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Kent’s Outdoor Cinema and Theatre

Holly Loftus
6th July 2022

The sun is high in the sky and the warm weather is here, so what better way to spend a hazy summer’s evening in Kent than to watch the likes of a Hollywood blockbuster or classic films outdoors?

From box office smash hits to much loved theatre, you are sure to find the stuff that dreams are made of. So pack a picnic, grab your blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night…

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Head over to Penshurst Place and Gardens on 15th July because Facsimile Productions will be returning to Penshurst Place for the second year, performing The Merry Wives of Windsor! After a sell out show in 2021, the show is back again and ready to entertain you with this William Shakespeare comedy, you just need to see! Bring your blankets and relax on the South Lawn whilst overlooking the beautiful Italian Garden…Sounds like a must to us!

A sell out show!

The Luna Cinema at Leeds Castle

It’s time for a sequel of movie nights at Leeds Castle this July! The Luna Cinema is making it’s way to Leeds Castle, where you can see on screen four of your favourite films. Let’s see if you can guess the much-loved classics…The first being an adaptation of a 1957 musical that explores forbidden love and the rivalry between two gangs. Go on…have a guess? Let’s put it this way, are you team Jets or Sharks? For the second movie night, you’ll need your martini’s at the ready, preferably shaken, not stirred. The third film is certainly ‘The Greatest Show’ of all! And finally, the last film will transport you back to 1890s Paris for an epic love story.

Rewrite the stars this summer…

Wind in the Willows of Scotney Castle

Venture to the beautiful gardens of Scotney Castle where some of England’s most iconic stories will come to life. Head to the garden on July 29th for a magical performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream (very fitting for the season) for an evening of love, intrigue, magic and mayhem, it’s sure to ‘Puck’ your interest. 

It’s got to be Scotney…

Hever Fever at the Castle

Roll up roll up as the Hever Festival Theatre comes to Hever Castle this year. There will be laughs, there will be cheers and absolutely no tears. See superb speakers, opera, plays, films, jazz, classical music, comedy, musical tribute nights and family favourites, opening with Long Nose Puppets The Hug on July 22. 

I’m ready for my close-up...

A Treat on Margate Beach

On July 24th it’s time to dust off the flip flops and pop on the shades as Shakespeare’s classic, Othello, comes to Margate Main Sands. This tragic story is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, involving love, jealousy, deceptions and murder…

One for the kiddies – The Three Musketeers is set to appear on stage the morning of July 24th where we hear that apparently three actors are set to play 15 characters! Now that, you’ve got to see!

Round up the day and why not treat yourself to some of Margate’s delicious fish and chips while you’re at it, oh, and it wouldn't be a trip to seaside without a Mr Whippy!

Wherefore art thou ice cream...

Belmont Broadway

Throughout July and August enjoy amazing theatre at Belmont House’s Gardens where you’ll be transported to the worlds of Shakespeare and princess magic.

On July 15th discover the tragic story of a man named Othello in the popular Shakespearean play, set to be a powerful drama that brings a mixture of emotions.

Then it’s time to be exported into a captivating fairy tale story that goes by the name of Cinderella. This magical performance is cued to take place on August 20th in the stunning gardens of Belmont House. We all know and love the fairy tale and we’re sure your little ones do too! So, to get them fully immersed into the story, they are invited to the midsummer ball dance, where they can show off their favourite fairy tale character costumes.

If the glass slipper fits…

Folkestone on Film

Prepare for nights like no other, and sit back to watch some of your favourite movie classics out at sea (well sort of). As we’re sure you all know, The Harbour Screen is never short of entertainment! So, let the movie marathon begin, with the remake of the classic West Side Story and watch the love story of Tony and Maria unfold. The movie reel keeps on playing as you'll find Clueless, Maradona, and the romantic drama where you'll be sure to have the time of your life. So grab your favourite dish from The Good’s Yard and get lost in the magic of the movies (just watch out for the seagulls)!

What's on the big screen?

Sit back at Spa Valley Railway

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, The Spa Valley Railway are set to put on an exciting programme of events which include two family theatre events on board a steam train! Yes, you heard that right, actually on board! The two performances are Buffalo Jill’s Wild West Train ride on 23rd and 24th July or experience the Jolly Roger’s Swashbuckling’ Train Ride on 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August & 1st September. With performances put on by Radtastics, you and the family will laughing for the whole ride! Trains are departing from Tunbridge Wells West and we hear tickets are expected to leave the station quickly so, you best get booking!

All aboard!

Relaxing at Rochester Castle

Othello is back again and this time his story will unwind at Rochester Castle on August 16th. The classic play written by William Shakespeare in around 1603 tells the tragic story of a man named Othello. Faced with enemies looking to bring him down, can Othello control his jealousy? Changeling’s production promises to fizz with passion, intrigue and bring dark humour. Enjoy this thrilling performance with a picnic in the Gardens of Rochester Castle.

Uncover the story...

Summer Screenings at Upnor Castle

Changeling Theatre are taking The Importance of Being Earnest on tour across Kent this summer, and you guessed right, it’s heading to Upnor Castle on August 31st. Can Jack and Algy win the hearts of the two women who claim to only love men named Earnest?

Also screening at Upnor Castle this summer is The Three Musketeers! Bring the whole family and sing along to this incredible musical put on screen by Boxtree Productions. You’ll be taken on an amazing adventure that includes, magical music, comical characters and swashbuckling sword fights. Speaking of sword fights, Boxtree Productions are hosting a hands-on sword fighting session before the show begins. Are you reading to channel your inner Musketeer? 

Swords at the ready...

The Tour Continues to Biddenden Vineyards

Next of the movie marathon list is The Importance of Being Earnest at Biddenden Vineyards on July 31st. Lay out your picnic blanket and overlook the vines whilst you sit back and follow the story of two eligible bachelors Jack and Algy in their quest for love. Of course, you can do all this whilst sipping on Biddenden’s award-winning wine, cider & apple juice (because that’s definitely a must when you visit the vineyard).

The Importance of Biddenden Wine

Theatre at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Get ready for an open air theatre production by This Is My Theatre at the Historic Dockyard Chatham! On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August, The Railway Children will head to Museum Square where the children’s novel will entertain the whole family with its singalong folk music and captivating performance. Bring your low back chairs and blankets and come prepared for the weather (rain in summer is a thing you know, well, in England anyway). But let’s hope for sun, fun and an all round entertaining evening at the docks!

Choo Choo!

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