I know you might think I’m a bit crazy blogging about outdoor cinema’s when we have yet to see the British summer but I am a great believer in positive thinking and if we think summer we might get summer?
One of the highlights of summer is the long, light nights and there is nothing more evocative of summer than sitting outdoors until 10 o’clock in the evening in the dusk. Ok we might need to wrap ourselves in a blanket but we’re British, we’re used to it.
Many years ago, I went to Mykonos, one of the most beautiful Greek islands, where they have a lovely little outdoor cinema, Mando open air cinema, open 3 times a week, tucked away behind a walled garden, behind the church. The only time I had seen open air cinemas before were on American film such as Greece (no pun intended) and ever since then I have always wanted to go to an outdoor screening of a film.
Mando open air cinema Mykonos
Well this year, I have no excuse, there are open air cinema’s
springing up, the width and breadth of the country and one right on my
doorstep in Manchester. Screenfields at Spinningfields, Manchester screens films every Thursday
evening until 26/7 and runs a family film club on selected dates on a
Saturday morning. You can kick back on a deckchair and there are a wide
selection of bars to supply you with refreshments as well as BBQ food
Summer Nights is an event running in Derbyshire, using a variety of stunning locations to screen a variety of films. Some of the locations include Calke Abbey & Hardwick Hall. Food is available at all the venues or bring along a picnic.
Somerset House is the venue dubbed as “Londons most beautiful open air cinema” and it’s hard to argue with that? As well as the screening of a selection of films throughout the summer, the events start with a Dj set from some of Londons finest Dj’s.
For any readers with families who are thinking of going on a camping or caravan holiday, you wouldn’t go far wrong with Whitecliff Bay on The Isle of Wight. If you think I’ve gone off on a tangent, bare with me. The point I’m making is, that as well as a great site, with loads of family entertainment, they have introduced a free family cinema, once a week, which they are calling “A midsummer Nights Screen” The atmosphere is festival like with a campfire and hay bales to sit on. Marshmallows are available for toasting and there is a bar and BBQ food available, all this comes complete with a view of Whitecliff Bay. Now if that doesn’t sum up summer, nothing does!