Flash your beach body all over the rooftops of London this summer at Hot Tub Cinema. Enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline, champagne waiter service and, of course, your favourite film on the giant screen with the hottest alfresco cinema experience in the capital. Book a tub with friends or individual tickets to meet new ones as you splash along to classics like Dirty Dancing, Top Gun and Grease.
OK, so this isn't really an outdoor cinema, but it's great so we wanted to include it. Yes you read that right. Edible Cinema in London is designed to elevate the movie magic and provide explosive entertainment alchemy. Mixing the tastes, aromas and textures of a film’s most famous scenes, you'll receive a selection of numbered boxes at the start of the experience, which you will be instructed to open throughout the showing. As the plots thicken and romance is discovered, your special parcels will ensure that all taste buds are tantalised, spines tingled and senses heightened for an evocative experience.
Britain's beautiful stately homes are no strangers to the big screen, but did you ever think you'd be visiting a grand house for a trip to the pictures? Lincolnshire’s Burghley House is the perfect place to take the kids over the summer holidays as it will be airing Disney classics on a huge outdoor screen. For the adults, there will be a blast of Bond and the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech. The four days of cinematic splendour will see the picturesque south gardens convert to a spectacular outdoor cinema hall. From your seat, you’ll admire more than action, adventure and amore as the gardens overlook the grand Elizabethan palace, Capability Brown Lake and sweeping parkland.
Whether you're a beach babe or Hollywood hunk, Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park in the Isle of Wight, part of glamping company Pitch-Up's portfolio, hosts regular open-air film screenings where the backdrop of one of the Isle of Wight’s most stunning beaches sets the mood flawlessly for that light-hearted rom-com you’re in the mood for. New for this summer are giant deck chairs big enough for three members of the family to snuggle up together and enjoy the film.
Bringing movie night to remote and rural areas of Scotland, Screen Machine is an 80-seat mobile cinema that tours around 30 communities in the Highlands and Western Islands showing films such as The Great Gatsby, Epic and Star Trek Into Darkness in 3D. The lorry stops in Eigg, Fort William, Lochaline, Tighnabruaich, among other picturesque locations.
Love picnics AND films? You'll want to book tickets to Picnic Cinema, which treats you to outdoor cinema experiences in extraordinary locations across the north of England, such as deep in the heart of the Yorkshire forests and the spectacular Lake District. Watch classics, like Apocalypse Now or horrors, like Bram Stoker's Dracula and 28 Days. The allegedly haunted Muncaster Castle and Dalby Forest are two of the unique sites where film lovers can set up camping chairs and picnics for a wonderful movie experience.
If you're looking for London's trendiest cinema experience this summer, it's the Rooftop Film Club, which allows you to enjoy the very best of film in the coolest locations. Classic, cult and recent film releases are screened on established rooftops including Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch and The Roof Gardens in Kensington. Films for this summer include Silver Linings Playbook, Big and Top Gun.
Take the kids to Swansea this summer, where they can cosy up with blankets and have a picnic in Castle Square, opposite Swansea Castle. Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 3 and The Goonies are three kids' flicks they won't want to miss at Swansea's Big Screen - the perfect way to keep them entertained outdoors for a few hours!
Every summer, iconic London arts and cultural centre Somerset House opens its doors to fans of comedy, romance, musicals, thrillers and much-loved classics. Presented in the magnificent 18th century courtyard complete with surround sound, it is heralded as one of the capital's best loved open-air cinemas. This year, the season includes the world premieres of About Time, Richard Curtis’s time travelling romance, The Way, Way Back, a coming of age comedy starring Steve Carrell, and Prince Avalanche, an odd-couple comedy with Paul Rudd.
A medieval castle built by William the Conqueror could be no less than majestic. So it’s little wonder that the charms of Warwick Castle have drawn in stars and starlets, such as Grace Kelly, Clark Gable and Lawrence Olivier. To celebrate its glitterati past, the castle is hosting a mini film festival of three Hollywood blockbusters this summer. Grab your gingham blanket and picnic basket, and set yourself down in the central courtyard as centurions roar with Gladiator, thespians dramatize with Les Miserables and gal-pals giggle along to Mamma Mia.