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9 outdoor cinemas to book now

Nothing says summer like an alfresco night out watching fab movies under the stars. From rural locations and riverside gardens to racecourses, here's where to head, popcorn and blanket at the ready

Cobbs Farm Hungerford, 18 June and 23 July


Cobbs Farm’s blissfully rural location is a lush spot for outdoor cinema cinema action. On the movie reel this summer is Moulin Rouge (18 June) followed by Mamma Mia (23 July). But I can promise you a legendary Cobbs barbecue menu. All the delicious drinks snacks, ice-cream, and popcorn you can consume or BYO. Doors open 7pm, film starts at 9.15pm.

Outdoor cinema, Swan At Streatley, 2 June

rocketman taron edgerton

Rock n roll on the riverside. The Swan at Streatley will be popping Rocketman on the movie reel on 2 June. A film about Sting… only joking, Elton John obviously, with Brit star Taron Egerton (above) donning the silly specs. Lush location, brilliant film and you can sing-a-long – no-one will hear you as you’ll all be wearing headphones. Drinks and snacks available. Bring a blanket to stay warm. Gates open at 7.45pm. Film starts as soon as it gets dark from 9.15pm, and finishes at 11.15pm.

The Luna Cinema, Ascot Racecourse, 14-17 July


Giddy up to Luna Cinema at Ascot Racecourse, arguably, the big daddy of outdoor cinemas, for four night of fabulous feel-good films under the stars. The giant screen will be positioned on the Old Paddock of the racecourse with this stunning backdrop of the grandstand. Choose from No Time To Die (14 Jul), West Side Story (15 Jul), Grease (16 Jul) and The Goonies (17 Jul). There will be the usual fab food and drink stalls and trucks, but you can take a picnic (but no booze), Or you can go fancy and opt for a firepit-side sofa with blankets and a bottle of Prosecco, or a deckchair for two, or hire one of the director’s chairs if you want to travel light.

Abbey Ruins, Reading, 25 May – 20 Aug

Outdoor cinema deckchairs

Dropped incongruously into the urban sprawl of Reading, you’ll find the Abbey Ruins, once Reading Abbey, which was founded by Henry I and later destroyed by Henry VIII. Today it’s a perfect picnic spot and a dramatic backdrop for outdoor theatre and cinema screenings. The films being shown are as iconic as the setting starting with Timothée Chalamet’s Dune (25 May) (suddenly sci-fi is appealing), West Side Story (27 May), and Encanto (28 May) then onto a mix of new releases and classics throughout the summer including the 1986 cult movie, Labyrinth. Alongside the movie there’s tipples from local suppliers, Double Barrelled Brewery and Henley Distillery plus various foodie options. Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 9pm. 

Caversham Court Gardens, Reading, 22 June – 17 Sept

Caversham Courts Gardens is an under-rated riverside park and now it has the Summer Screens cinema too. Balmy evening staring at the big screen? Race you. There are eight films on Caversham movie reel kicking off in June with The French Dispatch (22 June) and Reservoir Dogs (23 June) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie (how can that be!), then a roster of crowd pleasing new releases and retro hits including E.T.King Richard, and Titanic. You last chance to snag your spot will 17 Sept for Jurassic Park. Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 9pm. 

Shaw House, Newbury, 1-2 Sep

West Side Story

Shaw House is a swoony Grade I listed manor house just outside Newbury that’ll be laying on not one but two musical movies this summer. So take your pick: Grab a Martini in a tin for No Time To Die (1 Sep) – Daniel Craig’s last spin in Bond’s DB5 before he hangs up his Tux. Orrrrrr if you’re thang is more a toe tapping Hollywood musical, then Spielberg’s West Side Story (2 Sep) will scratch that itch.. Doors open at 6.30pm, film starts 8.15pm.

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham, 30 Jul – 28 Aug

Grab your picnic blanket and see the classics this summer at Dinton Pastures. Pray for sunshine from July. Hugh Jackman will entertain you in The Greatest Showman (30 July). Renée Zellweger pulls out her big pants again in Bridget Jones’s Diary (13 Aug). Spielberg’s makes a song and dance of West Side Story (20 Aug) and there’s a double bill on 27 Aug to see Clueless and Legally Blonde. Bit of a festival vibe at this one, with music, street food and drink stands.

Stubbings Maidenhead, 9-10 Sept

Stubbings cinema

Stubbings is a stunning spot for outdoor cinema cinema action – gorgeous Georgian mansion and beautiful grounds. For now you’ll have to play Guess The Movie, because it’s all TBC. But I can promise you a food, drink and a big screen under the stars.


Outdoor cinema and Indie Party, Dinton Pastures Country Park Hurst, 21 May

stone roses ian brown on stage

All aboard the Dinton Pastures time machine and back to the 90s Indie music scene you go. Kicking off at 6pm with a live three-hour DJ set by the legendary Darren Thomas, then it’s lights down for music documentary The Stone Roses: Made In Stone documentary. It’s a chilled party vibe with local street food sellers and themed cocktails.

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