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Alfresco film nights

Nothing says summer like an alfresco night out watching fab movies under the stars. From parkland and rooftops to palace pleasure grounds, here's where to head, popcorn and blanket at the ready

Pack the Pimms, a picnic rug and a brolly and prepare for a summer of fun. Three of our favourite activities – watching a film, lounging outside and getting tipsy – are all available in one delicious bundle. Don’t miss your summer 2022 movie marathon, with a steady stream of outdoor cinema nights in Surrey.

JUNE

Priory Park, Reigate

Pretty Priory Park in central Reigate will be laying on the summer vibes as the big screen goes up for three nights of feel-good films. There’s some great foodie option too – Sicicily StrEATS will be serving up a selection of Italian goodies and there’s also the Luna bar for drinks and a crêpe van. Oh la la!
Thurs 23 June, 9.15pm Rocketman
Fri 24 Jun, 9.15pm West Side Story
Sat 25 June, 9.15pm Pretty Woman

JULY

Woldingham School, Woldingham

Silent Summer Screenings are bringing their immersive live music and film events to the stately grounds of Woldingham School, set on the bucolic 700 acre Marden Park estate. Using wireless headphones for all of the event’s sound, it promises to be a memorable night of dancing, laughing and singing under the stars. 
Fri 8 July, 8.15pm Rocketman
Sat 9 July, 8.15pm Sing

The Priory School, Dorking

© Walt Disney Pictures

Spielberg’s toe tapping Hollywood musical brings the alfresco night alive in Dorking this summer – but without bothering the neighbours – in this silent film screening. Wireless headphones will beam sound directly to your ears. Drinks and snacks are also available.
Thurs 16 July, 8.05pm West Side Story

Park Hill Park, Croydon

© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Lady Gaga lights up the screens in Ridley Scott’s 2021 biographical crime drama that tells the true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. It’s part of the Silent Summer Screenings which means there’s live music as well as the film, and rather than speakers bringing you the sounds it all comes via wireless headphones. 
Thurs 21 July, 8pm House of Gucci

Onslow Recreation Ground, Guildford

© Warner Bros

All aboard the Onslow Rec time machine and back to the Eighties we go for a Silent Summer Screenings showing of the Goonies with the sound bought to you via wireless headphones.
Fri 22 July, 8pm The Goonies

Collectively Camberley Rooftop Film Festival, Camberley

© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

A cinema experience in which level 5 of the main square car park in Camberley will be transformed into a cool roof top cinema. Deck chairs are provided, and there will be food and drink. Don’t go bringing your own booze – it’s not allowed – and neither are brollies, so if it’s looking stormy best find a supersized bin-bag or a cagool!
Fri 22 July, 8pm James Bond: No Time to Die
Sat 23 July, 9am Moana
Sat 23 July, 3pm Encanto
Sat 23 July, 8pm The Greatest Showman (singalong)
Sun 24 July, 10am Sing 2
Sun 24 July, 4pm Grease (Singalong)

Master Park, Oxted

Back to the Future. © Universal Studios

The big screen is going up in the centre of Oxted for a one-night film fest that takes us back to the future.
Sat 23 July, 8pm Back to the Future

Chiswick Gardens, Chiswick

Chiswick House is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set within 65 acres of beautiful gardens. And this summer it has Luna Cinema too! Balmy evening staring at the big screen? Race you. There will be the usual food and drink stalls and trucks, or take your own 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.
Fri 22 July, 9.15pm Belfast
Sat 23 July, 9.15pm Pretty Woman
Sun 25 July, 9.15pm Some Like it Hot

AUGUST

The Burys Fields, Godalming

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta star in Grease.

Silent Summer Screenings is brining their silent disco and film night to Godalming that takes us back to the Seventies with the classic American musical starring Olivia Newton John as the wholesome Sandy and a leather-clad John Travolta as Danny. Go Grease lightening!
Thurs 4 Aug, 7.30pm Grease

Lion Green, Haslemere

Lion Green in Haslemere’s Weyhill is all set to be taken over for an evening of singing, dancing and film watching – when the Silent Summer Screenings descend this summer. Spielberg’s song and dance film, West Side Story is on the bill. Food and drinks are available to buy. Sound is via wireless headphones.
Thurs 4 Aug, 8.20pm West Side Story

Victory Park, Addlestone

Coyote Ugly © Touchstone Pictures

The sexy comedy lights up Victory Park as part of the Silent Summer Screenings. We’re promised a magical evening under the stars with live music, great food (perhaps a cheeky drink..) and an amazing movie.
Sat 6 Aug, 7.30pm Coyote Ugly

Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon

Think Wimbledon is all about the tennis this summer? Think again! The big screen is rolling onto the common for two nights of alfresco film. But the tennis isn’t completely forgotten with the story of superstar tennis siblings Venus and Serena Williams, King Richard, showing on the first night. Food and drinks available to buy there… and there’s also the option to upgrade from your own BYO picnic rug to a deck chair, a director’s chair for two or a snuggly sofa.
Tues 9 Aug, 8.30pm King Richard
Wed 10 Aug, 8.30pm West Side Story

