830s and have been kept immaculately ever since. Another Cult Screens presentations, there’s three screenings at the end of September with Pulp Fiction being our tip!

Outdoor Cinemas UK York Museum Gardens

Bristol Sunset Cinema – Ashton Court Mansion

When: September & October
Films: Goonies, Lego Movie, The Matrix, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves…

Bristol and the west’s best outdoor cinema offering this summer comes from Bristol Sunset Cinema. Set on the lawns of the stunning gothic Ashton Court Mansion, multiple screenings will take place at sunset just to add to the mood. There’s plenty of different films on offer, so you should find something for everything!

Outdoor Cinemas UK Bristol Sunset Cinema

Big Screen – Brighton

When: Friday 10th June – Sunday 10th July
Films: Finding Nemo, Jaws, Harry Potter, Grease…

One of the most established and popular open air cinemas in the UK is the Brighton Big Screen. Films will be shown sporadically throughout June and July on this gigantic screen but they’ll also be showing a load of games from this summer’s European Championships completely free of charge!

Outdoor Cinemas UK Brighton Big Screen

Picturehouse Pop Ups – Norwich Plantation Garden

When: July and August
Films: Withnail & I, Dirty Dancing, Life of Brian, The Goonies…

The final listing on our list is a secret gem. Courtesy of Picturehouse’s Cinema City, the Norwich Plantation Garden plays host to evening throughout July and August, offering Joes a hidden hideaway with some real cult classics.

Outdoor Cinemas UK Norwich Plantation Garden



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