Free open air movies & theatre

Summer has finally arrived so why not make the most of it by packing a picnic and spend the evening at an open air cinema or theatre.   I’ve rounded up five of them and they’re all totally free!

Yes no need to scrabble around for vouchers or do a ‘buy one get one free’ to nab your free ticket, just bowl up, take your seat and enjoy the show!

Canalside film festival

Brindley Place in Birmingham has just kicked off its free annual film festival which runs till 21st July.  Films showing include Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins Returns, The Sound of Music and A Star is Born.

Just turn up, grab a deck chair, (or bring your own cushion), sit back and enjoy!

Shakespeare in the garden

Free open air theatre at The Dell in Avonbank Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon.

It’s the Royal Shakespeare Company’s outdoor theatre and every weekend through to September you can enjoy a mix of student, community and semi-professional productions.

Cinema on the green

The Greatest Showman, A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody are just some of the movies on screen at this free outdoor cinema event in Welwyn Garden City.

All part of Cinema On The Green which runs from 22nd – 24th August.   Totally free as it’s all funded by local businesses.

Riverside entertainment

If you’re in London then head for the Scoop on the Southbank.

This outdoor amphitheatre shows a mix of movies, theatre, music and events all summer as part of the ‘Summer By The River’ season.

Check the full rundown here

Open air movies in Milton Keynes

Friday and Saturday evenings are movie nights at the Fred Roche Gardens behind the city’s church in central Milton Keynes.

Movies start at 7pm with a line up including Bohemian Rhapsody, Grease and the new Dumbo movie.

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