What’s On with the North’s Outdoor Cinema Scene

Holly Eliza Temple

Make a day of it with these open-air cinema programmes across the North
While the weather might not quite feel like summer yet the season of outdoor entertainment is among us, and the UK’s open-air cinemas are right on schedule. Touring the UK, there are plenty of beautiful outdoor settings and screenings to choose from. Here we’ve rounded up the best outdoor cinemas setting up camp in the North of England, from Sheffield to Skipton, Blackpool to Bolton.
Lowther Drive In Cinema
Lowther Pavilion, Lytham
Set in the historic Lowther Gardens just south of Blackpool, the Lowther Pavilion is now the setting of a diverse programme of theatre and film, events and entertainment. This season’s Drive In Cinema runs until August, screening cult hits Back To The Future and Pulp Fiction, as well as romantic classics Roman Holiday and Dirty Dancing. Ticket prices start at £7.50 for walk ins, or £25.00 per vehicle –– check out the full programme here.

Adventure Cinema: Film & Food Fest 2021
Various venues across the UK
Hosting outdoor cinema experiences up and down the country, Adventure Cinema are bringing socially-distanced days and nights out to all of us – in tucked away, historic settings around the UK. Kick back with Dirty Dancing at Clifton Park, Rotherham, or sing a long to Grease in the grounds of Herrington Country Park in Sunderland. With over 100 venues across the country, Adventure Cinema are also bringing 2021’s Film & Food Fest to 15 cities this summer including Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Nottingham –– four days of open-air cinema and mouth-watering street food. Tickets start around £16.50 for adults.

The Village Screen
Peak Cavern, Hope Valley
With an aim to create truly unique events and experiences, The Village Screen host pop up cinemas in unique locations all over the country. This season, they’re curating a Peak Cavern Experience, set in the Peak District village of Castleton. You can now watch cult classics The Goonies, The Breakfast Club or Jurassic Park while tucked away inside the historic rocky surroundings of Peak Cavern. Tickets are (understandably) selling out fast, so book now to experience the Cavern cinema, with street food and DJ entertainment for a memorable summer’s night. Prices start at £21.00 for adult admission.

Park N Party “Secret City”
Phoenix Way, Manchester
Located next to the Trafford Centre in Manchester is SecretCity – the ultimate drive-in experience complete with food and drink, and plenty of photo opportunities. A perfect way to wind down after a day of shopping, SecretCity will be screening new family favourites Frozen, The Jungle Book and The Lion King, as well as “Fright Night” horror screenings from 8pm (with surprises lurking in the shadows). Prices per car or table start at £35 – view the upcoming schedule here.

The Luna Cinema
Various venues across the UK
One of the UK’s most popular open-air touring cinemas, The Luna Cinema returns with a packed programme for Summer 2021. Taking over parks and gardens, castles and palaces, The Luna Cinema will be providing a socially distanced and sanitised experience, with a new click and collect food and drink ordering system. From Bolton Abbey to Castle Howard, Sheffield Amphitheatre to Tatton Park, there’s something for every genre of movie fanatic – check out the full list of venues for their unique line-ups from musicals Grease and Bohemian Rhapsody, to Top Gun and Star Wars, Romeo + Juliet and A Star is Born. Tickets start at £15.50 for adults.

Your inbox deserves a little culture! Get our monthly newsletter