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Popcorn + Pimm’s: outdoor cinema and theatre action

Fancy a night in front of the box but the weather's far too nice to be stuck indoors? Ta-da! We've found some outdoor screens and stages in some gorgeous locations for a chilled night ‘out’.


Keeping the popcorn flowing all month, there’s plenty of opportunity to watch a film under the stars in Norfolk.


You won’t want to miss cinema royalty, James Bond, at Her Majesty the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, courtesy of Luna Cinema. No Time to Die on 18 Aug is the first of four fab films showing within the glorious parkland of the Queen’s beloved country retreat, followed by West Side Story on 19 Aug, Dirty Dancing on 20 Aug, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on 21 Aug.

Meanwhile, cinemagoers in the walled garden of Holkham Hall are more like to be dancing on their blankets rather than snuggling under them with this uplifting line-up from Adventure Cinema: Grease (sing-a-long) on 19 Aug, Encanto and Mamma Mia! on 20 Aug, and The Greatest Showman (sing-a-long) and Bohemian Rhapsody on 21 Aug.

On a smaller but no less enjoyable scale, the Picturehouse’s touring pop-up screen is making a pitstop at the Plantation Gardens for three nights in August. Norwich’s secret garden is drawing attention to itself with a lively line-up of Rocky Horror Picture Show on 19 Aug, Encanto (sing-a-long) on 20 Aug and 1980’s classic Stand By Me on 21 Aug.

Or, at the end of the month, tranquil nature spot Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens in South Walsham is putting on its own screenings in the tree-fringed field behind the picnic area. There’s something rather charming about purchasing supplies from the tearoom window (Victoria sponge and a pot of tea, anyone?), but you can bring your own picnic too. Tickets are available for The Dark Knight on 27 Aug and Encanto on 31 Aug at super-reasonable prices.

Elvis has left the building – and entered the park! One of the must-see movies of the moment, Bak Luhrmann’s Elvis will be dazzling crowds with The King’s life and music from the big screen in Eaton Park on 28 Aug, as part of a four-day street food, film and music event, from 26-29 Aug, organised by Pop Up Pictures and Ideal Events,



Picnic (tick), Prosecco (tick), pac-a-mac (tick) – right, you’re all set for the month’s outdoor theatre selection.

The walled garden at Holkham Estate (above) is a super setting to watch family favourites and a spot of Shakers from a range of theatre companies: Peter Pan on 2 Aug (complete with ‘real flying’ – the mind boggles), Cinderella on 9 Aug, The Reluctant Dragon on 17 Aug, As You Like It on 24 Aug and Rapunzel on 31 Aug.

Meanwhile, The Chapterhouse Theatre company will be delivering some thrilling theatrics amid the magnificent grounds of the Sandringham Estate with Pride and Prejudice on 5 Aug and Cinderella on 11 Aug. What’s more, Thetford Priory is the idyllic backdrop for their new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet on 31 Aug

Over at the Hoveton Hall Estate, located close to the Norfolk Broads, DOT productions has an amazing double bill lined up for the 14 Aug – featuring The Jungle Book followed by Pygmalion. Bravo!

Brilliantly bonkers theatre company The Pantaloons will be bouncing around Norfolk locations this August with its adaptation of The War of the Worlds and Much Ado About Nothing. Keeping the comic quips coming, Rain or Shine Theatre‘s production of The Recruiting Officer, an early 18th century Irish romp, will be at Mannington Gardens on 20 Aug.

And for when you don’t want to gamble on the good old British weather, the outdoor auditorium at Westacre Theatre has got it covered – literally: with canvas. Our top pick this summer is their production of Pippin, an award-winning musical from the creator of Wicked, from 18-27 Aug.

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