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10 outdoor cinemas to book now in Warks & beyond

So long, tiny TV screen; hello, massive outdoor cinema with classic films, sing-a-long action and Prosecco picnics to boot. Here are the best in Warks and the Midlands.

Summer Screens 2021, Rugby School, Coventry Cathedral ruins and Birmingham Botanical Gardens, June 3 – Aug 20

Summer Screens returns to Warwickshire and the West Midlands for the tenth year this summer. Movie lovers can choose from a stellar line-up of films at three fantastic locations: Rugby School (June 3-5). Coventry Cathedral Ruins (Aug 11-14) and Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Aug 17-20). They’ll be revisiting many of their most popular films of the past decade including Jurassic Park, Top Gun, La La Land, and Bohemian Rhapsody, alongside classics such as, Dirty Dancing and The Greatest Showman. Then in July they’ll be screening new release In The Heights billed as the biggest feel-good film of the summer – from the creators of hit musical Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians.

Luna Open-Air Cinema, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwick Castle and Blenheim Palace, Aug-Sept

Luna Cinema arguably, the big daddy of outdoor cinema is decamping at Warwick Castle with Star Wars: A New Hope (Sept 7), Grease (Sept 8) and The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long (Sept 9) and Ragley Hall showing Top Gun (Sept 21), Dirty Dancing (Sept 22) and The Greatest Showman (Sept 23). There will be a Luna Bar on site with Prosecco on tap and food will be available from as-yet-undisclosed gourmet suppliers. Bring your own picnic, chairs and blankets. If Blenheim Palace in neighbouring Oxon is closer Luna is there for four nights in August, see film details here. Book tickets here.

Movies by Moonlight, Compton Verney

Launching on 19 August, watch four great films to enjoy in the most romantic of settings. Bring a rug and snuggle up, or invite a group of friends and family to kick back and relax as you watch Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman, Skyfall or Bohemian Rhapsody, under the stars in the Old Town Meadow.

Hatton Drive-in Cinema & Diner, near Warwick, May 29 -June 25

Family-friendly blockbusters showing at this 50s themed outdoor cinema, part of Hatton Country World, include Despicable Me (Sat May 29), Beauty and the Beast (Fri June 4), The Greatest Showman (Sat June 12), Grease (Fri June 18) and The Jungle Book (Fri June 25). The Diner menu includes burgers, hot dogs, kids’ meals, popcorn, ice-cream and drinks. £28 per car. Book here.

The Alfresco Film Company, Coombe Abbey Park, Warks, & various UK locations

Coventry’s Coombe Abbey Park is one of the many locations that will be hosting screenings by the Alfresco Film Company. Tickets still remain for The Jungle Book on Sat July 3 at 2.30pm, but Mamma Mia and Pretty Woman (July 2 & 3) are now sold out. Other locations include Cheltenham, Lechlade, Worcester, Bristol and Cirencester. Timings vary, tickets from £13.

Luna Springs, open-air cinema, Digbeth, Birmingham, from May

Queen and Slim with Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. Photo by Andre D. Wagner / Universal Pictures

Moonlight cinema has this month launched Luna Springs – a new 80-seater open-air event venue replacing Digbeth Arena bringing a full and varied programme of outdoor films from Wonder Woman to The Hangover and Queen and Slim, plus cool events such as bottomless brunches, cosmic disco, bingo, street food, and live music. Check out the film schedule here and see what else’s on here.

Adventure Cinema, War Memorial Park, Coventry (Aug 7-9), Bosworth Hall Hotel, Nuneaton (Sept 23 & 24) and Avery Fields, Birmingham (June 11-12)

Coming to more than 80 venues across the country this summer is Adventure Cinema with Now, 15 of these will be a Film & Food Fest. In Coventry there’ll be picnic screenings of Dirty Dancing (Aug 7) and The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long (Sun Aug 8). At Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth, Bohemian Rhapsody is showing on Thurs Sept 23 and The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long (Fri Sept 24). Avery Fields is hosting The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long (Fri June 11) and Dirty Dancing (Sat June 12)

Outdoor cinema, Warwick Racecourse, July 3 & 4 and Aug 19

Warwick Racecourse is screening The Greatest Showman (Sat July 3), Grease (Sun July 4) and The Lion King (Aug 19) courtesy of Open Air Film & Chill. Bring their own chairs, food and drink, parking on site and toilets. Tickets start from £14.50 plus booking fees up to £30.50 for a VIP ticket, but for The Lion King tickets from £8 for kids and £35 for a family of four.

The Big Summer Drive In, Market Harborough, Leics, near Rugby, June 8-30

The new purpose-built drive-in venue in Market Harks is where you can watch heaps of great films including Grease, Aladdin, Shawshank Redemption, Inception, Beauty and the Beast, Tenet and more. Food and drink can also be ordered and VIP tickets guarantee you a spot closer to the screen.

Movies by the lake, Stanwick Lakes, Northants, various dates in June

Cool Runnings

Nobody puts Baby in a corner! So bring a picnic and spread out on a blanket for another jam-packed summer season of open air, lakeside film fun. This month choose from Dirty DancingMoanaCool RunningsThe Lion KingForrest Gump and more.

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