Old Deer Park, Richmond

The Goonies © Warner Bros

The Goonies are let loose in the Old Deer Park in Richmond – not to be confused with Richmond Park, although the site was originally connected to Richmond Palace, deriving its name from the hunting park created by James I in 1604. There’s live music, as well as food and drink available to buy on the night. Sound comes via wireless headphones.
Thurs 11 Aug, 7.20pm The Goonies

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

Four night of fabulous feel-good films under the stars at Henry’s former pleasure palace. The giant screen is positioned on East Front Lawns, with Henry’s impressive abode providing a floodlit backdrop. There will be the usual fab food and drink stalls and trucks, or you can take a picnic (but no booze).
Thurs 11 Aug, 8.30pm Pretty Woman
Fri 12 Aug, 8.30pm West Side Story
Sat 13 Aug, 8.30pm Grease
Sun 14 Aug, 8.30pm ■ The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Purley Beeches, Purley

Tom Cruise as Maverick in Top Gun. © Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise and the original Top Gun fly into this lovely tree garden in Purley for a night of high voltage airborne action. It comes courtesy of Silent Summer Screenings – which means all sound comes via wireless headphones. Expect live music, food and drinks as well!
Fri 12 Aug, 7.30pm Top Gun

Guildford Cathedral, Guilford

The imposing modern cathedral that sits atop Stag Hill, is the perfect picnic spot and a dramatic backdrop for outdoor cinema screenings. And this summer, the films being shown are as iconic as the setting starting with West Side Story.
Fri 12 Aug, 8.30pm West Side Story
Sat 13 Aug, 8.30pm Mamma Mia!
Sun 14 Aug, 8.30pm ■ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Coulsdon Memorial Ground, Coulsdon

© Paramount Pictures

Tom and his buddies from the US Navy’s elite fighter weapons school get another outing this summer lighting up the big screen in Coulsdon thanks to Silent Summer Screenings.
Sat 13 Aug, 7.30pm Top Gun
Also dates in September

Nutfield Priory, Redhill

Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. © Touchstone Pictures

This neo-Gothic Victorian manor house built in the mid 1800s offers a stunning backdrop to the three-night film fest hosted by Adventure Cinema. Picnics are welcome, but if you can’t be faffed with that there’s woodfired pizzas available to buy, plus drinks and snacks from The Bean Box.
Wed 17 Aug, 8.45pm Sister Act
Thurs 18 Aug, 8.45pm The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Fri 19 Aug, 8.45pm Mamma Mia: 50 Years of Abba

Horley Recreation Ground, Horley

© Touchstone Pictures

The six and a half acre recreation ground in Horley will become a big outdoor cinema this summer. There’s live music plus food and drink – and the vibe is one of all singing and dancing so get your party shoes on.
Fri 19 Aug, 7.15pm Coyote Ugly

Cheam Recreation Ground, Cheam

© Walt Disney Pictures

The 1993 American sports film about a Jamaican sprinter who’s disqualified from the Olympics, and instead start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team is guaranteed to bring some laughs. There’s live music, food and drink – and it’s all silent thanks to wireless headphones.
Sat 20 Aug, 7.30pm Cool Runnings

SEPTEMBER

Kew Gardens, Richmond

The glorious botanic gardens at Kew is rounding off the summer with a five-day film fest showing a host of family favourites. There are showings during the as well as the evening. Alongside the movies there are tipples the Luna Bar, plus various foodie options including popcorn.
Wed 31 Aug, 11.15am Triple Bill: The Snail and The Whale, Zog, Zog and the Flying Doctors
Wed 31 Aug, 2.45pm Encanto
Thurs 1 Sept, 11am Moana
Thurs 1 Sept, 2.30pm Jurassic Park
Thurs 1 Sept, 7.30pm Dune
Fri 2 Sept, 11.15am Sing 2
Fri 2 Sept, 3pm Aladdin
Fri 2 Sept, 7.30pm No Time to Die
Sat 3 Sept, 11am Encanto
Sat 3 Sept, 2.30pm Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Sat 3 Sept, 7.30pm West Side Story
Sun 4 Sept, 11am Triple Bill: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Highway Rat
Sun 4 Sept, 2pm Sing 2
Sun 4 Sept, 5.45pm Spider Man: No Way Home

Coulsdon Memorial Ground, Coulsdon

© Walt Disney Films

The Silent Summer Screenings return to Coulsdon in the autumn for a second night – to bring us Spielberg’s toe tapper. Bring a blanket – it’s likely to be a bit nippy – alternatively you can get up and dance yourself warm. There’s live music, as well as food and drink.
Thurs 8 Sept, 7.30pm West Side Story

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